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5 Positive Outcomes of the Pandemic for People with ADHD


There’s no doubting that this is a difficult time. Many of us are battling uncertainty, rapid change and rising anxiety. But what if we can look to the future and consider the long-term benefits of our current situation? Here are five positive outcomes of the pandemic for people with ADHD.

1. Better listening

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to bring out all the emotions and behaviours that people normally suppress. We have seen people being a lot more open and honest about how they really feel. There’s a lot more sincerity behind the overused everyday question ‘How are you?’. People are listening to the answers more carefully and it’s easier to see who really cares. We are all vulnerable at the moment and a lot more aware of the vulnerability of others. Everyone is handling the situation differently and we need to have empathy for other people’s circumstances. Maybe the pandemic will make us all better listeners and help us to become a kinder, more accepting and more tolerant society.

2. A chance to slow down and think

Some of us have found ourselves with more time on our hands as our routines have changed. This has enabled people to slow down and reflect upon what really matters. It has allowed them to take the time to reconnect with friends and family members. People have spent a lot more time outdoors appreciating nature and noticing the small things that often pass us by. Being able to slow down and let a little calm into our lives has really positive benefits for our mental health. Hopefully, more people will make a conscious effort to build this into their future lives.

3. Less social pressure

We no longer need to worry about saying no to social events that we dread. This can be a huge source of anxiety for people with ADHD. There’s less pressure to dress a certain way and people are worrying less about their appearance. If this has made you feel more content and relaxed, be sure to remember this once society returns to ‘normal’. Let’s hope it will be more acceptable to just be yourself.

4. Live in the moment

The logistics of rushing around from one place to another to be in two places at once have been removed. This has left us with more time to breathe. You can’t make plans so you’re really forced to live in the moment. There are fewer meetings, appointments and organised social events. Time off really can be time off when you just take it easy. Weekends and time spent with loved ones suddenly become much more meaningful. Maybe in the future we need to consciously plan days with no plans to keep this mindful living going.

5. Appreciation

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate what we’ve got and how lucky we are most of the time. Many of us have found the support we have received from family and friends to be invaluable as we have gone through so much change and uncertainty. It’s also made us appreciate all the people who work tirelessly to keep us as safe as possible. There are too many to list here but immediate thoughts go to medical staff, frontline and critical workers and the scientists who have produced vaccines in an amazingly short time. All these people deserve our deepest appreciation and admiration for the phenomenal efforts they have made. 

We need to take these changes and make sure we carry them forwards into our future lives. We need to make sure that some good comes out of this awful crisis that we are currently living through. If it can make us better people and humanity can become more tolerant and understanding then surely this is a good place to start.

At The ADHD Centre, we offer an ADHD Test Online for you to know or confirm if you happen to have ADHD and If you or a loved one is struggling to cope with ADHD during the pandemic, please get in touch with us. We offer ADHD assessments and evidence-based treatment packages for both children and adults. Contact us on 0800 061 4276  or by email at

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