43 quintillion. That’s how many variables there can be in a Rubik’s Cube. Why is this relevant?
Let’s start from the top. ADHD is primarily categorized into three different types:
When I educate clients (or potential clients) about their ADHD brains, I frequently use the Brown Model of ADHD.
The Brown Model of ADHD has six major categories:
Sometimes people think that if they don’t see challenges in all categories, they must not have ADHD.
Not the case. Everyone’s brain works differently. Some of my clients struggle with all categories. Some of my clients struggle with only one or two. Some struggle with three, four, or five of the categories. Everyone is unique.
Because we’ve seen ADHD manifest itself in one way with a family member, friend, or coworker, that doesn’t mean that ADHD will manifest for us that same way.
So what does this have to do with a Rubik’s Cube? A Rubik’s Cube has six color combination (the same number of traits as the Brown Model of ADHD):
When trying to solve a Rubik’s cube, you can have one to six colors show up on each side, giving a different picture of the challenge. 43 quintillion variations, as it turns out.
Now, I don’t believe there are 43 quintillion ways that ADHD shows up for people, but there are certainly thousands of ways that ADHD can manifest across the population.
Do you see yourself in the Brown Model and want to learn more? Take this quick test from ADDitude Magazine. NOTE: This is not a definitive test! If you want to learn more about ADHD testing, find more information about ADHD testing in the WebMD article “ADHD Tests.”
I wish you luck on your ADHD knowledge journey. When individuals receive a diagnosis, it answers so many questions. I often hear “now I know why I did that,” “that explains so much,” and “I wish I’d known sooner.”
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