When ADHD Brains are the Most Creative, Why Do We Treat It Like a Disability?

Prof. Bonnie Cramond(Professor, Department of Educational Psychology) found that many of the personality traits of creative people overlap to a substantial degree with behavioral descriptions of ADHD – including higher levels of spontaneous idea generation, mind wandering, daydreaming, sensation seeking, energy, and impulsivity.

Research since then has supported the notion that people with ADHD characteristics are more likely to reach higher levels of creative thought and achievement than people without these characteristics. Recent research by Darya Zabelina and colleagues have found that real-life creative achievement is associated with the ability to broaden attention and have a “leaky” mental filter– something in which people with ADHD excel.

By automatically treating ADHD characteristics as a disability– as we so often do in an educational context– we are unnecessarily letting too many competent and creative kids fall through the cracks.

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