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Adult ADHD Is Not Limiting Someone’s Creativity, Study Says

ADHD is a behavior disorder that can happen in children and adults. / Photo by: Getty Images

 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD is one of the most popular and most common behavior disorder. Many people think that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could only happen in children since kids have always had the tendency to have trouble paying attention and they are usually hyperactive and impulsive. However, studies show that adults could also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could also happen in adults. In a web post by Best Practice, they mentioned that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is also common but unheard disorder among adults all over the world.

About 4% to 5% of adults in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This disorder in adults often expressed by restlessness rather than being hyperactive and they tend to be impatient with their tasks. Adults who are also diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to seek for thrills and they also tend to be a great spender since they are also impulsive buyers. People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is not always alike when it comes to their symptoms.

ADHD symptoms could often look different in children than they do in adults. But this is universal: if the person with ADHD recognizes the signs for themselves, and the symptoms persistently disrupt life for at least 6 months, they might really have an adult ADHD.

Some people look for stimulation, while other people avoid it since they could be withdrawn and antisocial. Likewise, adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder involves difficulties in maintaining focus and its symptoms fit a picture which is consistent with deficits in so-called “executive functioning,” a term that psychologists use to describe how well an individual can plan, organize, and inhibit irrelevant thoughts. People with adult attention deficit hyperactivity have more trouble organizing tasks, make careless mistakes, lose things, and are unable to prioritize their daily activities.

The Silver Lining

An attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis can make many aspects of learning more challenging for children and teens, but some adults with ADHD have shown signs of enhanced creativity. Science Daily recently reported that the University of Michigan conducted a research which showed that the misconception about ADHD blocking the creativity of someone is not true. Their study showed that adult individuals who are diagnosed with ADHD have been very innovative when they are given with a task.

Another study conducted by 60 undergraduate students at the University of Memphis found that those with ADHD enjoyed more creative achievements than other students without ADHD. college students with ADHD scored better on a series of tests that measured creativity in 10 areas, such as drama, humor, music, visual arts, creative writing, invention, and scientific discovery. ADHD also provides potential advantages in terms of creative thinking.

Companies will also need people with ADHD on their team because they tend to generate out-of-the-box ideas that could be beneficial to the growth of their company. People with ADHD also tend to be super intuitive. The average brain manages to sort and filter down all the incoming sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and touch sensations to manageable 40 bits of information a second.

 

Adults who have ADHD shows that they are innovative in the given task. / Photo by: Gajus via Shutterstock

 

ADHD Management

Medication is the most common way of treating ADHD. however, it is not the only way. There is a saying: “Pills don’t teach skills.” this means that learning ADHD-friendly ways to do daily tasks is also helpful. Many treatment plans include a combination of approaches, as each method increases the other’s effectiveness. Aside from medication, adults with ADHD could also try therapy, education or learning more about ADHD, and getting family support.

There are also many types of counseling approaches for adults with ADHD. cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to be effective for treating ADHD. with this type of therapy, people learn new ways on how they are going to behave in the world. Low-esteem and shame are common feelings for adults who have ADHD, and cognitive behavioral therapy is a helpful way to address these issues.

Behavior therapy, ADHD coaching and mentoring will also help the person to deal with the symptoms of ADHD. this usually involves practical advice on organizing the work or home, planning ahead, social skills, and working on their strengths. Psychologists with experience managing ADHD can also be very helpful.

The hallmark traits of ADHD are inattention and distractibility, making organization perhaps the biggest challenge adults with ADHD to face. The prospect of getting organized, whether it be at work or home, may leave the person with ADHD to feel overwhelmed. Implementing different structures and routines, and taking advantage of tools such as daily planners and reminders can help the person with ADHD to maintain organization and to control clutter around their workspace. It is also advisable to make a list of their tasks in order to complete them on time. It is also advisable to use planners and leave little notes which could help the person to be reminded of their tasks at hand.

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