ADHD and OCD: Labels of the Highly Creative

When my dear friend Spector sent me the blog post "Are creative people more likely to be crazy?", I found myself nodding my head at what I already knew to be true: that, despite our shortcomings with attention, those of us with ADHD are creatives.

Considering the American Psychiatric Association's spectrum of disorders, which closely links bipolar disorder and ADHD, I am also unsurprised that patients with bipolar disorder are equally likely to be intensely creative. In fact many people with ADHD are often mis-diagnosed with OCD and vice versa. For more information on how to differentiate between the two, check out ADDitude Magazine's's article, "Is It OCD or ADD/ADHD?"

What's important to take away from Eric Barker's post is not that ADHD'rs are "crazy" (although our hyperactivity makes us act pretty goofy at times!), but that without our differences we wouldn't have the talents that make us stand out. As an aspiring author of kids lit, I also can't help but call attention to the reference to fiction writers with mood disorders.

In Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies, Kenneth Bock M.D. even lists a collection of notable innovators that may have never produced the works they have without their monkey minds:

Benjamin Franklin
Isaac Newton
Albert Einstein
Thomas Edison
Wilbur Wright
Leonardo da Vinci
Walt Disney
Louis Pasteur
Winstone Churchill
Henry Ford
Alexander Graham Bell
Pablo Picasso
William Randolph Hearst
Robert Frost
Frank Lloyd Wright
Nikola Tessla

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth  M.D.(pg. 84).

These type of successes are important to share because they remind us that, although ADHD comes with its share of difficulties, it's also the source of many positive innovations and artworks throughout history.

As an ADHD'r of this generation, how will you change the world?