ADHD

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2010-07-25

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ADD and giftednes

Are there any links between ADD and giftedness (particularly in adults)? What characteristics typify the two?

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Anon,

This is a topic which has caused much debate. There is the argument that all persons with ADHD are very intelligent and act out out of boredom.

There is also the argument that anyone who is bored will have a difficulty concentrating, whether there is a diagnosis of ADHD or not.

The characteristics of giftedness and ADHD are almost identical: difficulty concentrating, starting projects and not completing them, a tendency to interrupt others when they are speaking etc.

ADHD can only be diagnosed if the symptoms are present in more than one situation (eg home and work) and these symptoms cause distress in ones daily life.

Giftedness can only be measured through intelligence tests; the difficulty lies in being able to captivate someone with ADHD well enough to ensure all their effort is going into the assessment.

It is a very fine line which is difficult to draw.
Best wishes,

Delia

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Posted by: Anon | 2010-08-07

Thank you Delia.
Having read up a little on this,I can understand that it would be a rather difficult thing to define.
Thanks again for your response.

Reply to Anon
Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010-07-26

Dear Anon,

This is a topic which has caused much debate. There is the argument that all persons with ADHD are very intelligent and act out out of boredom.

There is also the argument that anyone who is bored will have a difficulty concentrating, whether there is a diagnosis of ADHD or not.

The characteristics of giftedness and ADHD are almost identical: difficulty concentrating, starting projects and not completing them, a tendency to interrupt others when they are speaking etc.

ADHD can only be diagnosed if the symptoms are present in more than one situation (eg home and work) and these symptoms cause distress in ones daily life.

Giftedness can only be measured through intelligence tests; the difficulty lies in being able to captivate someone with ADHD well enough to ensure all their effort is going into the assessment.

It is a very fine line which is difficult to draw.
Best wishes,

Delia

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