Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder link to genius
“Attention-deficit disorders may be the spark behind creative geniuses such as Byron, Picasso and even Kurt Cobain, claims a psychiatrist.
Professor Michael Fitzgerald believes people with ADHD have the ability to “hyper-focus” on things of interest.
The Trinity College Dublin academic said lives of high achievers such as Jules Verne and Mark Twain seemed to suggest the disorder.
However, a psychologist said only mild ADHD could possibly offer a benefit.
ADHD is generally regarded as a disadvantage in life, with its characteristic traits of inattentiveness leading to problems at school and home.
However, Professor Fitzgerald told the annual meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatry’s Faculty of Academic Psychiatry that it could actually prove an advantage. “