Creative people have many characteristics in common with ADHD.
This may be because so many creative people actually have the condition. It is fact that most inventors have ADHD, and this goes back centuries.
The point of this article I suppose is that both “creatives” - a word common in advertising and design agencies - and ADDers display paradoxical behaviour traits.
Creatives are nearly all very smart people, as are ADDers, but both types can stupefyingly naive. An appropriate example is they may earn good salaries, but are unable to manage a simply cheque account.
Talking about inventions, many start out as fantasy, imagined in the occipital lobe of a creative brain, then is brought to life by the left brain, mostly supported by those of pure left-brain operations - the engineers.
Most of the brain activity in an ADHD brain occurs in the back of the right brain where we think in pictures, where we make movies, where we can rotate drawings, the occipital lobe.
Most creative work is done at night. The reason for that is simple, there are less distractions. But also there is a tremendous determination coupled with a stubborn fatigue-fighting stamina that enables through-the-night creation.
Another reason why so much creative work is done at night is deadlines. Deadlines in creative agencies are often insane; many pride themselves on producing the impossible under inconceivable time constraints! I did say fantasy is the starting point.
Being passionate about what one is doing is another common trait. Passion is a fantastic driver of creativity, in fact I believe that creative work without passion is just mediocre slop dished up by a robotic brain.
Passion also sustains interest, and in turn is driven by interest in the task, so if interest is wanes, or is turned off, passion cannot occur.
Sensitivity is another common characteristic. Having empathy with what is being created is one thing, and an essential ingredient at that, but being over-sensitive to rejection of the creation, or corrective guidance can lead to emotional problems, and even melt down.
Creation is not easy. Bring something new and unique to life is a ride often battered by the “normal” world out there.
Ask any woman who has given birth.
Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms
ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD
ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
CD - Conduct Disorder
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder
ACT - Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®