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Creation As Symptom

Develop creativity?

So on Wednesday we looked at the possibility that creativity is learned behavior and how having ADHD might make us more likely to learn that behavior.

But what if it actually is a potential symptom? How would that work?

And is there a possibility that that might be true?

All good questions!

If it actually were a symptom, it would be nice if it could be documented. It would be really nice if there were actually a positive aspect to ADHD that was listed officially.

Then the people who say, “ADHD is a gift!” with that sparkle in their eyes and that wistful, far-off dreaminess in their voices that only those who truly want to believe in the Great Spirit of ADHD have would actually have something to go on.

But, how would that work?

Well, it might work like this: creativity might be the lack of inhibitory thought processes that tell us we can’t or that things shouldn’t be this way or that. It might be that creativity is the suspension of limitations that confine the normal actions of the average human.

So that would mean that creativity is not really a positive thing, so much as it is a lack of negative things. Creativity might be just a freedom.

Okay, that sounds plausible …

It does, doesn’t it? Creativity might just be the freedom to think outside the box.

And where, oh where have we heard that before? I know, right?

So, how would that work?

Well, ADHD is a developmental disorder. We don’t “develop ADHD, we just don’t develop the all the things we need to be neuro-typical.

And so, if ADHD is a disorder of “lack of development,” it may well be that we have failed to develop the limitations required to be non-creative.

Wow, a real honest symptom?

Well, maybe. But like I said on Wednesday, it is entirely possible that creativity is learned.

Either way, learned or developed, there is the potential for it to be a more likely option of ADHD than not, right?

But wait …

What if both of these options are true? What if the lack of limits caused by inhibitions not developing, and the repetition of being creative in our efforts to justify action and faux pas alike, are the reasons that creativity is so prevalent among our people?

Well then, I’d say … we have a symptom.

The problem is, no ones asking me. And I’m not on the committee that’s been tasked with the job of writing the next definition of ADHD for the DSM V.NEXT.

But if I were, it would be a very creative one indeed.

Creation As Symptom

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2017). Creation As Symptom. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2017/06/creation-as-symptom/


Last updated: 28 Jun 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Jun 2017
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