Study indicates people with ADHD are more creative

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If you have a child or teen with ADHD, you may have wondered if their ADHD works to their advantage in some ways. 

A new study indicates that the attention deficit has at least one positive: increased creativity.

Why? The theory is that by not being completely focused on one thing, your mind can wander and make new associations. In other words, ADHD kids can often "think outside the box."

In this Eckerd College study, two groups of college kids (pre tested and determined as having ADHD or not having it) were given tests to measure creativity. The ADHD group enjoyed brainstorming/generating ideas more than the non-ADHD group. The non-ADHD group was more info refining and clarifying ideas.

Here's a summary:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/218991.php

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