Is ADHD Ever An Advantage?

Thinking outside the box.

Imagine someone who has ADHD

There's a fairly good chance you're thinking of a kid in school who can't sit still, doesn't pay attention in class, and only finishes half of the math assignment. When put together, that person probably seems like a troublemaker or a distraction to others.

While that view might not be completely off base for children in a traditional school setting, it might be surprising for some to learn that not everything about ADHD is bad. It might not be evident until the person is older, but ADHD has some surprising advantages.

AsapSCIENCE explores what these benefits are by showing how ADHD affects the brain. Some of these advantages are obvious, like being more creative and having a natural ability to think outside the box, but it may have a vital evolutionary purpose as well.

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