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People with ADHD can 'hyper-focus'

4th February 2010

An academic from Trinity College Dublin has suggested that attention-deficit disorders may be the spark behind creative geniuses such as Byron, Picasso and even Kurt Cobain.

Professor Michael Fitzgerald believes people with ADHD have the ability to "hyper-focus" on things of interest and that the lives of high achievers such as Jules Verne and Mark Twain seemed to suggest the disorder. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatry's Faculty of Academic Psychiatry, he suggested that only mild ADHD could possibly offer a benefit.

 

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