ADHD: A Blessing and a Curse?
Author: Shernide Delva
Could ADHD be a gift? For the creative kind, it can be, an article suggests. Adam Levine, will.i.am, Justin Timberlake and Solange Knowles are all celebrities who have come forward with having ADHD. Musicians have to adapt to being on the road for months on age. They have to perform songs night after night and endure endless hours in the recording studio. In that sort of profession, someone with ADHD may enjoy thriving in the creative chaos. Furthermore, there’s a gene that may be present in people who flourish in restless settings. The gene is called DRD4-7R and is found in those who have Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The gene has spurred a new perspective on ADHD diagnoses. Is ADHD as bad as it is made out to be?
According to the CDC, rates of ADHD diagnoses jump from 3% per year in 1997 to 2006, to an average of 5% from 2003-2012. While many find this trend to be troubling, others have gained a new perspective on the gene responsible for ADHD disorders. It seems as though it may not be as much of a “disability” after all. Children with these set of traits tend to be rambunctious creatures that demand attention. However, the effort pays off. Many end up growing into successful creative types who can bare condition that most normal types would flounder in.
Still, rates of depression and anxiety are high in those who suffer from this condition. There are estimates that 50%-80% of children diagnosed with ADHD also have depression or anxiety as a result. However, on the flip side, those with the gene and ADHD tend to bloom into adults with many gifts. This is proven time after time by the many real celebrities who have come forward with this condition.
The truth is, ADHD comes with as many gifts as it does challenges. Will.i.am of the Black Eyes Peas has discussed how his condition helped his music. In a recent interview with The Mirror, he said his music often has been a product of his ADHD symptoms.
“They are the most ADHD songs ever. They have five hooks in one, and it all happens in three minutes. I figured out a way of working with it,” He said.
Solange Knowles, on the other hand, struggled to accept her diagnosis at first. She described her ADHD as being so out of control at times that people often assumed she was on drugs. In an interview with BET, she said that ADHD is very prevalent in the music industry and that many show symptoms such as “loss of memory, starting something and not finishing it…”(Sound familiar?)
There are numerous amounts of stars who exhibit symptoms of ADHD. Most may not be diagnosed with the condition. The important thing to remember is that for some children, ADHD is not an end-all diagnosis, and medication is not the only solution out there.
Rather, those with ADHD should not accept labels as “directionless” and “unfocused.” Internalizing these words often are precursors to depression and anxiety. Those with ADHD can only focus on what they are interested in doing. In the end, this can be a positive because they may be more focused on doing the things that ignite a passion within them, such as music.
Overall, while children are often diagnosed with ADHD at an early age, remember to think of the opportunities out there that could cater to their creativity and need for movement. Approach ADHD with a more positive light and you may find that the condition has a tremendous amount of positives along with the negatives.
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