Would We Have Creativity without Adult ADD?

Tonight’s blog post is going to be short, fast, and a little jumpy not unlike the medical, pop culture phenomena termed ‘Adult ADD’ that I am going to reference in this blog post. Grab some retiling and let’s go!

Some of the most brilliant minds I know within the communications realm who I look up to as a mentors, leaders, and those to be feared and followed on Twitter without question have some form (maybe mild, maybe not so mild) so Adult ADD.  Some people fall into that ‘Artist’ category but that’s because they’ve made a ton of dough and get to wear berets without people thinking its weird.  Others are simply genius, have a short attention span and can multitask like none other.

Yes Adult Attention Deficit Disorder deserves serious medical research and attention but for just one moment I am going to have a little fun with it.  After reading an article from WebMD I am even more convinced that the Hayles essay we read in class will come in relevant during discussion.  She has some great insights about attention span in context with new media.  I would love to know if she has ADD.
To get some neurons stimulated and in giving a shout out to David Letterman’s beloved Top Ten list tradition, see below my Top Ten Reasons Why Creativity would not Exist without Adult ADD;

I can already tell tomorrow’s lecture is going to need a full battery blackberry because we are going to get crazy conversation going…

Top Ten Reasons Why Creativity Exists thanks to Adult ADD—

#10: Thanks to Adult ADD, we have a way to understand Jackson Pollock’s ‘Splatter Series’

#9: Without Adult ADD, who would Change employers frequently and perform poorly then become gajillionaire artists?

#8: Because Adult ADD leads to a higher incidence of separation and divorce; we can be thankful for all the world’s artistic rage

#7: Bottom Line: Without Adult ADD, Peter Griffin would simply not be funny.  At all.

#6: Adult ADD aka the new way to express ‘I’m procrastinating so I can doodle the next big idea..’ which then becomes worth millions

#5: With the rise of Adult ADD came the great invention of the :30 TV commercial, then then TiVo – would you last in the days of a 1 minute commercial?

#4: Shorter attention spans are known to lead to relationship problems; lonely people tend to adopt dogs.  Adopted dogs make the world a better place.  Happy people like to draw.

#3: Adult ADD can also stand for Adult Artist Denying Death

#2: Adult ADD has led to the Chick-fil-A cows, the Aluminum can, and the Pope Mobil…

#1: 1978: Adult ADD becomes a noted medical condition and a new artistic freedom sets in


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Welker
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 01:24:18

    H-m-m-m….well, I’m an artist I don’t have Adult ADD, but I do have a dog…does that count? I do think though that creativity happens for different reasons. One of them could very well be related to AADD, and that is creativity out of boredom from seeing the same old thing. It’s a yearning inside of you that wants to do something different than what everybody else is doing. There’s also the “need to create”. I’ve gone through periods where I was “jonesing” just to be creative. Then there have been times when I’ve been depressed (literally) because my “grand” design was nixed by the boss or the client.

    But I can see how AADD could link to creativity. An artist is sitting at home fidgeting with a strong desire to get out there and do something massively different and creative, make a grand statement that’s going to piss a bunch of people off. I almost said that like I have felt like that before. Perhaps AADD folks are just bored with the status quo and that’s what drives their creative juices. Now that REALLY sounds like something I have felt before.

    I think I may be saying the same thing, only in a different way. So I better go before I forgot the point I wasn’t making.

  2. Lewis Giles
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 14:00:03

    I read this book The Key to Genius/Manic-Depression and the Creative Life and it talks about how a lot of the most creative people have manic fits that spur on their creation/discoveries. The Isaac Newton part is really interesting.

  3. missnesbitpro
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 13:47:49

    I don’t think I have much to say or add to your point about adult ADD, but I will say, I had a roommate in college who had ADD and if she forgot to take her pills, she was CRAZY! She would drive me insane because she would talk a mile a minute and not make any sense. If she had been a creative type, perhaps I would have tolerated her bouts of ADD, but as she was, she was just annoying.

  4. npluim
    Nov 09, 2010 @ 14:21:45

    I see your points about Adult ADD and how it may spark creativity. However isn’t ADD responsible for people not completing projects?

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