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The next time some moron tells you that you can’t have ADD because you did well in school tell them about this.
There’s a Mensa Special Interest Group on ADD / ADHD that has
225 update 686 members now. You have to be a member of Mensa to join and to join Mensa you need a verified IQ of 130. The top 2%.
Here’s the intro to the group
What happens when someone has both a high IQ AND attention deficit disorder? What if one or both go undiagnosed? There are many geniuses who are lost, both to themselves and to society, because the combined effects of high IQ and A.D.D. are not fully understood. This SIG is dedicated to sharing experiences, solutions, connections and hope.
Here’s what a Mensa member who has ADD, is in medical school and who’s blog is called
Head rush (sadly blog now deleted) described the email conversation after he joined the group.
1 minute later, I am sitting here at my desk having a brain hemorrhage because I am trying to follow the conversation thread.
It was like listening to Good Will Hunting after drinking 97 cans of Red Bull. Nothing like 100 people firing off intellectual jokes and then forgetting to tell the punch line and instead discussing the chemical components of rocket fuel.
One common thing I notice in some of my ADHD coaching clients is that they found school easy, and very boring. They often got A’s with little effort. Because they did well in school the often were not diagnosed with ADD, because of the mistaken belief that if you have ADD you do poorly in school. Many people I know with ADD seem smarter than average.
Many ADDers do have problems in school and especially the 30% of them with learning disabilities. But not all do. Many ADDers are also gifted. Google “adhd gifted” and you’ll find 2,900 hits. I did pretty well in school and university, made the dean’s honours list and got one of my essays published. The main problems were ADD related procrastination, time mismangement, and associated stress, i.e., cramming for a final the night before.
If you’re gifted and have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, what are your main challenges associated with ADHD?