ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition characterized by a difficulty to maintain focus or control impulsive behavior. Even up till now, people believe that children with ADHD grow up to be geniuses. But now multiple studies have refuted the claim by arguing that there is no link whatsoever between ADHD and higher intelligence.
To say that the condition leads people to develop a greater IQ is nothing short of a misconception. Scientific evidence has suggested that there is no causal link that can be identified. In fact, the opposite is likely to be true on the contrary.
Which really means that children who have been diagnosed with ADHD may lack behind in school due to impeded learning ability.
That said, let us now look into what the studies had to report about ADHD and higher intelligence.
ADHD and Higher Intelligence
The first study documented by scientists from the University of Cambridge investigated the relationship between ADHD and higher intelligence by considering the various multifold impacts the condition has on cognitive development.
On the conclusion of the research, findings showed that the illness has a role to play in slow cognitive ability. Children who were diagnosed with ADHD early in their childhood had lower IQ scores with dismantled learning performance.
The second research findings were also published in the Psychological Medicine Journal by University of Cambridge. This time around, the data of participants who had above-average IQ score was analyzed. The purpose was to find whether (if any) of the individuals exhibited symptoms of ADHD.
Similar to the former study, the latter also suggested a non-existent relationship between ADHD and higher intelligence. People who had higher IQs had little supporting evidence for the presence of the condition.
The main proposition drawn was that a higher IQ was a result of a strong focusing and easy learning ability. Unfortunately, patients diagnosed with ADHD lack either of the two traits
Helping children with ADHD
Suffice to say from the given empirical data, there is no link between ADHD and higher intelligence. While, the study findings have sparked a fury between the proponents and the opponents, there is a need to focus on a larger issue in hand: helping children with ADHD.
The myth that children with the condition turn out to be geniuses has created more problems than good.
Parents more often than not would ignore the poor performance of their children at school. They do so because they feel that the so called higher intelligence will help their child in the future. No action is subsequently taken to assist the children in their learning ability.
Because the myth has been declared as false, it is vital to help the children in the best way possible. If the child is known to be a late-learner, it’s pertinent that special education schools are considered. These types of school primarily focus on children with learning disability sometimes caused by ADHD.
Consulting a professional therapist is another way out. ADHD is treatable through various forms of medicines. The drugs that might be prescribed by the doctor will help controlling the symptoms and gradually improve cognitive abilities.