[ExI] adhd, creativity, memory types

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Thu May 5 16:39:27 UTC 2016

On 2016-05-03 23:05, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> Anders, what's the situation in the UK? Increasing diagnosis and 
> treatment of ADHD?  Many think it's just a fad and only the extreme 
> need diagnosis and treatment.

Overdiagnosed and overmedicated, *and* underdiagnosed and 
undermedicated. There is a lot of inhomogenity in who gets the 
diagnosis, partially mediated by (parental) social capital.

Many of these traits are on a spectrum: we are all a bit paranoid, a bit 
scattered, a bit narcissitic, a bit unable to figure out others, and so 
on. So we can often recognize something of ourselves in people with a 
diagnosis, but the key thing is (1) do these things impair us enough 
that we need to change, and (2) would a medical gatekeeper recognize 
this as a proper, intervention requiring diagnosis?

In practice, people are fond of ascribing creativity to all sorts of 
mental conditions. The actual research data is much more equivocal.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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