Through out the ADHD professional world there’s some debate about whether or not creativity is part of ADHD. In my own personal experience I will say that my creativity is definitely associated with my ADHD. However I really don’t think my creativity is a gift. To me a gift is something a person is given or born with. I don’t think I was born more creative than most people but instead because of my ADHD I developed a very strong creative muscle.
When I was in school and couldn’t focus on what the teachers were talking about I was forced to make up some really creative stories in my own mind. As a teen I was sent to my room and told not to come out of it until it was clean. After sitting there for hours upon hours (and sometimes days upon days) not being able to clean it, I came with the creative idea of rearranging the room instead of cleaning it. I think for me my creativity was more of coping mechanism than a gift.
Don’t get me wrong I really like the fact that I’m a very creative person. I can come up with unique solutions to problems that most people would never even think of. Over time I’ve also been able find systems that work for me and improve my self-esteem enough to put some of my creative ideas into action and benefit from them.
Over the past several years working as an ADHD Coach the majority of my clients have also been extremely creative people too. After finding the right types of systems and support many of them have also been able benefit from their creativity too. If you would also like to develop and use your own creative muscle ADHD Coaching may be a great option for you.
If you are creative, do you think your creativity is a coping mechanism, a gift, or something else entirely?