Einstein, Mozart, and More: Not Really ADDers?

A scientist claims labeling historical figures as having ADHD is a misrepresentation.

Tuesday June 2nd - 10:37am

Although we often name historical figures with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Canadian researcher Matthew Smith disputes the common belief that hyperactivity, as a disorder, has always existed.

In a paper presented at the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Smith’s studies conclude that until the 1950s, hyperactive behavior was not considered a disorder. Social, cultural, political and economic changes caused the shift in thought to ADHD as a medical condition.

Refocusing the history of hyperactive behavior and considering an ADHD diagnosis as a recent development can help patients and parents better understand it and decide the best ways to address the behavior, he says.

Read more about the paper.

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