Some People with ADD you may have heard of...

Thomas Edison
Benjamin Franklin
Sir Richard Francis Burton
Ernest Hemmingway
Thomas Carlyle

The above list from Attention Deficit Disorder, A Different Perception by Thom Hartmann

Links along the same line... (great lists, little or no credit given to the compiler) (Bad for ADD people...slow page to load!)

Now, let me point out that diagnosing historical people is something of an interesting trick, and mostly speculation.  (I've seen Albert Einstein "diagnosed" as ADD, Dyslexic, Autistic, and who knows what else.)  It is always fun to look at great people and realize how much they actually DO share in common with oneself.  What is pretty clear, though, is that most of these people didn't fit the formal educational model they were expected to, and they turned out to be very remarkable people in spite of, or perhaps because of their "problems"

One rather interesting fictional character who may or may not have had ADD is Sherlock Holmes.  To be honest, I'm not sure if this is an original idea on my part, or if this is an idea that I tripped across someplace.  There are many points that one can point to: his cocaine addiction, his intolerance of boredom, his occasional socially inappropriate activities (pistol target practice into the wall of his apartment leaps into mind), and many other aspects of his fictional life could possibly lead one to think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may well have had been describing a person with ADD, or he was at least familiar with some of the characteristics of people with ADD.  I should also point out that I wouldn't consider Sherlock Holmes the "perfect" model of ADD, but then, who is?  Of course, one should remember that Doyle wasn't a late twentieth century physician, and Sherlock Holmes was a character of fiction (although there have been some claims that he was based on a real person), so reading too much into his character and personality is probably not wise.

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