Fundação Champalimaud - AR

Out of Focus - when the brain wanders too much

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by inattention, sometimes hyperactivity, impulsivity and other symptoms. It is thought that individuals with ADHD have subtle differences in the way their brain’s dopaminergic and other systems work when compared to those of a ''normal person'', which lead to these differences in behaviors.

However, while most of the emphasis usually stresses the negative aspects, individuals with ADHD tend to be very creative and curious — explorers by nature — and when properly motivated they can even enter into a hyper focused state. Moreover, problems with personal and work-related organisation, focus, controlling impulsivity and rational decision-making are not exclusive to ADHD patients. With this in mind, should ADHD really be considered a disorder? Or is it just a difference? And if so, what really separates ''normal'' people from those with the diagnosis?

Join us in the discussion at our next event – Out of Focus, when the brain wanders too much – June 30th!