View Full Version : Are people with ADHD statistically less intelligent than other people?

03-29-14, 02:46 PM
What studies have been made ​​in the field?

03-29-14, 03:18 PM
adhd runs the entire spectrum of IQ

although i do believe you will find more lower functioning individuals with adhd, so that may skew averages

then again, the low intelligence could have been part of the path to ADHD, in those specific individuals

03-29-14, 03:21 PM
Short Answer = No.

The range of scores literally runs the gamut from Mild MR - Very Superior.

Some of the many References available include :

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD - Russell Barkley, Ph.D.;

ADHD In Adults - What The Science Says - Barkley, Kevin Murphy, Ph.D., Marianne Fisher,

The ADHD Book of Lists - Sandra Rief, MA.

That's only a small sample, as all of the peer reviewed data available say the same thing.

Good Luck.



03-29-14, 05:10 PM
I'm really smurt.


03-29-14, 06:17 PM
To add just a smidgeon to McTavish's answer of "no" ...

many with ADHD are not good test takers which skews the stats on how smart we are as a group.

03-29-14, 06:44 PM
I think these days "ID" (intellectual disability) is preferred over "MR."