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This is a discussion on INTPs and ADD/ADHD? within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Hey. I am married to an INTP who also has ADD. I'm just curious if any of you INTPs also ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    INTPs and ADD/ADHD?

    Hey. I am married to an INTP who also has ADD. I'm just curious if any of you INTPs also have ADD, if there might be a correlation between the two? Or do you find yourself displaying ADD tendencies, even if you have not been diagnosed with the disorder? Do you think one lends itself to the other, or are they totally unrelated?

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    The idea used to be that INTPs were the least likely type to have ADD, but these days it's mostly assumed that NTPs have a high probability of having ADD.

    It depends on what you're doing. I've heard INTPs are either on or off, and I am, which is why we have problems with following schedules and do a lot better when we've found a subject to specialize in. If we have something we can be thinking about and working on all day, then we'll appear to have the opposite of ADD since our focus is good. If we're following a schedule that requires us to change what we're doing every 2 hours, then we'll look like space cadets we because don't switch focus back and forth between subjects very easily.

    INTPs used to be known for doing really well in college, but it seems now that's more likely of the Js. There is a lot more rote learning involved, in the undergraduate degrees, that requires you to follow a schedule that would cause an NTP to look like they have ADD. There are probably still a lot of INTPs with graduate degrees though.

    Men are also more likely to have ADD, according to statistics. I noticed on the ENTP forum, that most of the female ENTPs said they didn't have ADD, and most of the men said they did.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I have ADD, although I have never been officially diagnosed.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I am an INTP, diagnosed with FTD, formal thought disorder, if that even counts. It's basically seems like ADD without the attention span problem. A lot of my family has ADD, so I think I have SOME ADD tendencies. whereas ADD is thought to be caused by lack of dopamine, FTD is thought to be caused by too much dopamine. so that's partly what confuses me...

    I think you can veer to one side and think that ADD and personality are entwined, but I think it's primarily nature than nurture.
    Maybe having ADD can influence your personality, though. I doubt having a certain personality increases the likelihood of having ADD. That's if you think personality is predetermined and not a changeable fixture.

    A lot of descriptions of ADD type people sound like a certain personality type. iIve also read a book (i think it's Think Fast: The ADD Experience) that goes on unofficial different types of ADD's (like 16 or something) based on different levels of three factors that I can't put my finger on.

    CONVERSATIONALLY...I think INTPS show a lot of detached contemplation on things despite the actual external events surrounding them, maybe being somewhat oblivious and spasmodically vested in conversation, so that's why it could lend to the notion that it's ADD. Sometimes their intuitive sense means they think there's tacit, mutual understanding on a certain point when the other party doesn't get the gist. That's at least the outsiders view on it, that they're inscrutable. That's probably why they have off topic points because they are internally going through their own debate/discourse , but yeah, I see your point that it may seem like ADD.
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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Quote Originally Posted by vocalist View Post
    Hey. I am married to an INTP who also has ADD. I'm just curious if any of you INTPs also have ADD, if there might be a correlation between the two? Or do you find yourself displaying ADD tendencies, even if you have not been diagnosed with the disorder? Do you think one lends itself to the other, or are they totally unrelated?
    As far as I know, there isn't any correlation, but I could be wrong. There's some good (albeit old) information here: ADD in the workplace: choices ... - Google Books

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    I don't believe in ADD/ADHD

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I don't think I have ADD (though I've never been tested) though I do have some ADD tendencies: easily distracted plus ability to hyperfocus on certain things. My mom, an ENTP, does have ADD. It does seem to be a common NTP thing.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I've been told quite a few times by friends that i've acted ADD. It's all been said in a joking manner though. When talking to them, they sometimes don't understand my thought process and to them it doesn't make any sense how I got from on topic to another. It all clicks in my head so easily, I sometimes forget that they can't see into my mind to see how my thoughts connect, so to make it a bit easier for them, I might to explain to them how I got from one obscure thought to another (only on rare occasions when they're extremely confused and in question of my mental stability). I can usually trace how each though is related to each other very well, so I feel that it's not all completely random. I usually keep these thoughts to myself, so this only happens when I talk to friends.

    Also, looking at the symptoms of ADD, I see that they are very similar to the description of an intp... hmm. Things like day dreaming and procrastination. I'm pretty sure I'm not ADD though.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    my brother is an INTP with ADD.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrifty Walrus View Post
    I don't believe in ADD/ADHD
    I think its bull. People with ADD are those people who tend to ignore what is insignificant and uninteresting in favour of something new and more engaging. They're not very brainwashable so they go against the system therefore the system labels them with having a 'problem'.

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