Leonardo Da Vinci struggled with ADHD too - but still made it.

Leonardo Da Vinci struggled with ADHD too - but still made it.

Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci had ADHD? 

We were surprised as well !

If you’ve been living under a rock like me and you didn’t know who is Leonardo…Here’s your chance

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous Renaissance men in history.

He was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, inventor, and geologist. He is best known for his paintings, including the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. He was also a skilled writer and inventor.

While It’s impossible to make a postmortem ADHD diagnosis for someone who lived 500 years ago, a lot of recent Studies Suggest that  Leonardo da Vinci Had A.D.H.D

Like many children, Leonardo was active and curious. He was constantly asking questions and exploring his world. He was so hyperfocused on his curiosity that he often forgot to eat or sleep. 

On the other hand, he had a significant amount of difficulty managing his emotions, controlling his actions, focusing on tasks, and finishing his paintings… 

He displayed significant hyperactivity, primarily in his hands and feet. ( fidgeting )

-He was often distracted, moving from topic to topic, and had a hard time remaining focused on one thing. 

In addition to that, he was impulsive and had a tendency to act without thinking things through first.

His parents, however, were convinced that he was a genius and encouraged him to pursue his interests.

Unlike today’s ADHD, which is characterized by laziness, in the past, it was often seen as a sign of high intelligence. This may have been because we know so little about the disorder, or because adults with ADHD were often seen as being even more dedicated and driven than those without it.

Leonardo recognized his difficulties with time blindness and project management and sometimes teamed up with other people to get things done. But he also hated himself for what he saw as his lack of discipline and commitment... 

Even at the end of his life, he regretted his failures and reportedly said: “that he had offended God and mankind in not having worked at his art as he should have done.”

Do you think an ADHD diagnosis would've made his life better? 

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