posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 03:29 PM
reply to post by XLR8R
If the kid is told he's ignorant all his life because he can't figure out calculus or can't concentrate in class because he has an abundance of energy
and sitting there 8 hours a day drives him crazy, doesn't one come to the conclusion this child will grow up to be unstable in some way.
Not really, that's not what ADHD is about. Hyperactivity is more than "Can't sit there for 8 hours". It goes far beyond that. Women actually manifest
it in a completely different way (so no squirming). ADHD is really an impairment in the brain's executive function. If you've got it you do way more
than squirm in your seat. You will be prone to being very impulsive, late all the time, forget all your appointments, your life will very
disorganized, you'll be constantly restless and bored.
This is a PET scan image from a rather detailed study on the subject done in 1990. Every study since then has shown the same thing. There is less
activity in the regions in the brain associated with "executive" functions such as planning, judgement, etc.
The problem here is people hear this and they think it's all bad. It's really not, it has it's strengths. Many of those rags to riches entrepreneurs
people talk about have ADHD. The founder and owner of IKEA has it. It's why his company runs some strange hours, it caters to his problem. Richard
Branson has it as well. In fact, in a study it was found people with ADHD were 30 times more likely to start a business. There was study done in
Boston looking at areas where ADHD was diagnosed at a higher than average rate in school children. They found most of these kids had parents who had
ADHD. This wasn't the poor section of town. Most of these people were very successful by most western standards. They found a rather high number of
CEO's among the study. Hell, They say even Ben Franklin had it.
The whole "stupid" self-image comes from a lack of understanding on the part of the people in the kid's life and from the child's own failure to live
up to their expectations. I know this. I lived it. I was constantly frustrated with my inability to pay attention. I tried hard, I just couldn't. My
brain was (and still is) all over the place. One of my biggest problems has always been that I have a rather acute sense of hearing. I hear
everything. It drives me nuts. It's why I don't do parties without loud music. I can hear everyone's conversation and I'll just get overwhelmed after
15 minutes if there is no loud music to cover it up. This is something a lot of people with ADHD complain about. I lay in bed every night with so many
thoughts in my head. I can't shut em off either. It takes 30 minutes just to get to sleep. I daydream constantly, I am bored almost all the time. I'm
a very messy disorganized person and if it wasn't for Google calender I'd miss all my appointments. No amount of "You're Lazy" or "You are a dingbat"
commentary and subsequent punishment ever helped me.
Drugs do help some people. It didn't help me much as I can't tolerate stimulants. The effect is not what people imagine it to be though. It doesn't
"sedate" you. The best example I can give is that it's like putting on a pair of glasses if you have bad vision. It just helps you focus. It doesn't
work all day either or solve all the problems. It doesn't really do anything other than help you maintain focus. People with ADHD need coaching more
than anything. Most people who have it will never get treatment for it.
I liken it to having a double-edged sword. It can do great things for you or get you in serious trouble. If all your kid needed was a challenge then
your kid never had ADHD. Most people with ADHD generally do not like doing mentally taxing tasks if they have no interest in the subject and they will
procrastinate to get out of it. If someone tells you that your kid has it then do yourself a favor and read about it. You'll be able to help them if
you actually take the time to understand it.
edit on 8-1-2013 by antonia because: opps