Beyond ADD: Hunting for Reasons in the Past and the Present
Though little is known about the condition itself, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is becoming a part of American household vocabulary. Thom Hartmann was one of the pioneers of ADD research. With his previous books he has shown how individuals with ADD are not just "hyperactive" or "easily distracted, " but actually possess highly adaptive, entrepreneurial skills - traits which served ancient hunters but which meet with resistance in modern agrarian societies. Beyond ADD deepens the discussion by showing how different people with the same diagnosis can exhibit different behaviors, ranging from hyperactivity to being withdrawn, from forgetfulness to being obsessively hyperfocused. He explores possible genetic origins and discusses how ADD-related traits may have served to further human evolution. He spotlights how modern life might contribute to ADD, from toxic environments that neurologically damages fetuses to nutritional deficiencies, a quick-fix consumer culture, and overpopulation. He documents the difficulties gifted children encounter in an educational system that does not stimulate them, and the hardships for visual learners in an auditory environment. As he discusses brain chemistry and physiology, he examines the pros and cons of the controversial drug Ritalin.
What people are saying - Write a review
ADD is Profitable for Business
Education and Our Children
13 other sections not shown
ability Abraham Maslow ADD children ADD diagnosis addiction ADHD adults with ADD agricultural revolution American Atlanta Attention Deficit Disorder basic human need become behavior blue tits brain call ADD cause child children and adults chiropractor classroom CompuServe consider culture diagnosed distractibility Edward Hallowell emotional empathy environment example experience farmers faucet flight-or-fight response frontal lobes gene genetic Howie Hunter-gatherer Hunters hunting societies hyperactive hypervigilance impulsivity John Ratey kids label learned less levels lives look Maslow mental mind modern Neurofeedback neurotransmitter non-ADD normal parents person problem psychiatric Psychology public schools Ratey rats recent response result risk-taking Ritalin rituals serotonin Similarly social Solutions specific stimulant drugs strategy stress teacher thalamus and RAS therapy there's things Thom Hartmann Thomas Edison tion tribe virtually visual women