What is the Edison gene?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

The Edison gene may end up saving the human race.   “The genetic form of this disorder is not really a disorder at all.” Dr. James Swanson – University of California, Irvine The Edison Gene   In his book, The Edison Gene – ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child, Thom Hartmann offers a fascinating account of why ADHD is so prevalent in our culture today. Just as interesting is his proposal that the Edison gene may turn out to be the key to humanity’s survival. What is the Edison Gene? “There is no such thing as a specific gene for alcoholism,...

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ADHD Neurotransmitters

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 1 comment

Let’s continue our exploration of the biology of ADHD by now turning to ADHD neurotransmitters (NT). ADHD Neurotransmitter regulation is very complex ADHD Neurostransmitters The general impression with ADHD is that the dopamine systems are not working right, especially when needed during concentration. Additionally, the neurotransmitter norepinephrine is also suspected by some to be involved as well. This is not a single problem in the biology of ADHD, but rather the end result of a number of things that can go awry at multiple levels of NT regulation: not enough substrate to make the...

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Biology of ADHD

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

Last week we met “Ryan.”   Read more about “Ryan” here   “Ryan” is a case of classic ADHD with hyperactivity if we were to use the standard labels. In review, he had the core ADHD symptoms of inattention, distractibility, disorganization, hyperactivity, restlessness, and impulsivity. But is this just his personality? Is this just how he is built? And if he is “built” this way, is this necessarily a problem? Do we need to do anything about it? And if so, do we need to do it now? Let’s take a look at some of the biology of...

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Classic ADHD

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

“Ryan” is 9 years old and has alot of energy. Does he have classic ADHD?   “Ryan” is a bright, beautiful handful (disclaimer: this photo is not really “Ryan”)   His teachers say he is easily distracted and often obstinate with them (although, when you ask his swim coach, he doesn’t think that this is true). Ryan has trouble paying attention in most classes, but has no problems tinkering with bikes and lawn mowers for hours. He also can play video games for long periods (when allowed to). His room is very messy. Ryan can be very impulsive...

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7 Types of ADHD

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 2 comments

According to Dr. Daniel Amen, there are 7 types of ADHD.   7 Types of ADHD – SPECT scans Dr. Amen — a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist — has been studying brains with SPECT scans for over 25 years. His body of his research is truly impressive with over 80,000 scans done at his clinics, and nearly 20,000 of these done on people with ADHD symptoms. SPECT (“single photon emission computed tomography”) is a nuclear medicine study that evaluates blood flow and activity patterns to different parts of the brain. It helps identify what areas are...

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Can Striving Be Toxic?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

I have seen a lot of evidence that some brains have an easier time with attention, self-regulation, and executive function than others. I have also seen that our culture of meritocracy and constant striving makes it more difficult for most brains to settle into a natural harmony and flow. I think we are diminishing not only our fulfillment and connection to one another, but also our creativity, efficiency, and power because of our “push.”   Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them...

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