I’ve been doing some writing about ADHD the last five days or so. No, not this blog. Well, not just this blog.
I’ve been engaged to write a few articles on the subject.
And I’m learning some things, relearning some things, and remembering some things.
I’ve been reminded of how young this disorder is and yet how far back in history you can go and still find descriptions of it.
To illustrate this odd yet true juxtaposition of points, let me tell you that ADHD wasn’t called ADHD in the DSM until the 1984 and yet Hippocrates, who lived from 460 to 370 BC. described a set of symptoms that you and I would readily recognize. For those of you who can’t let numbers go, that was some 2385 to 2475 years ago.
Also worth noting here, Hippocrates seems to have lived like, 90 years. How’s that for a distracting yet meaningless statistic? Well, meaningless as far as we’re concerned, I’m sure it made his life insurance provider very happy.
What was I talking about?
Oh yeah, ADHD. Another thing I learned, or was reminded of, was some of the ludicrous myths that have been postulated regarding ADHD. And I was also reminded that some of them seem to persist despite the research that legitimately denies their right to do that.
Take for instance the wholesale foolishness that food additives cause ADHD. Sorry, food additives cause poor nutrition. But brain development persists despite that. People have been suffering poor nutrition for decades and still 85% of the population seem to manage to grow up and develop just fine with no disorder worse than Delusions of Normalcy.
And those delusions seem to make them capable of imagining that they speak the truth when they come up with an idea that something far out has caused ADHD, when in fact it is usually an inherited, genetically dictated misdevelopment of the brain.
Sorry, distracted again
I think all this research and writing has just made me a little stressed, so it’s easy to see why I might be wandering a little, right? So I think I’d like to change the subject.
And to do that, I’d like to actually redirect your attention, distract you if you don’t mind the use of that phrase, toward another message I think is maybe good for you to hear.
Here on Psych Central, there is a new article regarding the latest craze known as βBrain Training.β I’ve never been a strong supporter of this therapy, but I’ve kept quiet, until now. My reason for not considering it to be valid is rooted in research I did years ago on the concept of neuro-plasticity’s ability to ward off dementia. It seems that, while neuro-plasticity allows your brain to compensate for deterioration for longer than it would if it hadn’t been augmented, the “brain training” will not actually foil the onset of dementia. You will be more coherent and capable for longer, but when you reach the point of no return, the deterioration will be sudden and rapid.
Still, it sounds like a win when trying to maintain quality of life. So I thought that, perhaps it might improve the ADHD mind at least as long as one continued to engage in brain training.
But who am I kidding? ADHD and schedules, ADHD and appointments, ADHD and regimens, it would have to work damned quickly if it were going to help us stick to it.
So then I came across this article right here at Psych Central, and it made me think. And that’s what brain training is all about right? And so I’m going to leave it with you.
What do you think of this article? Is Brain-Training a Hoax? Or is it a valid way of at least getting some cerebral push-ups accomplished? Personally … well, I’d rather read one of the seven books I have on the go, then do a couple of Sudoku puzzles, watch Wheel and Jeopardy and then take a nice walk.
And doesn’t all this research I’ve been re-researching count? I think so.