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ADHD: No Cure, But …

no cure
… doesn’t mean no hope

ADHD is a developmental disorder. Something went wrong, or different, during the development of my frontal lobe.

Brain chemistry has been affected, as well as pathways of communication.

It’s not that the chemistry has been shut down, just reduced or restricted to some extent.

And the communication pathways are there, they’re just rough goat paths through rocky terrain instead of nicely surfaced pathways through an urban park setting.

And these are physical things, the chemistry is affected because of physical differences. And the pathways are physical things as well.

Microscopic issues

And they’re too small to be repaired. These issues are microscopic.

Well, one of the things that has been noted is that the right side of the ADHD brain is closer in size to the left.

But no one is suggesting a partial lobotomy to make them the more acceptably non-symmetrical ratio of the neurotypical brain. Well, no one yet.

So, no hope?

I’m the last person to hold out misty wisps of false hope for others to try to grasp, so I’m going to tell you straight up. there is no hope, none. Sorry.

Okay, wait, there’s no hope for a cure. but that doesn’t mean there isn’t treatment.

What’s the difference?

Well, the difference is that a cure is something that causes a permanent rectification. Treatment is ongoing therapy that alleviates the negative effects of the symptoms.

For an example, let’s say that, like me, you have some damage to your back. Perhaps it’s age induced or maybe there was trauma, or maybe, like me, there was trauma and then age made it worse.

Now I’m just whining …

Ha, okay, I’ll stop. But lets look at our “imaginary” back issue here. Perhaps the vertebrae involved could be fused and, while limiting flexibility to a minuscule degree, the problem is cured.

But let’s say that there is also the possibility of therapy. The core of the body might, if strengthened adequately, compensate for the damage and alleviate the pain. The therapy needs to be ongoing because if the core is allowed to weaken again the pain returns.

Then let’s say …

On closer examination, the surgeon determines that the bones are in a condition that renders them inoperable. What’s left?

The same situation as ADHD is what we have here. Therapy can help, but, and I’m going to scream this so cover your ears … THERE IS NO CURE!!!

So, therapy?

There are many. Some therapies are documented, and some are individually created to help the person who created them.

And therapy is such an important topic … I think it deserves its own post, don’t you?

So stay tuned and we’ll discuss personal and packaged therapies on Friday, if I remember.

Hell, stay tuned to see if I remember. 😉

ADHD: No Cure, But …

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). ADHD: No Cure, But …. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2018/05/adhd-no-cure-but/

 

Last updated: 4 May 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 May 2018
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