Recently I’ve been learning more and more about ADHD.
Did you know that Dr. Russel Barkley is saying it isn’t an attention deficit disorder?
I’ve been saying that all along.
“We can now say that this is not an attention disorder. This is a problem with persistence toward the future.”
I’ve been saying it’s a problem with attention control, not with attention deficit.
Dr. Barkley is saying it is a … let me get the exact words here, “We can now say that this is not an attention disorder. This is a problem with persistence toward the future.”
He’s saying we can’t manage time and that’s causing all of this.
Okay, he’s also saying that we have a negligible working memory, and that we cannot assemble tasks into the structures required to accomplish long term or significant goals.
We get distracted because we have no facility for internal motivation or calculation.
We need those things to be externalized and in our faces.
So Thanks, ADHD!
That’s just one thing I’m facetiously thanking ADHD for today. Another one is this, ADHD tends to lead us toward a poor diet. Some people refer to the ADHD diet of choice (as if we chose it) as the Western Diet.
This diet tends to incorporate a lot of fast foods, lots of carbohydrates, and lower vitamin, mineral and nutrition ratios than the diets that are actually beneficial to us.
Our diets lead to a significantly increased risk of obesity and of poor oral hygiene and subsequent oral health.
Are you scared yet?
Further studies have shown that ADHD is associated with an increased risk of early and unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Again, thanks impulsivity, adrenaline rush, need for adventure, and need for immediate gratification. If we could think of the outcomes as rewards rather than thinking of the activities as such, we might be better off, but that is not something we are capable of in the … ahem, heat of the moment.
But that’s not all …
Additionally, ADHD comes complete with addictive behavior, especially when it comes to alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use.
On top of the risk taking that can lead to this, the alterations to the state of mind that these substances cause are often ideal and welcome changes to the ADHD suffers self perceptions.
Impulsive behavior and welcome changes are two very good reasons why, once addicted, we have difficulty breaking the hold that these and other substances can gain on our lives.
So … bad?
Nope … worse than bad. Because of this addiction stuff we have a potentially increased risk of cancer. Yes, ADHD could be an indicator, possibly a precursor to Cancer. F*king CANCER!!!
Additionally, I’ve recently learned the hard way, that thanks to in increase in congenital heart issues, these aforementioned addiction risks, and that also aforementioned diet trouble, we are at greater risk for heart disease.
I say I’ve learned this the hard way because, although I do not know which factors have contributed to this, I am in fact a person with ADHD AND Heart Disease.
So yeah, thanks, ADHD. Thanks a lot.
Although my opinions are stated throughout this post, much of the factual information here came from Dr. Russel Barkley's many contributions to the wealth of knowledge that is ADHD research and can be found on his websites here and here.