Intelligence and the ADHD Fallacy

1realistutopian By 1realistutopian, 13th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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With so much information available to us, it becomes difficult to determine the good information from the nonsense. Yet still, for some issues, we still need more information because we just haven't got it quite right yet.

More Research, Please!

Contrary to the popular belief, individuals diagnosed with Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be both intelligent, while also experience the clinically diagnosed deficiencies in executive functioning. These deficiencies correspond to dysfunction in the frontal lobe of the brain which causes the readily recognizable traits prevalent in individuals who are diagnosed with the condition. Major difficulties are include tasks which involve a degree of organization and planning, time management, managing emotions, and oftentimes, learning difficulties.

Educators often fail to meet the needs of individuals with ADHD, especially in the critical early years. There are a number of reasons for this, and the big offender is the way traditional classrooms are set up. Children with ADHD need to be engaged in a manner that interests them, and sitting in a classroom listening to an authority figure ordering them to learn is not a conducive learning environment for these children. Our education system can do better for our children.

My experience with ADHD/ADD children and adults can only be described as an honor. The privilege and rewards are mine. While I am not an expert in neuropsychology, I have found many trait and behavioral similarities. Many individuals with ADHD tendencies have artistic temperaments, they are extremely imaginative people. They have the capacity to present information in new and exciting ways, and can be particularly adept at creative tasks where they have a sense of freedom in which they can safely express themselves.

Many ADHD individuals I know are left-handed. I wonder if there is a connection to be made here. My assumptions are not founded on any scientific knowledge, merely an observation. Nevertheless, I base my knowledge and pseudo-expert status on a small-scale interest in the well-being of individuals trying to come to terms and live with ADHD.

If there is a link found between lefties and ADHD, then we could certainly explain away some of the deficiencies that account for the diagnosis by virtue of brain hemisphere dominance. Isn’t it also interesting that individuals with ADHD that I know are also more talented at math and science? This observation is not only from family members with the condition, but other people I know too! These are the very subjects that we should be advancing in our education institutions to ensure the development of new technologies and information systems, and the betterment of our communities.

So, instead of thinking of ADHD as an illness, a deficiency, or a reason for discrimination, we need to consider the possibilities and abilities of these very unique and gifted individuals. It is just feasible that they are a product of hyper-evolution, and the rest of us need to catch-up to them.

So, what's my real message?

More research, please!


Adhd, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Children, Intelligence, Medication, Misdiagnosis, Myth

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14th Aug 2012 (#)

I know a lot of ADHD is caused by red and yellow food dyes which are in many foods, candy, and drinks.

Many people are trying to eliminate exposure to these food dyes and are having great results.

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author avatar 1realistutopian
14th Aug 2012 (#)

Yes, food dyes are a major trigger in ADHD behaviors, and I have watched my daughters hyperactivity in relation to certain foods. No orange juice/pop is allowed in this house. With that said, I also put her on an organic diet - thinking this would "cure" the problem, and the results were not significant. So, the bottom line, like everything else in life - is trial and error. People are people, and each are unique. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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