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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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As hunters, they would have been constantly scanning their environment, looking for food or threats (distractibility); theyd have to act without hesitation (impulsivity); and theyd have to love the high-stimulation and risk-filled environment of the hunting field. But since they appear average they are unable to find the support they need to help them go beyond just being average. Do you think they would fill their days tidying the cave, preparing dinner, and teaching the children how to start a fire? I would not, however, give it to a teen with ADD or ADHD, especially if that teen requires short-term or long-term medication to assist with attention and/or the development of executive skills.

Thom Hartmann is a progressive radio talk show host, author, and retired businessman who was born and grew up in Michigan.A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in Washington, D. They love the hunt, but are easily bored by mundane tasks, such as having to clean the fish, dress the meat, or fill out the paperwork.

Of course that could be true sometimes that teachers try to insist on some medical backup in the classroom, it's up to parents to advocate for their ADHD kids and say no if they don't think that's what the kid needs.But if ADHD is a genetic disease or an abnormality, it’s a popular one, possibly afflicting as many as 25 million individuals in the United States. Genes, polymorphisms, and the making of societies : how genetic behavioral traits influence human culture. The central thesis to this book is that in a primal, tribal environment, people that are hyper-alert and reactive are necessary for the collective safety and survival of the group.

A wounded boar, or elephant, or bear, can kill you--and many a Hunter has been killed by his would-be prey. In my childhood, I couldn’t pay attention to the teachers who had a bland teaching style, but I flourished with those who had an interactive, hands-on approach to learning. Wish it had more in-text references, perhaps it's the academic in me, but at times it's hard to tell what's theory and what's been proven. I advise those with ADHD to figure out which activities naturally interest them, and to follow the direction that their compasses are pointing. As a British person I still found that a lot of the theories and ideas and ways to cope in the book were very relevant and valid, regardless of the country you live in.Many years ago a psychologist friend explained ADHD to me in this way: “A child comes into my office and touches something. Furthermore, a recent 2020 study found that ADHD allele frequency has been decreasing for up to 35,000 years, indicating negative selection. The evolution from the Hunter to the Farmer can be considered an evolution in consciousness as the immigration slowly moved west and the successful Farmer learned to focus on the details of farming, details that the Hunter would have considered boring. As someone who has been confirmed to have a lot of ADHD traits, I found this book fascinating, inspiring and easy to read. Or were those inattentive husbands distracted from their tools by daydreams of a scrumptious dinner made with herbs from the hillside?

In some ways this child is acting like a Hunter, hunting for a “yes” with an awareness of everything that is in his environment, yet in today’s world he would be considered a problem. Over many years, most humans adapted to farming cultures, but Hartmann speculates that people with ADHD retained some of the older hunter characteristics. Tolerance for ambiguity, the willingness to stick with the goal in spite of obstacles, and an openness that allows the person to new ways to define the problem are important elements for creativity.Hartmann’s theory, now fairly widely accepted as I understand it, helps to illustrate and explain the differences between my neurodivergent brain and a neurotypical brain. A number of medicinal herbs that may also alleviate ADHD including skullcap, valerian, hops, blue and black cohosh, chamomile and lady’s slipper. The rest of us who can plan out our lives and sit behind desks are the descendants of the humans who started farming. org), to create more awareness about inattentive ADHD and the need for early diagnosis and treatment. The current understanding of ADHD not necessarily meaning you're bouncing off the walls but that your brain might be the hyperactive part, is so relatable for me.

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