What Is ADD/ADHD?

Contrary to people’s belief, Attention Deficit disorder or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is not the result of “bad parenting” or that you or your child simply has problems controlling attitude, and people that would suggest such a notion or downright wrong!

Attention Deficit (and its many forms: ADD/ADHD/LD) is a dysfunction of the Central Nervous System (CNS), more specifically the Reticular Activating System if affected, which results in difficulties in maintaining attention, concentration, learning and memory, as well as involving an inability to process and sort out incoming information or stimulus from both an individual’s inner (subjective) and outer (objective) worlds. It may manifest itself in undue passivity or inattentiveness, or unruly, uncontrollable, aggressive hyperactivity in affected individuals.

What Are The Causes Of Attention Deficit?

Attention Deficit is a limiting metabolic dysfunction of the Reticular Activating System, which is the center of consciousness. It coordinates learning and memory, and which normally supplies the appropriate neural connections necessary for smooth information processing and clear, non-stressful attention. When neural building materials are lacking, demand for further connectivity cannot easily be fulfilled, interfering with the efficient processing of information, and frustrating the AD individual.

When neural “hardware” remains in limited production (there’s not enough of it), and supply cannot keep up with the demand (increasing stimulus or “traffic”) for new neural connections within the Central Nervous System (CNS). Demands for new learning, memory, and the management of information processing cannot be satisfied. The insufficient “connections” result in existing neural pathways being repeatedly overworked and over stressed, often resulting in complete gridlock or shutdown so that nothing is processed thereafter. This generates frustration, bewilderment and behavioral problems in the Attention Deficit individual.

The Reticular Activating System and its connections, are at the center of consciousness, attention and learning.

The Reticular Activating System appears to be intimately involved in the neural mechanisms that produce consciousness and focused attention. It receives impulses from the spinal cord and relaying them to the Thalamus, and from there to the Cortex, and back again in a feedback loop to the Hippocampus/Thalamus/ Hypothalamus and participating neural structures in order for learning and memory to take place. Without continual excitation of cortical neurons by reticular activation impulses, an individual is unconscious and cannot be aroused. When stimulation is enough for consciousness but not for attentiveness, ADD or LD results. If too activated, an individual cannot relax or concentrate (and is over-stimulated or hyperactive) often resulting in ADHD.