Dr. Marx posted the letters to the editor about the sensational NYT article “The Natural Fix” for ADHD.
I was surprised that they’re so positive. And from some apparently credentialed people. And there wasn’t a single negative one.
Am I once again just being too suspicious?
What do you think???
I promised to provide summaries of the studies I quoted:
The brain has two systems, one is on when our brain is resting, and another when we are focusing on something. When one of them is on, the other is supposed to be off. But in us ADDers, they both stay on all the time. We are pressing the accelerator and the brakes at the same time. And that persists even in people who appear to have outgrown their ADD ADHD.
Also our brains have fewer dopamine receptors in the reward network, which suggests it would take something extra intense to satisfy us.
Our brains are different.
Yes, Virginia, ADD ADHD exists.
People who have two long versions of a dopamine receptor gene are more likely to have ADD ADHD. This is a new concept to me and I haven’t digested it yet.