Delayed maturation, or erroneous maturation as basis for ADHD?
Like everyone else, I have my fixed ideas and opinions, and like most of us ADHDers, I have definite opinions about ADHD.
Some researchers suggest that ADHD is a delayed maturation of the brain, especially in the executive functions. (See the link below.) That might help explain why about half of the kids seem to outgrow it. But further research shows that even in those people the brain networks remain “abnormal.”
Some people would prefer the term, “different,” rather than “abnormal,” but in my opinion, if the difference occurs in less than 8% of the population and causes significant difficulties in functioning, it is “abnormal.” But I digress.
If it is simply a slowness of maturation, then our brain should eventually catch up and we should no longer have ADHD. And 50% of us “outgrow” it. I think for some of us, our brains have matured and we have learned coping skills and better self-control (over impulsiveness, procrastination, jiggling, etc.) and ADHD seems to have vanished, except in research studies. ( I am not in that 50%.)
I believe the basis for ADHD is miswiring of the neural networks between the posterior and more primitive parts of the brain and the frontal lobes. This leads to difficulty in controlling focus and in controlling impulses. And so we have the symptoms of ADHD, and we need strategies .
Request O the Day:
I would love to get your opinions on this, especially from our more scientific readers.
Question O the Day:
Did anyone get the joke on the next to last post or did it fly right over your heads?