If you know all about the bell shaped curve, please scroll down to ADHD and the Curve.
Many phenomena and most human attributes follow a bell shaped curve distribution. Height, for example. If you have a room of a hundred people, line them up by height; there will be a few very short ones and a few very tall, most in between. If you draw a graph of height versus number of people of that height, you get a bell shaped curve.
number of people on left, Y axis. Height on bottom, X axis
This does not fit for discrete features, like eye color for example.
ADHD and the Curve:
One of the ADHD controversies is whether ADHD is part of a spectrum, for example, some people have very good attention and some have very poor and most are in the middle and we ADHDers on on the left –
The Spectrum Theory
Or, whether we are not on the curve, but have a discrete condition. This is what I believe.
The Discrete Condition Theory
More Science: Treatment:
80 percent of ADHDers will respond to either methylphenidate or amphetamine, maybe 5 percent will only respond to one of these and maybe 15 percent will not respond to either. And there’s a small percent that can’t tolerate the meds.
If the child is under six, start with a behavioral program. If six or older, behavioral program plus medication. The progam includes parent training and school intervention.
Dr. Barkley on ADHD in Adults – i don’t agree with all of his points, but it’s a good discussion.
Jokes O the Day:
- An ADHDer walk into a bar.
2. A dyslexic walks into a rab.
Personal Note O the Day:
My plan is to do a broad survey of science, maybe in intermittent posts. That’s my plan anyway. (But remember that I have ADHD.)
Any thoughts about this?
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