"The Creativity of ADHD" (New Article on health benefits of "ADHD")
It's great to see them linking ADHD to healthy biological processes finally. And yes they're right on the money.
ADHD is a form of "biological multi-tasking". It allows the mental and bodily processes of learning skills to fully manifest. Not just in terms of "creative divergence", as they call it, but also as to allow the full biological apparatus of learning, memory, and skills-acquisitioning to manifest. Memory and learning is a mathematical topological phenomenon, spatially organized. Movement mirrors this process. It's why people pace around while they're deep in thought. Or lose themselves playing a musical instrument. Or why scholastic students also usually pursue sports. Plus bodily movement allows for more efficient work and passage across the blood-brain barrier, which requires active transport. This facilitates and increases the speed and thus effectiveness of memory encoding, especially long-term potentiation. They're navigating, accessing, filling in, forming and connecting, and sometimes severing; mental connections/neural networks. All while bouncing around in the schoolyard or climbing around on their desk like monkey bars. There's more, but I'd say we'd be edging into areas still considered "national security" at this point, so we'll desist.
It's time we stop prescribing this whole ADHD "epidemic" onto our youth, especially our "rambunctious" young boys. Putting them on adderal and other ADHD medication slows down their physical and mental development.
"ADHD" is part of the human body’s need to move and manipulate and “work”, while learning. To attempt to prescribe young children, especially boys, with medication that strongly dampens the “symptoms” of ADHD, is to hamper and paralyze a child’s ability to learn about the world around them, and to learn to apply themselves effectively to the physical environment. It's another strong developmental disorder being forced on our youth.
Could this be the reason i find it hard to focus and get shit done in complete silence?Like i need to hear something in the background or some noise otherwise i keep getting side-tracked.
Yeah it seems pretty clear this excess movement speeds up the body's metabolism and assists in tasks of intense mental effort and concentration. Though obviously there are activities rigorous enough not to warrant it, mental concentration is complimented by a physical response/anchor of some sort in the body. This might be a finely tuned and balanced response, evidence for this would be foot tapping, or leg shaking as rambunctious people of all ages demonstrate. Or maybe it also serves as an outlet for excess energy, e.g. "grounding". Or it could just be a matter of crossing a particular threshold, e.g. a simple on/off switch. Regardless it's all designed to get the body's metabolism going to aid in glycogen and glucose breakdown and active transport across cell membranes. Learning and mental concentration are biologically RIGOROUS activities. There are clear parallels for this in computer science. As any IT or computer tech knows, computation requires power. And there's certainly a byproduct. The excess heat put off by computer systems in operation is sizable.
However loud NOISE, even musical, should be considered more of a distraction than a help. It's presumably too much artificial feedback and it affects concentration. Loud noise is already known to cause disorientation in people, there's obviously a link there.
As far as some noise serving as a "distraction", yes your mind may "look" for other stimuli if it's not engaged well enough. There's more to this actually but we'll cover that later