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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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These conclusions, however, are still compatible with the theory: "Overall, our results are compatible with the mismatch theory for ADHD but suggest a much older time frame for the evolution of ADHD-associated alleles compared to previous hypotheses. No Evidence for Strong Recent Positive Selection Favoring the 7 Repeat Allele of VNTR in the DRD4 Gene". For the Hunter school child, again setting goals and rewarding performance in meeting the goals need to be short-term and daily.

I found it much more coherent this time around and although Hartmann's description of the underlying traits of ADHD are accomplished I am simply unconvinced by his main thesis. The traits associated with ADHD (hyperfocus, multi-tasking, high levels of energy, out-of-the-box thinking) helped me thrive as an entrepreneur. But for Hunters to read or study on their own such feedback has not been available until the development of biofeedback that measures alpha wave EEG. Our Western religious heritage that has told us that we have dominion over the Earth is taking us to the brink of extinction, a topic I have frequently written about with my interest in the role of our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors.From an evolutionary viewpoint, "hyperfocus" was advantageous, conferring superb hunting skills and a prompt response to predators.

Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.The central thesis to this book is that in a primal, tribal environment, people that are hyper-alert and reactive are necessary for the collective safety and survival of the group. These two brain formations control the sensory input to the brain, the thalamus as a gate to the cortex and the reticular formation as an alarm announcing that there is danger. The need for constant stimulation, impulsivity and ability to act in high risk situations would have made the hunter quite successful. I get the theory behind it and why it makes it easier for people by thinking there is nothing wrong with their brain but when you think more into it, what it means is we didn’t evolve with society and are more primitive in nature and that doesn’t seem very positive. If the wild boar vanishes into the brush, and a rabbit appears, the Hunter is off in a new direction.

According to evolutionary anthropologist Ben Campbell of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, studies of the Ariaal, an isolated nomadic group in Kenya, suggest that hyperactivity and impulsivity—key traits of ADHD—have distinct advantages to nomadic people.

As hunters, they would have been constantly scanning their environment, looking for food or threats (distractibility); theyd have to act without hesitation (impulsivity); and theyd have to love the high-stimulation and risk-filled environment of the hunting field. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in Washington, D.

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