ADHD: Dr. Daniel Amen Says This is the Brain Disorder of Boredom – Vol. 374, August 11, 2016
I found Dr. Amen’s last article to be of keen interest to me because I rather agree that the people that I know who have been diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have a difficult time in school where they are to sit and listen and then take notes. This isn’t the way their minds work, not in the least. These folks need stimulation, they take risks, they are impulsive in their behaviors and generally unorganized.
Dr. Amen explains that this is due to the way the front of their brains are under stimulated. Things that would scare those of us with normal functioning brains like very fast motor cycle rides, calm these folks down. This occurs because the adrenaline that is released increases their very low functioning prefrontal cortex.
Dr. Amen explains that the reason that people with ADD and ADHD can play exciting video games for hours, is because of the constant stimulation to their brains. This can go as far as people who get bored in their relationships after a few months, the novelty wearing off.
So, if you have a kid or if you yourself are having a difficult time with boring tasks, feeling calmed by more exciting things with life, needing constant stimulation to calm your own, ADD/ADHD could be the issue.
I would suggest you take a gander at Dr. Amen’s new book: Reclaim Your Brain: How to Calm Your Thoughts, Heal Your Mind, and Bring Your Life Back Under Control. In that book he gives you many ideas on how to deal with your boredom and how to better manage your mind.
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