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A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which affects 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17, is currently the most prevalent psychiatric illness of young people in America.

But is A.D.H.D. a disease?

“Recent neuroscience research shows that people with A.D.H.D. are actually hard-wired for novelty-seeking — a trait that had, until relatively recently, a distinct evolutionary advantage. Compared with the rest of us, they have sluggish and underfed brain reward circuits, so much of everyday life feels routine and understimulating. To compensate, they are drawn to new and exciting experiences and get famously impatient and restless with the regimented structure that characterizes our modern world. In short, people with A.D.H.D. may not have a disease, so much as a set of behavioral traits that don’t match the expectations of our contemporary culture.” Read more.

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