I am an at home mom with a 9yr.old son newly dianosed, a 5yr. old daughter with ADHD, and a 7yr.old daughter in the middle who's a genius. I often wondered, if a child who acts as if they are on a low dose of speed already (ie...an ADHD child), is then given a medication that mimics a low dose of speed, why is it that they calm down and focus rather than go through the roof? The reason was described to me recently in a way that I thought everyone should hear it! Imagine that the normal brain is like a mid-west freeway of knowledge where all the lanes are flowing at the same speed so that when a car of information wants to get on the freeway and change lanes to the fast lane of storage, the transition is smooth and consistant. Now imagine an ADD/ADHD brain being an LA freeway of knowledge during commute time where one lane may be going the speed limit (65mph), but another is going 35mph, and another is going 5mph. When the car of information tries to get on the freeway and change lanes, it is so difficult that it may even be knocked off onto the shoulder and has to try and try again util it is successful. Then due to the high distactablilty of an ADD/ADHD person causing forgetfullness, it is no different than missing your exit of application because of this difficult freeway and it's inconsistant traffic flow! Medications speed up the slower lanes so that the traffic is consistant making it easier for the information cars to get on the freeway of knowledge and get to the fast lane of storage, and then over to the exit of application!
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