From: Paul Adams
Date: Wed Dec 8, 2004 11:31 pm
Subject: Re: [FreezoneOrg]ADHD - should it be treated?
On Wed, 08 Dec 2004 20:03:46 -0000, XXXX wrote:
> The essence of ADD, as far as I am concerned and the essence of ADHD
> (in my opinion) is dispersal of attention.
I'm just taking a stab in the dark here. As a course supervisor, I
commonly observed that a student would have his interest and attention
on something, then he would go by a misunderstood something, or see
something that triggered an earlier misunderstood something, and his
attention would instantly disperse off the original item of interest
onto something else. One would note the dispersal as an indicator,
and if he didn't catch it himself, then go in and handle it by
locating the misunderstood something or the earlier restimulated
It is tempting to make the mental leap that if someone continually has
their attention getting dispersed off things, then maybe there is a
chain of misunderstood somethings at work, and if these misunderstood
somethings could be located and cleared up, then maybe the dispersals
would lessen and eventually disappear. Even just locating the
misunderstood something(s) would help.
One can get fixated into written words or symbols on a page as being
the only things that can be misunderstood, but I don't see why similar
phenomena could not be caused by other items. What happens when most
people see things in life they don't understand? Or things they
invent explanations for? The parallels with types of m/u seem
interesting, but I haven't done a serious study of it.
A young child lacking knowledge of the world around him would
naturally be surrounded by misunderstood things. Could this possibly
contribute to why he has a "short attention span"?