Beyond Add : Hunting for Reasons in the Past & Present

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Though little is known about the condition itself, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is becoming a part of American household vocabulary. Thom Hartmann was one of the pioneers of ADD research. With his previous books he has shown how individuals with ADD are not just "hyperactive" or "easily distracted," but actually possess highly adaptive, entrepreneurial skills - traits which served ancient hunters but which meet with resistance in modern agrarian societies. Beyond ADD deepens the discussion by showing how ...
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Overview

Though little is known about the condition itself, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is becoming a part of American household vocabulary. Thom Hartmann was one of the pioneers of ADD research. With his previous books he has shown how individuals with ADD are not just "hyperactive" or "easily distracted," but actually possess highly adaptive, entrepreneurial skills - traits which served ancient hunters but which meet with resistance in modern agrarian societies. Beyond ADD deepens the discussion by showing how different people with the same diagnosis can exhibit different behaviors, ranging from hyperactivity to being withdrawn, from forgetfulness to being obsessively hyperfocused. He explores possible genetic origins and discusses how ADD-related traits may have served to further human evolution. He spotlights how modern life might contribute to ADD, from toxic environments that neurologically damages fetuses to nutritional deficiencies, a quick-fix consumer culture, and overpopulation. He documents the difficulties gifted children encounter in an educational system that does not stimulate them, and the hardships for visual learners in an auditory environment. As he discusses brain chemistry and physiology, he examines the pros and cons of the controversial drug Ritalin.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781887424127
  • Publisher: Underwood Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Why We Have ADD
1 ADD is Profitable for Business 1
2 Education and Our Children 15
3 Genetics and Psychology 51
4 Social Adaptations 95
5 The Stress and Toxicity of Modern Life 121
6 Brain Chemistry and Physiology 147
7 Contemporary Lifestyles and Habits 171
Summary: What Is This Thing Called ADD Anyway? 203
Chapter Notes 205
About the Author 209
Index 211
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