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ADHD is not a Neurological Disorder
By Diane Vanas on September 5th, 2008(viewed 1487 times).






ADHD is not a Neurological Disorder 

It always seemed a puzzle to me how ADHD could be viewed as a neurological disorder when all the children and adults that I work with can attend to computer games, Game Boy or the like for long periods of time, even though they have attentional struggles with undesirable tasks.  The logical dilemma is that the same parts of the brain are involved in computer games, as well as schoolwork, writing and other work tasks.  The difference is the desirability of these tasks not what parts of the brain they use. 

Invariably, ADHD children and adults tell me that they can attend very well to tasks that they enjoy and have difficulty attending to tasks that they do not like.  If you think about it, this is the case with all of us. It is only more extreme in their case.

If children and adults who are supposedly “ADHD” had a neurological defect that caused their attentional problems with undesirable tasks, then that same neurological problem would surely interfere with all tasks that utilized the effected part of the brain. Game Boy would be as difficult to attend to as math problems.

The differentiating variable is clearly motivation, ie. whether or not they enjoyed the task.  Thus, it seems obvious that the appropriate intervention should deal with how they have learned to experience the task, not their neurology. 

And, this is exactly why I developed my patented treatment technology, Computer Aided Emotional Restructuring (CAER).   This unique and powerful treatment technology extinguishes the learning history that gives some tasks a very negative emotional experience, and thus they dislike them and thus have difficulty attending to them.

Lawrence Weathers, Ph.D.
Psychologist

These and other interesting ideas are explained in more depth in my book ADHD: A Path to Success.  Information on my perception of ADHD and its drug-free treatment treatment can be found on my website, www.caer.com.

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