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Adult ADHD: How to Succeed as a Hunter in a Farmer's World

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Humans devised better innovations and organizational structures to boost their living, and the need for hyperactivity slowly diminished over a long period of time, regardless of whether they were in a gathering or farming society. But if ADHD is a genetic disease or an abnormality, it’s a popular one, possibly afflicting as many as 25 million individuals in the United States. If the wild boar vanishes into the brush, and a rabbit appears, the Hunter is off in a new direction. My source for this comment is a Buddhist meditator of 15 years experience, with suspected ADHD myself, who also holds a PhD in neuroscience which was written on EEG brain activity in adults with ADHD.

A genetic variant associated with ADHD has been found at higher frequency in more nomadic populations and those with more of a history of migration. They love the hunt, but are easily bored by mundane tasks, such as having to clean the fish, dress the meat, or fill out the paperwork. While it offers a great perspective of ADHD as an asset the authors do not spend enough time talking about the experiences of people with far less privilege than the primarily white and male success stories they offer as examples. Am rating a 4 because the Kindle version included things like "For Preview Only" for what I am assuming are minor editorial changes to the new edition. As hunters, they would have been constantly scanning their environment, looking for food or threats (distractibility); they’d have to act without hesitation (impulsivity); and they’d have to love the high-stimulation and risk-filled environment of the hunting field.

I didn’t really feel like I learned anything from reading this book, though maybe for someone who had a negative mindset towards ADHD might find this a useful guide to understanding ADHD. The opposite of a person with ADHD is the person who has the ability to focus attention on one task for an extended period of time. But with the Farmers’ conquests in moving west they became the dominators and takers of what laid before them. The Epilogue to the book examines the evolution and migration over the last 10,000 years of the hunter-gatherer from what is now the Near East in becoming the agriculturists of the Western World.

These questions and some possible answers are woven through this book, providing basic factual information about ADHD with a twist that helps readers recognize the value—sometimes quite special—of people who have it. The need for constant stimulation, impulsivity and ability to act in high risk situations would have made the hunter quite successful. Unfortunately for ADHD children, traditional schools teach for the patient "farmers", and not the alert and quick reacting "hunters. An appeal of his book is questioning why ADHD is primarily inherited and why 10% of the population has ADHD.As someone who has been confirmed to have a lot of ADHD traits, I found this book fascinating, inspiring and easy to read. No Evidence for Strong Recent Positive Selection Favoring the 7 Repeat Allele of VNTR in the DRD4 Gene".

The current understanding of ADHD not necessarily meaning you're bouncing off the walls but that your brain might be the hyperactive part, is so relatable for me.

Providing a supportive survival guide to help fine tune your natural skill set, rather than suppress it, Hartmann shows that each mind--whether hunter, farmer, or somewhere in between--has value and great potential waiting to be tapped. A number of medicinal herbs that may also alleviate ADHD including skullcap, valerian, hops, blue and black cohosh, chamomile and lady’s slipper.

In 1979 Hartmann and his wife Louise founded New England Salem Children's Village whose main purpose is to provide a home and a nurturing environment for neglected and emotionally disturbed children and New England Salem Childrens Trust (NESCT). My kids were high strung and had trouble sitting still but with a firm parent we were able to keep them inline. In considering the opposite side of this picture, what are effective ways that managers, parents, and teachers can work with a Hunter? In the book, Thom hypothesized that traits that were advantageous in a hunting culture - being alert to every sound in the environment, willingness to take risks, etc - became not so helpful when society switched to farming, and the prized trait was the ability to stick patiently to a task. Hartmann then provides fifteen stories of individuals with ADHD, stories that are very revealing in opening the reader to a greater sensitivity in recognizing ADHD.So much of the population is given this label that it’s almost inevitably something natural and not a disease.

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