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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

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The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Other than a couple schools that literally put ADHD kids in closets, the schools most of my friends' kids go to are excellent at putting together plans to help the kids learn better. He does a great job explaining what he believes to be the evolutionary advantage of hunter children and the edge they have over us neurotypical people when it comes to creative skills.

Hartmann claims that most or all humans were nomadic hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years, but that this standard gradually changed as agriculture developed in most societies, and more people worldwide became farmers. Henry Harpending of the University of Utah reports that with this genetic mutation, "You probably do better in a context of aggressive competition. He does spend time talking about the high incidence of ADHD in prisons, outside of a very brief paragraph he avoids discussing the systemic reasons that people of color, and people in poverty are less likely to get treatment for ADHD, and more likely to have harsh sentences for crime.

I recommend beginning with something broader and more informative, and then if you run on female hormones read something specific to adhd in women (Sari Solden is brilliant) before you dive into this one. We have resources; we have 504 plans and IEPs (in the US anyway); we have ways of helping kids reach their potential without making them feel like shit. The metaphor of a ‘hunter in a farmer’s world’ fits so many of the ADHD youngsters and adults with whom I have worked. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a residential and day school for children with ADHD, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

this is one of the most important books on understanding ADHD I have come across, and I've read/listened to a lot since being diagnosed at 42 with ADHD 9 years ago. It is helpfully sectioned into "Understanding hunters and farmers", which explains how to recognise and understand the hunter type and "Living and thriving in a farmer's world" which gives practical advice for both hunters and the farmers who know them.This discovery caused some psychologists to initially postulate that ADHD was the result of growing up in a dysfunctional family; they suggested that ADHD may follow the same pattern as child or spousal abuse.

Again what seems most effective is changing the style of teaching to the style of the Hunter, a style that encourages creativity. Ritalin can also increase blood pressure, cause weight loss and hair loss, though in general it has been considered safe.A bit repetitive in places but in my experience this approach has to be more productive in supporting people that find themselves struggling. Does school, compared to home, provide a unique adaptive context for children's ADHD-associated behaviors?

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