Edison Gene


So, I’ve been reading up on ADHD lately. As it turns out, I show a lot of tendencies towards ADHD Inattentive type: I struggle with executive function, I can hyperfocus when I’m interested in something but not at all when I’m not interested in it, I tend to daydream, etc. This has been eye-opening to me because I don’t seem to have the hyperactive part of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder: I can sit quietly and still for long periods of time. I guess that explains how I’m just now learning I might have this at the age of 38.

I just finished reading “The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child” by Thom Hartmann. I especially liked the way it framed the qualities of ADHD as being adaptive traits that might be well suited to a hunter or in the wilds, but which doesn’t align with our modern day society’s need for a farmer/factory mentality. This makes it feel less like a disorder and more like a temperament- like introversion- that isn’t actually bad, it just doesn’t quite fit with social norms.

The book covers a lot of ground: such as the entire span of human evolution and the impacts of climate changes throughout history- I sometimes wondered if I’d picked up a different book altogether, but overall it was quite a good read. It did lean slightly heavily on the hyperactive version of ADHD traits rather than the inattentive version- a division that (according to the book) falls along gender lines: proposing that societal influences cause girls to turn their hyperactivity inward. This certainly tracks with me personally: again, I can sit quietly and still for long periods of time and still have my mind be off down a rabbit hole. There was *one* chapter on girls and women with ADHD and the Inattentive version of the trait- just as it was starting to get interesting and discuss what I actually wanted to know about, the chapter ended! Lol.

So, I have a lot of new information to digest now. I’ll be interested to see what else I resonate with now that I know what to look for.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on September 2, 2020.

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