There are different types of Attention Deficit Disorder. We have already looked at the desirability of a Low-GI diet; this was followed up with a discussion about nutrition and brain function. The concluding articles in the group speak about the negative impact of ‘sugar rushes’ and how to prevent them from happening. With the next few articles we will delve a bit deeper into the issue of how our diets can make a real difference in the process of conquering ADD/ADHD. Attention is the issue at the heart of ADD/ADHD, and we will need to take a brief look at it before we can do that, however.
We are sometimes so used to an acronym that we completely forget what it stands for. Attention Deficit Disorder. This is a pity since the acronym accurately describes the problem that we are dealing with, a problem with paying attention, an ‘attention deficit’. The difficulties that people dealing with ADD/ADHD experience when it comes to attention lies in two related but distinct areas: – Some people find it very difficult to focus – Other people find it very difficult to deal with distractions.
So what is the difference between these two types of ‘attention deficits’? Regardless of surrounding environment, with the first, the primary problem is someone finding difficulty in ‘zoning in’ on a certain topic, discussion, or assignment. It would be just as hard to carry on a normal conversation in some instances with this type of inattention.
The main factor in the next type is outside environment. When in lively environments, tendency to be distracted can be increased many times over.
The distinction made above between the two basic types of inattention may seem trivial but it cuts to the heart of how the brain pays attention and is therefore a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to dealing with ADD/ADHD. It means that different people will need different things in order to improve their attention: – Some people will have to learn how to ‘tune’ in’. You can compare this by using a magnifying glass over an object. Try to find the precisely correct angle and distance. – Other people will have to learn how to ‘tune out’. I am a frequent flyer and I always take a set of top quality noise cancelling headphones with me when I fly. Their effect borders on the miraculous. One flick of a switch and it is as if the outside world ceases to exist. This is a good analogy of the kind of ‘tuning out’ that some people will need to learn, the filtering out of distractions to the extent that they become almost irrelevant.
There are many differing neurotransmitters. These are chemicals which carry messages throughout the brain and body. Lack of these chemicals can cause troubles which are probably similar to what you have experienced: lack of attention, impulsive behavior, daydreaming. And the list goes on and on. RSF (reflexive stimulus responsive) attention is sometimes called bottom up. This is where the brain ‘snaps to attention’ due to the influence of something in the environment. This type is centered in a totally different part of the brain namely the parietal cortex to the back of the brain. There are many intriguing implications gathered from the insight.
It means, at the very least, that we will need to pay much closer attention to the type of inattention we are dealing with. I will profile this issue in a bit more detail in the next article by discussing ways in which we can identify the different types of inattention. I will also begin to look at the role that nutrition can play to combat them. See you soon :-)!
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