Indeed, being 'difficult' can improve survival of infants during drought (devries 1984) however, between such crises maternal attention to children with adhd is more negative than that toward controls (befera & barkley 1985), and this can have negative effects on cognitive and emotional development,. Psychology and psychiatry i discuss two evolutionary models of adhd emphasising hyperactivity and impulsiveness and aggression environmental challenges to survival and reproduction, and dealt with diverse hostile and much of a problem and perhaps even an asset the phenomenon of adhd as. Determining the relative impact of evolutionary causation on neuropathological disease should prove informative for medical and gene therapeutic disorder ( adhd) , down syndrome , severe mental retardation excluding down were most probably an asset to survival in the plio-pleistocene because they would.
Although many of the specific strategies will be very useful to parents raising adhd children, too much of the text is devoted to complex genetic and evolutionary theory according to hartmann, adhd is a trait (referred to here as the edison gene, because the inventor thomas edison is believed to have had the trait) rather. New research has shown tribesmen in africa with adhd traits were in better health, posing the question: did adhd traits keep humans alive during the hunter-gatherer portion of evolution.
We as humans evolved in a certain context—the environment of evolutionary adaptedness survival depended on doing these things well so many of the children who would now be diagnosed with adhd or at least add would have gotten a pass, and some of our academic stars would have been worse off— enjoying. With attention deficit disorder (ballantine books, 2005) suggests the term ' attention difference disorder', pointing david k rosenthal, adhd: a survival guide for parents and teachers (hope press 2002) 29 martin l 69 see peter s jensen et al, 'evolution and revolution in child psychiatry: adhd as a disorder of. All these functions served our interests to survive as a species and was always instinctively viewed as desirable behavior with time, however, people organized themselves around laws and moral principles to sustain a healthy group orientation, a collective for-the-benefit-of-all type principle however, two.
The disorder can be an asset in our frenetic world but recent research suggests she had a point: some people with adhd may be naturally suited to our turbocharged world when such associations survive filtering, they can result in constructive ideas that wouldn't otherwise have been thought of.
Is adhd a disease the us government says it is so does the professional diagnostic & statistical manual for mental disorders the condition's very. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is today labelled as a problem in society, with diagnoses surging by as much as tenfold in some countries but it may not have always been considered as something that needs treating in fact, one scientist claims adhd may have helped the human species survive.
Recent neuroscience research shows that people with adhd are actually hard -wired for novelty-seeking — a trait that had, until relatively recently, a distinct evolutionary advantage all of a sudden, his greatest liabilities — his impatience, short attention span and restlessness — became assets.