About Us

Welcome to our site. We are three friends, all with ADHD. We have experience in chemistry, philosophy of science and research, so we do have the experience to to see, when reading research publications in scientific journals, the errors in some of the researchers' methods and conclusions. Not having been conditioned to think in a certain way gives us the freedom to look at the subject with a fresh perspective.

Vic magnet Correspondent

Vic Magnet

Charles Wilson Correspondent

Charles Wilson

We became interested in ADHD after one of us, Vic Magnet, moved to Eastern Europe, where he came into contact with social orphans at some local orphanages. This site was started by him, but due to illness (not ADHD related) he was unable to keep the site going. Charles Wilson liked the idea of the health aspect of ADHD and took over running this site ADHD Health.

Our knowledge of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), before we discovered we ‘had it’ at the end of our careers, was limited to what I had read in newspapers and magazines. As we dug deeper into the subject as retired chemists, we found this to be an exciting and challenging topic to write about.

It has been a fascinating journey, during which we have discovered that we have adult ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and had ADD in our school years. We were not hyperactive, although we were normally active, enjoying sports. We were not difficult children in the classroom, as we were merely ‘lazy’ daydreamers.

My (Charles) background is in organic chemistry and philosophy of science. I have worked in managerial positions in multinational chemical companies, including a pharmaceutical company. Observing ADHD has brought together my past background in science, with an insight into my ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperfocusing Dysregulation) personality.

Attention Deficit Hyperfocusing Dysregulation vs. The Disorder

My personal ADHD is not a disorder. It is an Attention Deficit Hyperfocusing Dysregulation. In certain situations I have an attention deficit, but in other situations I have the ability to effectively and efficiently hyperfocus. This is not something I can self regulate as in, “In the next hour I will hyperfocus.”

It depends on the situation and circumstances whether I will be attention deficit or able to hyperfocus. Thus the term “dysregulation.” But I can control it as far as I am able to control my environment and situation.

This means that I must avoid work environments where I am likely to be disturbed, as in open-plan offices. If I can take the problem to be solved into my office, close the door and be left alone without phone calls and other distractions, then I can work hyper efficiently. My thinking is different from that of normal cognitive thinkers who seem to be in either beta, theta, or alpha, but not in all three at the same time.

When I discuss how we experience thinking, I feel I think differently than the average cognitive thinker does. I think more intuitively, and less cognitively. It feels like I am in an alpha-beta-theta brain state. I get into a state that feels like being in both wake and dream state at the same time. Then my mind buzzes and I am on the roll.

Coming out of that state by myself feels good, but if I get out of it through an interruption, then it feels slightly traumatic. Like a shock. I feel irritated and can be irritable.

An example of the different brain thinking states is when I solve a problem in my head. A normal cognitive thinker gets the answer and is immediately able to say how he arrived at that answer. I might get the answer quicker, but I don’t know how I got the answer. If I try to work out how I got the answer, I have to engage my brain in a different way, to get that cognitive thinking going. This is slower than the average person doing the same problem.

So I can think more efficiently with my intuitive thinking style, than I can with cognitive thinking.

Your ADHD is unique

Each of us with ADHD have our own particular problems, depending on the “symptoms” and our work and life situation and environments. There is a solution for you and your uniqueness. Find your solution before buying into the “disorder.”

Thoughts on ADHD research results

ADHD is a highly controversial subject because it is an intricate and complex emotional, neurobiological and developmental range of conditions. Most people believe what is stated authoritatively in scientific articles. This is often acceptable, but not when the subject is so controversial and affects people’s lives and happiness; especially when equally qualified experts have opposing views. These views are so opposite on this topic that many of the experts even say that there is no such thing as ADHD.

In these cases one needs to read published research articles with a fresh, objective perspective. The first question to ask as one reads the article is, “What are the presuppositions or preconceived ideas and assumptions the author had?” We all do this, first assume something and then use logic from that point on. If the first assumption is an error, then that error follows right through. Unfortunately, in the scientific world this question is rarely asked.

An example of this is one person states that the Sun goes round the Earth every 24 hours, and the other says the Earth goes round the Sun in a year. Both are correct from their specific perspective, and both think the other’s belief is ludicrous. Yet one perspective is wrong as it is based on a false assumption.

ADHD is seldom a stand-alone condition. Usually the person experiences emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression as well. That is why these topics are also covered on this site. Philosophy is basic to having a holistic understanding of the condition. Not only scientific philosophy, but also questions about the mind and brain, and thoughts and brain activity will be covered. These are questions that have occupied philosophers for eons and are still unresolved.

The research section will discuss ADHD, anxiety and depression research from different perspectives. The idea is to present the subject in a clear and informative manner.

Having Attention Deficit or having a hyperactive child means that difficult decisions have to be taken. It is important to be aware that different doctors have different views on this subject. The doctor is an advisor and guide. Ultimately it is the patient’s or the patient’s parents who decide what direction to go, and that is a very serious decision.

When it comes to treating emotional difficulties, there is no single solution that is right for everyone and a competent health professional should try to customize the approach to each individual's issues and needs.

There will be other contributors on this site who view the Attention Deficit spectrum with an open mind.

We will attempt to give an objective overview of this subject, which suffers from polarization.

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