Feb 26 2009
Is there any advantage to the traits associated with ADHD? We tend to classify a cluster of them as a disorder today, particularly when they occur in classrooms and classroom-like settings. But are there times/places when the traits could be an advantage?
Maybe. In research into Nomadic Tribesmen in Kenya it was discovered that -
an ADHD-associated version of the gene DRD4 is associated with better health in nomadic tribesmen, and yet may cause malnourishment in their settled cousins….
Eisenberg explains, “The DRD4/7R allele has been linked to greater food and drug cravings, novelty-seeking, and ADHD symptoms. It is possible that in the nomadic setting, a boy with this allele might be able to more effectively defend livestock against raiders or locate food and water sources, but that the same tendencies might not be as beneficial in settled pursuits such as focusing in school, farming or selling goods”.
Hey you, shepherd boy, quit being so hyperactive! Have a seat and focus on one sheep at a time, like us city folk!
Were the shepherd boy put on Adderall, it would be wise to prescribe Xanax for the sheep and arsenic for the coyotes.