TOTALLY FOCUSED – A Blog for ADDers

TOTALLY FOCUSED – A Blog for ADDers

The brain works in mysterious ways.  It can help you visualize, reason, talk you into things, talk you out of things, wander aimlessly, hurt with pain, confuse us, confuse others, cause us to lose track of time, forget names, and cause many to become distracted.

Here are some interesting facts about the human brain:

  • The weight of the human brain is about 3 lbs.
  • The cerebrum makes up 85% of the brain’s weight.
  • Our brain consists of about 100 billion neurons, the same number of stars in our galaxy.
  • The left hemisphere of the brain has 186 million more neurons than the right hemisphere.
  • Our brain is 60% white matter and 40% gray matter. Gray matter is made up of neurons, which gather and transmit signals and white matter is made up of dendrites and axons, which create the network by which neurons send their signals.
  • There are no pain receptors in the brain, so it can’t feel pain.
  • 750-1000ml of blood flow through the brain every minute or about 3 full soda cans.
  • The brain can stay alive for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen.
  • Our brain is about 2% of your total body weight but uses 20% of your body’s energy.
  • The energy used by the brain is enough to light a 25 watt bulb.

So, why is it that this complex organ causes us so much interference with things we want and need to do?  Those are some topics for upcoming discussions.

Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.  We are all different in how we learn, and yet we are really the same in so many other ways. This blog is different than other ADD blogs, because we will be discussing the positive aspects of the ADD mind.  These people are our Einsteins of yesteryear.  They deserve a place to shine!

In future articles I will be explaining how the distracted mind works, some of the frustrations that arise, intervention ideas that can help, success stories, questions to get you to think, and I am hopeful that this will get some great communication flowing between ADDers and non-ADDers.  This blog is a safe forum in which people can share ideas–what’s working, and what’s not.  This will provide a space for REAL conversations to take place about a real disorder that affects 10% of our population.  It is a space where hopefully many questions can get answered and wonderful bright spots can be revealed.

I hope you will come to visit often and share the information that will be collected here.  It is our responsibility to become more educated about ADD, help our children to educate themselves, and then share that information with our community.  The most effective element in helping individuals with ADD is to develop a team approach.  Research has shown that children who experience the most progress have an effective team behind them.  I hope you’ll help me get that message out!

 

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