Chattanooga, TN – If those with ADD or ADHD still lived in a hunter/gatherer society, they would function at the top of their game, according to Lynda Althoff, executive director of Learning Rx in Chattanooga. That view is called the Hunter/ Farmer hypothesis, originated from psychotherapist and author Thom Hartmann.
It is thought that with so many affected by ADD and ADHD at an estimated 3-5 percent of the population, there has to be an evolutionary cause. Now, if that hypothesis is true--and if we were all hunter/gatherers--that would be good thing. But since we're not, problems can ensue, since hunters and gatherers were never meant to sit in a classroom all day, or an office for that matter.
In an effort to help parents deal effectively with ADD and ADHD issues, CHADD will sponsor a parent-parent workshop in February at Learning Rx. CHADD stands for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving those with ADHD and their families.