This past Saturday, I attended a conference hosted by the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada. This conference gave me the opportunity to learn about ADHD and how it affects all aspects of a person’s life. I’d love to give you some of my take-aways from each of the presentations I attended. Follow my blog over the next four days to learn about each of the presentations.
The opening keynote speaker, Dr. Kenny Handelman, spoke to us about the neurobiology of ADHD, focusing on how the brain works differently for those with ADHD and those without. Dr. Handelman explained that the prefrontal cortex (the logical part of the brain) of a person with ADHD develops with a three-year delay as compared to those without ADHD, but the emotional part of the brain develops at the same, faster, rate. This could explain the higher levels of impulsivity of those with ADHD. If we’re being driven by the emotional part of the brain, of course we’ll be more impulsive; with each desire or spurt of anger that comes upon us, the less-developed logical brain will have a harder time reasoning with us about whether we should act upon them.