For many the image that comes to mind when ADHD is mentioned is little Johnny sitting in the backseat of the family car constantly repeating are we there yet as he rolls the windows down and unlocks the doors all seemingly simultaneously. While this might be an accurate description for some, for others it has more to do with ADHD and lack of focus. In fact ADHD and focus is at the heart of the condition itself, thus the name attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The word inattention is virtually synonymous with focus. It is broadly defined as having a difficult time focusing on something. Inattention/focus is the primary symptom of ADHD. Inattention isn't simply the inability to control focus; it is more accurately described as a problem with self regulation. More precisely it is how and when you focus on something.
ADHD and Lack of Focus - Could Brain Chemical Play a Role?
For information to pass from one part of the brain to another requires the help of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. A neurotransmitter is a small chemical messenger that allows one neuron (nerve) to communicate with another. When the upstream neuron gets excited and needs to pass on information to the downstream neuron, it releases the neurotransmitter molecules into a closed connection called a synapse. The neurotransmitter then crosses the space to the downstream neuron's membrane and binds to specific receptors that cause an effect inside the receiving area. The three neurotransmitters at work in this process are norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. In relation to ADHD and lack of focus research suggests it is a product of too much norepinephrine activity in relation to the amount of dopamine activity in the brain.
ADHD and Lack of Focus - What can it look like?
*Lack of concentration: Trying is not enough. Staying focused on something is difficulty at times if not impossible.
*Focusing well on something's but not on others: It is a common misperception that just because a person can focus on one thing effectively they should be able to focus on other things as well. This is simply not true for those with ADHD.
*Focusing well sometimes but not other times: Students with untreated or unrecognized ADHD regularly make near perfect grades on some tests and flunk others. Educators often misconstrue this as bad or inconsistent study habits when in fact the flunked test may have received equal or greater attention.
What next? You will have a number of treatment options including prescription medications, behavioral therapy, and natural remedies. While the first two options should be given some consideration many people have opted for the third choice due to its affordability and lack of side effects. Homeopathic remedies for ADHD have shown to be a valuable way to address ADHD and lack of focus and are an effective alternative treatment worth considering.