…people with and without ADHD have attentional behavior that’s different in degree, not in kind. It’s a spectrum
Neuroenergetic Theory – if we grossly simplify the process, it looks like this:
- After 12 seconds of effort, your neurons are running on empty.
- They first look to glial cells for lactate, a readily used sugar.
- If glial cells can’t find lactate, they look for glycogen, which they store up at night and later convert to energy.
- If your neurons can’t find lactate or glycogen, they get exhausted–enabling other more excitable parts of your brain to call for attention?
No wonder I get so “stupid” when I don’t eat enough!