Dr. Melinda Paige, a behavioral expert and professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Argosy University, Atlanta was recently interviewed for an article on Lifezette.com. The article explores a link between poverty and drugs.
Dr. Paige explains that the “animal” portion of the brain makes up 85 percent of our gray matter—that part of the brain also "mobilizes for fight or flight all the time." The article suggests that this fight or flight mentality could be impacted by poverty, creating a situation where the brain reacts as if it’s "running from a tiger 24/7 subconsciously."
According to the article, teachers are reporting an increased number of kids with hyperactivity who refuse to pay attention during class. Twelve percent of children ages five to 17 now have a diagnosis of ADHD — a 43-percent increase from 2003. Paige said “ADHD is likely an incorrect diagnosis. ”They need treatment for [post-traumatic stress disorder], not ADHD."
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