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ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

Thom Hartmann, Michael Popkin

5 mins

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Journalist Thom Hartmann explores ADHD's origins in our hunter-gatherer ancestors, offering practical advice about how people with ADHD can thrive in modern society.


ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World

by Thom Hartmann


ADHD has long been called a disease, a behavioral disorder, and even the product of a dysfunctional family life. The truth is that ADHD isn't a disease at all. Regarding it as such further damages people with ADHD who already live in a society that simply isn't built for them.

Thom Hartmann is a journalist, author, and father to a son with ADHD. He founded the New England Salem Children's Village in 1978 to provide residential treatment services to kids and educational support for their parents. Through his professional work and personal experience, Hartmann has worked with people with ADHD for over 40 years. ADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's World digs into Hartmann's observations about the inherent strengths of ADHD, its beginnings in ancient hunting-gatherer societies, and how people with ADHD can overcome its challenges.

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If you are an adult who has experienced chronic issues with restlessness, impatience, poor listening skills, or a difficulty doing 'boring' jobs ... you already know what it feels like to experience some of the challenges associated with ADHD.

- Thom Hartmann

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