Thank you for posting this. It sucks that the general population doesn't understand what it's like to have this. I used to play warhammer 40K and I would stay up for hours into the night painting miniatures and meticulously crafting terrain to display them on. Many kids with ADD do well in individual sports too, I was a good enough gymnast to take state. I loved tumbling and doing giant swings on the high bar. These things were rewarding to me.
Put a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird in front of me at the age of 14 and ask me to read it and think about the underlying messages. Fuck that. I couldn't see any satisfaction in doing that and I had no motivation to WANT to do it so of course my attention is going to wander easily to something more interesting.
This has been going on for almost 20 years now. I had ADD as a kid and when I was 11 my parents sent me to a biofeedback clinic where I would sit in a dentist chair and concentrate on a pac-man. If my brain waves were in the ideal range the pac man would move through the maze and I would gain points. The speed at which he moved accelerated so the longer I was able to 'focus' the faster he would go through the maze and I'd get a higher score.
I'm sure the technology must be much more precise these days and the games have probably gotten a lot more interesting to look at but they all essentially are based on the same principle.
The problem is that most kids that age don't care about wanting to learn how to focus better. They just have fun being who they are naturally. These kinds of programs work really well for adults and younger people with a great deal of motivation to change / practice their 'focusing' ability but as an 11 year old, I got really bored doing this and eventually I started falling asleep in the chair half way through every session. Program was a wasted on me but I applaud my parents for wanting to try to help me without medication.
And is anyone actually being harmed by this "shadow banking"? If so, I'd be interested in a concrete example.
Off the top of my head? How about the people who live in the year 2013 who are still living in poverty? How about the children who died this year from preventable and curable disease that couldn't get the treatment they needed because their area doesn't have money to afford things like clinics and hospitals that the developed world takes for granted.
The program involved me sitting in a dentists chair while I had electrodes on my head. I played a dumbed down version of pac-man with my mind.
The basic way it works is when your brain is creating the ideal waves for 'focus' the pacman moves through the maze. The idea is that the child will focus on the pacman moving and through practice will learn to move the pacman through the maze without stopping.
Eventually we ended the program because it just made me so tired I would fall asleep in the chair. Booooring as shit. I suspect something like this would probably work better for an adult who cares more and has the focus to do it. I think I was too young at the time to really care to put more effort into it.