ADHD sucks, but not really | Salif Mahamane | TEDxUSU

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In current society, people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to struggle if not suffer. ADHD is not a disease, but a neuro-cognitive profile. This means that it results in a unique way of thinking. We must ask ourselves, where did ADHD originate and is it a real problem?

Salif shares a current hypothesis regarding ADHD’s root, and an alternative perspective – including many benefits – about how we interact with it at our schools and homes.

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Salif is currently a doctoral candidate in the Experimental and Applied Psychological Program of USU. He manages Dr. Kerry Jordan’s Multisensory Cognition Lab on a daily basis. His research focuses on the cognitive and neurophysiological effects of being exposed to and immersed in natural environments. Salif enjoys long walks in the mountains and hunting, fishing, camping. He also loves gardening and plans for his future homestead. Salif loves that he doesn’t know how to raise his son of two years old. But he is determined to try.

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