I think my first glimpses of excitment with the brain and how it functions was in a Family Science class at BYU. It had something to do with neurology and the professor was an actual neurologist, not a family scientist teaching neurology. We were asked to write a paper, many pages, not sure the exact assignment. I was led to study emotions in children and how the brain devleops through infancy. It was cool, I was fascinated, but I didn't really latch onto wanting more information.
Then, several years ago my daughter was struggling with reading and other physical health issues. I'd gone to several doctors for the health issues with no distinct answers. Finally, we were able to figure that out and move on to the reading and mental challenges. However, the same doctor who helped us with the physical side of things was not so helpful on the mental side of things. After a very quick, non-clinical (in my opinion) assessment, the doctor responded, "Your child has ADD do you want medication?" Well, I knew this was possible, but the quick result and "quick fix" solution without any other evaluations first put me in the defense mode. I told him I would try some other things first....and then I went straight home and read ev
erything I could about ADD. What I learned was that ADD does exist, but there is such a wide rainge from one case to another that there can be no one solution for each individual with this disorder (see A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine). And, so I continued to simply help her gain more coping mechanisms.
**I know this was a long post. I'm sorry for that. But I do hope this will help someone out there. :-) Thanks for letting me share.