(In Progress) Important Precepts: ADHD Is Related to The Human Reward System

I am challenged by some who believe my ideas or theories do not lie within the Scientific Literature.

To counter this opinion I need to lay out step by step what I have learned, and explain how I am connecting the dots differently from the current dominant narratives:

1. People with ADHD show less dopamine activity in brain scans.
2. Dopamine is associated with the Human Reward System.
3. Dopamine is now seen as the only neuro-transmitter associated with the human ability to concentrate and stay on task.
4. Dopamine is known to be associated with feelings of well-being and a sense of connection to others and the world.
5. Dopamine pathways are the patterns of thinking or behaviors which offer a pay-off of feelings of well-being and pleasure.
6. The most natural of dopamine pathways is the one built upon relationships, forming at the beginning of life by a child's emotional bonding with their parents and later with other adults.
7. When the most natural pathway is blocked during early childhood it creates a condition known as ADHD.
8. Individuals who have ADHD are less able to concentrate on tasks which they are not already obsessed with.
9. Individuals who have ADHD are more prone to developing co-morbid conditions, many of which are not found outside of the ADHD population.
10. Co-morbid conditions often offer a circuitous route to expression of dopamine, either through the driving narratives contained in them, or by direct stimulation (increase in dopamine).
11. The expression of dopamine is a basic human drive, not a choice.

I will work towards fleshing out each of these, but believe most are known to be true and do fall within scientific literature.

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