Hunting for Reasons in the Past and Present
Beyond ADD is the only one of Thom's books which offers a detailed, scientific explanation for ADHD behaviors...and why they are adaptive. This may well be the most important of Thom's books on the topic of ADHD.
In his chapter "What Maslow Overlooked," he gives the lie to notions that ADHD children are "lacking inhibition," have "neurotransmitter imbalances," or "are cognitively impaired."
Instead, Thom suggests, ADHD is caused by an intense hunger for the experience of aliveness...a basic human need that is mediated by a genetically determined Thalamic "volume control."
What Maslow Overlooked
"The Need to Feel Alive" - an extract from: Beyond ADD
When Abraham Maslow wrote Motivation and Personality back in 1954, he didn’t have the advantage we do now of a reasonably thorough knowledge of neurochemistry.
He observed people and the way they interacted with the world, and developed his theory of the hierarchy of human needs, which ranged from the need for safety to the need for social interaction to the need for what some may call religious experience......