Dr. Srini Pillay, M.D., Best-Selling Author, Explains How There is a Silver Lining in the ADHD Cloud

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Praised Author, Psychiatrist and Brain Researcher, Dr. Srini Pillay, M.D., details how Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) can actually be turned from a distraction into a vital and valuable asset, if processed correctly.

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Dr. Srini Pillay (https://drsrinipillay.com/meet-srini/) informs that, “More than 1 in 10 children in primary schools have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and this number increases to more than 4 out of 10 adults between the ages of 18-24 years old. Although the numbers decrease to 4 in 100 by adulthood, people who have ADHD at any age suffer in many ways. Symptoms include but are not limited to impulsivity, inattention, high distractibility, impulsive decision making, poor time management, difficulty following directions, working memory problems, excessive speeding while driving, difficulty engaging quietly in leisure activities, and poor follow-through. Proper treatment with medication and therapy may help to alleviate these symptoms, but residual symptoms may persist.

“While some may aim for complete focus as a target, recent studies show that your brain can only take so much unfocus,” Dr. Pillay says. “To that extent, after adequate control of symptoms is achieved, it may make sense to leverage the symptoms of unfocus by developing the following lifestyle habits. Each will likely have a distinct advantage that may be counterintuitive, yet helpful.”

Doodling during class or conference calls is the first lifestyle habit that Srini recommends obtaining. “Doodling activates the brain's unfocus circuit. As a result, your unconscious brain participates in memory formation, and your brain, rather than being like a stiff, focused sponge, becomes more absorbent of information.”

“Another habit I recommend those with ADHD to develop is to daydream effectively,” Srini suggests. “A certain type of daydreaming called positive constructive daydreaming (PCD) activates the unfocus circuits and re-energizes the brain. To get this started, plan it. Select a time in your day when you might be daydreaming anyway. Then, turn your attention inward, and imagine something positive or wishful. Perhaps you want to imagine playing a sport on a nice summer day and have your butler serving you drinks afterwards. When you do this, your mind will follow this rewarding image and start to wander. Let it. If you find yourself overthinking this, start with the image again. With practice, this will get easier and easier.”

“A final recommended lifestyle habit I always suggest to those with ADHD is to dabble in a few different subjects,” Srini says. “In an era when programmers are required to have some design sensibility, or artists may benefit from a sense of proportion, there is an opportunity for a new kind of Renaissance – one that people with ADHD are well suited to."

“In my book, "Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind" I explain how people like the famous artist Vik Muniz and the legendary Steve Jobs both had dabbling histories that made their lives that much richer. For Muniz, early career shifts allowed him to keep moving without being paralyzed. For Jobs, his early calligraphy class had no significance to him when he took it, yet he later used this when developing fonts for Apple. Even hobbies can protect your brain, especially if you engage in them an hour a day.

“ADHD can significantly impair your abilities in life, but minds that wander are not all lost. Rigid people have to teach themselves to be creative and flexible by loosening up. People with ADHD can tinker with their own attention to find the optimal reining in that is required before distraction provides the benefits of a restless brain, in search of connections and new ideas that could potentially transform the world.”


More information on Dr. Srini Pillay, M.D. and his work can be found at: https://drsrinipillay.com/

More information on Srini’s book, “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind”, can be found at: https://drsrinipillay.com/resource/tinker-dabble-doodle-try/

Srini's first episode (1 of 3) of his "Without Notes" interview with renowned publicist Michael Levine can now be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgQK37nRr0E

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