So, I've been doing some more ADHD research in order to understand how and why my brain functions the way it does and uh...
[Image 1 desc: Scientists have observed that <>levels> of <>dopamine> are different in people with <>ADHD> than in those without <>ADHD>. Some researchers believe this difference is because neurons in the brain and nervous systems of people with unmedicated ADHD have lower concentrations of proteins called dopamine transporters. /End desc]
(Image 2 desc: In the brain, <>dopamine functions> as a neurotransmitter - a chemical released by neurons (nerve cells) to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine pathways, one of which plays a major role in the motivational component of reward-motivated behavior. /End desc]
[Image 3 desc: <>Sugar> and other high carb foods boost dopamine levels in the <>brain>, leading us to <>crave> them more often when dopamine levels are low. Since kids with <>ADHD> have chronically low levels of dopamine, they are more likely than other kids to crave and eat sugary or carbohydrate-heavy foods. /End desc]
<>I'm screaming: THAT'S why I eat way too many fucking sweets!!!>
Also, our chronically low dopamine levels do also explain why we have hyperfixations: it's because our brains have such lacking amounts of said neurotransmitter, it latches onto various activities/interests because they help provide us with the dopamine our brains so desperately crave!! It also explains why we struggle with staying on tasks that don't interest us: because, as previously mentioned, dopamine plays a major role in the motivational compartment of reward-motivated behaviour!!!
I simply needed to share this because it might help other ADHD/ADDers understand themselves!! Because it sure as hell helped me out.