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How a Mamba Mentality Can Benefit ADHD Brains

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Dopamine is the fuel that converts our intentions into action. It regulates the brain’s pleasure-seeking behaviors, and it motivates us to take action in anticipation of a future reward.

Good intentions are clear and deliberate; identifying and defining them helps enormously in the lifelong quest to achieve our goals.But setting clear, deliberate intentions can be problematic for people with ADHD, who are known to have a deficient dopamine reward system.

They know what they need to do but struggle to get there – to see past the daunting hard work to the achievement itself. It’s why ADHD might be better described as an intention deficit disorder, says sports psychiatrist Dawn Brown, M.D.The late basketball star Kobe Bryant also struggled to set intentions.

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