Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that ADHDers struggle with. Dopamine helps us to be creative, connect ideas to other ideas and understand the deeper layers of nuance. Too much and our creativity drops, too little and our understanding of nuance and depth drops. We manufacture only so much Dopamine a day and our brains can use it poorly. Medication can often help with Dopamine delivery and retention in our important learning centres. You will often find that there is a time of day that you learn better, are more creative and more expressive. If you can, aim your study and learning for these times. Learning what it feels like when you run out of Dopamine is a key skill for knowing when to take a break – for most it feels like sudden fatigue, confusion and struggling to find the next thought.

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