ADHD The theory as follows. So when Gabor Mate explained ADHD is bar a mental 'protective defence' from a traumatic childhood, I intinsictivly knew this was accurate. For context, I do a lot of professional work in a mental health setting, and study PTSD. Specifically, I immerse in the field known as C-PTSD, which is "complex post traumatic stress disorder." To understand Gabor's theory, first let's distinguish between PTSD and CPTSD. Actually it's quite relevant because it does tie into pornography addiction somewhere somehow I am certain, I just cant make the link clear yet (and I can say that because I was a porn addict). PTSD is cinematically and culturally most seen on the war soldier battlefield scenario. A solider, releatvily psychologically stable, becomes adrenalized stress dumped by the sound of an explosion or mine going off; when he returns to 'normal life' anything that resembles a mine explosion, like a car beeping its horn unexpectedly, he becomes STRESS RIDDED INSTANTLY to an off-the-walls-extent, and probably wont be able to sleep the rest of that day because his adrenaline has shocked him up. Sadly, I am sure some of his friends would also ridicule him if they didn't know him to be a war soldier, "why you so worked up over a car horn lunatic??" Someone who doesn't have PTSD, sure, they may be jolted by a car horn, but here is the difference: - a normal person will calm down within 5-60 minutes after that. - someone with PTSD, well, they wont calm down possibly for days after that in totality. So what is so particular about this thing called C-PTSD? What is the difference? I will actually stick to the army example because its relatable. Have you seen Full Metal Jacket? Yes is the war scenes at the second half of the film, but what is the first segment of the movie all about? Basic bootcamp training. Bootcamp training, there is the character Piledriver. He begins the training as a humble, loose, easy human with a heart of gold. He doesn't understand or comply consciously with the training as much as the other soldiers do..... …..and then towards the end of the training, he is a 'fit solider'...or is he? His heart and psychology are destroyed. All his trust in all of his fellow soldiers is dead because they broke his trust and destroyed his heart, as the cruel drill instructor (firm but fair?). He can assemble a weapon lightning fast, his fitness goes up, he is disciplined and of so called good correct soldier psychology now.....But notice his personality is now different. And in the end he turns the rifle on himself. Piledriver was the result of C-PTSD. C-PTSD is where someone goes through relatively abnormal multiple series of adrenaline dumps over a course of weeks and months. C-PTSD is more prevalent in children, yes, children, because of terror and cruel parents or parenting startegies. The threat of violence (notice not violence, but the THREAT of violence), occasional slaps on the head, unfairnesses, changing of parental rules all the time, maybe rapid changes of parents (mother has a new boyfriend), sibling unfairnesses...... So C-PTSD is where a person has the symptoms of PTSD, although the 'triggers' are more complex and abnormal. Let's say youre now a 30 year old adult, and you can get a full on PTSD flashback style adrenaline dump that lasts for 3 days just based on the look a girl or authority figure projected person can give you. Yes. The adult can be terrorised and riddled for days of stress just based on a facial expression that maybe resembled the facial expression his mother gave him before a beating So PTSD is once off, C-PTSD is multiple dumps of adrenaline, over a long term period where the person has no means to escape. So, to bring it back to Gabor Mate, ADHD is a protective defensive respond towards a C-PTSD environment. Notice what ADHD is- aalways on the lookout for threat and stimulation, inability to focus (because the brain is always non-safe and looking for any potential threats around), huge dumps of so called 'energy' which is really just massive loads of adrenaline in the blood that cannot be dispelled (imagine you are in the classroom. Oh Johhny can never focus on his math because he has too much energy. This isn't good. No, Johhny is just an adrenalized kid scared of whatever)... For more information, you can check out a heavy but fruitful text called "C-PTSD from surviving to Thriving" by Pete Walker. Link given at the bottom. My theory on porn addiction, Is that it is a self-induced 'relaxation tactic' against a highly dangerous environment. The child may be denied their sexuality due to shaming, but on top of that, because a child hopefully doesn't have access to any drugs or alcooho, they seek out an alternative measurement to calm their psychology down which is masturbating 5 times a day and they cannot stop. I don't blame the child. If they are so terrified of their mother and father or school or whatever, why wouldn't they watch porn? I sure as hell did and don't blame myself as a child doing their best to survive. So ADHD medication, and this is also Gabor's theory, is that it calms the brain down allowing the adult to function as a 'normal person.' I'm sure if you sat down Pete Walker and Gabor, they would both come to the agreement that there isn't much difference between ADHD and C-PTSD. Gabor believes a whole ton of the population has ADHD, but because they haven't been diagnosed or not aware they have ADHD, they resort to alcohol or other drugs to relax.....Gabor is an incredibly well versed and compassionate guy who says the entire module for drug treatment and the reason people become addicts is not because they are immoral people or idiots, no, they are just trying to feel some love because they were so deprived of it in childhood or as an adult. Imagine Piledriver and the jelly donut scene. When you are treated so horribly, fuck I'd be having 10 jelly donuts or day. Or pass me some codeine. I had a very traumatic childhood. The more I re-parented myself and my Inner Child, eventually, the need to watch porn lowered. Yes I used hypnosis and I said in my Jedi post that I was trying to become a new person. The more accurate truth is that I was re-training my brain to be a human of respect, dignity and pride when I was so deprived of any of those things in my childhood. Do not become another person. Be yourself, just add in FUCKLOADS of self-love, compassion and respect. Yes diagnosed as ADHD as an adult (after discovering Gabor), and I tell you I don't need or desire to take my ADHD medication as much compared to years ago where I would just get porn, drugs, booze- whatever was available to feel 'normal.' Existence needs you, I do believe in a universal love, but you have to access it yourself. And if ADHD medication or porn helps you calm down, well, I cant shame you because I understand the context and background the person is coming from. I cant judge any drug addict now because I understand. Heavy post, I know, but this is the truth. Bless you all and if you read the book, read it lightly and don't get too sucked into the darkness or overwhelmed by it. Our culture and history is ridden with child abuse, but our job now is to re-parent ourselves and be the love and light we never received so we can have a carefree, happy, fruitful, beautiful life. I have a girlfriend now who loves me so much. But I was my own Inner Loving Mother and Father first.