Trees Have Got Your Attention!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
October is National ADHD Awareness month. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a real, brain-based medical disorder. It is a non-discriminatory disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background. While we often think of ADHD as a “kid’s” disorder, the Harvard/NIMH National Comorbidity Survey Replication found that 4.4% percent of adults, ages 18-44 in the United States, experience symptoms and some form of disability of ADHD1. These symptoms can include difficulties with maintaining attention, executive function (or the brain’s ability to begin an activity, organize itself and manage tasks) and working memory.2 What makes ADHD different from “normal forgetfulness” is that the symptoms are excessive, pervasive, and persistent. That is, behaviors are more extreme, show up in multiple settings, and continue showing up throughout life.  However, numerous studies have confirmed that “daily doses of green” - a greener route for the walk to school or work, lunch/recess in a green yard or ball field, or even working at a window with a relatively green view – can significantly reduce the symptoms associated with ADHD, in both adults and children. 
While a walk in the park shouldn’t replace therapy or medication, it can certainly supplement treatment and will always brighten your day.
1 National Institute of Mental Health. (2006). Harvard Study Suggests Significant Prevalence of ADHD Symptoms Among Adults.