ADHD Brain Networks

Hello friends,

My Refocus Your ADHD Brain Cohort Course started last week, and I love how it's gone so far! (if you want to get on the waitlist for any future cohorts, you can sign up at

One thing we talked about last week is brain networks and how they differ for people with ADHD.

When certain correlating regions in the brain are active at the same time, this can be measured by fMRI to determine which brain networks are currently active.

One brain network is called the Default Mode Network (DMN). Essentially, this your brain mind-wandering, thinking creatively, or otherwise in some form of introspection. It's when you aren't focused on the outside world.

When you have ADHD, you can get sort of "stuck" in the DMN. This can cause negative rumination and self-critical thinking, making it even more difficult to move into action.

Another brain network is called the Task-Positive Network (TPN), and this is sort of the opposite of the DMN. This is active when you're focused on a project or task and getting things done.

And guess what, we can get stuck in this network too!

​Our hyperfocus sets in and it becomes difficult to pull away from this mode of thinking.

These networks are usually isolated from each other—only one being active at a time—but for people with ADHD, sometimes they can actually both be active simultaneously. This can cause conflict with each other by disrupting the work you're trying to get done with negative rumination or new distracting ideas.

While this doesn't fix the problem, I find the more I understand what is happening in my brain, the more forgiveness I can grant myself when I struggle with these issues.

So much of ADHD can bring on the shame and self-blame, but the reality is our brain simply works differently than most people. We have to learn to better accept and understand those differences so we can extend compassion to ourselves. 💙

Stay focused, Jesse J. Anderson

P.S. New episode of ADHD Nerds podcast just released! Check out Jay Miller: ADHD Productivity, DevRel, and Tetris.



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