"You are always paying attention to something. Attention is not the problem." Alejandro Lleras
This strikes me as SO true. You can't have a deficit of attention--attention is a constant. The deficit is in pleasing someone else by what you choose/must pay attention to. Sometimes in pleasing yourself, as well, I admit.
But the disorder needs a new name!
Other good quotes from the article:
""Constant stimulation is registered by our brains as unimportant, to the point that the brain erases it from our awareness," Lleras said. "So I thought, well, if there's some kind of analogy about the ways the brain fundamentally processes information, things that are true for sensations ought to be true for thoughts. If sustained attention to a sensation makes that sensation vanish from our awareness, sustained attention to a thought should also lead to that thought's disappearance from our mind!" "
This is why I don't nag, whenever I can help it. Constant stimulation is registered by the brain as unimportant. If you just say it over and over, your kids/spouse/students will TUNE IT OUT.
And maybe the ADD brain has some good ideas. Apparently, this research discovered that "prolonged attention to a single task actually hinders performance."