ADD/ADHD and Lying — Filling in the Blanks


Started this post by focusing research on where in the brain lying comes from. Looks like it is three main areas:

  • anterior cingulated cortex
  • dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex
  • parietal cortex

This was interesting enough until I read that Daniel Langleben, the noted expert on lie research, started his hypothesis based on kids with ADD being terrible liars. That got fingers and mouse moving into a spiral of research, thoughts and prognostication about ADD/ADHD and lying.

And it appears the main reason for extensive lying by those with ADHD is the simple fact that they/we “zone out” easily and are left with large blanks where reality is missing. Lying to cover up these holes appears to be a natural. Individuals with ADHD will tell lies to appear not to be space cadets or to be able to account for whereabouts when that whereabouts is sometimes being caught up in the rings of Saturn.

This tendency to disappear for hours at a time can be very difficult for those married to others with ADHD, as one poster puts it.

For kids, ADD and lying can be misunderstood and confused with other disorders, including “conduct disorder.” Lying is often lumped in with stealing and other disruptive disorders. When it might just by lying to cover up for all the stuff riffling through the poor kid’s head.

Interesting reading. It has often been said, by yours truly, that getting through a conversation or sentence or thought without drifting off to the places like the rings of Saturn is a minor miracle. ADD/ADHD is a blast for those with it and those having to live with those with it. No lying.

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About Christopher Metcalf - Author

Christopher Metcalf is the author of Lance Priest / Preacher novels. Lance "Preacher" Priest is a spy, a killer, a human chameleon. He is the CIA's perfect weapon who lives by one simple rule -- there are no rules. Spies and Lies is a blog dedicated to espionage, the art and science of lying and occasional creative writing. www.christophermetcalf.com
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