What is Hypoactivity?

Aug 27, 2013 | ADHD

what is hyporactivity
Both Hyperactivity and Hypoactivity have the same root cause – disorientation, but at its effect, they show a reversal of perception of time. While for the hyperactive child the internal clock is speeding up and real-time appears very slow in comparison, for the hypoactive child the opposite is true. The world outside seems to be too fast. They often disappear into their own reality and therefore also display a difficulty to stay on task. These kids appear to be lethargic, inactive, daydreamers, lazy or just not motivated.

Interestingly, when I researched pictures for Hypoactivity, every single one (except the cat) was for hypoactive sexual desire disorder – I want to re-assure you that the way we use it in the world of Dyslexia, it is not related to any sexual disorder. We see both hyper- and hypoactivity as a product of disorientation, which changes the perception of time.

What happens biochemically when a person is hypoactive? Less dopamine production slows down the inner clock, which results in the outer world as appearing too fast.

In the Davis world (see ‘the Gift of Dyslexia’) we correct the imbalance by correcting the orientation and thereby  addressing the root issue.


  1. Anna Venios

    How do we address the root issue (correcting the imbalance by correcting the orientation)

    • hoibythesea

      Hi Anna,
      I know what you mean, it sounds easy, but to do it properly, it’s best to see a facilitator, who does it for your child.
      It all depends on the learning style and if the visual, tactile or the auditory sense needs to be aligned to allow orientation.
      Once one sense is in alignment, all others tend to follow.
      Hope that helps.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

More from the Blog


Share This