I'd just like to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your discussion of shame and am intrigued and excited by your theories. I am particularly interested in your shame theory of ADD as a disorder of the interest-excitement affect. I think you are saying that when a person with ADD has their interest impeded in some way they are triggered into a shame reaction. How does this shame reaction look in children with ADD? I have worked with many ADD children who, upon interuption of their interest,do not seem to display the typical response you would expect from a shame reaction (head down, eyes averted, blushing etc). Is the "acting out"behaviour typical of this population actually a shame reaction? How do you account for the hyperactivity that often accompanies ADD? I predict you will say something about the excitement end of the interest- excitement continuum - but this stuff is so new its hard to wrap my mind around it!
Wbat about comorbidity issues? ADD tends to occur with oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, depression and anxiety (depending on the age and gender of the individual). Are these also disorders of affect? We know depression (I know you hate the word) certainly is but what about ODD? Its seems logical that this would be a disorder of the anger-rage afffect (was that the continuum?). Do these people (with several "disorders") have a more generalized affect disorder? A problem with the whole affect system? Hmmm I could ask you questions all day but I'll wait for your response on the above. Can't wait to hear from you!