What Goes Wrong in the ADHD Brain

  1. Scientists have found that the brain development of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is delayed but otherwise typical, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Comparing brain scans of children aged 6 to 16 who had the common psychiatric disorder with scans of those who did not, researchers found that some areas in the ADHD brain-particularly those involved in thinking, attention and planning-matured an average of three years later than "healthy" brains, but otherwise followed normal patterns of development.
    Source: http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...683069,00.html
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   TrudyRN
    This is interesting and good to know. I hope we can make use of it in treating these patients.
  4. by   MisMatch
    Thank you for this information. As an ADHD adult, with 2 of 3 children also being ADHD, I have a great deal of interest in this subject. I agree with the findings about maturity. My 2 ADHD children & I were all slow to mature; I held both of them back in kindergarten (at their teacher's suggestion) because of immaturity, which served them both well.

    That being said, I believe their is nothing "wrong" with the ADHD brain, rather "different". Those with ADHD tend to be very creative, intuitive, ingenious thinkers! We just have to find ways of overcoming the challenges of focus, organization and time management.
  5. by   oramar
    This is very interesting and puts a positive spin on things. It means that by the time everyone is 30 for most people(of course not all) everyone is at same place.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from MisMatch
    Thank you for this information. As an ADHD adult, with 2 of 3 children also being ADHD, I have a great deal of interest in this subject. I agree with the findings about maturity. My 2 ADHD children & I were all slow to mature; I held both of them back in kindergarten (at their teacher's suggestion) because of immaturity, which served them both well.

    That being said, I believe their is nothing "wrong" with the ADHD brain, rather "different". Those with ADHD tend to be very creative, intuitive, ingenious thinkers! We just have to find ways of overcoming the challenges of focus, organization and time management.
    None of my kids have ADHD but I am a big believer in waiting to put kids (especially boys) into Kindergarten when they are closer to 6. There is no harm in waiting.

    This is an interesting study - I look at all studies differently now that I'm in the beginning of a statistics class.

    steph
  7. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from stevielynn
    This is an interesting study - I look at all studies differently now that I'm in the beginning of a statistics class.

    steph
    I do the same thing, too. Since taking stats, I look at studies so differently.
  8. by   Momra
    My son has ADHD and we have homeschooled him for 3 years now because the school did not want to work with us. They wanted to send him to a different school because of his "behavioral problems." He wants to be an astronaut. IT's good to know I am not probably wasting my time. Thanks.

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