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Scientists Find New Clues to Cause of ADHD

Scientists Find New Clues to Cause of ADHD

Two recent studies have linked ADHD to possible problems with the body’s ability to create serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s essential for good psychological health.

According to the research results, the abnormalities could involve the amino acid, tryptophan, and a gene that helps produce serotonin.

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Can Your Brain Benefit From Vitamins and Minerals?

Can Your Brain Benefit From Vitamins and Minerals?

In a study published last year, scientists learned that healthy people may experience mental benefits from taking certain vitamins and minerals. Scientists from Northumbria University and Bayer Consumer Care recruited 210 men for the study and found that these men had better brain functions after taking a supplement containing B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

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ADHD and Sleep

ADHD and Sleep

According to a research abstract which was presented at the 25th meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), lack of sleep in adolescence may have a direct link to ADHD symptoms. Around 6,680 children were analyzed and the results showed that lack of sleep in pre-school aged children was a predictor for inattentive and hyperactive problems during kindergarten. The ratings of amount of sleep and inattentive/hyperactive problems were reported by the children’s parents.

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Can Dietary Changes Alleviate ADHD Symptoms?

Can Dietary Changes Alleviate ADHD Symptoms?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become a significant problem in the United States. This year, the CDC reported that ADHD had become more prevalent in American children and was affecting 9% of them between 2007 and 2009. A previous CDC report showed that food allergies in children had also increased during a very similar time period.

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Avoiding Holiday Havoc with ADHD

Avoiding Holiday Havoc with ADHD

Unfortunately, stress is often synonymous with the holidays – and if you or a family member has ADHD, a little simple planning is crucial to surviving and enjoying the season!

Maintain a Schedule. Loss of routine is often the biggest challenge for individuals and families alike, as ADHD sufferers function best with structure. Of course, patterns will deviate as children are off from school and adults from work, and guests come and go.

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DHA Linked to Better Mental Performance

DHA Linked to Better Mental Performance

Scientists recently learned that the essential fatty acid, DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), could be linked to human mental performance. They studied 280 healthy adult volunteers from Pennsylvania, and the volunteers who had higher blood levels of DHA got better scores on mental performance tests.

In the study, the participants with higher DHA levels received better scores on cognitive tests for nonverbal reasoning and mental flexibility, as well as working memory.

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Clear Out Clutter for Clearer Thinking

Clear Out Clutter for Clearer Thinking

Many of us reserve ‘spring cleaning’ as a once-a-year project. However, if time management, concentration problems, and organization are your biggest challenges on a daily basis, clearing out distractors can help you start the year off right. Especially during the hectic holidays, straightening up can also help you unwind, as having a sense of control over environment can greatly alleviate the pressures of daily stressors. While we’re powerless over things like traffic or the weather, taking charge over a manageable variable has the ability to pave the way for less stress and clearer thinking.

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“Green Time” may help reduce ADHD symptoms

“Green Time” may help reduce ADHD symptoms

A new link has been discovered between ADHD and time spent outdoors or “Green Time”. The report recently appeared in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. According to the study children who spent time outdoors in green environment experienced milder ADHD symptoms, the setting must be green not just outdoors.

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Final Exams are Near… Have no Test-Taking Fear!

Final Exams are Near… Have no Test-Taking Fear!

Students of all ages can be prone to test anxiety, particular around crucial end-of-year exams. The good news? A recent University of Chicago study published in the journal Science found that students who wrote down their test-taking fears 10 minutes prior to the exam improved their scores by almost an entire grade point.

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Does Fit Body = Fit Mind? The Connection Between Concentration & Fitness

Does Fit Body = Fit Mind? The Connection Between Concentration & Fitness

Our fast-paced schedules usually leave little room for physical activity. However, staying physically fit is an important component in overcoming concentration problems.

A person’s level of fitness impacts the ability to concentrate, focus, and work/study, and a healthy, active body can help ensure that mental performance will be even better.

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