ArchivesTag : Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
In a recent study conducted in Thailand, scientists learned that certain genetic and environmental factors could predispose children to ADHD. The research was done at Vajira Hospital in Bangkok, where two groups of children — an ADHD group and a control group —were evaluated for risk factors and tested for allergies. Among the forty children [...]Full Story
Scientists in Taiwan have learned that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) patients experience abnormal sleep patterns.1 In a 2010 study, the scientists found that young people with this psychological disorder had sleep problems, altered sleep schedules, and inadvertent napping in some cases. The study appeared in the Journal of Sleep Research and is entitled, Association [...]Full Story
ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral condition diagnosed to our children. According to the CDC, 9.5% of children age 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2007 – that’s 5.4 million children! On average, there is a 3% increase in children diagnosed each year. That is an alarming number, and what is leading to this drastic increase? A recent study published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) found that the youngest children in the classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.Full Story
Biofeedback, a mind-body technique, is now being used to help children suffering from ADHD. German scientists recently published a study showing that a variation of biofeedback may help alleviate ADHD symptoms.The published results show that a significant portion of the participating children benefited from this specialized training technique.Full Story
A new study revealed that exercise can be beneficial for people with ADHD. When exercising, your brain releases dopamine and serotonin, which are known to be low in children and adults with ADHD. Dopamine and serotonin are chemicals released in the brain that make us feel “good”. These chemicals regulate things such as mood, anger, and attention.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story