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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
If you struggle with adult ADHD, you may take some comfort in the famous company you keep, as more and more celebrities are sharing their personal stories and victories living with the condition. From athletes to entrepreneurs, these ADHD advocates can also inspire children with ADHD that may at time doubt their abilities.
Many of the characteristic symptoms of ADHD that can be typically be a hindrance actually helped the following people shape their own path to success, as they found ways to work around the challenges and focus on their strengths to reach their own goals.Full Story
Have you noticed an increase in your child’s ADHD symptoms at home? Or has your child’s teacher reported a decreased ability in your child to stay on task and focus? If so, you may want to consider how much time your child is spending in front of the TV or playing video games. An Iowa State University study found that both activities are associated with increased attention problems in children.Full Story