Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD)
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Scientific Breakthroughs & Caregiver Tips
How is ADHD Detected?
Research studies have found that children with ADHD have smaller brain volumes and less white matter. Scientists are studying the brain with a combination of fMRI, electrophysiological studies, and cognitive and genetic testing.
Behavioral studies are spurring research into the way abnormal brain chemistry triggers hyperactivity. Noninvasive tools like fMRI that measure blood flow allow researchers to map the regions of the brain and measure activity in key areas like the frontal cortex.
Most children with ADHD start with their pediatrician. The doctor will often refer a child to a psychiatrist for testing. Simple questionnaires about a child’s behavior can be helpful for awareness, but only a mental health professional can help parents spot early signs of ADHD in toddlers.
When a child starts school, teachers often notice patterns of carelessness, distractibility, lack of focus, disorganization, and fidgeting. Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. Without treatment, children often fall behind in school.
Teenagers — and their parents — are blamed and shamed as they journey from therapist to probation officer, judge, and psychiatrist. Evidence continues to mount that teenagers who suffer from ADHD aren’t intentionally disruptive but instead are tormented by their inability to concentrate.
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