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2019-Jul-11
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Introduction to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood

Although adult ADHD is more common than initially thought, not all children who have these symptoms will go on to have the adult version of the disorder. Childhood symptoms may also change across the lifespan; some fade (e.g. di

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ADHD and Brain Stimulation

It was once thought that it was impossible for new brain cells to either grow or strengthen. Thanks to modern technology such as MRI and fMRI, neurologists and brain experts have are able to directly observe the functioning of the living brain. As a result, it is now known that new brain cells do grow and that existing brain cells can be strengthened. This gives new hope to children and adults

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2019-Jul-11
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ADHD Stressors

Early Environmental Factors

Again, most researchers suggest that true ADHD is not caused by environmental factors. However, the following environmental factors may exacerbate symptoms of true ADHD, or create ADHD-like symptoms: prenatal and perinatal complications (e.g., low birth weight, fetal distress), prenatal alcohol or tobacco exposure, lead poisoning, pesticides, moderate to severe

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2019-Jul-11
MENTAL HEALTH
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ADHD Treatment

Although the importance of an accurate diagnosis has been emphasized repeatedly above, finding an effective treatment strategy is also vitally important. The 1999 Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD (MTA Study) is the largest study (involving approximately 570 children over 6 different sites in the United States and Canada) to date comparing the effectiveness of different treatments for ADHD. Th

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2019-Jul-11
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Addiction Issues with ADHD Medications

One concern that frequently arises around prescribing ADHD medication is that stimulant use will lead to substance abuse. The federal government agrees that stimulants have a high abuse potential and has labeled them accordingly (i.e., classifying them as Schedule II medications). Yet, research examining the behaviors of adults and adolescents with ADHD does not show an increased risk of substa

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2019-Jul-11
MENTAL HEALTH
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Communication and Language Deficits

Deficits Associated with Autism

Autistic deficits cluster into three groups: communication-related, social and physical deficits. Communication deficits include people with autism's difficulty using spoken language and gestures, inability to initiate and sustain appropriate conversation and use of inappropriate, repetitive language. Social deficits manifest as people with autism's tendenc

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