Your Brain on ADHD

A new study finds more supporting evidence that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be considered a neurological condition. Due to a recent discovery related to the brain, doctors are hopeful that this emerging information could assist in clearing up some of the common misunderstandings of ADHD.

In the research, neuroscientists analyzed MRI scans of the brains of over 3,000 people between ages four and 63. These scans revealed that five key brain regions were smaller in those who suffer from ADHD. Areas responsible for processing emotions, learning and memory were those most affected. But there is a silver lining: The differences were greater in children (don’t panic!) versus adults, meaning that those brain regions actually can develop and mature over time with age.

ADHD has earned quite a reputation over the years, consequently causing it to be brushed off as a motivational deficit or character failing rather than an actual disorder. Those not familiar with ADHD frequently remark that parenting skills must be lacking, or the child is consuming too much sugar. With these new findings, the condition should garner reinforced legitimacy because it is an actual neurological condition.

Erasing some of the misconceptions is extremely important; additionally, it opens up many potential avenues for further research in order to develop new treatment options.

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