Over the past several decades, educators, policymakers and scientists have referred to ADHD, as a national crisis and have spent billions of dollars looking into its cause. They’ve looked at genetics, brain development, exposure to toxic substances like lead, the push for early academics, and many other factors. But new studies have a number of researchers asking whether the behavior and attention issues ascribed to ADHD are due to the fact that many kids today simply don’t get the sleep they need.
As researchers discover more about ADHD, we are beginning to see that the disorder presents differently in boys and girls, and later, in adult men and women. Understanding these gender differences could help the medical community make earlier diagnoses of ADHD for girls and perhaps help forestall issues related to untreated ADHD later in life.
While there is no evidence to support the idea that video games cause ADHD, there are concerns that extensive video game play can exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD. Once you understand the special attraction of video games for kids with ADHD, there are steps you can take to prevent this entertaining distraction from becoming a potentially harmful addiction for your child.
Returning veterans who are attending college face many challenges and stresses that most students do not. Evidence is beginning to mount that the level of transition support for student veterans can make a big difference in whether or not they graduate. But many colleges and universities are not prepared to help student veterans with learning challenges brought on by PTSD and other factors. Research indicates that executive function coaching may provide the solution.
Recent research studies have begun to show the usefulness of mindfulness meditation in treating the symptoms of ADHD, especially in adults. A daily practice of mindfulness meditation can help with attention, reduce stress, improve mood and enhance aspects of executive functioning, and may contribute to better emotion regulation.
Recent research has linked ADHD to a variety of sleep problems in children. There are a number of simple steps you can take to help your ADHD child create better sleep patterns. By working with your child and your child’s physician, you can create a sound sleep environment to help your child get the sleep they need to succeed with ADHD.
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Genetics are known to play a strong role in the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, identifying the precise path from a malfunctioning gene (or genes) to risk for the disorder has remained something of a mystery to researchers. A … Read More
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