ADHD

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, one of the most common childhood brain disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). These symptoms can make it difficult for a child with ADHD to succeed in school, get along with other children or adults, or finish tasks at home.

Brain imaging studies have revealed that, in youth with ADHD, the brain matures in a abnormal pattern and is delayed, on average, by about 3 years. The delay is most pronounced in brain regions involved in thinking, paying attention, and planning. Studies have found that the outermost layer of the brain, the cortex, shows delayed maturation overall, and the Corpus Callosum, important for proper communications between the two halves of the brain shows an abnormal growth pattern

Resources:

1. ADHD booklet NIMH USA  (National Institute of Mental Health) A very comprehensive guide.

2. ADHD DSM-5 Overview, Psychiatric Comorbidities and Management: A comprehensive slide set about ADHD DSM-5 based criteria, symptom overlap with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use and management.

3a. ADHD Parents Medication Guide 2013 APA: A comprehensive review of treatment options. 3b. Medication Summary: Graphic Summary, 3c. ADHD Supplements-Additude: Graphic Summary of Vitamins and supplements.

4a. ADHD InfoGraphics: Visual Summary of ADHD Symptoms.4b. Brain Threats and Protectors: Visual Summary of strategies to improve brain health.

5. ADHD Back to School Tips: Guides for school age children with ADHD

6. Dr.Amen – Seven Types of ADD An innovative multidisciplinary appraoch, SPECT Scans, medication and biomedical supplements.

7. Thriving with FAST MINDS:Book Review: CHADD: Useful book for People with Fast Brains and ADHD, by Craig Surman, MD, and Tim Bilkey, MD.

8. Adult ADHD Self Report Scale-ASRS-v1-1: A useful 18 point screening scale for adults.