Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is frequently associated with other psychiatric conditions, including psychotic disorders. There is evidence for shared genetic susceptibility to both conditions,1 and first-degree relatives of people with ADHD have twice the risk of having schizophrenia compared with healthy controls.2 There is also an added risk of psychosis in patients with comorbid cannabis use. There are overlapping environmental risk factors for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Now scientists are diving deeper into ADHD, looking for neurobiological markers in the brain that could explain how the developmental disorder, which is frequently misunderstood, affects people’s behavior, emotions, and focus. In recent years, imaging studies have revealed size differences in certain parts of the brain associated with ADHD. Researchers think that disrupted connectivity in the brain […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Does it feel like you never have enough energy? Do you find it hard to concentrate? Have you lost your zest for life? If you answered yes to any of these, your neurotransmitters may be out of balance. What Are Neurotransmitters? Neurotransmitters (or transmitters) are small molecules that communicate information between neurons or other brain cells,… Read […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
ADHD is a genetic disorder, but DNA is not working alone. Stress, foods, and environmental toxins change the brain as well. Here, learn how to reverse their negative effects. Now, researchers understand that ADHD is primarily a disorder of self-regulation. Self-regulation weaves together all the older theories of ADHD into one cohesive picture; it is also what allows […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
There are innumerable forms of meditation. Only some come with long traditions, and even fewer have been carefully scientifically studied. Of the ones that have been studied, we’ll take a look at the differences between these two: Focused-Attention and Mindfulness (aka Open Monitoring). Focused-Attention Meditation (FAM) is exactly what it sounds like, participants are asked […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Christopher Bergland Poorly-connected brain hubs and childhood developmental disorders often go hand in hand, according to a new state-of-the-art brain mapping study from the University of Cambridge. The findings (Siugzdaite et al., 2020) were published on February 27 in the journal Current Biology. “The purpose of this study was to take a transdiagnostic approach to establish how brain […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Even though it’s 2021, not much seems that different than a week ago. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change all of our lives in ways we could never have imagined a year ago. For older teens and young adults, the markers of how you’ve defined yourself–school, music, sports, friends, parties, work have shifted dramatically in 2020. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Eileen Bailey Brain fog – you know, that feeling that you have cobwebs in your brain; where it is hard to think clearly. You feel like you are walking around in a fog and it takes you a while to process what is going on around you. You might find it difficult to concentrate, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Christopher Bergland Accomplishing goals that require focus and grace under pressure is practically impossible if you’re overexcited or easily distracted. The ability to stay laser-focused and ignore distractions while simultaneously curbing impulsiveness and not “spazzing out” is key to achieving peak performance in life and sport. Experiencing attention deficits or being prone to impulsivity can interfere with goal-directed behavior. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Previously, ADD was thought to be separate from ADHD; however, ADHD and ADD share common characteristics that would categorize the condition as a type of ADHD. Individuals with ADHD exhibit the following symptoms: Inattention, which includes disorganization, difficulty with maintaining attention, constant daydreaming, and not paying attention when spoken to directly. Impulsivity… Read the full […]Continue Reading... No Comments.