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Study Questions Cause of ADHD

Nov 11, 2013 03:51PM ● By tina
Study: ADHD Likely Not Caused By Chemical Imbalance 
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Study results from researchers at the University of Cambridge raise questions about the theory that ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance and instead point to structural differences in grey matter as the potential culprit. For years, the medical community has suspected that a dysfunction in dopamine, which controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, was the underlying cause of inattention and impulsivity issues. An article from PsychCentral shares the following about the Cambridge study: During the study, researchers used a combination of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure grey matter and dopamine receptors. The findings also showed that although participants with ADHD had significantly less grey matter in the brain and performed much worse in the attention tests than the healthy controls, they had similar levels of dopamine receptors in an area of the brain called the striatum. This important finding suggests there was not necessarily any dysfunction in dopamine. The researchers hope these results will improve our understanding of the cause of ADHD and improve future treatments.

In addition to the Cambridge study, a study from The University of California–Davis Center for Mind and Brain shows children with ADHD have areas within their brains that fail to connect when they attempt a task that measures attention. This research further underscores the potential role of grey matter differences in people with ADHD. Since the brain’s grey matter is responsible for proper neural function as well as routing and processing sensory motor stimuli, activities and exercises that promote neural connectivity can reduce or eliminate symptoms of the disorder. The right hemisphere of the brain regulates impulsivity, attention and socially appropriate behavior, so a child with decreased right-brain activity may be hyperactive, oppositional, disruptive and even aggressive. The Brain Balance Program® combines individually customized sensory-motor and cognitive activities that improve right brain connectivity leading to a reduction or elimination of behavioral symptoms. In addition, our nutritional guidelines are supported by recent research that stresses the importance of a healthy diet in decreasing symptoms of the disorder. 

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