Functional brain pathways disrupted in children with ADHD

Functional brain pathways disrupted in children with ADHD


Click above for an interesting article on brain pathways in children with an ADHD diagnosis. The research written about in this article demonstrated that compared to "the normal control group, the children with ADHD showed abnormal functional activity in several regions of the brain involved in the processing of visual attention information." Sounds good, however, " The researchers also found that communication among the brain regions within this visual attention-processing pathway was disrupted in the children with ADHD."

"What this tells us is that children with ADHD are using partially different functional brain pathways to process this information, which may be caused by impaired white matter pathways involved in visual attention information processing," Dr. Li  (the chief researcher) said.

Regretfully, after decades of similar research, ADHD is taken by many to be nothing more than a “made up” disorder. Many teachers, administrators and even health professionals seem to doubt the reality of ADHD and continue to blame the child, student or adult who suffer from this disorder.  The changing nature of the disorder throughout the day, the ups and downs of it’s apparent severity, and untrained practitioners who mistakenly call ADHD a “gift” are to thank for this. In spite of the fact that research like that noted above (click the article title to go to a review of the research article and be directed to more comprehensive information from there) clearly proves, without a doubt, that ADHD is real, we need to keep battling to get appropriate funding and recognition of the seriousness of this disorder. 

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