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ADHD and Your Brain. The Neurobiology of ADHD

 

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Links to Articles and Websites Explaining the Neurobiology of ADHD and Information on How Your Brain Works.

There is also more detailed scientific info on my page on the Clinical Evidence of the Existence of ADD as a Real Condition, created for the people who believe in flat earth theories and other fantasies.



Brain Facts

A free 52-page primer on the brain and nervous system, published by the Society for Neuroscience. It's a starting point for a lay audience interested in neuroscience.

 

Brain Imaging Data of ADHD

By Amir Raz, Ph.D. Psychiatric Times  August 2004  Vol. XXI  Issue 9
A clinical article on what brain imaging data related to ADD.

 

Brainplace.com

Daniel Amen's great site on the brain. LOTS of info here. Psychiatrist Daniel Amen has preformed over 25,000 brain imaging studies and written books on ADHD. He has categorized ADD into seven different subtypes.

Brief summary of the 5 major brain systems that relate to behaviour

3D Images Of Attention Deficit Disorder

 

Brain Scans Reveal Physiology of ADHD

Psychiatric News 2004. New high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of the brains of children with attention-deficithyperactivity disorder indicate significant and specific anatomical differences within areas of the brain thought to control attentional and inhibitory control systems, compared with brain scans of children without ADHD.
The images are thought to be the most advanced to date to reveal the anatomical basis of the disorder. Includes two 3d scan photos.

Brain study links negative emotions and lowered immunity

Also show how positive emotions can benefit your immune system.

 

How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

By Sue Gerhardt, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain. In order to develop a 'social brain', babies need loving one-to-one care. The attention that we receive as babies impacts on our brain structures. If we find ourselves cared for by people who love us, and who are highly sensitive to our unique personalities, the pleasure of those relationships will help to trigger the development of the "social brain". In the simplest terms, the pre-frontal cortex (and in particular its orbitofrontal area) plays a major role in managing our emotional lives: it picks up on social cues, the non-verbal messages that other people transmit, it enables us to empathise, as well as playing an important part in restraining our primitive emotional impulses.

Surprising as it may seem, we are not born with these capacities:this part of the brain develops almost entirely post-natally. Nor is it just a matter of waiting for your baby to develop an orbitofrontal cortex so it can begin to relate well to others.There is nothing automatic about it.

Instead, the kind of brain that each baby develops is the brain that comes out of his or her experiences with other people. Love facilitates a massive burst of connections in this part of the brain between six and 12 months. Neglect at this time can greatly reduce the development of the pre-frontal cortex.

 

How Your Brain Works Tutorial

From the excellent How Stuff Works website. Very good overview

 

Images of Brain Scans of ADDers

Images of PET scans, MRI's and SPECT scans of ADD and non ADD brains.

 

Links on understanding how your brain works

Includes Brain/Neuroscience anatomy sites and Tutorials

 

Mind Tools

Mind Tools outlines more than 100 of the most important thinking skills in nine essential areas. These skill areas are:

 

  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Memory Improvement
  • Information Skills
  • Practical Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Communication Skills

 

The Neurology of Attention Deficit Disorder

Very good description of the Neurology of ADD including photos. The site is a commercial website selling an ADD product called Attend, and I'm not recommending their product, but still, they have a lot good info on the site.

 

Neuroscience for Kids But Useful for Adults Too

Created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system. Adults can learn a lot from this site too.

 

HeartMath site

The Institute of HeartMath is an innovative nonprofit research and education organization. Their primary mission is to facilitate people in finding the balance between mind and heart in life's decisions.


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