ADHD and Your Brain. The Neurobiology of ADHD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Your Brain Works Tutorial
From the excellent How Stuff Works website. Very good overview
of Brain Scans of ADDers
Images of PET scans, MRI's and SPECT scans of ADD and non
on understanding how your brain works
Includes Brain/Neuroscience anatomy sites and Tutorials
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
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.
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
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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