NIH Study Shows People With ADHD Have Altered Brains

By Dr. Mercola Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has long been diagnosed primarily by subjective measures. A child’s health care providers, parents and, often, teachers typically contribute behavioral observations about the child and, if he or she fits the established criteria for ADHD — generally speaking, a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development — a diagnosis may be made.1 Without an objective test or measure, the potential for over-diagnosis or misdiagnosis is high. By some estimates, up to 20 percent of children with ADHD are misdiagnosed.2 This is only compounded by the fact that many ADHD symptoms are experienced by non-ADHD children at some point or another — and the fact that many other conditions, including sleep disorders, anxiety, depression and certain learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. Uncovering objective measures by which to gauge ADHD in children (and adults


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