The brain in ADD — ADD Tip o the day 170

The November 2011 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry has an interesting article on ADD, a meta-analysis of brain imaging studies (lumping together the data from all of the subjects from well done studies and analyzing the group).  It shows that  people with ADD or ADHD had smaller basal ganglia on the right, on average, than people without.  The  basal ganglia are a group of nuclei deep in the brain that coordinate physical movements, as well as other things and have been thought to be a least one location of the ADD phenomenon.  (Coincidently, these subjects also had an increased volume in the left rear of the brain – I have no idea what that might imply).

But Wait!!!!-  even more interesting was the finding that the smaller basal ganglia increased in size with increased age and/or the use of stimulant medication.  So there is more hope for us!

Also interesting are the findings that these basal ganglia tend to be larger in people with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) than in those without.  Those people tend to be detail oriented, extra cautious, and tightly controlled in their feelings and behaviour.  I have contended that a touch of OCD is of benefit to us ADDers.  Maybe the two brain changes balance each other out a bit.


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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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