Outgrowing ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 524

New brain imaging studies

I don’t pretend to understand this, but this is as close as I can get:

Years ago, I was taught that children outgrow ADHD ADHD during adolescence.

This is wrong.

Our brains are different:

In children, when our brains are at rest, two different areas are lit up on imaging. They are supposed to be synchronized. Ours are not.  Our  brain at rest is not resting.

Doesn’t that feel right?

A major feature of ADD ADHD is executive dysfunction

For about half of us, most of the symptoms of ADD ADHD do go away in adolescence, and those two areas get into sync, like “normal”.

But for almost all of us, the executive dysfunction continues anyway.

There is one brain network that is supposed to light up when our brain is at rest, and another that is supposed to light up when we are doing a task.

For us, they both are lit up. We are stepping on the gas pedal and the brake at the same time.

Doesn’t that feel right?

I’m hoping that some of you can make this more clear for us.


bonus comment o the day:

Studies like this should lay to rest the argument that ADD ADHD does not exist, or that it is merely bad behavior.

They won’t.


the brain study


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Stimulants can help.

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 amazon.com, or smashwords.com (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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2 Responses to Outgrowing ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 524

  1. homey –
    yes, or changing diet or trying harder or just taking a pill


  2. If only it was as simple as outgrowing it.

    Liked by 1 person

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