Traumatic Brain Injury May Lead to Higher Risk of ADHD

Brain Injury

One study now suggests that "young children who are hospitalized with head injuries may be at higher than average risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on."

In fact, the study found up to about one in five kids with a TBI develops ADHD, roughly twice the diagnosis rate among typically developing school-age children.

“Children with a history of traumatic brain injury, even those with less severe injuries, have an increased risk for the development of new-onset attention problems, potentially many years after injury,” said lead study author Megan Narad of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

Jack Tsao, a researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was quoted on psychcongress.com as stating, “Parents and the children's physicians or other medical professions and...

Build a Better Bedtime Routine For Your ADHD Child.

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ADHD has been linked to sleep problems in multiple studies. Many of the same brain functions that cause inattention can also negatively affect sleep. In addition, you may be battling hyperactivity, side effects from medication, and a constantly racing mind. Setting up a bedtime routine is important for every child, but especially for one with ADHD.

The following is a compilation of tips found on ADDitudemag.com to help you set up a better bedtime routine:

  1. Set a bedtime and stick to it: When setting your child’s bedtime, consider that your child may need less sleep than children without ADHD. Set a reasonable bedtime that you can really commit to. This is the most important part of their routine.
  2. No TV or screen time 1 hour before bedtime. Whatever the cause be may be, screen time before bed seems to disrupt quality sleep according to researchers and parents. Use this time for a...

Is it ADHD, ODD, or Both?

We have received many questions from concerned parents asking: "Does my child have ADHD or ODD or BOTH"? There is a reported link between having ADHD and developing ODD. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD. People with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD than the general population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports: "Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. ODD usually starts before age eight, but no later than early adolescence."

ADHD as defined by the Mayo Clinic: “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of problems, such...

Childhood aggression linked to deficits in executive function

You may have heard it from teachers and counselors, "Your child has ADHD and weak Executive Function."  

Executive Function is a term used to explain brain processes needed to plan, prioritize, and organize. Executive Function helps us avoid procrastination, make good decisions by avoiding impulsive behaviors, and remain on task. Research has now linked childhood aggression to deficits in Executive Function.

"The study, published in open-access journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, shows that primary school children with lower Executive Function were more likely to show physical, relational and reactive aggression in later years, but not proactive aggression. The increased aggression -- which was observed in both boys and girls -- may be partly due to an increased tendency for anger in these children. The findings suggest that helping children to increase their...

Humans Have Less Attention than a Goldfish

Microsoft study finds technology a key factor

Read More: http://www.medicaldaily.com/human-attention-span-shortens-8-seconds-due-digital-technology-3-ways-stay-focused-333474

A goldfish has an average attention span of 9 seconds, but a new Microsoft study concludes the average human has only 8 seconds before losing focus.

The study cites that technology has changed the way our brains function, stating, “Heavy multi-screeners find it difficult to filter out irrelevant stimuli — they’re more easily distracted by multiple streams of media.”

The study also cites that on the positive side, our ability to multitask has greatly improved. But is this true? Not likely. Numerous studies concluded that the human brain does not multitask well. It takes twice the time to complete a task as it would if one did not multitask. Secondly, a great example of our brains’ limited capacity to...

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

We have all heard it many times - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  This is especially true for people with ADHD. “If you don’t eat properly, you can become distracted, impulsive, and restless,” says Ned Hallowell, M.D.  

 

Therefore, we should make certain we are serving up the right kind of breakfast! Simple starches and sugary cereals won’t fuel the brain and often cause a crash in energy by early afternoon. Since time and picky eaters are usually the show stoppers to a healthy breakfast, here are five quick and delicious ideas:

 

  1. Overnight Oats -  Prepped the night before and only four key ingredients: rolled oats (1/2 cup), Greek yogurt (1/3 cup), unsweetened milk (2/3 cup), and a pinch of salt. Throw all these ingredients in a small jar or Tupperware overnight for an on-the-go meal. You’ll find all kinds of recipes online, but...