Parkinson’s Disease – A Basic Overview
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disease caused by lack of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Patients with Parkinso’ns Disease often have a damaged or shrunken substantia nigra, the part of the brain More...
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is the name given to a condition characterized by a short attention span and inappropriate or impulsive behavior. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been used to refer to ADD with hyperactivity, but the latest research has grouped both conditions under the term ADHD, which refers to patients with either inattention or hyperactivity.
Attention deficits are often diagnosed in school-aged children, but the symptoms continue into adulthood in about half of these cases.
The cause of ADHD is not yet known. Recent research has shown that children exposed to environmental toxins are more likely to have ADHD. Children given unlimited access to food, in one Netherlands study, were more likely to develop ADHD than children fed a regimented diet.
ADHD may have biochemical origins. A recent study at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that mice with inattentive and hyperactive behavior were more likely to have a specific protein receptor on the lining of their intestines.
No definitive test exists for ADHD, but an intriguing study in Baltimore found that children previously diagnosed with ADHD were unable to tap one hand and keep the other hand still (after watching a demonstration of this action), while most children without ADHD were able to tap one hand and not move the other. Many people with ADHD test higher in creativity and lower in motor skills than people without ADHD symptoms. People being screened for ADHD should also be tested for anxiety disorders and vision disorders, both of which can create some of the same symptoms as ADHD.
The following alternative solution strategies have been useful to some patients with ADHD:
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