It’s listed in the manual of psychiatric disorders as a validated mental health condition, yet there’s a lingering sense that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially among children, is in part due to poor parenting or parents who aren’t disciplining their children enough. People with ADHD have a difficult time concentrating and often act out in in appropriate ways in frustration.
Now, in a report published in Lancet Psychiatry, researchers led by a group in the Netherlands provide the strongest data yet on brain changes that may be contributing to ADHD.
The scientists studied the largest group to date of people of all ages with ADHD—1,713—and compared their brain scans to those without the disorder. While previous studies have also documented some brain differences in those affected, this represents the largest population of people studied. That gives researchers more confidence that the changes they found are reliable and worth investigating further.
The people with ADHD showed slower development of five brain regions. Some have been identified before and make intuitive sense; they involve parts of…
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