By: Dr. David Rabiner
Most children with ADHD receive their care from community-based pediatricians. Given the large number of school-age children who require evaluation and treatment services for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor quality care can have on children’s development, it is important for children to routinely receive care in the community that is consistent with best-practice guidelines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has clearly recognized this and published guidelines for Read the rest of this entry »
ADHD medication enhances the risk of heart problems in children (Science Nordic):
“The risk of developing heart problems is twice as big for children taking medicine for Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when compared to children not receiving the medicine…The study builds on data from 714,000 children Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ February e-Newsletter, this time featuring the global launch of our new book, in Spanish, Cómo invertir en su cerebro: Una guía SharpBrains para mejorar su mente y su vida, available already as a soft-cover and e-book!
–> If you speak Spanish, please get a copy for yourself. También puede ver el video de la charla de presentación aquí (comienza en el minuto 5), y leer el artículo Esculpir el cerebro, mucho más allá de un sueño de Ramón y Cajal.
–> If you don’t speak Spanish, please share this with someone who does…we believe he or she will love the book! We’ve been working quite hard over the last year to deliver a great adaptation of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness to “la lengua de Cervantes” — the jury is now out.
Some other news…
Brain Health Science & Practice:
Digital Brain Health Industry & technology:
Finally, please keep in mind that March 10-16th is 2014 Brain Awareness Week. Let’s all find a way to celebrate and invest in our most precious resource!
We often view memory, thinking, emotions, as completely separate entities, but they truly are part of the same process. So, if we want to improve brain health, we need to pay attention to the “weak link” in that process. In today’s society, managing stress and negative emotions is often that weak link, as we discuss during October Q&A session with participants in SharpBrains’ new e-course. Time now for SharpBrains’ October 2012 eNewsletter, featuring new science, new resources and new thinking.
That’s it for now. Have a Happy Halloween!
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By: Dr. David Rabiner
Although ADHD used to be considered a disorder of childhood, follow-up studies indicate that between 30% and 60% of children with ADHD continue to experience symptoms and impairment in adulthood. And, even when ADHD symptoms decline over time, many individuals continue to experience significant impairment in important areas of functioning.
For example, children with ADHD have Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects millions of children and adults (up to 5% of children in the US). More and more evidence suggests that brain training may be key to help these individuals. With this in mind, we put together our most recent articles on the topic to a) help you better understand what is going in the brain of a person with ADHD, and b) provide you with up-to-date information on what can be done to fight the disorder and improve the lives of people suffering from it. We particularly thank Dr. Rabiner from Duke University for writing many of these articles.
What is ADHD?
What kind of attention is involved in ADHD? ADHD may be considered as a problem in the willful control of attention as opposed to a pure deficit in the ability to pay attention.
Self-Regulation and ADHD: The fundamental deficit in individuals with ADHD may be one of self-control: Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. David Rabiner
We have talked about the value of meditation before (see Mindfulness and Meditation in Schools), as a form of well-directed mental exercise than can help train attention and emotional self-regulation. Which other studies have shown how it strengthens specific parts of the brain, mainly in the frontal lobe.
Dr. Rabiner shares with us, below, an excellent review of a new study that analyzes the benefits of mindfulness for adolescents and adults with attention deficits. He writes that “although this is clearly a preliminary study, the results are both interesting and encouraging.”
Does Mindfulness Meditation Help Adults & Teens with ADHD
– By Dr. David Rabiner
Although medication treatment is effective for many individuals with ADHD, including adolescents adults, there remains an understandable need to explore and develop interventions that can complement or even substitute for medication. This is true for a variety of reasons including:
1) Not all adults with ADHD benefit from medication.
2) Among those who benefit, many have residual difficulties that need to be addressed via other means.
3) Some adults with ADHD experience adverse effects that prevent them from remaining on medication.
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