ADHD a ‘dis­or­der’, not bad be­hav­ior

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Paris

Peo­ple with ADHD have slightly smaller brains than those with­out the con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased on Thurs­day which in­sisted it is a phys­i­cal dis­or­der and not just bad be­hav­ior.

The largest anal­y­sis to date of the brains of peo­ple with at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der found “struc­tural dif­fer­ences” and ev­i­dence of de­layed de­vel­op­ment com­pared with non-suf­fer­ers, re­searchers re­ported.

“The re­sults from our study con­firm that peo­ple with ADHD have dif­fer­ences in their brain struc­ture and there­fore sug­gest that ADHD is a dis­or­der of the brain,” said the study’s lead au­thor, Mar­tine Hoog­man of Rad­boud Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­tre in the Nether­lands.

“We hope that this will help to re­duce stigma that ADHD is ‘just a la­bel’ for dif­fi­cult chil­dren or caused by poor par­ent­ing.”

The re­sults of the study, which in­volved 1,713 peo­ple with ADHD and 1,529 peo­ple with­out the con­di­tion, were pub­lished in The Lancet Psy­chi­a­try.

Most of­ten di­ag­nosed in chil­dren, ADHD is blamed for se­vere and re­peated bouts of inat­ten­tion, hy­per­ac­tiv­ity or im­pul­sive­ness that can cause prob­lems at school or home.

The symp­toms can per­sist into adult­hood.

The causes re­main in dis­pute, and some spe­cial­ists say ADHD is noth­ing but an ex­cuse for us­ing drugs to sub­due chil­dren with dif­fi­cult per­son­al­i­ties or bad par­ents.


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