Myths about ADHD
Professor Philip Shaw rebuffs the myth that ADHD is not a serious disorder.
Amongst the foremost myths surrounding ADHD is that itâ€™s not a serious disorder. I think the response to that is that for ADHD to be diagnosed, it has to be impairing, it has to really have quite a negative and substantial impact on the childâ€™s functioning at home, at school, and with their peers. So, the very core of the disorder, the very definition of it is that itâ€™s causing problems for a child. It is not a trivial disorder. We also know whenever you look at the costs to the individual, to families, and to society at large of ADHD, that these are enormous. So, itâ€™s a very serious disorder which does deserve the best possible treatment.
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Professor Philip Shaw discusses research into ADHD diagnosis, which suggests the disorder is under- rather than over-diagnosed.
Professor Philip Shaw links an association between ADHD and dopamine receptors, which may relate to brain development.
Professor Philip Shaw discusses some clinical and behavioral treatments for ADHD, which may work best when combined with medication.
Professor Philip Shaw discusses the relationship between serotonin and ADHD.
An overview of ADHD-related content on Genes to Cognition Online.
An overview of attention-related content on Genes to Cognition Online.
Professor Philip Shaw discusses some medications use to treat ADHD, which lead to improvements in up to 90% of children.
Professor Philip Shaw introduces the three broad symptoms associated with ADHD: hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention.
Professor Philip Shaw discusses some of the concerns parents have in medicating their children and the potential side effects involved.
Professor Philip Shaw introduces the three subtypes of ADHD: hyperactivity/impulsive subtype, inattentive subtype, and combined subtype.