ADHD Children Perceive Even Short Periods of Inactivity as Inordinately Long and Boring

by VR Sreeraman on  June 12, 2009 at 12:29 PM Child Health News
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 ADHD Children Perceive Even Short Periods of Inactivity as Inordinately Long and Boring
While people often find kids suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rowdy and indisciplined, a new study suggests that such children are actually trying to cope with a faulty perception of time.

Katya Rubia, who led the research team from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, pointed out that ADHD is characterised by a shortage of dopamine, which is known to affect time perception.

She said that the purpose of her team's study was to determine whether this could be the source of ADHD-suffering kids' problems.

She revealed that her team used MRI scans to show that 12 boys with ADHD had less activity than usual in the frontal lobe, the basal ganglia and the cerebellum, all areas of the brain known to be crucial for time perception.

The researcher further revealed that those boys were also worse than 12 other boys at estimating how long circles appeared on a screen before vanishing.

Rubia said that the team later gave the children the drug methylphenidate, aka Ritalin, which boosts dopamine levels and is used to treat ADHD.

She said that the treatment turned brain activity in the ADHD group indistinguishable from that of the healthy boys.

"Ritalin enhances brain regions that are important for time perception in ADHD children," New Scientist magazine quoted Rubia as concluding.

Writing about the study in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Rubia says that this is evidence that faulty time perception causes the major symptoms of ADHD, by making children perceive even short periods of inactivity as inordinately long and boring.

Source: ANI

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Such a small, insignificant study...sounds like the pharmaceutical company drummed this one up. I drugged my daughter once with Ritalin. For two weeks she was physically nauseated, then started to gain weight at an alarming rate when we removed her from the drug at her request. She was 8 years old.

And you know...the teachers are the ones who insisted I do this as a favor to them since she was disrupting class by fidgeting. Turns out, it's just at this age where a dyslexic starts suffering academic pressure too. Can you imagine being forced to attend a class all day, every day where you are missing out on 3/4 of what's going on are a kid, you don't know why everyone is getting what's going on in regards to 'text' and the written word and you are not getting it. Things start going terribly awry at this point.

I liken it to going camping with nothing but a buck knife when no one explained to you how to use it or how to feed yourself. They just drop you into a forest in the middle of the night and won't be back to pick you up again...ever...and you are 8 years old. That's what dyslexia is like to some in school at that age. I watched this happen to many of them.

Wouldn't you want to get the heck out of there if it were you????

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