Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Metacognition of a tactile working memory task has been demonstrated by researchers at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, for the first time. Understanding this brain function might help in the development of new treatments for neuropsychiatric illnesses in the future. By combining neural pathway imaging and magnetic stimulation of the brain targeting the… Read more

Brain differences between people with a specific genetic risk for schizophrenia and those at risk for autism have been mapped in a new study from UCLA. These first time findings could help explain the biological underpinnings of these neuropsychiatric disorders. The research offers insight into how an excess, or absence, of genetic material on a… Read more

One of my most fascinating experiences as a doctoral student of neuroscience began with an early morning trip to the university hospital. Upon arrival, my laboratory colleagues and I met with one of the clinical neurologists, who introduced us to a patient suffering from advanced Parkinson’s Disease. Medications were no longer working effectively, and the… Read more

Dysfunction in dopamine signaling greatly changes the activity level of about 2,000 genes in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. The alteration may be an underlying cause of some complex neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, according to University of California at Irvine neuroscientists. The epigenetic alteration of gene activity in the brain cells that receive this neurotransmitter… Read more

Tips on Helping an ADD Child

Even though a child has ADD, that does not mean he or she needs to be “labeled” and stuck into a category. Many, many children with ADD today can and do learn to overcome their limitations and far exceed expectations, competing well with those who do not have the disorder.

Studies show that the earlier a child is diagnosed and the earlier treatment begins, the better chance there is for success. In other words, early intervention is KEY.

There are many ways to help children who have ADD. First of all, let the child know that you care (and love him or her, if appropriate, as in the case of relatives). Sometimes after a diagnosis, youngsters may think your opinions of them have changed and that you think less of them. So let them know that this is not the case at all, even share an imperfection of your own with them to let them know you work on issues, too, and did as a child.

Also, let children know that you support them in their challenge and struggles with ADD. And try your best to express your support with positive remarks, praise, encouragement and any help you can.

Note there will be good days and bad days in dealing with the ADD, just as there are with anything else. And no one is perfect. So remember the better days when bad ones roll around and keep on hanging in there! It may help a lot to keep a journal. Jot down notes, (and don’t worry about spelling and grammar- just have fun with it), include school grades, pictures, etc. Make it multi-media, if possible, and colorful. Then during bad times, you’ll have plenty of reminders in your journal of the progress to date and be proud and encouraged for the both of you.