Brenda - posted on 11/12/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
So, for those of you who have to deal with this or know someone that does, I have learned some very interesting things in my course on childhood disorders this week.
First, if you've ever wondered why they give a stimulant like Ritalin to a child who is already hyperactive, here you go: A child with ADHD actually has a brain that is understimulated, therefore they seek out stimulation from external factors such as excessive activity. So drugs that treat ADHD do so by making more dopamine and neurephinephrine available which allows more stimulation in the brain occur.
Second, some facts about how kids get it. ADHD is hereditary for one, but babies who have mothers that smoked, used cocaine, or used any stimulant during pregnancy have a much higher liklihood of being ADHD. The reason is because in the prenatal time, the brain was overstimulated and once they are born, they no longer have the drug induced stimulation but their brains have learned to depend on it, so they are then understimulated.
Third, this fits with recent research showing that CIO leads to higher rates of ADHD. Stress hormones such as cortisol and adreneline stimulate the brain, therefore overstimulation during the first six months during that intregal period of brain development causes the brain to fail to make enough of the chemicals dopamine and neurepinephrine later on. So yeah.
:) I thought it was pretty cool. I also saw an article coorelating ADHD with vaccines, which I call BS on it because of the fact vaccines, no matter what you believe do not cause stimulation, and the above research shows that ADHD is related to early and prenatal overstimulation of the brain leading to a lack of those chemicals later in life. And well, never base anything solely on a correlational study. (Murder and Ice cream consumption have a strong correlation, after all, but it doesn't mean ice cream causes murder, it means that summer heat causes both to increase). Anyway, my little tidbit that supports our attachment parenting style, especially more reason to NOT CIO. :)