Brain differences and ADHD

University of Washington researcher Theodore Beauchaine has found differences in the brain activity of teenage boys with ADHD. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) was used to examine brain activity of teens with and without ADHD. Two brain areas were the focus of the study. The striatal region is involved in motivating people to engage in behaviour that is pleasurable or rewarding. The anterior cingulate cortex is activated when the reward stops – it “extinguishes” behaviour that is no longer rewarding.

FA036 – Anatomy of bullying

Doctors Brian, Giuseppe, and Richard talk about bullying and how to help your kids to avoid being victims.

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Anatomy of “Saving Normal” (Episode 166)

Saving Normal by Dr. Allen Frances
Saving Normal by Dr. Allen Frances

Saving Normal by Dr. Allen Frances

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe speak with Dr. Allen Frances, author of Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life, about the dangers of a loose diagnostic system for the treatment of kids. Topics include:

  • Why mental illness seems to be on the rise
  • The influence of pharmaceutical companies on diagnosis
  • The dangers of over-treatment
  • The shift from psychiatric hospitals to prisons as treatment centers
  • What parents can do to protect their kids

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Does pregnancy make women smarter?

Parents may have a notion that pregnancy and motherhood makes women more forgetful, but the research doesn’t support that conclusion. Professor Helen Christensen, director of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University, began studying a group of women in 1999. She soon found that there was no link between pregnancy and memory loss, although parents indicated their belief that pregnancy had a negative effect on recall. Pof. Christensen has found that mothers are marginally less-educated than women who have no children, probably because of the delays in education that occur when one has a child.