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The Future of ADHD Research Looks Like This

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A substantial body of research over the years has found that ADHD is characterized by high heritability and involves many different genes, has replicable findings in neuroimaging studies, has effective treatments (both non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic), and is associated with adverse long-term outcomes.

Yet many questions remain unanswered.While no one can predict the scientific discoveries that lie ahead, three research areas are especially promising for improving our understanding of ADHD: neuroimaging, genetic research, and non-pharmacologic interventions, like transcranial magnetic stimulation and attention training.Advances in brain-imaging techniques may lead to a better understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying ADHD.

There are caveats, however. It appears that single neuroimaging receptor or cellular studies have provided clues about differences in brain structure and functioning in individuals with ADHD, but the brain comprises billions of interacting cells, circuits, and networks that do or do not work together during specific tasks.[Free Download: Learn the Facts About Neurofeedback]These complex networks and connections vary by individual and by the specific tasks that are part of many neuroimaging studies.

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