New ADHD diagnosis method

Good news everybody it seems that there is some effort in the field of ADHD diagnosis. A new study conducted on a fairly small population has come up with the conclusion that the quantity of iron in the brain (exactly, iron) is a “biomarker” for detecting an ADHDed brain.

The lower the iron the higher the ADHD (heh!). This is only a preliminary study on a fairly small number of children. But if a bigger study is conducted maybe finally there will be a truly a scientific method to diagnose ADHD in children and adults.
The other method is pure wizardry and involves observing the behaviour of the child or adult for some time.

The new method involves using a tool that has been around for some time, a MRI scanner.

Iron in the brain is used in the production of that delicious neurotransmitter called dopamine which is lacking in an adult or child with ADHD.

Before you take your trusty pistol/revolver/AR/shotgun to put some more iron into your brain you should know this:
– bullets are almost/always made out of led.

Other news:

Researchers discover how the brain tangles its wires (possible cause of ADHD).”This miswiring of dopaminergic neurons in mice results in hyperactivity and attention deficits.” ( he heh!): buy generic strattera online


As you already know, or don’t know, there are 4 types of adhd medications:
-blood pressure medicine

Stimulant adhd drugs are split in two subcategories depending on what the active substance is:
-amphetamine stimulants
-methylphenidate stimulants

The first three types all act on neurotransmitters. They make the brain release more neurotransmitters or bring more to the game. Also they inhibit the absorbtion(or reuptake) by the neurons of the neurotransmitters.
The brain is a big matrix of cells called neurons. The neurons are separated by gaps called synapses. Neurons text each other… errrm communicate with each other by sending a kind of chemicals called, you guessed it, neurotransmitters to gaps (synapses). From the gaps the neurotransmitters travel to another neuron and get attached to that other neuron via a receptor. And that’s how information is relayed around your brain.
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For good reception of the message enough neurotransmitters need to be produced and released. Also the neurotransmitter must stay long enough in the gap for it to get attached to the other neuron’s receptor.

The exces is taken back(recaptured/reabsorbed) by the neuron that produced it. In the ADHD case the reuptake is done prematurely.

The neurotransmitters are produced and stored within a neuron.

Nobody knows exactly how the last group of drugs work, I’m talking about the blood pressure drugs.

Here’s a list of ADHD MEDICATIONS :


  • Dexedrine
  • Adderall
  • Dextrostat
  • Dexedrine Spansule
  • Vyvanse


  • Focalin
  • Rithalin
  • Methylin
  • Concerta
  • Metadate
  • Quillivant




  • Norpramin
  • Aventyl
  • Pamelor
  • Tofranil
  • Wellbutrin


What is ADHD ?

So there has been a lot of speculation lately around a “disease” called ADHD.
In this article I am going to cover the definition ADHD: causes, symptoms, treatment and different types of ADHD.

So, what does ADHD stand for?
ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Essentially, ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder; an impairment of the growth and development of the brain and the central nervous system. Sometimes the term is used to refer to a disorder of brain functions that affect abilities such as learning, emotion and memory in an individual. ADHD develops as the subject matures.

There are number of causes for neurodevelopmental disorders.
These are :

-enviromental factors
-genetic diseases
-metabolic diseases
-toxic factors
-infectious disease
-immune disorders
-nutritional factors
-physical trauma
-emotional trauma

The causes of ADHD are unknown in the majority of cases, although it’s one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders in subjects under 19 years old.

Most predominant contributing factors to the disease are:
-enviromental aspects
It can be inherited.
It involves multiple polygenic genes that affect neurotransmitter transporters.
The neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine are involved.

ADHD can be divided it into three types(or subtypes) according to its symptoms:
-predominantly inattentive
-predominantly hyperactive-impulse
-a combination of first 2 types

Predominantly inattentive ADHD forms a chapter of its own. Usually it is known as ADD or ADHD-I.

The main symptoms are the same in children and adults, but in adults the same symptoms manifest differently.
The diagnoses of ADHD in children and adults takes some time, at least six months.
There are different standards used for the diagnoses:
– DSM-IV criteria
– ICD-10 criteria

The DSM-IV criteria produces 3 to 5 times more ADHD diagnostics than ICD-10 when applied.
There is criticism that ADHD was invented and not discovered. Adults and children are diagnosed using the same criteria. The diagnosis is conducted by qualified professionals.

In children there is a reported shrinkage in brain volume.
ADHD is diagnosed purely by behaviour. Brain scans and imaging techniques cannot be used in ADHD because there isn’t a definitive¬† pattern between individuals’s brains that suffer from ADHD.

ADHD affects 6 to 7 percent of children when diagnosed using the DSM-IV method and 1 to 2 percentage when using the ICD-10 method. ADHD is up to three times more common in boys than in girls. Between 20 and 50 of people diagnosed with ADHD in childhood have symptoms that continue into adulthood. A small percentage of adults (1 to 4) have the disorder.

Treatment of ADHD involves therapy and medication. ADHD therapy and ADHD medications can be either combined or taken alone. Medicating preschool children is not recommended as the effects of the drugs on human beings of such age cannot be accurately recorded.ADHD medication’s long term side effects are discussed as we speak, especially for stimulant based medication. Opinions are divided and studies show differing and sometimes opposing results.

There are different types of ADHD medication:
-stimulants (varied)
-medicine for blood pressure

IN SHORT,THE FACTS: ADHD is a disorder that is mysterious even for doctors. Go to two different doctors that use different criteria for diagnosing and testing, one will find that you suffer from ADHD, the other won’t. And the medications they’ll give you only treat the symptoms not the cause.