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Prescription for ADHD and the Fountain of Youth: Get Moving

Prescription for ADHD and the Fountain of Youth: Get Moving

Laughter may be the best medicine, but a good workout is definitely in second place. Exercise improves mood, decreases anxiety and increases concentration. Breathing hard and sweating for an hour or so can do more for your productivity than any other form of therapy. Time spent exercising is time well spent.

How to Get Your Dopamine On

How to Get Your Dopamine On

In my last blog entry, I described a way of thinking about ADHD. If you consider the various brain regions as a team of players, each having its own position and function, then the prefrontal cortex (PFC) would be the coach, coordinating the team and making sure the plays were executed properly. In people with ADHD, the coach falls asleep when things are not interesting or exciting.

How ADHD Medication Works

How ADHD Medication Works

In recent blog posts, I’ve written copiously about dopamine, the neurotransmitter primarily responsible for our ability to sustain attention, organize our environment, prioritize tasks and resist our impulses. Excess dopamine recycling in the prefrontal cortex results in relatively low levels of this chemical messenger’s “availability” for nerve cell communication in that part of the brain, resulting in deficient executive functioning.