Getting ahead of ADHD What next-generation science says about treatments that work-- and how you can make them work for your child

Joel T. Nigg

Book - 2017

Does toxic pollution cause attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? What about screen use? Are alternative treatments worth exploring? Can dietary changes help? From leading ADHD researcher Joel T. Nigg, this book presents exciting treatment advances grounded in the new science of epigenetics--how genes and the environment interact. Distinguishing unsupported, even dangerous, approaches from bona fide breakthroughs, Dr. Nigg describes specific lifestyle changes that have been proven to support the developing brain.

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New York : The Guilford Press [2017]
Main Author
Joel T. Nigg (author)
Physical Description
vii, 299 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-289) and index.
  • A new understanding of ADHD
  • Epigenetics : the end of the nature-versus-nurture debate
  • Food and ADHD : old controversies and new clarity
  • Exercise, sleep, and ADHD : new insights on brain growth
  • Technology and ADHD : latest findings on the peril and the promise
  • Environmental chemicals and ADHD : sorting alarm from prudent caution
  • Adversity, stress, trauma, and ADHD : finding sanctuary
  • Getting professional help : traditional and alternative treatments for ADHD
  • Tying it all together.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Nigg, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, presents a wide-ranging and practical approach for parents facing a child's diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Nigg gives a detailed rundown of what scientists know about the disorder and includes a thorough chapter on the topic of epigenetics (gene expression), thereby reassuring parents that while a child may inherit a genetic "propensity" for ADHD, a variety of factors influence whether or not the condition actually appears. In separate chapters Nigg covers how food, exercise, sleep, technology use, and trauma, among other factors, relate to ADHD. With each discussion he offers action steps, provides a rundown of current scientific studies, and steers interested readers toward resources for further reading. Noting that cases can vary widely and that children can be on the "ADHD spectrum" without the full-fledged disorder, the author encourages individualized treatment plans and an "integrative approach" that considers medication along with alternative and complementary methods. Parents will find reassurance, hope, and step-by-step action plans in this coherent guide to the current and evolving science on ADHD. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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