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ADHD & The Brain


Have you ever wondered what the correlation between ADHD and the brain is?  Well, if you are wondering this particular question this article is for you.  This article will explore the correlation between ADHD and the brain and the particular brain structure that is involved with ADHD.

What Is ADHD?

According to, ADHD is a disorder where people have difficulty with inattention, hyperactivity, impulsitvity, mood swings, and organization.  According, a child or teenager with ADHD may have trouble in school or at home with paying attention or concentrating.  They also may lose things or have difficulty following directions.  In addition, they may also experience difficulty sitting still or experience difficulty not acting on impulse.  People with ADHD may also get mad easily or frustrated easily.

Is ADHD A Brain Disorder?

According, yes in fact ADHD is a brain disorder.

Since ADHD Is A Brain Disorder Are Certain Areas Of The Brain Different Than Others In ADHD Patients?

On the basis of, yes certain areas of the brain are different in contrast to other areas of the brain in ADHD patients.  In fact, according to, certain areas of the brain can smaller than other areas of the brain in ADHD patients.

The Frontal Lobe & ADHD

To be specific, according to, the frontal lobe is a part of the brain that helps people “to organize, plan, pay attention, and make decisions.”  According to, parts of the frontal lobe “may mature a few years later in people with ADHD.”  To be specific, according to, the frontal lobe is responsible for the following:

  • Problem Solving
  • Memory
  • Language
  • Motivation
  • Judgment
  • Impulse control
  • Social behavior
  • Planning
  • Decision-making
  • Attention
  • Ability to delay gratification
  • Time perception

ADHD & Nuerotransmitters

According to, neurotransmitters help to send signals from one nerve cell to the next throughout the different networks in the brain.  According to, there are two main neurotransmitters associated with ADHD.  They are dopamine and norepinephrine.


To end this article, the brain plays a very important role in the development of ADHD.  According to, ADHD is a brain disorder.  According to, the frontal lobe in ADHD patients “may mature a few years later in people with ADHD.”  In addition to the frontal lobe, according to, neurotransmitters play an important role in the life course of ADHD patients.  Dopamine and norepinephrine and ADHD are two important neurotransmitters.




ADHD & The Brain

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). ADHD & The Brain. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 15, 2020, from


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