ADHD Delays, Rather than Alters, Brain Development
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Developmental neurobiology; Child development
Coverage: United States
The findings of this study indicate that the maturation of brain architecture occurs in a highly similar fashion between typically developing children and those with ADHD, with a significant delay in those with the disorder. This delay also leads to a shift in when individuals with ADHD go through the process of pruning of nerve connections that is part of the normal maturation process during adolescence.