Space and time to listen to the story are critical to effective treatment of problems of regulation of attention, behavior and emotion. Perhaps the risk of early death in individuals diagnosed with ADHD lies in the absence of recognition and treatment of complex underlying causes.
Research at the interface of child development and neuroscience offers insight in to development of resilience. By listening to the story of parent and child, there is opportunity to point development in a healthy direction and avoid repeating unhealthy patterns from previous generations.
The relatively immature brain of the newborn -70% of human brain growth occurs outside the womb- requires an attentiveness and care not unlike the 24-7 care the mother's body provides during pregnancy.
My blog speaks to parents, professionals who work with children, and policy makers. Through stories from my behavioral pediatrics practice (with details changed to protect privacy) I show how contemporary research in child development can be applied to support parents in their efforts to facilitate their children’s healthy emotional development. I address factors that converge to obstruct such support. These include limited access to quality mental health care, influences of a powerful health insurance industry and intensive marketing efforts by the pharmaceutical industry.