Therapy Dogs Benefit Those With ADHD

Much remains to learn about using this treatment

Even for people who don’t consider dogs a panacea for all the world’s ills, there is good reason to suspect that dogs could be helpful for kids with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Children with ADHD may suffer from physiological factors related to abnormalities in the catecholamine system, especially dopamine receptors and transporters as well as genes that are necessary to convert it to norepinephrine. The result is decreased motivation and reduced emotions, which can lead to inattention and disinterest in social interactions as well as in the learning process.

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