The Neufeld Scientific Research Centre

Agitation-based alarm problems

Attention Problems with Roots in the Separation Complex

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    • “…anxious attachment is linked to ADHD and that insecurely attached students are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Secure children, on the other hand have longer attention spans and higher cognitive test scores” (Bergin & Bergin, 2009)

    • “Children who are repeatedly exposed to anxiety early in life may be at risk for over-activation of the amygdala, which can lead to chronic problems with attention and thought” (Bergin & Bergin, 2009, p. 148)

    • Bergin, C., & Bergin, D. (2009). Attachment in the Classroom. Educational Psychology Review, 21, 141-170.
    • Barkley, R. (2020). Taking Charge of ADHD: The complete alternative Guide for Parents. 4th Edition, Guildford Press.

    • Barkley, R. (editor. 2018). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment. 4th Edition, Guildford Press.