Causes of ADHD

What causes ADHD? Is it purely genetic or do diet and environment play a role? Explore research and findings behind what causes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from biological, genetic and psychological factors.

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  • Causes of ADHD in Children: Facts and Myths
    Myths about the causes of ADD/ADHD in children have been around since the condition was recognized at the beginning of the 20th century. The blame goes to everything from sugar to lack of discipline to the children themselves. But what is the real cause? Read on to learn the facts.
  • Is it All in Your Imagination? How ADHD Affects the Brain
    For decades, a debate has raged about the cause of ADHD. While some point to poor parenting or poor nutrition as the reason for shrinking attention spans, brain research supports the idea that the disorder is caused by physical differences in the brain.
  • ADHD and High IQ: What's the Connection?
    Parents sometimes wonder if their children can have both ADHD and High IQ levels. The answer is they can, and they often do. Read on for answers to common questions about the relationship between ADHD and intelligence.
  • Understanding the Theories about the Causes of ADHD
    Parents and scientists alike are searching for the cause of ADHD. While there is no answer yet, ADHD theories offer clues as to who is at greatest risk of developing the disorder. Read on to learn more about the most popular ADHD theories.
  • Hunting for Clues about ADHD and Brain Development
    Researchers have taken advantage of exceptionally revealing brain scanning technologies to thoroughly study the abnormal construction and chemistry in the brains of children and adults who have ADHD versus those who don’t. Here, we’ll discuss two very telling studies and their implications.
  • Exploring the Relation Between Social Construct Theory and ADHD
    Social critics of the medical diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have attempted to explain the causes of ADHD in their own way. Here is a brief look at the relation between social construct theory and ADHD and how widely it is accepted in the psychiatric arena.
  • Connection Between ADHD and Genetics
    Is ADHD Genetic? According to research there is a strong link between ADHD and genetics. Studies show an influence by one or more genes play a significant role in the onset of ADHD, particularly in children. By identifying these genes, scientists hope to make progress in treatment and maybe a cure.
  • Insight into the Low Arousal Theory
    Why are kids with ADHD able to focus on video games but not on homework? Why are they often impulsive? And why do stimulants seem to help? The low arousal theory answers these questions by explaining how people with ADHD are different from everyone else.
  • Diagnosing ADHD
    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and also affects 4.1 percent of adults. Learn some basic information about the diagnostic criteria mental health professionals use to determine if someone has ADHD.
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