Most research suggests ADHD is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, including problems during pregnancy (i.e., low birth weight, prematurity, mother smoked or used drugs), brain injury, exposure to toxins like lead, PCBs, or pesticides, and genetics.
In the past few decades, it was thought that watching too much television or consuming too much sugar resulted in ADHD in kids, but there is no proven scientific connection.
ADHD was previously thought to be a disorder that affected only children, and that they grew out of as they became adults. The APA's definition has evolved in the past 15 years, so we now understand it's a disease that affects people throughout their lifespans.
It can be challenging to parent a child with ADHD when the parent has ADHD themself - Here are some tips.
Take this 3-minute online test to find out if you have the symptoms of adult ADHD.
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