What causes ADHD?

Although the causes aren't fully understood, 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. 

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