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TOPIC: Causes & Risk Factors of Childhood ADHD

Causes & Risk Factors of Childhood ADHD 09 Jul 2013 14:37 #231

Causes & Risk Factors of Childhood ADHD
Posted July 9, 2013 by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

As with all mental disorders, the exact causes of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) are simply unknown at this time. Therefore parents should not blame themselves for this condition appearing in their child or teen. It is likely that many factors play a role in each case of a child or teen with ADHD — very little of which has to do with specific parenting or child-rearing skills.

Instead, parents should focus on how best to help their child or teen with ADHD. Experts hope that someday, understanding the causes of the condition will lead to effective therapies, and evidence is building on the side of genetic causes for ADHD rather than elements of the home environment. Certain aspects of a child’s environment may, however, affect the symptom severity of ADHD once it is established.

This article discusses the possible causes research has identified so far that may help explain why some children and teenagers get ADHD, while others do not. It then summarizes some of the most well-researched risk factors for ADHD.


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