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ADHD

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What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is a highly genetic syndrome that impacts people's brain development and brain activity.  This irregularity in brain development can affect their executive functioning skills, meaning their ability to concentrate, pay attention, and remember things may diminish.

Causes

ADHD is caused by chemical, structural, and connectivity differences in the brain.  While some people used to think there was a connection between ADHD and things like poor parenting, diet, and head injuries, this is not true.  In fact, most cases of ADHD can be attributed to genetics.

Symptoms

  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Issues dealing with stress
  • Time management issues
  • Restlessness
  • Poor multitasking skills

Am I at risk?

ADHD is a common syndrome that can affect people of all ages.  Your risk could be increased if any of the following are true:

  • You have a family member with ADHD
  • You were exposed to environmental toxins as a child
  • You were born prematurely

ADHD At A Glance

  • 6.4 million kids in the United States between the ages of 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Males are at 3 times the risk of developing ADHD as females.
  • One in every five children with ADHD is not getting help from medicine or mental health counseling.