Causes and Genetics

By: Alexandra Fahey

Prenatal causes of ADHD

Have the causes of ADHD  changed throughout time?

Our knowledge and comprehension of ADHD has changed over the years. The changes have affected and transformed our understanding of the causes of ADHD.

Our knowledge and comprehension of ADHD has changed over the years. The changes have affected and transformed our understanding of the causes of ADHD. The causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have included injury and illness, specifically in 1918 a worldwide pandemic outbreak led doctors to believe the cause was injury rather than heredity. Besides injury and illness later on researchers began to assume food coloring and preservatives created reactions in the human body that resembled symptoms of ADHD. It is believed that food coloring and preservatives raise hyperactive symptoms and also diminish attention span especially in young children and toddlers. Now  there are guidelines and rules that have been put in place and exist in regards to what can go into our food but there is question in regards to if these precepts are strong enough. There is also said to be prenatal causes and genetic  factors, it is now believed sometimes individuals can inherit ADHD.  Lastly there is also literature from the past that argues that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a real diagnosis.

Below is a link to a video from New Haven Residential Treatment Center in regards to the causes of ADHD. This video shows how far we have come in the understanding of the causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcft9po0Mlo

 

 

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