WHAT CAUSES ADHD?
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurological disorder. It is generally thought to be a problem located within the right frontal cortical region of the brain. More specifically, it is thought there is a problem with the absorption of specific chemicals within the brain, primarily dopamine and norepinephrine.
Most of the current research suggests ADHD is highly hereditary. There is no significant research to support the many other commonly held beliefs as to its cause, such as excess sugar intake, food additives, poor parenting, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, food allergies, or back/body alignment problems. It is worth repeating that, like height, eye or hair color, research results support the theory ADHD is genetically transmitted and a neurological condition whose problem is most likely based in the right frontal cortical region of the brain. It is not a myth or a weak excuse for a bad kid.
What do these findings mean to the parents of an “accurately” diagnosed ADHD child or adolescent? First and foremost, it means that ADHD is not your fault (unless, of course, you want to count genetics). It is equally important to realize the way your ADHD child behaves is not their fault. The ADHD child has a chronic disability that will most likely continue into adulthood and change the course of his or her life, making adapting, coping, and managing key concepts in living with this disorder.
Though there is no cure for ADHD, many treatments and resources are available to those diagnosed with ADHD and their families.