What Causes ADD/ADHD?

Over the years, many reasons for ADD/ADHD have been suggested. Some suggested that parents were too lenient, letting their child run around wild, resulting in the child fidgiting when they had to stay still. Some felt the children were fed too much sugar, and the resulting energy surges caused the restlessness.

Some even felt that ADD/ADHD was due to a brain injury, and that parents with children with these symptoms must have injured the child at some point.

These theories have all been proven to be false over the years. ADD/ADHD has nothing to do with parenting techniques, head injuries, or food. By using brain scanners, scientists have shown that there are actual chemical imbalances in the brains of those with ADD/ADHD that lead to the lack of focus. In essence, the brain is not transmitting signals properly, and cannot focus on the task at hand.

There is also evidence that this situation is genetic. While the general population has a rate of ADD/ADHD of 5%, the rate within a family is usually around 30% if one memeber is found to have ADD/ADHD.

Medications are found to often help re-balance the brain properly. Individuals can also learn techniques to help them deal with their situation, to learn how to better focus and control their impulses.