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Environmental Causes of ADHD


ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) are generally described as genetic neurological disorders. While this may be true in some cases, it is not true for all. ADD and ADHD are controversial because they are many diverse and variable conditions with shared symptoms. The diagnosis of ADHD symptoms is by a set of behaviors. That is all there is. There is no physiological diagnosis. If an environmental toxin causes a child to behave hyperactive, then the child can be diagnosed as having ADHD. That is not ADHD. The cause needs to be diagnosed.


Some of these ADD/ADHD like behaviors are due to environmental toxins. With ADHD the cause needs to be treated, not the symptom. When we have an infection we feel tired or low mood we recognise that these are natural consequences of having an infection. Whatever the cause of the infection is, the symptoms are exactly the same. ADHD is more complex than a flu infection.


There are over 100 causes of ADHD like behavior, which share a set of behavior patterns. A person with ADHD type behavior (that is what the ADHD symptoms are) as a result of an environmental polutant can appear to have ADHD, and if misdiagnosed as ADHD may be given stimulant medication such as Ritalin. In our modern world we are exposed to toxins and other substances which affect each of us differently. While most people do not react to the sugar substitute aspartame, there are people who are allergic to this chemical. If the cause of a child or adult's ADD/ADHD behavior is environmental, then covering the symptoms with a stimulant ADHD drug is not going to help. ADHD stimulant drugs are a quick fix to suppress symptoms; medication by itself is only a support and not the cure. They have to be taken daily, the effect lasts only a few hours and they do have side effects.


The list below shows a few of the environmental causes for ADD and ADHD type behavior.

Environmental Causes of ADD or ADHD

  • The mother smoking cigarettes during pregnancy.
  • The mother drinking alcohol or using drugs during pregnancy
  • Substance abuse.
  • carbon dioxide (CO2) poisoning.
  • Over stimulation sitting in front of the TV and playing videogames together with lack of physical excercise.
  • Sniffing solvents like modelling glue, fingernail polish and permanent markers.
  • Lead poisoning. Children who live in old buildings in which there is still lead plumbing or lead paint may be at risk.
  • Mercury poisoning.
  • Manganese poisoning.
  • Aluminium poisoning.

This list is intended to show the complexity of diagnosing attention deficit syndrome. A good child psychologist who has experience with treating ADHD children should be consulted before any medicinal treatment is tried. A doctor should be consulted for screening for possible physiological causes of the behaviour.


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