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Physiological 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.


Some of these conditions are of a physiological nature. 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 ADHD symptoms are) as a result of a physiological disorder can appear to have ADHD, and if misdiagnosed as ADHD may be given stimulant medication such as Ritalin. 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 have side effects.


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

Physiological Causes of ADD or ADHD

  • Cysts in the brain.
  • Anaemia. Iron supplements may help. A study found serum iron levels were abnormal in 84% of children with ADHD and 18% of controls.
  • Low birth weight. Under 1.5 kg or 3.3 lbs
  • Absence seizures. Can be misdiagnosed as the daydreaming, inattentive form of ADD.
  • Post-traumatic sub-clinical seizure disorder.
  • Brain trauma.
  • Worms. This usually a problem in preschool and kindergarten children.
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The damage done to a child's brain when the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the biggest cause of non-genetic mental handicap in the western world and the only one that is 100% preventable.
  • Minimal brain damages from birth trauma and low oxygen levels at birth.
  • Post-concussion syndrome

The page environmental causes of ADD and ADHD is about environmental caused disorders with ADD/ADHD symptoms. 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 then suppressing 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 have side effects.


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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