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Could It
Be ADHD?

Do you think you might have ADHD? Does your child, sibling, or parent have it? Maybe some of the information here has you wondering, “Could it be…?” Maybe it’s time to find out.

Causes of ADHD

ADHD IS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FACTORS

Even though the exact cause is not clear, differences in brain anatomy and function, genetics, and environmental factors may all play a role in ADHD.

ADHD runs in families

>50% CHANCE
A PARENT WITH ADHD WILL HAVE A CHILD WITH ADHD

30%–40% CHANCE*
ANYONE WITH ADHD HAS A FIRST-DEGREE RELATIVE WITH ADHD

* Based on studies.

Other possible causes may include:

  • Head injuries, especially to the frontal lobe of the brain (the area that controls impulses and emotions), during childhood
  • Problems related to pregnancy:
    • Low birth weight
    • Premature delivery
    • Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy
  • Exposure to environmental toxins (lead, PCBs, or pesticides)

Understand Your Treatment Options

Wondering what happens next when you know that it’s ADHD? Find out more about the different treatment options and support available.

Take steps to make a plan

Strategies for Living with ADHD

Learning effective strategies to manage your ADHD is possible. Improving key areas of your overall health and lifestyle, such as getting more sleep, can also make a big difference.

TAKE ACTION

Need Help Talking to Your Doctor about ADHD?

Are you or a loved one exploring a possible ADHD diagnosis? Or have questions about a current ADHD treatment plan? Our Doctor Discussion Guides can help you get the conversation started.

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