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Factors That Affect ADHD

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD, is now more common than ever affecting up to 5% of children. Misinformed media outlets and rumors alike claim that violent TV, wild video games or even sugar are to blame but experts believe otherwise. Studies have largely proven these claims as inconclusive and some are considered contradictory to the truth.

There are, on the other hand, some other external factors that researchers believe might have an effect on the disorder.

Alcohol, heavy metals and certain foods may all have an effect. Find out what else is listed below.

Nicotine

Exposure to smoke or to second hand smoke while in the womb can be toxic to brain tissue leading to the development of disorders such as ADHD.

Alcohol

Drinking with ADHD makes typical symptoms even more problematic specifically impulsivity.

Heavy Metals

Lead and other heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury in the environment, paint and food can have an effect on a child’s central nervous system. Beware of these while pregnant or with young children.

Food

A balanced health diet can have a positive effect on those with ADHD, the stabilizing of blood sugar levels actually helps improve focus.

Secondary Conditions

Recent studies show that up to and above 80% of parents with ADHD might be suffering with another disorder as well. Depression, anxiety and insomnia disorders are all common.

 

Resources: http://www.everydayhealth.com/specialreport/adhd/lifestyle-factors-that-can-affect-adhd.aspx

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