Causes for ADHD and impact on daily life

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a syndrome which is usually developed in children and is commonly characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.  This disorder has long term effects on individuals and can cause many social problems. In this article we will discuss the main causes and effects of this syndrome on social aspects.

Causes of ADHD

It is believed that the ADHD is not caused by one single factor. Scientists through a lot of research have concluded that many different factors usually have to be involved before this disorder becomes apparent. The main causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are mentioned as follows:

  • Hereditary factors: these are considered to be a vital and significant cause of this disorder. Most studies have observed that its formation tends to run in families being passed down from one generation to another.
  • Diet factors:  although scientists do not know in detail of how diet factors work, they surmise that certain substances in food might help the child calm down or if it is the wrong food will stimulate the aggressive, hyperactive nature of the child.
  • Harmful substances:  according to old and new research toxins and other  brain-active substances contribute to the development of ADHD in children. It is shown that if a mother is addicted to alcohol or cigarettes, while bearing the child, the newborn has a higher probabilty of developing ADHD.
  • Chemical imbalance: the root of ADHD stems from directions given by brain function. Although the child is not aware of this, it feels some sort of disturbance, which it tries to compensate for by becoming impulsive, restless, inattentive etc. Researchers analysing the chemical compounds found in the brains of children with ADHD discovered that they were different to those of normal-behaving children. Brain chemical imbalance could be regarded as a direct cause of ADHD, whereas the previous factors mentioned above could be precursors that eventually lead to this one.

The causes of ADHD can be summarized as anything that causes such a negative shift in the functioning of the brain that it translates into the behavior observed. The diagnosis of ADHD is uncomplicated. Once it is confirmed it should be “tackled” immediately because the results of ADHD when left untreated are undesirable as shown as follows:

Social and educational problems associated with ADHD:

  • Children with ADHD are inattentive, inappropriately spontaneous, hyperactive, aggressive etc. This makes it very hard to teach them something, and they might hit other children.
  • Because of their out-of-place behavior, they are often singled out by others of the same age. This can lead to severe psychological problems; the worst being loneliness, since children at this age need an adequate amount of attention.
  • Although this shouldn’t happen, increasingly antagonizing behavior can really burn out the patience in adults they associate with. Be it their parents or their nursery teacher, things said on the spur of the moment in exasperation or done out of impatience can always hurt them.