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ADHD has Neurological and Biological Components Caused By a Number of Risk Factors, Including an Inherited Genetic Predisposition

There is a strong genetic component to ADD/ADHD. This means it tends to run in families. Research shows that persons with ADD/ADHD have differences in there brain development and how they process and a deficiency in certain brain chemicals (particularly, the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine) these neurotransmitters determine how effectively our brain inhibits behavior, sustains attention, and controls our moods.

ADHD is not caused by poor parenting or a lack of discipline at home (although having excellent parenting skill can help ADD/ADHD learn to better self-regulate their behaviors). It is not caused by eating too much sugar or watching too much television (although high levels of sugar can negatively affect ADD/ADHD children—check out www.naturaladdtreatments.com). Understanding the neurobiological factors that contribute to ADD/ADHD can help you deal with it’s symptoms. At the same time it can eliminate any feelings of guilt or shame parents may experience raising these more challenging yet brilliant children.

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