What Causes ADHD in Children?

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The subject of what causes ADHD in children is one that produces a great deal of spirited discussion. The truth is that despite the best efforts of researchers no one completely understands the cause of ADHD. That said, one can examine the current research and arrive at a solid conclusion as to the cause or causes. First, let's delve into two previously accepted ideas that do not cause ADHD.
*Brain damage/Brain injury: Research suggests that brains which are damaged by severe disease or trauma tend to produce inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While it is true that brain trauma may cause ADHD like symptoms, it is not the cause.
*Bad parenting: It is easy to place the blame on the parents when their child shows ADHD symptoms as inattention and hyperactivity. While parents can take steps to lessen the impact of their child's ADHD they aren't the cause.
Now that we have covered two ideas which do not cause ADHD in children let's explore what current research is saying about the cause of ADHD in children.
*Genetic:  If you have taken your child to an ADHD specialist questions about family history were likely part of the process. This was no accident, since ADHD definitely runs in families. So far the exact genetic factor has yet to isolated but research evidence suggests that the dopamine D2, DAT1 and DRD4, and DRD4 7R are the culprits. One study suggested that first degree relatives (parents and children) of someone with ADHD have a five times greater chance of having the condition as opposed to someone who have no close relatives with the condition.
*Chemical: Most pharmaceutical research is concentrated in this area due to the success of stimulant medications at relieving primary ADHD symptoms. The basis of this research stems around the brains ability to commutate effectively with itself. When information is passed from one area of the brain to another chemicals within the brain called neurotransmitters are required. These tiny chemical messengers make it possible for one nerve (neuron) to communicate with another. The neurotransmitters thought to be involved with ADHD are norepinephrine and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are found in specific locations throughout the brain, they have different effects based on the receptors that the downstream nerve cells have on their membranes. The receptors determine what effect a neurotransmitter has, and different types of receptors exist in different regions of the brain.

What all this really means is that the brain requires a balance between norepinephrine and dopamine. If too much norepinephrine is present ADHD symptoms such as agitation, inattention, and frustration will be present. Too much dopamine causes a child to get stuck on repetitive activities. In the end attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADHD, AD/HD) is linked to having too much norepinephrine.

In summary, the topic of what causes ADHD in children is a complicated one that has had, and will continue to have, many twists and turns. There are many treatment options available including a number of natural alternatives. The most popular of these natural alternatives is homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies for ADHD are very safe and have been shown to be effective at treating such problematic ADHD symptoms as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

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R.D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate of alternative natural health products and supplements with over 10 years experience. To learn more about homeopathic natural health visit Purchase Remedies.com

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This article was published on 2010/04/03