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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder CAUSE

In order to examine the cause of ADHD let’s first take a look at the definition of the disorder. Now I’m warning you this definition has changed multiple times over the years and trust me it will change a dozen times over in the future. But for the sake of information let’s define Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder as such:

  • ADHD is a neurobiological or/and neurobehavioural disorder which can be characterized by significant impairments to attention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
  • It is a disorder that affects the frontal lobe of the brain where our Executive Functioning Skills can be found.  These skills include: Planning, time management, organization, self monitoring, emotional regulation… Which is why we have such issues in these areas.

It is VITAL to mention that it is a FACT yes an ADHD FACT that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is NOT CAUSED by:

  • Excessive television viewing
  • Bad parenting
  • Too much sugar
  • Lower intelligence
  • Simply seeing a clown on a Tuesday

The previous are MYTHS that I like to call “old wives tales” and to be severe on my part only the uneducated still believe these ADHD MYTHS.

Now that all that has been said what oh what CAUSES ADHD?

Well there are many factors at play but we can attribute 3 main CAUSES to ADHD:

1.  Genetics

Yup you inherit the disorder most likely from your parents or it is in the family genes. Now don’t go blaming your parents or grandparents for giving you this disorder; remember they too have it.  regardless there is no point in blaming it is like spilled milk, you still have the disorder and now it’s time to simply clean up the milk.  Mainly we learn to manage our ADHD instead; that’s my 2 cents as an ADHD Coach.


2. Another cause of ADHD is Substance abuse during pregnancy:

We are looking at: cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and toxins in the mother’s environment.  Again if I may be so bold, no point in getting angry what is done is done; you are a child of this universe and thank goodness you are here.


3. We are looking at injury to the brain as a third cause for ADHD:

This can either be during the delivery or due to some sort of trauma to the brain.


Please keep in mind that science is ever evolving and at present we can view the main cause of ADD/ADHD as heredity.  But please don’t go thinking or giving credit to the MYTHS of ADHD such as sugar or poor schooling; stick to the facts.

Coach Maddy’s top 10 Favorite ADHD Books

With so much information on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder it can be difficult to judge what or whom to rely upon.  Therefore, I have created a fabulous top 10 list of ADHD books that are diverse and full of relevant information.  The list is so diverse because it is important to spread out your information… Continue Reading

Blast ADD/ADHD Procrastination

I would say that everybody can suffer from procrastination but for ADDers procrastination can be quite debilitating. While reasons for procrastination cover a wide range and are for another blog; there is a great tool in the form of a website to now help you blast your procrastination.  I’ll admit that I even used this… Continue Reading

ADD/ADHD Web Resources

The World Wide Web has become a place loaded with information.  I have compiled a list of sites on attention deficit disorder.  Many are Canadian focused; check them out and sign up on their mailing lists to keep in the loop and check out their blogs.  You can also join my Facebook page as I… Continue Reading