Causes

 

There is still lot of debate going on the exact causes of ADHD but generally the following have been considered to the causes for ADHD.

 

1. GENETIC:

ADHD has traditionally been called a genetic disease by doctors who do not support the notion that environment might be a factor in the reason for this disease. A ADHD parent is also a potential parent of a ADHD child.

Genetic diseases like anemia are highest in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh where sanguinity is also rampant. Around 30% of state's population suffers from inheritance.

 

2. NUTRITION:

Western Doctors do not support the fact that junk food can cause mood and mindset changes. Nearly 50 percent of ADHD kids are sweet junkies. So reducing sugar content might help in not aggravating other food intolerances. Anti social behaviour has been proven to be reduced with fatty oils usage in diet. High-sugar diet during pregnancy may be linked to ADHD.

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Food dyes have also been shown to be causes for ADHD.

 

3. MEDIA EXPOSURE:

Children's eyes are not developed till the age of 12. Academic studies are not fully supportive of the negative effects of EMI.

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It has been proved though that too much time causes eye strains, reduces concentration and the content on tv increases violence and aggression in the child. ADHD children who do not like routine and desire variety are drawn towards these activities.

 

 

4. SKULL INJURY:

Accidental Injuries to the Brain might cause inattention in the class and also lead to poor regulation of impulses causing impulsiveness. It is not per academic studies still a determined risk factor. Brain tumour victims though demonstrate symptoms of what we call today ADHD.

 

5. USAGE OF CHEMICALS:

Pesticides are main reason for chemicals entering our body. It has been found that some children with ADHD when examined had traces of organic phosphate. It has been proven through another academic study that women with higher levels of organic phosphate in urine were most likely to be the mother of a ADHD child.

 

Punjab has high usage of pesticides in the country which has infiltrated the soils in the state. The current youth in Punjab is hyperactive though there is no direct correlation with pesticides.

 

6. ALCOHOLISM/SMOKING WHILE PREGNANCY:

Pregnant women need to protect the fetal child by avoiding exposure to alcohol and tobbacco.

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Research has shown that some ADHD children had mothers exposed to Alcohol during pregnancy.

 

7. LEAD EXPOSURE:

Despite being banned and removed from households, Lead still finds its way to the human body. ADHD kids had more lead levels than normal kids.

Example:

National Family Health Survey, a population based study conducted in 1998-1999. They assessed potential correlates of Blood Lead Levels in 1,081 children who were under three years of age and living in Mumbai and Delhi, India.

Environmental lead exposure occurs from burning of fossil fuels, mining and from drinking water where lead pipes are used. Exposure at home may occur through ingestion of old leaded paint and glazes used in pottery.

 

8. SUGAR:

The Sweet urge has been blamed by parents as being cause of hyperactivity in their children but it is not just sugar but the byproduct of a sedate lifestyle and obese body.

 

9. IMPROPER PARENTING:

A Strong child can come only from a strong family. A family that lives together, plays together and prays together can contribute to ADHD.

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Single parent or abusive parents affect the DNA of the child during growth and cause his aggressiveness or loneliness.

 

10. SOCIAL ISSUES:

Social Issues are definitely the main cause for ADHD though the political class and academic class refrains from acceptance of the same. The two main social issues that are found globally are

1. Social Inequity:

Globally, it is the same situation in almost every country. Social causes include societal status and birth rights imposed by a society that is hell bent on blind compliance. In the past 500 years, nothing much has changed for some segments of the society. The rich mock them by running a welfare state. The prime objective of the welfare state is to make certain segments remain at their level and accept the benefits of being there instead of rising.

2. Economic Inequity:

The gap between rich and the poor globally has been growing rather than reducing with increased technology and increased automation. The top 1% control the resources of the country and exploit natural resources. This has resulted in inferiority complex developing among children and adults alike. This inferiority causes indifference and weak self esteem leading to a deprecated self-image.