ADHD Causes, Signs & Treatments

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, more commonly referred to ADHD, is a mental health disorder that affects both children and adults.

The most common symptoms and signs of the disorder include impulsive behavior, attention issues and hyperactivity.

ADHD Causes

Research into ADHD is still ongoing to determine its causes, but the common belief is that the following three areas might cause ADHD

  • Developmental Problems During Pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Environmental Exposure (e.g., lead)

ADHD Signs & Symptoms

Most people associate attention issues with ADHD, but there are several additional signs and symptoms including:

  • Trouble coping with stress
  • Impulsiveness
  • Extreme temper
  • Hard time prioritizing and or planning
  • Problems finishing tasks
  • Bad time management
  • Mood swings
  • Issues with multitasking
  • Restlessness
  • Disorganization

ADHD Treatments

There are four (4) common treatments for ADHD, including:

  • Counseling by a certified psychologist
  • Medication
  • Skills training
  • Education

ADHD is typically treated with a combination of the above.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for ADHD and must be managed through the treatments noted above.

If you believe you or a loved one may have ADHD, it’s important to seek a medical professional who can evaluate the case and begin working towards the most appropriate treatment plan.