Causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Mertig, Daniel A.
University of Wisconsin--Stout
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As a society we often look at how we can fix current problems. This study takes another approach that has not been as well researched in the area of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and that is the potential causes of this highly diagnosed disorder. By knowing the causes of the disorder we can assist in reducing the likelihood of the onset of ADHD. Studies have indicated prenatal smoking (Milberger et al., 1996), serum free fatty acids and zinc deficiencies (Bekaroglu et al., 1996), and genetics (NAMI, n.d.) as potential causes of ADHD. In this study a questionnaire was mailed out to parents of children that have been diagnosed with AD/HD in the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire area including members of the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, Ch.A.D.D., organization on July 17, 2000. The questionnaire listed several of the causes that the literature has provided, as well as an open-ended question on what the parent believes may have been a contributing factor. The questionnaire also asked questions regarding personal demeanor, past family behaviors, and environmental information. The data from the questionnaire was statistically analyzed. The results of the questionnaire indicate that there was no one significant cause of AD/HD, according to the results from parents of children with AD/HD who have completed the questionnaire.