A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop ADHD with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your (or your child’s) likelihood of developing ADHD.
Risk factors include:
Other factors that may increase the risk of ADHD include:
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Understanding ADHD. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder website. Available at: http://www.chadd.org/Default.aspx?Section=Causes. Accessed October 13, 2015
Understanding ADHD: Information for parents. American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website. Available at: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/Pages/Understanding-ADHD.aspx. Updated August 20, 2015. Accessed October 13, 2015.
What is ADHD? The Nemours Kids Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/learning/adhd.html. Updated July 2014. Accessed October 13, 2015.
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Last reviewed August 2015 by Adrian Preda, MD
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