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Almost all children have times when their attention or behavior veers out of control. However, for some children, these types of behaviors are more than an occasional problem. Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have behavior problems that are so frequent and severe that they interfere with their ability to function adequately on a daily basis.

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Causes of ADHD

Many likely causes have been proposed for ADHD, but no single cause has yet been identified. A number of risk factors have been noted, however, that affect a child’s brain development and behavior that acting in combination may lead to ADHD symptoms.