ADHD and the Environment

by | Nov 3, 2010

What is the source of ADHD?  Does anyone know for a fact?  Psychiatrists will list out the many symptoms, but where is the information that shows where those symptoms are coming from?  Where is the test? 
Keeping that in mind, in an article entitled “8 ADHD Culprits Lurking in Your Home” it lists out eight items that you may have used in your home that have been found to cause the ADHD symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.  The items are: 1) baby care products such as shampoo and lotions containing phthalates which are chemicals; 2) soft plastic toys containing phthalates which could release toxins when chewed;  3) lead in paint; 4) lead in tap water which has been found to cause the same symptoms; 5) pesticides on produce; 6) pesticides contained in bug sprays and weed killers; 7) candy and processed foods with preservatives and/or food coloring; and 8) smoking while pregnant.
Perhaps you wouldn’t have thought that baby care products and soft toys would do anything negative to a child, but lead, toxins, smoking and too much sugar seem like old news.  So the question is how did a mental illness get into the picture among a list of environmental causes of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity?  Adding a mental illness into the equation seems like an unnecessary third wheel when it all seems quite simple.  We have a list of potential causes (above) resulting in an undesirable effect (inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity).  All that is needed is to find and handle the cause(s) and the problem is solved.  What is the point of turning one’s behavior into a mental illness and giving one mind-altering drugs to handle it?  Wouldn’t it be simpler and easier to just really look and find what is causing the “ADHD” behavior?

1 Comment

  1. O. Bus

    Environmental risk factors:
    Youngest children in the class (school effect), problematic school system, low socio-economic level and low education level of the family, excessive screen exposure (television, smartphone, etc.). Premature
    birth, child maltreatment, depressive mother during childhood, teenager mother.


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