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Early Signs That May Help Predict ADHD Risk

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Identifying children at risk of developing ADHD at an early stage can significantly contribute to providing appropriate interventions and support from the onset. Thankfully, we now know some risk factors that can increase a child's risk of ADHD.

Recent research suggests that certain factors known at birth, such as maternal drug use, smoking, and pregnancy complications, may help predict the likelihood of ADHD symptoms in the child.

Let's see the key findings from the study.

Factors identified at birth that may increase risk of ADHD

Why the findings are important

The study is important as the findings are a wake-up call for pregnant moms to take better care of their health and engage in healthier habits. Unhealthy habits like smoking and recreational drug use just might influence the baby's development, it appears.

While birth information alone cannot accurately predict the development of ADHD, it can assist in identifying children who may benefit from additional support, particularly when combined with other factors such as genetics, family history, and the early life environment.

To further enhance confidence in the predictive value of prenatal information, future research will have to focus on following a group of individuals in real time from pregnancy through childhood. By doing so, we can better understand the complex interactions between genetic, environmental, and social factors and refine prediction models for ADHD risk.

Read the full research here.

Next steps

If you believe you or your child suffers from ADHD, there are treatment options you can use to manage the symptoms. But first, it's necessary to determine if truly what you're experiencing is ADHD, given that many other conditions -- such as depression or even thyroid issues -- can bear similar symptoms with ADHD. At Hope Mental Health, we can help assess your situation to determine the best cause of action. Take the step now towards better mental well-being.

Satu H. Woodland, PMHCNS-BC, APRN Satu H. Woodland, PMHCNS-BC, APRN Satu Woodland is owner and clinician of Hope Mental Health, an integrative mental health practice located at Bown Crossing in Boise, Idaho. She sees children, adolescents, and adults.  Ms. Woodland with her background in nursing, prefers a holistic and integrative approach to mental health care that addresses the mind and body together. While Ms. Woodland provides medication management services in all her patients, she believes in long-lasting solutions that include a number of psychotherapies, namely cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention therapy, attention to lifestyle, evidenced based alternative psychiatric care and spirituality. If you’d like to gain control over your mental health issues, call Hope Mental Health at 208-918-0958, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an initial consultation.

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