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ADHD Environmental Factors Directory

The exact cause of ADHD is not known. Most theories include both genetic and environmental factors as contributing to ADHD. So far, pesticides, foods, food dyes, and more have been studied as contributing agents with inconclusive results. Some studies show an increase in hyperactivity in children who are exposed to these different factors. You should discuss with your doctor any concerns you have about your child's environment and ADHD. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how environmental factors such as pesticides, chemicals, food dyes, and more may play a role in ADHD.

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WebMD interviews child nutrition expert Sheah Rarback on the relationship between foods and ADHD and ADD. Learn how diet relates to symptoms and treatment of ADHD and ADD.

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