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.
Executive Function and Executive Function Disorder
The frontal lobe of the brain controls executive function - everything from our ability to remember a phone number to finish a homework assignment to avoid eating a hunk of chocolate cake. Learn more about diagnosing and compensating for executive function problems.
What Causes ADHD
Do we know what causes ADHD? Find out what is known about the genetic connection as well as the effects of lifestyle, the environment, prenatal care, and injury.
Find out how good prenatal and medical care can help you reduce the chances of ADHD. Discover the importance of a balanced diet, good parenting skills, and early childhood learning to help kids focus in school.
Food Dye and ADHD
WebMD explores the relationship between food dye and ADHD symptoms. Find out about food coloring and hyperactivity, how diet influences ADHD symptoms, and what steps to take if you suspect an association between food dye and ADHD.
ADHD and Video Games: Is There a Link?
Kids with ADHD can have a hard time focusing on tasks -- unless they involve video games. But does playing games make ADHD symptoms worse?
Is There a Link Between Pesticides and ADHD?
Researchers have found an association between pesticide exposure and ADHD. Here's what you need to know.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: ADHD in Adults
Most people think of children when they hear the term attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But 30%-70% of kids with ADHD continue having symptoms when they grow up. Learn more about ADHD in adults.
Slideshow: ADHD in Children
Does your child fidget a lot and can't seem to pay attention in school? Those are some of the signs of ADHD. See what all the symptoms are like and find out how it's treated.