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What is ADHD?

What is ADHD? ADHD is a disorder of the brain that first appears in childhood and can continue through adulthood. It affects 2 million kids in the United States. ADHD is divided into two main behavior patterns: inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior, but it can also be a combination of the two. For inattention, it is hard for the child to focus on tasks for a sustained period of time. For hyperactive, the child often feels restless or cannot settle down. For impulsive behavior, the child has trouble controlling his or her urges or impulses. In this video, Dr. Preeti Parikh discusses the risk factors and ADHD causes. She discusses risk factors such as genetic factors, the size of one's brain, toxins like lead, as well as maternal smoking and/or drinking while pregnant.

Dr. Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr. Preeti Parikh. Dr. Preeti Parikh is a Board-Certified Pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy and patient education.

Duration: 02:50. Last Updated On: 2015-09-10
Reviewed by: Dr. Suzanne Friedman . Review date: July 24, 2014
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