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What is ADHD?

What is ADHD and what are the risk factors or ADHD causes? These questions are explored in this video by Dr. Preeti Parikh.

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.

Preeti Parikh, MD

This video features Preeti Parikh, MD. Dr. Parikh, a board-certified pediatrician affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is HealthiNation's chief medical editor.

Duration: 2:50. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Suzanne Friedman, MD, . Review date: July 24, 2014
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