Who can develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some people are more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than others. In fact, boys are more likely to develop ADHD than girls. According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, 11 percent of boys have ADHD, compared to 4 percent of girls.

Aside from gender differences, family history also determines whether a person has a higher risk for ADHD. If your dad, brother, or cousin has ADHD, you are more likely to develop ADHD than the average person. Toxins may also play a role here, too. If you were exposed to lead during childhood, your risk for ADHD may be increased. In addition, studies show that babies of women who drank and smoked during pregnancy tend to develop ADHD at higher rates than others.

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