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Can ADHD be prevented?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

In most cases, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cannot be prevented, but the risk for developing the illness can be reduced by ensuring that young children and expectant mothers are not exposed to environmental toxins, such as lead, and by ensuring that expectant mothers maintain healthy behavioral habits. Research also suggests that early behavioral therapy may be an effective way to minimize symptoms.

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