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What causes learning disabilities in people with ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have problems with learning and concentrating. They may also be hyperactive or have trouble controlling impulses. While the causes of learning disabilities are unknown, these may contribute:

  • Genetics. Learning disabilities may run in families.
  • Brain development. Pregnancy-related concerns may be associated. These include low birth weight, lack of oxygen, and premature birth. Young children receiving head injuries may be at risk.
  • Environmental impacts. Toxins (poisons) can affect infants and young children. Lead paint or pipes in old homes are serious threats. Early poor nutrition may result in later learning disabilities.

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