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.

Continue Learning about ADHD

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Adults
Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Adults
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that often starts in childhood. And as you grow into adulthood, the symptoms typically ...
Read More
Can young people with ADHD also have mental health disorders?
Dr. Douglas E. Severance, MDDr. Douglas E. Severance, MD
Anxiety disorders and ADHD Studies show that about 30 percent of children with attention deficit hyp...
More Answers
What are some criticisms of ADHD?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
Criticisms of ADHD are like earthworms after a rainstorm: They’re everywhere. Some people feel t...
More Answers
What Are Common Myths About ADHD?
What Are Common Myths About ADHD?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.