Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderInfo Center

Air Pollution May Increase Risk of ADHD in Children

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — usually shortened to PAH — are a component of air pollution. And new research suggests they may raise the risk of ADHD in children whose mothers are exposed to them.

ADHD Medicines May Not Stunt Growth

ADHD is often treated with stimulants, which some researchers and parents are concerned could limit children's growth. But new research may relieve those concerns.

ADHD Risk from Smoking in Pregnancy

It's pretty common knowledge that smoking isn't good for you, and smoking during pregnancy isn't good for either of you.

AAP Issues Statement on ADHD and Substance Abuse

Even though ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can be treated with stimulant medications, those who have ADHD are at higher risk for substance abuse.

Rx for Children with ADHD May Cause Heart Issues

Children with ADHD may take medications to help them focus on schoolwork, improve impulsive behaviors, and better follow instructions from parents. However, one type of ADHD medication may have a small risk of potentially serious health issues.

Treating Toddlers with ADHD: Lacking Guidance

There are guidelines for treating children 4 years of age and older for ADHD, but no such guidelines exist for younger children. That lack of guidance hasn’t prevented the treatment of thousands of toddlers for ADHD.

Iron Levels in the Brain Might Signal ADHD in Youths

There has been a debate about ADHD and whether it's overdiagnosed. To date, there has not been an objective way to diagnose the condition, but new research may change that.

It Might Be More Than Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition in which individuals experience seizures. But often children with epilepsy have other health concerns as well.

Skip the Smokes But Pass My Meds

The most common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are stimulants. Tobacco is also a stimulant, so would taking medication reduce smoking among those with ADHD?

Getting the Full Picture with ADHD

One of the challenges of identifying and treating children with mental health conditions is figuring out what symptoms are related to the condition. This is especially true with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders.