Unfortunateyy a single cause of ADD is not available. Research has shown there is a definite genetic component, however, negative responses from parents and other caregivers toward the difficulties with attention can exacerbate the condition. Some studies have also shown that mothers who smoke during pregnancy may be three times more likely to have a child with ADD. Less than 40% of children diagnosed with ADD grow out of their symptoms, unfortunately many are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. ADD does not develop in the teenage years, it may only be noticed at that time but it would have present from a very young age. There are a number of treatments available which I have outlined for Chris (post on 3/02/09); this can be quite daunting but together with the health professional who made the diagnosis you can find the treatment best suited.
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