Kids (and adults) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have difficulties staying on task or finishing things, and while there are other problems associated with it, these two symptoms alone can make life tough. But there are other facts you should know about ADHD. Here are 4 disturbing ones you’ll want to know.
1. ADHD Can Result from Trauma
If you have ADHD, completing simple tasks can sometimes seem like big obstacles; sometimes you might wonder, just what caused this? Well, a recent report suggested it could be environmental and that an ADHD diagnosis could be connected to childhood trauma.  For example, things like the death of a parent or domestic violence are termed ‘adverse childhood events (ACEs).’ The more ACEs in a child’s life, the more likely it is that child has (or will be diagnosed with) ADHD.
2. ADHD Can Cause Premature Death
If you haven’t learned to cope, an ADHD diagnosis can be hard to deal with, and recent evidence doesn’t seem to make that any easier. In a multi-decade study following almost 2 million people, those with ADHD (about 32,000) were twice as likely to die earlier in life.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, those deaths were often from unnatural causes—usually accidents. The risk of dying also went up based on a person’s age at diagnosis, and women and girls with ADHD were at a higher risk of early deaths than men and boys with the disorder.
3. ADHD Could Be Something We Give Ourselves
Since a major factor for ADHD could be our level of toxin exposure, it could, to a certain extent, be preventable. Avoiding toxins is a great idea regardless of reason, so here are some things you can do. First, avoid tobacco smoke at all costs. Smoking during pregnancy, or even being around cigarette smoke, can put your child at a greater risk for ADHD.  Fluoridated water could even be a cause of ADHD, or at least a big contributor. In one study, scientists “found that states with a higher portion of artificially fluoridated water had a higher prevalence of ADHD.”  Pesticides are bad news for everyone, with one study showing their huge impact on ADHD risk. 
4. ADHD is Being Treated with Dangerous Drugs and Little Else
Only about a quarter of U.S. children with ADHD are treated with behavioral therapy.  The rest rely solely on dangerous stimulants. And some think that the over reliance on drugs has less to do with medicine and more to do with big business.  Pharmaceutical companies really push these medications–often with extreme marketing tactics. This leads many to believe that when it comes to ADHD, our society is over medicated. Take into account that safety testing is pretty spotty—and, well, they could be onto something. 
One Final Thought
But with all the disturbing facts out there surrounding ADHD, keep in mind that you might not even have it. There are a lot of conditions that can mimic ADHD—thyroid disorders or certain allergies, for example. But if you are completely certain it’s ADHD, there is research out there that suggests ADHD symptoms can be avoided through exercise.  Another report suggests living at higher altitudes leads to fewer ADHD cases.  Still, many children just “outgrow” ADHD symptoms, but there are many adults that still experience difficulties. 
What do you think about ADHD? Tell us about it in the comments.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
This article first appeared at GlobalHealingCenter.com.