Reducing Your Risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Reducing Your Risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Because the known risk factors for ADHD are out of your control, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your (or your child’s) risk of ADHD. As our understanding of ADHD grows, your healthcare provider may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk.

Understanding ADHD will help you identify its symptoms, minimize the consequences, and get appropriate treatment early on. Preemptively improving the behavioral, emotional, and social factors that aggravate the condition can help reduce its severity. Proper treatment can prevent problems later in life with school, work, relationships, and drug and alcohol abuse.


Attention Deficit Disorder Association website. Available at: Accessed March 31, 2007.

Attention Deficit Information Network website. Available at:

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder website. Available at: Accessed March 31, 2007.

National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at:

The Nemours Foundation website. Available at:

Last reviewed April 2007 by Janet Greenhut, MD, MPH

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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