What the hell causes ADD and ADHD?

What the hell causes ADD and ADHD?
Is it genetic?

Because you always always here old timers talk about “back in my day we kids used to know how to act. We used to always sit down and do our homework without any problems”.

Do you think maybe because times were tougher back them and it made kids work harder?

or maybe because they didn’t have distractions like video games and ipods?

I need to know because it is ridiculous for me that I have to struggle to write 6 page essays. My brain physically hurts when I have to write.

So what is the cause of ADD?

Altered brain function and anatomy. While the exact cause of ADHD remains a mystery, brain scans have revealed important differences in the structure and brain activity of people with ADHD. For example, there appears to be less activity in the areas of the brain that control activity and attention.

Heredity. ADHD tends to run in families. About one in four children with ADHD have at least one relative with the disorder.

Maternal smoking, drug use and exposure to toxins. Pregnant women who smoke are at increased risk of having children with ADHD. And alcohol or drug abuse during pregnancy may reduce activity of the nerve cells (neurons) that produce neurotransmitters. Pregnant women who are exposed to environmental poisons, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), also may be more likely to have children with symptoms of ADHD. PCBs are industrial chemicals that were widely used up until the 1970s.

Childhood exposure to environmental toxins. Preschool children exposed to certain toxins are at increased risk of developmental and behavioral problems. Exposure to lead, which is found mainly in paint and pipes in older buildings, has been linked to disruptive and even violent behavior and to a short attention span. Exposure to PCBs in infancy also may increase a child’s risk of developing ADHD.

Hope This Helps!