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Maternal Depression Linked to ADHD

By jeremyc | January 10, 2018

Can ADHD be caused by maternal depression? Results of previous studies have been inconclusive. However, a new study finds that it might be so.

Offspring born to mothers who suffered from depression during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from ADHD. Moreover ADHD symptoms in these children are more considerably worse. These were the findings of the latest study.

According to the researchers who conducted this study, these are significant findings as this is the first time a study shows conclusively there’s a link between maternal depression and ADHD risk in offspring.

The researchers also noted that pregnancy disorders, like maternal diabetes, and maternal obesity don’t increase the risk of ADHD. This finding is contrary to what many experts believed until now.

However, the researchers pointed out that this was an observational study. It didn’t study brain functional or behavioral or biological or structural underlying mechanisms. The study authors pointed out understanding the underlying mechanism behind this link should be the next focal point.

ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder affecting children. Kids with ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, exhibit hyperactivity and inattentiveness or impulsiveness. It is estimated that nearly 7 percent of children have ADHD.

Kids with ADHD are likely to face problems at school, as well as later in their life. Studies have also hinted at a link between ADHD and higher mortality rates.

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