Is progress being made in identifying what causes ADHD?

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Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D., Scientific Council Member, 1995 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, 2004 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research, Professsor of Psychiatry, New York University Child Study Center, Expert on Childhood mental illnesses including ADHD and anxiety

The answer depends on what is meant by ‘progress.’ It is a resounding ‘yes,’ with regard to our having a better understanding of what brain networks are involved in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and possible genetic features of the disorder. The answer is ‘no,’ with regard to specific causes, or to abnormalities that can help identify individuals with ADHD. This is why more research is badly needed.

Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D.
Scientific Council Member
1995 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee
2004 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research
Professsor of Psychiatry, New York University Child Study Center