View Full Version : Lack Of Oxygen In Womb Raises ADHD Risk: Study

06-10-14, 05:27 PM
Hi everyone, this is my first post, and I wanted to bring up an interesting article ( relating lack of oxygen before/during/after birth with ADHD.

I have not been diagnosed with ADHD, but I strongly believe that I have some undiagnosed form of it.

According to the study (, "...neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, a condition often seen in premature infants with underdeveloped lungs, the risk for ADHD later in life was 47 percent, the researchers found."

Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome can happen when a baby is born with underdeveloped lungs. I am a twin, and was born second, behind my sister.

"It is still not precisely clear how oxygen deprivation would cause ADHD. But lack of oxygen is known to affect key parts of a baby's developing brain, including the substantia nigra, an area tied to reward and addiction, and other parts of the frontal lobe and cerebrum."

Shortly after I was born, I was given a form of Surfactant to help my lungs develop, and it is my belief that this may have caused me to have the symptoms I have experienced my whole life.

Can anyone else recall if they experienced an abnormal birth and if they also think it may have lead to any of their symptoms?

Click Here ( to read the whole article.