Organophosphates and ADHD
Recent studies have suggested that there is a link between organophosphates -- pesticides that are commonly used in agriculture -- and ADHD. While research is still new on the connection between pesticide exposure and the development of ADHD in children, organophosphates and their effects are becoming more widely suspected as potential catalysts for the condition.
Two of the most common organophosphates that have been shown to have a potential link to the development of ADHD are:
- Parathion - One of the most potent organophosphates, parathion, can be absorbed through the skin, mucus membranes, or orally. The result of parathion exposure can range from headaches to respiratory arrest. It is commonly used as a pesticide because of its extreme toxicity to bees, birds, fish, and other wildlife that may ruin crops.
- Malathion - Commonly used in landscaping, agriculture, and as a medicinal pesticide. As with any toxin, ingestion of organophosphates can cause ill side effects in people, and over exposure can cause malathion poisoning.
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms related to ADHD and you think organophosphates may be a cause, speak with your doctor. He or she will be able to help you determine your condition, its potential causes, and how best to treat your symptoms.