"Are signs of ADHD caused by factors other than neurological problems?"
Larry Silver, M.D.
You are correct. The three possible behaviors seen with ADHD — hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity — can be caused by anxiety or by depression. In these cases, we do not refer to the problems as ADHD. The loss of concentration and daydreaming could have been the result of the emotional stresses under which you lived. I hope you received help to cope with the childhood traumas you described.