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Inheriting the ADHD Gene
"I don’t have ADHD, but my husband does. If we have a child, what are the chances that he or she will have it?"
It’s clear that ADHD can be inherited, but we don’t know the frequency with which the gene or genes for the disorder are passed down. So, yes, there’s a chance your child will have ADHD, but I urge you not to let this stop you. If your child does inherit ADHD, you should be able to recognize the symptoms and get help as early as possible, since you’re familiar with the condition.
Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.