Inheriting the ADHD Gene

Filed Under: ADHD Causes

Q:

"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?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
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