ADHD and Genetics


"My ADHD son and his wife are considering starting a family. He is very hesitant since he is ADD. Is there anything they can do to minimize the chances of having a child with ADD?"

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

We see evidence that about 50 percent of people with ADHD seem to have inherited it; that is, there is a familial pattern. However, we have no way yet of fully understanding what this pattern is. There is no way they can minimize the chance that their child might have ADHD. However, if this child does, they will identify it early and be sure he/she receives proper help.

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.
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