What Causes ADHD?


"I was just diagnosed with ADHD, and I'm interested in learning more about it. Is the disorder caused by a specific genetic mutation?"

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

Recent studies suggest that there is a familial/genetic pattern in about 50 percent of the people who have ADHD, although no one knows the precise cause of the disorder. If you'd like to read more about possible causes of AD/HD, let me recommend Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.

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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