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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?"
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 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.