Ask the Experts

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.