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ADHD and Passing it on to Children


ADHD and Passing it on to Children

Do we really pass ADHD on to our children is it in our DNA or it's learned behaviors.

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Latest Activity: Feb 28, 2013

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The Genetic Predispositioning/Inheritance of ADD/ADHD

Started by Lara. Last reply by Jen Sep 8, 2010. 2 Replies

My opinion: ADD/ADHD and other "disorders of the mind" are undeniably passed down from parents to children, however diluted. I thought the current medical opinion was that mental illness and…Continue

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Comment by Kate on April 10, 2011 at 5:10pm

I was adopted at birth.  Nobody in my adopted family had ADD/ADHD and I was just diagnosed with pretty severe ADHD.  I wonder if there HAD been someone in my extended family with ADD/ADHD I might have been diagnosed before 33.


In fact, when I first told my Dad that I was pre-diagnosed he said "find another doctor".

Comment by Elizabeth on March 18, 2011 at 11:35am

I can see why some would support the learned behavior opinion.  I mean, if you have a parent with ADHD (especially if it's untreated) and grow up with their impulse control issues, organizational deficiencies, distraction problems, etc...then you're not going to know know any differently.  And let's face it, kids pattern their behavior on their parents.  


Having said that, though, I'm definitely in the "can't escape genetics" camp.  My uncle has ADHD, several of my 2nd counsins have it, one of my sisters has it, I have it and one of my first cousins was just diagnosed with it.  Needless to say, I was NOT surprised when my daughter was diagnosed.  


All of these cases run down through my mom's side of the family.  On my dad's side of the family?  Nada.  My sister and I are the first.  And I've got over 30 1st/2nd cousins through my dad's family.  The fact that it's so prevalent in my mom's family and not at all in my dad's family, just seems to confirm my conclusion.  It's gotta be genetics.




Comment by jo elleman on February 16, 2010 at 11:34pm
I am positive that the behavior is not learned. My children exhibited ADD behavior way before they were old enough to mimic my behavior. Also, my husband does not have ADHD and it seems that if the children were merely being influenced by environment, they would have had an equal opportunity to mimic his behavior as it relates to his PTSD.

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