The Truth About ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)! It's Genetic!

5% of American children have ADHD, and two times as many boys as girls.
5% of American children have ADHD, and two times as many boys as girls.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Is Genetic!

We've heard much about ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).

The CDC reports that 5% of U.S. children aged six to 17 have ADD (as known to the general public) or ADHD (as known in the medical community), according to their parents.

Now there's a recent study that confirms that the disorder is genetic and not the result of a diet high in sugar or poor parenting!

Some DNA in children with ADHD is either duplicated or missing.
Some DNA in children with ADHD is either duplicated or missing.

ADHD and the Study's Findings

Researchers have studied the brains of 1400 children with ADHD and found that parts of their DNA was either duplicated or missing.

Anita Thapar, professor of psychiatry, Cardiff University, lead the study which was published in The Lancet. 

As she states, "Now we can say with confidence that ADHD is a genetic disease and that the brains of children with this condition develop differently to those of other children,”

This study will lead to more effective treatments in the future!
This study will lead to more effective treatments in the future!

What's the Solution? ADHD

Unfortunately, the findings of this study won't lead to a test for detection, since scientists believe that a combination of genetic and environmental factors are the culprits behind ADHD.

The positive result comes in the form of a better understanding of the disease, and this, researchers say, will lead to more effective treatments in the future.

There's one thing for certain: This study is a breakthrough!

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3 comments

CCHR London 5 years ago

Another article offering no real factual evidence that ADHD is a disease..... because factually, it's not!


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Madam Aphrodite 5 years ago from USA Author

There is much conflicting evidence as to whether the condition is a disease or not.

However, according to Dr. Thapar and the result of her studies, the condition is considered to be a "...genetic disease..." which was the point of this article.


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Disturbia 5 years ago

I have ADHD and so do my daughters. I have always suspected it was genetic and I don't believe environmental factors have anything to do with it. I also don't believe it's a "disease" anymore than being left-handed is a disease. Just because our brains develop differently than the majority, why should it be a disease and why should those of us who have this gift be made to feel that we are somehow "defective" just because we think outside the box and color outside the lines?

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