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