Study Concludes Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is Genetic

ADHD is a condition that affects children and adults across the globe. According to a classroom with 30 students will have between 1 and 3 children with ADHD, and one-fourth of children with ADHD have serious learning disabilities such as: oral expression, listening skills, reading comprehension and/or math.

According to scientists at Cardiff University, children with ADHD are more likely to have segments of their DNA missing or duplicated. There is a clear genetic link between the same segments and other neurological disorders.

The scientists analyzed the genomes of 366 children, all diagnosed with ADHD. They found that children with ADHD are more likely to have a parent with the condition. Also, a child whose identical twin has the syndrome has a 75 percent chance of having ADHD.

People often believe that ADHD is developed as a result of poor parenting or a bad diet. However, the disorder is actually one of the most common child mental health disorders. Children who have ADHD are very restless, impulsive and easy distractible. They often experience difficulty learning. Treatment typically includes medication and behavioral therapy.

The findings will help scientists gain a better understanding of the disorder, which could lead to a better diagnosis and improved treatment options.