A 25-year-old male asked:
is adhd depression/anxiety just a pure result of poor performance in life (school/career), or is there actually something more biological about it?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
25 years experience Psychiatry
Poor performance: does not create ADHD. It might contribute to depression or anxiety but it is probably more likely that those conditions would impact on school and career. There can be a strong biological component to them.
Answered on Mar 20, 2015
Dr. Ellen Altenburg answered
31 years experience Pediatrics
Biological: All of the of the above are caused at least in part by abnormal neurotransmitters in the brain
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Carlos Barrios answered
23 years experience Child Psychiatry
The chicken & egg: Not really. More like the egg will crack under stress. Here the egg is the genetic vulnerability: inheriting ADHD or depression can be substantial if a parent has it. But a major life stressor can bring out the genes expression faster and harder (the cracking part). Opposite- a nurturing home environment with supportive family is always protective and preventive of expression of psych illnesses
Answered on Sep 16, 2014
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