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is adhd depression/anxiety just a pure result of poor performance in life (school/career), or is there actually something more biological about it?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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
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Dr. Ellen Altenburg
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
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
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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