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Is ADHD or add heriditary?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
13 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Adhd has a very strong hereditary component.
That means that in most cases it tends to run in families. However, in some cases adhd can be the result of injuries to an infant during pregnancy as a result of the use of alcohol or tobacco by the pregnant mother.

In brief: Maybe

Adhd has a very strong hereditary component.
That means that in most cases it tends to run in families. However, in some cases adhd can be the result of injuries to an infant during pregnancy as a result of the use of alcohol or tobacco by the pregnant mother.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Research has pretty much conclusively demonstrated the heritable nature of ADHD.
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Probably

Most add/adhd is highly hereditary.
The are a small percentage of cases that are caused by toxins, pre-natal drug use, etc. The evidence thus far is quite strong for a hereditary pattern, and there is promising research about the mode of transmission.

In brief: Probably

Most add/adhd is highly hereditary.
The are a small percentage of cases that are caused by toxins, pre-natal drug use, etc. The evidence thus far is quite strong for a hereditary pattern, and there is promising research about the mode of transmission.
Dr. Donald Haupt
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not single disorder

Adhd can have a variety of causes.
Heredity is well established as one factor, with a strong tendency for it to run in males. However, genetics is only one factor. Fetal exposure to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco al increase risk of adhd later in life.

In brief: Not single disorder

Adhd can have a variety of causes.
Heredity is well established as one factor, with a strong tendency for it to run in males. However, genetics is only one factor. Fetal exposure to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco al increase risk of adhd later in life.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Syed H. Sajid
Actual cause is unknown, but at present, ADHD or ADD is considered a Neurodevelopmental Disorder with frontal lobe of brain being effected the most.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The real underlying causes of add/adhd symptoms may be hereditary such as allergies, thyroid problems and even low blood sugar.

In brief: No

The real underlying causes of add/adhd symptoms may be hereditary such as allergies, thyroid problems and even low blood sugar.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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