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You Inherited What?

Felix the helix
Genetically speaking …

Did you know that your ADHD is more likely to be genetically induced?

Are you saying “What the hell does that mean?”

If you are, then I’ll tell you what it means, you likely inherited your ADHD from one or both of your parents.

Research shows the high likelihood of anyone with an ADHD diagnosis having siblings and parents with diagnosed or diagnosable ADHD as well.

But wait …

“Genetics? Heritable? Haven’t they recently mapped the human genome? Wouldn’t it show up if we had our DNA exposed?”

YES!!! Excellent point.

And the answer is, it does. Well, it doesn’t, but … ??!? Okay, it’s complicated, you knew it would be though, right?

Yeah, you knew

Genetic markers that are associated with ADHD, like ADHD itself, are a mixed bag.

There are several (more than 8) genetic markers that are currently considered to be significant in indicating ADHD.

But what does that mean?

It means that on the map of the human genome, there are at least eight places where the genetic sequence of nucleotides can basically spell out ADHD using A, G, C, and T (some of the nucleotide labels).

At this point it is assumed that there are different possible sequences that could lead to ADHD. And since there are several areas indicated it is little wonder that no two of us are alike.

But the great thing is …

The very fact that research is pointing to these markers being involved shows that there may actually be physical manifestations of differences that will both support the reality of this disorder and the will confirm the diagnosis of it.

And those two things have far reaching implications.

In the case of

The reality of this disorder, not actually in question in the more bona fide realms of research, has suffered greatly at the hands of conspiracy theorists and the more drama driven press who seem to have no problem suspending their morality long enough to publish the pretense that some lunatic misguided researcher is questioning its veracity and that said loon represents a number of people who are the underdog champions and not fiction writers producing content to hang paid ads on.

This should put paid to such nonsense for many, but sadly not all.

And as to confirming diagnosis …

Even with a diagnosis, many people with ADHD suffer from the others not believing they have a disorder that cannot be seen. And because of the idea that it might be a made up disorder, medical confirmation of it genetically will do much to shore up the confidence of those who bear the burden of this disorder’s presence in their lives.

The learned Dr Barbara Franke of the Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has said, “In the next five years, I think common genetic variants, in the form of risk scores, will be able to support diagnosis and we will get insights from bioinformatics for improving treatment. But we need to take a very integrative approach, to integrate findings from different levels of research – cognition neuroimaging and genetics – to support the diagnosis… ”

But she warns, “This will not replace the diagnostic interviews of clinicians, but it will help to reduce the stigma that patients receive because we do not have any biological tests to support the diagnosis.”

I, for one, am excited about this future.

You Inherited What?

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2018). You Inherited What?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from


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