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- Disciplining Your Toddler
- 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid
- Helping Kids Deal With Bullies
- Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
- Cutting Special Needs Factsheet
- Drugs: What Parents Need to Know
- Disciplining Your Child
- Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder Special Needs Factsheet
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Special Needs Factsheet
- A to Z: Panic Disorder
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- My Child Is Stealing
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- Your Child's Habits
- Taking Your Child to a Therapist
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Special Needs Factsheet
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Does Ritalin Have Side Effects?
- Connecting With Your Preteen
- Helping Teens Who Cut
- Could ADHD Be Hereditary?
- Talking to Your Child About Drugs
- Social Phobia Special Needs Factsheet
- Temper Tantrums
- Childhood Stress
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Could ADHD Be Hereditary?
My child has just been diagnosed with ADHD. I was a lot like him when I was younger, although I was never diagnosed or treated. Is it possible that ADHD is hereditary?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has biological origins that are not yet clearly understood. Research has shown that ADHD is common in kids who have close relatives with the disorder, and some genes have been identified that may make the development of ADHD more likely. This may mean that some kids have a genetic predisposition toward ADHD. Currently, though, no single cause of ADHD has been identified.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: August 11, 2016