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  • Writer's pictureJill Kolstad, M.Ed.

MTHFR: Another Piece of the ADHD-Genetics Puzzle

ADHD is a very complex disorder. The number of factors contributing to symptoms is vast — and growing. MTHFR is a genetic abnormality that’s somewhat common in individuals with ADHD, and its presence could explain a lot, and offer additional treatments. Here is what you need to know.

If there’s one thing we know for sure about ADHD, it’s that no one knows for sure what causes it. Genetic inheritance and many environmental factors have been proven to increase a child’s risk of being born with ADHD. Yet, no one can say that any one thing in particular that causes it thus far. Indeed, ADHD is a complex disorder that isn’t likely caused by one certain genetic abnormality or environmental factor. Like autism, the disorder comprises a spectrum of symptoms varying in severity, and its causes are likely to mimic a similar pattern.

The genetic “instructions” for a child comprise a mash-up of instructions from each parent. The language of these instructions is our individual genetic code. Some genetic factors are passed along to offspring just as they appear in one parent — for instance, eye color or hair color. Other genetic traits are created by a new combination of different parent genes. Further still, abnormalities in the formation of genes can lead to differences and disorders; Down’s Syndrome is a well-known example of that. Certain genetic abnormalities also increase the risk for ADHD and autism. CONTINUE READING...CLICK HERE

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