Is ADHD inherited?
It is believed by researchers that there is a genetic factor involved since ADHD appears to run in families. As discussed above, however, the genetics involved are complex and the pattern will not be easily unraveled.
Dr. Mary Megson, in her presentation to Congress in 2000, claimed that parents with night blindness (a G protein defect) have children who are more at-risk for neurological damage by vaccines, resulting in autism, ADHD, and other disorders. Read her presentation here.
The Feingold Association has long realized that the additive-sensitive child usually has at least one parent who is also sensitive. These parents may have characteristics of ADHD, sleep disorders, migraines, etc. According to some researchers, adults usually have more symptoms of inattention and fewer of hyperactivity or impulsiveness than children do. It is not known whether incarcerated adults were considered when these conclusions were drawn, however. If not, it is also possible that those adults who did not "grow out" of their hyperactivity and lack of control are simply in jail and no longer in the general population. The Feingold Association has received feedback from members who had symptoms of ADHD as children, and who suffer as adults with migraines, insomnia, or GI problems. These parents - having put their children on the Feingold diet for ADHD - report that the diet has brought relief of their own symptoms as well. When the whole family uses the Feingold Program to try to help one child, it is typical to find that the symptoms of other family members also improve.
Last Updated 8/14/11