Genetics of ADHD, Addiction and

Antisocial Behavior

What causes ADHD, addiction and antisocial behavior?

What factors are responsible for the link between these three disorders?

Science still does not have complete answers to these questions, however studies show that genetics is responsible for about 50% of the risk for developing addiction and antisocial behavior and perhaps up to 90% of the risk for developing ADHD. Children with ADHD are at increased risk for addiction and antisocial behavior as adults.

The Good News:

The good news is that genetics increases risk for these disorders in part by determining the environment! The behavior of children with these disorders naturally brings out a certain kind of parenting in those trying to care for them. It is likely that some of these parenting practices actually worsen the disorders. Parents of "at risk" children therefore have to be extra thoughtful about how they care for their children.

The good news is that although genetics play a substantial role in causing these disorders, the environment is still important! What environmental factors cause these disorders? Science has determined that the general home environment does not contribute substantially to the risk for these disorders, instead the special environment experienced by each individual child predicts these disorders. This means that the way parents treat individual children is central to these disorders. Individual differences in toxin exposure, nutrition and childhood illness may also play a role.

What Can Be Done?

Just Like His Father? Presents a step by step guide to providing the best environment for an "at risk" child. It turns out that problems in three specific abilities cause these disorders. Parents can help their children to develop their full potential in these areas. Developing fully ability to love, impulse control and moral reasoning ability will give an at risk child the best chance for overcoming his risk. For more free information see Parenting the At Risk Child.