ADHD is a genetic disorder

ADHD is a genetic disorder

There are 33 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Sep 30, 2010, titled ADHD is a genetic disorder. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

British scientists have found the first direct evidence that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a genetic disorder and say their research could eventually lead to better treatments for the condition.

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Kathy

Lorain, OH

#1 Oct 3, 2010
I am gong to show this to my son & daughter-in-law. My son was hyper in nursery school and than started kindergarden when the teacher said that he was the class clown and just couldn't concentrate. The doctor had to put him on retalin. I only kept him on this on school days.
Now, as he has a child and has been getting complaints from the teacher in kindergarden he did not want to believe that his child might be going through the same thing. It is been difficult for him to think this is happening to his son. They will be taking him to his doctor for evaluation and see what the doctor has to say about this. My grandson's teacher has been a big help with writing down issues so they will be able to take this with them to the doctor.

“YOUR STUPIDITY”

Since: Apr 10

IS APPALLING!

#2 Oct 3, 2010
I also heard the dyes that are put into our foods, candy, etc can trigger ADHD and or autisim.
It's always speculation and so far nothing or no one thing has not been pinpointed.

I think it is in the genes myself.
So much is inherited through our DNA and maybe something we eat triggers it off.
Who knows.
We can only hope that the causes can be found and a cure on the horizon.

“Not Perfect, Just Forgiven”

Since: May 10

Bloom Where You're Planted!

#3 Oct 3, 2010
One thing I'm for certain of is that Ritalin, and all those other "chill pills", are being fed to kids like candy. There can not POSSIBLY be THAT many kids who need them. I think parents just don't want to spend the time disciplining their children, so they take them to the doctor, get a diagnosis of ADHD, give 'em a pill, the kid's no "problem" now.

Also, teachers don't want anybody disrupting their classrooms, so when a kid is "hyper" (as in "doesn't fit the school's cookie-cutter idea of how a student should be"), the teacher calls the parent, and then -- well -- back to the first paragraph.

Since: Dec 09

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#4 Oct 3, 2010
BizzyBee wrote:
I also heard the dyes that are put into our foods, candy, etc can trigger ADHD and or autisim.
It's always speculation and so far nothing or no one thing has not been pinpointed.
I think it is in the genes myself.
So much is inherited through our DNA and maybe something we eat triggers it off.
Who knows.
We can only hope that the causes can be found and a cure on the horizon.
If the kids would simply eat more honey they wouldn't need these pills.

“YOUR STUPIDITY”

Since: Apr 10

IS APPALLING!

#5 Oct 3, 2010
D and D wrote:
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If the kids would simply eat more honey they wouldn't need these pills.
You know , you're absolutely right! Honey is one of the best natural foods that never spoils.I has many medicinal advantages.
Put some on your thumb to heal it faster. Then you can lick it.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzz-hic-cupzzzzzzzz zzzzz
mapleman

Bedford, OH

#6 Oct 3, 2010
7th Heaven wrote:
One thing I'm for certain of is that Ritalin, and all those other "chill pills", are being fed to kids like candy. There can not POSSIBLY be THAT many kids who need them. I think parents just don't want to spend the time disciplining their children, so they take them to the doctor, get a diagnosis of ADHD, give 'em a pill, the kid's no "problem" now.
Also, teachers don't want anybody disrupting their classrooms, so when a kid is "hyper" (as in "doesn't fit the school's cookie-cutter idea of how a student should be"), the teacher calls the parent, and then -- well -- back to the first paragraph.
Guess who has the money to pull that off? The pharm industry. They have Dems and Repubs on the payroll. The paddle in the principle's office has left the building and has been replaced with the pharms making billions off these pills.
John

Newton Falls, OH

#15 Oct 12, 2010
When I was a kid, if you daydreamed or acted up in school, they said you were bored and gave you a more challenging curriculum. Now they say you're suffering from some "disorder" or other and fill you full of drugs. Seems to me the *real* problem isn't kids with learning disorders. It's parents who don't really want to *be* parents - and doctors who are only in it for the money.

“I will not keep my voice down!”

Since: Dec 09

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#16 Oct 13, 2010
7th Heaven wrote:
One thing I'm for certain of is that Ritalin, and all those other "chill pills", are being fed to kids like candy. There can not POSSIBLY be THAT many kids who need them. I think parents just don't want to spend the time disciplining their children, so they take them to the doctor, get a diagnosis of ADHD, give 'em a pill, the kid's no "problem" now.
Also, teachers don't want anybody disrupting their classrooms, so when a kid is "hyper" (as in "doesn't fit the school's cookie-cutter idea of how a student should be"), the teacher calls the parent, and then -- well -- back to the first paragraph.
I used to think the same thing. That is until my step son was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. His school work was suffering because his mind wouldn't "stay put" long enough for him to concentrate and he was uncontrollable at both school and home - constantly causing trouble with other kids and with his sisters. There is a difference between a kid "just being a kid" and a kid who has ADHD - you can't mistake the two, believe me. He is on Adderall and is doing very well in school now and has no more behavioral problems.

Do I think that doctors are quick to diagnose it these days - maybe. But there are kids who truly benefit from these drugs. I know that for a fact.

Since: Apr 10

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#17 Oct 13, 2010
Nikki H wrote:
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I used to think the same thing. That is until my step son was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. His school work was suffering because his mind wouldn't "stay put" long enough for him to concentrate and he was uncontrollable at both school and home - constantly causing trouble with other kids and with his sisters. There is a difference between a kid "just being a kid" and a kid who has ADHD - you can't mistake the two, believe me. He is on Adderall and is doing very well in school now and has no more behavioral problems.
Do I think that doctors are quick to diagnose it these days - maybe. But there are kids who truly benefit from these drugs. I know that for a fact.
Speaking from experience, I was put on Ritalin in the late 60s through the mid 70s. It never ceased to amaze me that everytime I didn't take my pill, I ended up getting paddled at school for misbehaveing. I would come home and tell my mom that I got into trouble and the first thing she would ask is,:Did you take your medicine?" I agree with you Nikki. There is no mistaking a child with AD/HD. Both of my boys seem to be OK so far. We shall see. I would never jump into medicating him unless I was sure though.

“No respect.”

Since: Aug 10

United States

#18 Oct 13, 2010
Justwondering- Ohio wrote:
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Speaking from experience, I was put on Ritalin in the late 60s through the mid 70s. It never ceased to amaze me that everytime I didn't take my pill, I ended up getting paddled at school for misbehaveing. I would come home and tell my mom that I got into trouble and the first thing she would ask is,:Did you take your medicine?" I agree with you Nikki. There is no mistaking a child with AD/HD. Both of my boys seem to be OK so far. We shall see. I would never jump into medicating him unless I was sure though.
I think you are all correct.

JW and Nikki, you certainly have the personal experience and can attest to the effectiveness of the medications you were prescribed. Without those medications, your life and your disorder certainly would not have progressed the same.

But i would also tend to agree with 7th, that too often children are diagnosed and medicated uneccessarily. I think for many it becomes an easy answer to some difficult questions.3321

Since: May 10

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#19 Oct 13, 2010
Part of the problem is there is a shortage of child psychiatrists so parents run to their pediatrician and beg for the drugs and the doctors relent even though the child has not been thoroughly tested.
i smell stupid people

Cleveland, OH

#20 Oct 13, 2010
Justwondering- Ohio wrote:
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Speaking from experience, I was put on Ritalin in the late 60s through the mid 70s.
Well, that certainly explains a lot!
i smell stupid people

Cleveland, OH

#21 Oct 13, 2010
Nikki H wrote:
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I used to think the same thing. That is until my step son was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. His school work was suffering because his mind wouldn't "stay put" long enough for him to concentrate and he was uncontrollable at both school and home - constantly causing trouble with other kids and with his sisters. There is a difference between a kid "just being a kid" and a kid who has ADHD - you can't mistake the two, believe me. He is on Adderall and is doing very well in school now and has no more behavioral problems.
Do I think that doctors are quick to diagnose it these days - maybe. But there are kids who truly benefit from these drugs. I know that for a fact.
Did you ever think it might be his exposure to you that caused him to become defective?

Since: May 10

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#22 Oct 13, 2010
i smell stupid people wrote:
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Did you ever think it might be his exposure to you that caused him to become defective?
Did you ever think if you and I met in public I'd most likely spit in your face, dou chebag?

“I will not keep my voice down!”

Since: Dec 09

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#23 Oct 13, 2010
Wise Observer wrote:
Part of the problem is there is a shortage of child psychiatrists so parents run to their pediatrician and beg for the drugs and the doctors relent even though the child has not been thoroughly tested.
I totally agree. I think perhaps the child should HAVE to be seen by a mental health professional before medication such as that is perscribed. Adults need to be seen by a psychiatrists for those types of meds, why should kids be any different?

“I will not keep my voice down!”

Since: Dec 09

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#24 Oct 13, 2010
Justwondering- Ohio wrote:
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Speaking from experience, I was put on Ritalin in the late 60s through the mid 70s. It never ceased to amaze me that everytime I didn't take my pill, I ended up getting paddled at school for misbehaveing. I would come home and tell my mom that I got into trouble and the first thing she would ask is,:Did you take your medicine?" I agree with you Nikki. There is no mistaking a child with AD/HD. Both of my boys seem to be OK so far. We shall see. I would never jump into medicating him unless I was sure though.
Exactly - it was the last resort for us to decide that my step son could possibly have a disorder. We kind of knew due to some little signs here and there, but it was confirmed by a child psychiatrist and was again confirmed when we all saw how much better he was with the addition of Adderall...

“I will not keep my voice down!”

Since: Dec 09

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#25 Oct 13, 2010
markbano wrote:
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I think you are all correct.
JW and Nikki, you certainly have the personal experience and can attest to the effectiveness of the medications you were prescribed. Without those medications, your life and your disorder certainly would not have progressed the same.
But i would also tend to agree with 7th, that too often children are diagnosed and medicated uneccessarily. I think for many it becomes an easy answer to some difficult questions.3321
Oh, I totally agree with 7th on that too. I hate it when doctors just push pills - even with grown ups. I think people pop too much crap these days - I mean, there's a pill for everything it seems.
i smell stupid people

Cleveland, OH

#26 Oct 13, 2010
Wise Observer wrote:
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Did you ever think if you and I met in public I'd most likely spit in your face, dou chebag?
Seeing as how I don't frequent fel_ching events and trans_gender bars, I think the odds of us meeting in public are rather slim.
i smell stupid people

Cleveland, OH

#27 Oct 13, 2010
Nikki H wrote:
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Oh, I totally agree with 7th on that too. I hate it when doctors just push pills - even with grown ups. I think people pop too much crap these days - I mean, there's a pill for everything it seems.
One of my exes had a seven year old when we were dating. She told me he had been on Ritalin since he was two years old, and she hoped i never had to see what he was like when he did not take his medicatation. How in the world do you determine that a two year old is abnormally hyper?? i don't know anybody who was on Ritalin when we were growing up. If you acted out, you got your hind end warmed up for ya. They need to stop medicating these kids and address the behavior the old fashioned way.
i smell stupid people

Cleveland, OH

#28 Oct 13, 2010
Wise Observer wrote:
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Did you ever think if you and I met in public I'd most likely spit in your face, dou chebag?
i'll stick his head in the toilet and flush it when you're done.

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