ADHD: The Family Tree

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Parents of kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 24 times as likely to suffer from the disorder themselves as are parents of children without the disorder, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Parents whose children had both ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder were found more likely to have mood, anxiety and substance-abuse disorders than other parents. Living with kids who have ADHD can exacerbate a parent's own problems and vice versa, says Andrea Chronis, a psychologist at the University of Maryland.

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