ADHD: Myths

This post is about a Psychological condition called ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder. This post is NOT intended to cure, treat or diagnose any health issues.

What is ADHD?

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder is a mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type. Basically it is a psychological issue where the chemistry in the brain is altered and causes issues like, the inability to focus, being extremely hyper, and in some cases, causes insomnia.

It is characterized by difficulty paying attention, excessive activity, and behavior without regards to consequences which is not appropriate for a person’s age. There are also often problems with regulation of emotions.[ The symptoms appear before a person is twelve years old, are present for more than six months, and cause problems in at least two settings (such as school, home, or recreational activities).

What Causes ADHD?

Technically, it is unclear as to how ADHD is formed or if it is really genetics. In a study that was done, it is often that the disorder is inherited from one’s parents with genetics determining about 75% of cases. It is actually harder to determine if things are caused by genetics. In certain environments, some ADHD traits may have offered personal advantages tot individuals, such as quicker response to predators or superior hunting skills.

Typically, a number of genes are involved, many of which directly affect dopamine neurotransmission. Those involved with dopamine include DAT, DRD4, DRD5, TAAR1, MAOA, COMT, and DBH. Other genes associated with ADHD include SERT, HTR1B, SNAP25, GRIN2A, ADRA2A, TPH2, and BDNF.  A common variant of a gene called Latrophilin 3 is estimated to be responsible for about 9% of cases and when this variant is present, people are particularly responsive to stimulant medication. The 7 repeat variant of dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4–7R) causes increased inhibitory effects induced by dopamine and is associated with ADHD. The DRD4 receptor is a G protein-coupled receptor that inhibits adenylyl cyclase. The DRD4–7R mutation results in a wide range of behavioral phenotypes, including ADHD symptoms reflecting split attention.[

My Story

I have had my fair share of dealing and living with ADHD. It is hard, because before I turned 35 I didn’t know why or how ADHD could affect anyone, but after learning that it can be genetic and I started to think back at when I meet my birth mother.

The letter she sent my parents, noted a lot of things from not forming complete sentences to fragments in grammar which is very concerning to me. I am very big on grammar, only because I have had many years of dealing with people who haven’t finished school and those who have, the different types of grammar issues.

I live with Adult ADHD or AADHD and it sometimes sucks, but I am very, VERY good at my job tho. It is hard, but, I have learned to deal with it, and learn what causes outbursts. So, it is possible that ADHD is a genetic issue, but still UNCONFIRMED