Feature: Taking a genetic view of ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health problem that severely disrupts people’s lives. It is poorly understood and is often dismissed as bad behaviour or laziness.
It has recently been discovered that children with ADHD are more likely to have pieces of their DNA duplicated or missing than other children.
I spoke with Professor Anita Thapar, from the Cardiff University School of Medicine, about the importance of showing that there is a genetic basis to ADHD, and how this might help us understand its biological causes.
You can also watch a short film about the discovery on the Trust website.