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Study finds ADHD is a ‘genetic’ condition

Posted on
27th October 2010

Alison Healy writing in the Irish Times on the 30th September this year informs us of a major breakthrough in research in the area of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) the most prevalent symptoms of the disorder are inattention, distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviours. The study published in the Lancet on the same day as in the Irish Times. According to Healy, the research team from Cardiff University headed up by Professor Anita Thapar found that ADHD should be seen as a neurodevelopmental disorder like autism rather than as a behavioural problem. Thapar states that for too long people dismissed the disorder as being down to bad parenting or poor diet. Similar findings have been found by the neuropsychiatric genetics research group in TCD.

There are over 60,000 children in Ireland living with the ADHD; there may be many more undiagnosed cases.

Hopefully this breakthrough will assist with the development of new and more effective solutions for these children and their families.

More information re supports may be found here.

The Author: Terry
Terry has her own consultancy business “Terry Fahy and Associates” and is currently working with Kanchi on developing the Kanchi Network and Kanchi Standard. Previous roles include senior management positions within the commercial division of the Rehab Group for over 18 years. Has been involved in the design and implementation of the O2 Ability Awards process and has acted as a Lead Assessor since 2005. Experienced in assisting organisations achieve the ETP Standard, and Disability Management Best Practice; is a member of both the Executive Committee of the Irish Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and the Irish Association of Supported Employment. Lecturers in MSc. Rehabilitation & Disability Studies at University College Dublin and is author of The Business of Ability — the story so far.



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