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View Poll Results: Which parent did you inherit your ADD from?
Mother 37 25.34%
Father 73 50.00%
Both parents had ADD 20 13.70%
Neither parent had ADD 16 10.96%
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Old 10-17-04, 10:20 AM
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Men with ADD / ADHD Which Parent Did You Inherit Your ADD From?

Which parent did you inherit your ADD from?
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Old 10-17-04, 06:03 PM
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ack--neither parent came equipped a/ADD. my mother has a few other head-type things going on, & my dad drank too much until he quit, but mental illness doesnt just run in my family, it races , so im sure there was another relative somewhere in my family bush that has it.
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Old 10-17-04, 09:52 PM
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I voted neither, too. Neither one of them show any obvious signs. I got my learning disability from my mom, though, and all 3 of her brothers probably have ADD.
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when i first started therapy & meds & stuff, i thought that my whole family showed signs of ADHD & co-morbids, but i guess i was just too optimistic
im gonna ask ma if i was adopted ( snicker snicker)
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My Dad for sure. He's quite OCD too but never a diagnosis. You can set your watch by him though. < g >
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Question Hmmm...I think my mom, personally

When I found out that I have ADD, my parents thought it was a phase and it would go away. Then I was diagnosed with severe depression also. But when I think about it, my mom has problems paying attention and sometimes when she has a conversation with someone, she gets very very easily distracted by the television or the dog. LoL
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Old 11-25-04, 08:37 PM
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I believe from my Mother but she died of Alzymers befor I recognised that there was a name for my ADD
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I think my dad had it, looking back now it would explain a hell of a lot about him. But he functioned well enough, so he never wound up in a psychiatrist's office until I was dragged to one in my early teens.

My mother was more of a control freak -- so organized I used to say every thing was in its place, and every place was in its thing -- and diagnosed with depression. I can't talk with her about it because she's also suffered from progressing dementia for at least the last seven years.
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I picked my father for the survey. He's the one I know for sure has it. I greatly suspect my mother's side, although she didn't come up as having it, I did inherit tendencies towards anxiety and depressive disorders from her end, and the fact remains when the screening occured they didn't think women could have it. So she might well have it too.
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no doubt my mom. we've known she was add for years. I don't know I never suspected I was too.
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The other "smoking gun" for the case of my father having it was his rampant alcoholism. Alcoholism and ADD go together like "peas and carrots".
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I got my ADHD from my mom and we found out a few years ago that my moms dad has it and my uncle i think has it.
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E-boy, Irish/Swedish and god only knows what else in extraction, ADD by the grace of god. ;-)
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Hi all! I don't know where mine came from. I remember in the first grade (1956) I was done with my studies before everyone else was and would "disrupt" (hehehehe) the rest of the class! (read: class clown). But I always had very good grades in elementary school....then Jr High came along.....the Beatles...Music.......all the shiny stuff I wanted to do and be......fit right in with my ADD.......but I didn't realize I had ADD till I was 46, I just thought I had "Peter Pan Syndrome"
But I don't see ADD as a "curse" as some do.....I think we with ADD are a special bunch that sees life a little differently....and want to hold on to our "inner child" as long as we can. And thank God for our spouses that are able to put up with us!!! I love it when my wife says to someone when they don't exactly know how to take me; she tells them, "I wouldn't change him for the world." And we've been married for 14 years
If this seems rambling I think it's time for more medicine! hahahaha.
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Maybe my dad, who is somewhat of an underachiever but good with his hands. Or maybe my mom's side, where my (late) uncle the chronically un/deremployed alcoholic divorced guy comes from. I really don't know, since nobody has really been formally diagnosed except my kids.
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