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Scientists discover a ‘violence gene’ that turns some children into video game addicts – and say it could also be linked to ADHD

Experts believe a variation in a serotonin transporter gene may cause children to enjoy violent media. And the same children have a higher likelihood of suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), notes Dr Sanne Nikkelen, from the University of Amsterdam. Previous research at the University of Missouri has also found that children with an autism spectrum disorder or ADHD are also at an increased risk of gaming addictions

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this research suggests our genetics plays a key role in determining our likes and dislikes vs. those suggesting only environmental or learning influences. Since ADHD and poor impulse control correlate with addictions, it may well be that this “violence gene” is similarly related. Importantly, those with ADHD and inattention seek adrenaline-releasing games and situations to enhance their focus and functioning as do stimulant meds.

About Harold Levinson, M.D.

Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.

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Source: Scientists discover a ‘violence gene’ that turns some children into video game addicts – and say it could also be linked to ADHD , ANNA HODGEKISS, Published: 11:57 EST, 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:12 EST, 20 February 2014

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