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Does bad parenting cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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No. Don’t blame yourself if your child has ADHD. It’s a brain disorder. While the exact cause isn’t clear, scientists know that many things may play a role, including many that are beyond a parent’s control, like genes and low birth weight.

Can a chaotic home environment make symptoms worse? Sure, just as an orderly and calm one can make them better. But rest assured that television, video games, too much or too little discipline, and other parts of your home life home did not cause your child’s ADHD.

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: “ADHD Myths vs. Facts,” “For Parents and Caregivers.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Poll on Children’s Health: “Mott Poll Report.”

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry : “Parenting Practices and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Partial Specificity of Effects.”

Ask Dr. Sears: “Responding to Parenting Criticism.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD Parenting Tips.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 28, 2018

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: “ADHD Myths vs. Facts,” “For Parents and Caregivers.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

National Poll on Children’s Health: “Mott Poll Report.”

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry : “Parenting Practices and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Partial Specificity of Effects.”

Ask Dr. Sears: “Responding to Parenting Criticism.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD Parenting Tips.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 28, 2018

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