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Busting ADD Myth #10 – ADHD is caused by bad parenting

Busting Myth #10 – ADD / ADHD is caused by bad parenting, too much electronics, pollution, or environmental stress.

FACT: While the FACTors listed above can make ADHD worse–or life in general worse–they do not cause the condition.  In most cases, one inherits a genetic predisposition to ADHD which the environment then draws out, or does not, depending, of course, on the environment.  As the growing field of epigenetics is proving, there is a life-determining interaction between a person’s genetic endowment and the environment in which he or she lives

If you know a child or adult with ADHD or are suffering from low self-esteem as a result of your ADHD, I invite you to sign up for this FREE online ADDitude webinar on October 31 at 1:00 PM ET: From Shame and Stigma to Pride and Truth: It’s Time to Celebrate ADHD Differences.

Even if you can’t attend at 1:00pm, if you sign up, you’ll receive a link to listen at your convenience  Learn more and register HERE!

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If you want to learn more about parenting your ADHD child, read “Loving Your Child in the Face of Opposition.”


Drs. Hallowell and Jensen fully understand the real and everyday challenges–both at home and at school–facing parents of an ADD child, and offer practical strength-based techniques that put the talents, charms, and positive essence of your child ahead of any presumed shortcomings. LEARN MORE.

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