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Why do parents blame themselves for their child's ADHD?

Some of the popular literature on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) blames parents for the child's disorder, pinning the genesis of the problem on parental abuse or neglect. Also, teachers wishing to shift the blame away from the way they manage their classroom may be too eager to place the blame on parents. But even if you've never read any of this literature or been blamed for the diagnosis by a teacher, you may have been haunted by the fear that somehow you are culpable. Mothers are particularly prone to feeling responsible and may even wonder if ADHD was the result of something they did while they were pregnant. For a parent, the potential sources of self-blame are endless. Be assured that these are normal reactions, but there is much you can do to counter these notions and feel better. And, as you help yourself, you will also be helping your child.
The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths

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