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What are some causes of behavior problems in children?

There are many other explanations for children's bad behavior that do not involve a brain disorder. Some things to consider are nutrition, your own mental health, and family stressors.

Look to the obvious -- too much sugar, not eating breakfast, or other nutritional deficits can cause difficulty concentrating and poor behavior. The family's mental health can play a role in a child's behavioral problems as well. If you or the child's other parent is depressed or struggling with addiction or any other mental health problem, that may be a likely explanation for your child's behavior. Your child receives emotional nourishment from her parents, so if you are having trouble, she may be taking in your emotional pain. Take a close look at how you are really doing; be honest with yourself and get help if you need it.
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