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Q: “Will Explaining ADHD to My Child Make Her Feel ‘Broken?’”

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Q: “My 9-year-old was recently diagnosed with ADHD. I’m struggling with how to tell her about her diagnosis.

I don’t want her to feel shame or believe something’s ‘wrong’ with her. I also don’t want her to use her diagnosis as an excuse.

Any advice on how to approach this with her?” — JMomHi JMom,This question truly resonated with me as my son was diagnosed with ADHD around the same age, and my husband and I struggled with how to explain it to him.

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