fbpx My 19-Year-Old Daughter Struggles With Hygiene. Is It My Fault?
Authored by Dr. Michelle Murray on December 20, 2022

Dear Dr. Michelle

I am concerned about my 19-year-old daughter, who lives with me, because she does not take proper care of her hygiene. I have spoken with her several times & also provide toiletries for her to use. I don't know if she is just being lazy or if there is some other underlying issue. She hasn’t been diagnosed but I think she may be on the autism spectrum & this could have something to do with it. She does know to take a bath and be clean before going to a friend’s house but isn’t good at combing her hair or dressing herself. I don't know if I'm partly to blame because it's something I've always done for her and just expected her to start doing it on her own as she got older. I'm at a loss and could use some much-needed advice. Thank you.

Dear Lisa

Dr. Michelle K. Murray sits down with Marketing Manager Tera Girardin to answer your question! Dr. Michelle suggests adjusting your approach to helping your daughter with her hygiene - learn what works best for her when it comes to maintaining routines and habits.  Dr. Michelle also addresses options if you believe your daughter may have autism. See her full response below.


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Dr. Michelle Murray