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A 35-year-old member asked:

can you tell me how to tell parents about adhd?

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Dr. Carlos Jesurun
Neonatology 48 years experience
What do you mean?: Adhd is probably overdiagnosed in america. It often gives parents a negative connataion as well. Some kids need more structure and direction and a lot of attention by the parents. Not all kids need medication. Behavioral therapy is very helpful. Patience is crucial-i know-i have the condition as well as my child.
Dr. Peter Williams
ADHD and Autism 41 years experience
Just go for it!: You just have to go for it on some levels. Your parents may be open to the idea or may not, but that is who they are. If it is accurate that you are ADHD, then testing will show and treatment will give GREAT relief. Note that ADHD in NOT over diagnosed in the USA, it is under diagnosed according to the literature and adults and women with ADHD are hugely under-diagnosed.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

How can I talk to parents about possible having adhd?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Discuss specifics : Whom are you referring? Yourself?If so just discuss the possibility.If about their child, there must be a context such as school performance which is raising concerns.Use that as the context for framing your concerns.
A 42-year-old member asked:

If I am now 99% sure I have ADHD but my parents don't believe me. What do I do?

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Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 13 years experience
Assessment : You need a professional assessment. Don't try to convince your parents that you have adhd because there is no way you can know without a professional assessment; instead ask to see a psychiatrist or psychologist. Good luck.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How can you tell my parents I am worried I have adhd?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Telling parents : Tell your parents in a clear manner about your concerns about adhd. Let them know what you face in school and socially and what you have tried to compensate. Do not use it as an excuse for not doing your work homework or assignments. Ask your family to consult your primary care md, who can explain what is adhd and the options for evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Consider also seeing a psychologist.
Jan 3, 2015
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my friend has ADHD and when his parents hug him he squirms away. Is this because of his adhd?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Teen/parent relation: It is unlikely. Teenagers often resist parents affection. Squirming may indicate embarrassment, especially when others are around. Adolescents who take medication for adhd may become irritable due to the medication or as the effect wears off.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can I tell my parents that I think I have adhd?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Get diagnosed: As an adult, you do not need your parents to schedule an appointment with a physician to have a proper evaluation performed. Once you are sure of the diagnosis, ask for educational tools from your provided. Share these with your family and learn together.

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