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A 43-year-old member asked:

how to convince my parents to take me to get a diagnosis for adhd?

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Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 26 years experience
ADHD: I'm not sure how old you are but i believe in being straight forward and honest. So sit your parents down and tell them why you think you have adhd, how it is affecting your grades, and what difference the diagnosis would make for you. Do your research and let them know what adhd is and how taking medication can change things for you and help you become more successful.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

How can I talk to parents about possible having adhd?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
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?

4 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
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?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
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?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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 32-year-old member asked:

How can I talk to my parents about ADHD pills?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Grant Boyer
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
See a professional: Get a full evaluation from a psychologist who can provide psychological testing. Prior to any medication trial make sure the diagnosis is accurate, ruling out depression and anxiety, then consider stimulant meds and ADHD coaching.

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