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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.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Honestly: I would tell them as directly as possible and have them look at some websites or online checklists that help people screen for the disorder. Most parents will have seen the symptoms from early on in your life.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Be honest: speak to your parents about your concerns and why you feel you have ADHD. Ask them to help get a neuropsychological assessment. From the results, your doctor or a neurologist can develop a treatment plan, whether it involves medication or alternative approaches to management. The neuropsych results will help your parents understand you and your concerns.
Dr. David Namerow
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Be honest.: Telling your parents that you think you may have adhd is the right thing to do. They may have missed the boat and not seen how much stress you may have had in school. If it has taken longer to do homework and if you are easily distracted -- tell them. An evaluation and possible treatment may be very helpful. Don't go thru life without your full potential!
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Be strightforward: Do not be reluctant to speak to your parents about your concerns. ADHD is a neurological disorder, a result of a low level of brain Dopamine and Nor epinephrin. There is no moral implication to having ADHD. You should seek help from a neurologist or psychiatrist with experience in treating ADHD.

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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 32-year-old member asked:

How can I talk to my parents about ADHD pills?

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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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