Good question! I haven't told my folks yet that I have been recently diagnosed!
You don't mention how old you are...and I presume by the wording of your question that you haven't been officially diagnosed yet. If this is the case, it might be worth talking to someone with ADD expertise, in confidence, to determine if a diagnosis is likely. I don't know if you have free access to this kind of advice through college etc (we do in the UK).
Then I suggest you write all the indicators down that make you suspect ADD. Everything from particular events in your childhood (ADD symptoms have to be present before 7yrs) and how you felt then to how you feel now.
When its all listed it will help you justify your suspicions to your folks if you really need to. You may find they need little convincing or are surprisingly supportive. Good Luck!
It's a shame you should HAVE to convince them. Hopefully, they'll be supportive and want to help you.
It might help to provide some informational pamphlets for them to read. Don't overwhelm them them with a stack of books and medical research/studies. :)
I don't mean to worry you but you should be prepared for a skeptical reaction. Often people are less than sympathetic when it comes to illnesses or disabilities that they can't actually see or have tangible proof of.
I'm in my thirties and my mom and step-dad are either in denial or simply refuse to accept that I (and 2 of my sisters!) suffer from varying degrees of ADD, depression, and anxiety. I sincerely hope you have a better support system than I've had. You'll fare far better than I have.
Good Luck and take care.
1. find a list of symptoms 2. read and make sure that YOU think you have ADHD 3. give it to your parent and ask them to read it 4. give them a similar list but it describes YOU 5. ask them to make an appointment with your pediatrician so he/she can confirm it 6. talk to your parents about accommodations your school can make for you 7. talk to your parents about the advantages to ADHD i recommend reading Dr. Halowell
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