How to tell my parents I may have ADHD?

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I'll try to keep this short so people actually read it, but I've been doing a lot of research and looking into this for over a year now and think I may have ADHD, and to a quite bad degree. Though it seems I am inattentive presenting, meaning I don't appear as the typical "ADHD kid" people expect to see; I don't really talk, I'm always zoned out and just keep to myself. I wanted to wait until I was 18 so I could get myself help but it has been getting worse recently and has been taking a big toll on my relationships, school work and mental health and I'm so exhausted.

I come from both a middle eastern and a religious/somewhat traditional background where having a mental illness brings shame on the family. I have tried to bring this up to my mom before and was met with her calling me a liar and that I was making this up. She is nice to me, she's been trying to get me a psychologist to talk to, yet she won't accept the idea of me having any actual conditions that cause the problems I'd be seeing a psychologist for?

She does not want me to see a doctor or get diagnosed because she thinks it will put me at a disadvantage in the future. I want to become a doctor, and denying someone a job because of mental health conditions is illegal- she doesn't listen.

How do I bring this up to her?
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I'll try to keep this short so people actually read it, but I've been doing a lot of research and looking into this for over a year now and think I may have ADHD, and to a quite bad degree. Though it seems I am inattentive presenting, meaning I don't appear as the typical "ADHD kid" people expect to see; I don't really talk, I'm always zoned out and just keep to myself. I wanted to wait until I was 18 so I could get myself help but it has been getting worse recently and has been taking a big toll on my relationships, school work and mental health and I'm so exhausted.

I come from both a middle eastern and a religious/somewhat traditional background where having a mental illness brings shame on the family. I have tried to bring this up to my mom before and was met with her calling me a liar and that I was making this up. She is nice to me, she's been trying to get me a psychologist to talk to, yet she won't accept the idea of me having any actual conditions that cause the problems I'd be seeing a psychologist for?

She does not want me to see a doctor or get diagnosed because she thinks it will put me at a disadvantage in the future. I want to become a doctor, and denying someone a job because of mental health conditions is illegal- she doesn't listen.

How do I bring this up to her?
I'm sorry things are difficult, try talking to your GP via ask-my-GP, which if you're 16, I believe is confidential. ecolier is our resident doctor and can help more. Can you talk to a SENCO at your place of education?
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I'm sorry things are difficult, try talking to your GP via ask-my-GP, which if you're 16, I believe is confidential. ecolier is our resident doctor and can help more. Can you talk to a SENCO at your place of education?
I just checked and my GP surgery does not use ask-my-GP or have online consultations as far as I can tell. I am over 16 and could go to my GP to mention this as I have booked my own appointments before, but I am pretty sure it will be almost impossible to get assessed without having my parents involved during the assessment stage.

I am not sure if my school has a SENCO, but we do have a councillor. I have been hesitant to go to them as I've heard some negative things regarding confidentiality problems, and I do not want to be flagged up as being at "risk", as my school does that to some students.
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I just checked and my GP surgery does not use ask-my-GP or have online consultations as far as I can tell. I am over 16 and could go to my GP to mention this as I have booked my own appointments before, but I am pretty sure it will be almost impossible to get assessed without having my parents involved during the assessment stage.

I am not sure if my school has a SENCO, but we do have a councillor. I have been hesitant to go to them as I've heard some negative things regarding confidentiality problems, and I do not want to be flagged up as being at "risk", as my school does that to some students.
Go to your GP to get this initiated - I'm sure your parents will want you to have the right support at uni. If you were not anon I could give more help ...

Do note: 'ADHD tends to run in families and, in most cases, it's thought the genes you inherit from your parents are a significant factor in developing the condition'

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attent...r-adhd/causes/
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Go to your GP to get this initiated - I'm sure your parents will want you to have the right support at uni. If you were not anon I could give more help ...

Do note: 'ADHD tends to run in families and, in most cases, it's thought the genes you inherit from your parents are a significant factor in developing the condition'

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attent...r-adhd/causes/
I’m not fully sure how TSR works but if there’s DMs, I don’t mind messaging you personally if that would be fine with you too to get the help you’re offering.

Family presence is something I have noticed. Both of my brothers present with some ADHD symptoms, especially my oldest younger brother; my mom said it at some point when I had asked her to google executive dysfunction to understand me that she thought my brother had this more than I did (she also told me I was making up having it, so that’s fun). I know there are problematic family issues in my immediate and wider family, but it is very stigmatised and shameful to see a psychiatrist or get help for mental issues, so there is nobody I know who has similar conditions.

I also do not see my wider family often as I live overseas, so there’s no strong conclusions I can draw.
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Go to your GP to get this initiated - I'm sure your parents will want you to have the right support at uni. If you were not anon I could give more help ...

Do note: 'ADHD tends to run in families and, in most cases, it's thought the genes you inherit from your parents are a significant factor in developing the condition'

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attent...r-adhd/causes/
I’m not fully sure how TSR works but if there’s DMs, I don’t mind messaging you personally if that would be fine with you too to get the help you’re offering.

Family presence is something I have noticed. Both of my brothers present with some ADHD symptoms, especially my oldest younger brother; my mom said it at some point when I had asked her to google executive dysfunction to understand me that she thought my brother had this more than I did (she also told me I was making up having it, so that’s fun). I know there are problematic family issues in my immediate and wider family, but it is very stigmatised and shameful to see a psychiatrist or get help for mental issues, so there is nobody I know who has similar conditions.

I also do not see my wider family often as I live overseas, so there’s no strong conclusions I can draw.
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I'll try to keep this short so people actually read it, but I've been doing a lot of research and looking into this for over a year now and think I may have ADHD, and to a quite bad degree. Though it seems I am inattentive presenting, meaning I don't appear as the typical "ADHD kid" people expect to see; I don't really talk, I'm always zoned out and just keep to myself. I wanted to wait until I was 18 so I could get myself help but it has been getting worse recently and has been taking a big toll on my relationships, school work and mental health and I'm so exhausted.

I come from both a middle eastern and a religious/somewhat traditional background where having a mental illness brings shame on the family. I have tried to bring this up to my mom before and was met with her calling me a liar and that I was making this up. She is nice to me, she's been trying to get me a psychologist to talk to, yet she won't accept the idea of me having any actual conditions that cause the problems I'd be seeing a psychologist for?

She does not want me to see a doctor or get diagnosed because she thinks it will put me at a disadvantage in the future. I want to become a doctor, and denying someone a job because of mental health conditions is illegal- she doesn't listen.

How do I bring this up to her?
If you are based in the UK, having an impairment can actually potentially mean that you have access to Reasonable Adjustments so you may get extra time etc. to sit your exams - so that's a good thing. Have a chat with your mum and then get a diagnosis.

(Original post by CatInTheCorner)
I'm sorry things are difficult, try talking to your GP via ask-my-GP, which if you're 16, I believe is confidential. ecolier is our resident doctor and can help more. Can you talk to a SENCO at your place of education?
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I’m not fully sure how TSR works but if there’s DMs, I don’t mind messaging you personally if that would be fine with you too to get the help you’re offering.

Family presence is something I have noticed. Both of my brothers present with some ADHD symptoms, especially my oldest younger brother; my mom said it at some point when I had asked her to google executive dysfunction to understand me that she thought my brother had this more than I did (she also told me I was making up having it, so that’s fun). I know there are problematic family issues in my immediate and wider family, but it is very stigmatised and shameful to see a psychiatrist or get help for mental issues, so there is nobody I know who has similar conditions.

I also do not see my wider family often as I live overseas, so there’s no strong conclusions I can draw.
I managed to find that link and to make you aaware that its likely your mum or dad has ADHD to some extent!

Are you in the UK?
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I managed to find that link and to make you aaware that its likely your mum or dad has ADHD to some extent!

Are you in the UK?
Yup, I live in the UK and my healthcare is provided here.
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Yup, I live in the UK and my healthcare is provided here.
The important thing is to get a diagnosis so you get DSA for university. Make a GP appointment,
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If you are based in the UK, having an impairment can actually potentially mean that you have access to Reasonable Adjustments so you may get extra time etc. to sit your exams - so that's a good thing. Have a chat with your mum and then get a diagnosis.
I've looked into the adjusted time and think I'd benefit from it, and getting proper treatment/recognition would likely help me pick up my grades and maintain better relationships, too. It's just that I'm unsure of how to bring it up to my mom because she's so stubborn and insistent that there is nothing wrong me and only tells me that "it will pass with time" when it has only been getting smaller. Is there any sort of way of getting my parents to warm up to the idea?
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The important thing is to get a diagnosis so you get DSA for university. Make a GP appointment,
What is DSA?

I may try to get an appointment arranged for this or next week, but I’m not sure what to tell my doctor. I’m sure I can figure it out, but I’ll also have to do it after school and get a friend to come with me so I can say I was hanging out with them because my parents ask where I was if I’m home later than usual.
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What is DSA?

I may try to get an appointment arranged for this or next week, but I’m not sure what to tell my doctor. I’m sure I can figure it out, but I’ll also have to do it after school and get a friend to come with me so I can say I was hanging out with them because my parents ask where I was if I’m home later than usual.
Read through this: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attent...disorder-adhd/

It might help you what to say to the doctor.

DSA is this: https://www.ucas.com/finance/additio...-allowance-dsa

They also work out what additional support you may benefit from e.g. additional time.
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