Since I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, I've always been scared of telling people I have ADHD. To this day, no one really knows. How can I get over it and let people know about it?
Last Updated: 10/03/2018 at 2:49pm
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ADHD is not something that will make people around you uncomfortable. It's known and acceptable issue that many people deal with. Be direct and honest and people will accept you.
Do you feel like you need to tell people about your ADHD? If you do, then think about it as a part of the person you are, stating not "I have ADHD which is making me handicapped in the following ways:" but rather "I got diagnosed with ADHD earlier, meaning that even though I have a hard time with ... I'm also pretty awesome at ...". That will lead to you seing your ADHD in a more positive way and therefore it being something you don't have to be ashamed of to tell people that you are close to!
Telling people around you is your choice, and you should not feel obligated to let people know you have ADHD. If you want to tell people you struggle with ADHD one way may be to focus more on the things you are working to strengthen rather than on the term 'ADHD'. For example, 'I have some trouble with keeping things organized and managing my time on projects. I'm trying to keep track of things in a diary or on a calendar from now on. Can you let me know when something comes up so I can put it in the calendar and I don't forget about it later on?' Feeling apprehensive about telling others you struggle with ADHD is completely normal. Societal shifts make is much easier in recent years to talk about it though, and more and more people are acceptance and accommodating if you are struggling, and can help you emphasize your strengths. Talking to others who have gone through this journey can help too, sharing stories about how others have been accepting and accommodating when they chose to talk about it. You can also talk to a therapist or trained listener here on 7 Cups for more support!
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