How to talk to your doctor about ADHD
Before we get into how to do this, let’s briefly discuss ADHD so that we’re all on the same page.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as its full name suggests, is a condition that sees its sufferers experience short attention spans, impulsive behavior and of course, hyperactivity.
These are some of the most common additional signs of ADHD:
- Repeating words or actions;
- Learning disabilities.
Even though the common perception is that ADHD affects only children, that’s not altogether true. It can be diagnosed later in life for adults and, in most cases, the symptoms of ADHD follow diagnosed children well into adulthood.
ADHD is nothing be ashamed or embarrassed about
Almost every disorder relating to mental or cognitive functionality has this negative stigma attached to it. This is extremely unfair on the sufferer as they did not ask for this disorder and should therefore not be blamed for it.
Because of this stigma, you may feel a bit embarrassed to discuss the possibility of you having ADHD with your doctor. The good news is that you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Your doctor is there to help you figure everything out and to find the best course of treatment going forward.
Most of us know that the symptoms of ADHD may not be pleasant, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The first step to getting help is definitely by talking to your physician.
You may have a suspicion that you’re suffering from ADHD and want to be completely sure. Take a look at these six most common symptoms of adult ADHD:
- When it comes to your kids, your patience runs out very quickly;
- You feel like you can’t get anything done;
- You’re always procrastinating, even for important tasks;
- You lack any type of motivation for anything;
- You always seem to be misplacing items;
- You struggle to concentrate.
Have an open and honest conversation
You may have a fear of being seen as a hypochondriac, which could in turn prevent you from having a truthful dialogue with your doctor. Put this fear aside and approach the situation logically and methodically by following these steps:
- It’s important to be clear that you want to discuss ADHD with your doctor when you initially schedule the appointment. In this way, your doctor will know what to expect and be suitably prepared;
- Make a list of your suspected symptoms, and how they impact your day-to-day life, and discuss them with your physician. Then, put the list and your own theories, aside and let you physician do the rest of the talking;
- If you have tried taking any medication, without the advice of your doctor, let them know about it. Depending on the results of your self-medication, it could help your doctor determine the best course of treatment for you.
The sooner you have this all-important chat, the sooner you can get help and improve your overall quality of life.