How Can I Talk to People About My ADHD?
Whether or not to tell people about your ADHD is a personal decision.
Before discussing your ADHD, think about the following:
- To build close relationships, you need to share. However, you also need to be able to trust. You may want to share your ADHD story with someone. Just be sure you can trust that person to respect you and the information you share.
- When you tell people about your ADHD, be prepared to answer questions and respond to misperceptions about ADHD. Speak from your own experience, or suggest articles, websites, or books. Written information is useful for people who are interested in learning about ADHD. Sharing this information may also be useful for those who have outdated views about ADHD.
- If you are in college and your professors know about your ADHD, you can talk to them about how it affects your schoolwork and your behavior in class. They may be happy to help. If you need additional support, you can talk with your academic advisor.
- If you are employed, you may decide to tell your company or coworkers about your ADHD. Let them know of ways they can help you manage your ADHD symptoms—for example, by sending a list of tasks in an email to help you keep track. If you need additional support, you may want to talk to your human resources department.