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R2r2Thyme!
12
7 months ago

Spilling the ADHD How do you tell extended family about your ADHD?

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kabatty5404
7mo

At 52, I've had to start accepting that they will never actually understand/comprehend what I'm trying to explain to them about what adhd is, so I have to just keep it to myself. Don't get me wrong, we are a tight-knit family and full of love. Myself and my 3 nephews are the only ones who have it so the rest think it's just not real, and not really important. 🤷‍♀️ as long as I know what and why, and learn how to deal with it, that's really what's important to me.

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sahri
7mo

I usually avoid talking about the diagnosis itself, so I just explain my behavior or needs. For example, I’d rather say “It’s hard for me to read long books, I prefer audiobooks or podcasts” than saying “I have ADHD so it’s hard to concentrate on books”. My family is very judgmental, so I find this approach much easier for them to understand.

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Joelay
7mo

The question is, do you interact a lot (or enough) with your extended family that they need to know? I'm just saying that because in my family, it doesn't really matter if I tell them or not because I see them so rarely that it doesn't make a difference at all😕

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Jonas
7mo

I just say I have it, and if needed what it means for me. Most people around me are open-minded and non-judgemental. For the exceptions I simply don't share anything about my ADHD (or mental health for that matter).

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