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When to Reveal an ADHD Diagnosis

I like the ADHD blogosphere. Before I had my own ADHD blog, I enjoyed reading ADHD blogs as a way to find people who really understood what life with ADHD was like and who approached the topic of ADHD in openminded and empathetic terms.

4 thoughts on “When to Reveal an ADHD Diagnosis

  • August 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Based on the title, I thought this blog had developmental implications (i.e., age of child at time of diagnosis). Wrong. It’s an article about “coming out” with an ADHD diagnosis. The blogger considered potential benefits, consequences, and circumstances of doing so. Much could be applied to other sharing of personal information–well done. For the individuals who have a tendency to share too much information (TMI), this is a great read!

    • August 10, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Ha, I can see how you could interpret the title that way. Thanks for commenting!

  • August 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I don’t really stop to think about who I “come out” to when it comes to my ADHD. I was diagnosed at a very young age, though, so I’ve had a lot of time to come to terms with it. At this point, it’s kind of like telling someone that my favorite color is purple or that I adore penguins; it’s one of those things that people find out as they get to know me. I’ve been lucky enough that most of the time that when people learn I have ADHD, their reaction is more along the lines of “Alright, cool,” rather than “OMG, you HAVE that?” I’ll admit that there are a few moments where I think “Why did I tell x?” but I can’t say I’ve ever truly regretted telling anyone I have ADHD. However, I completely understand why others with ADHD would be hesitant to tell anyone with the stigma surrounding it. It’s hard to admit to others you’re different in a world that puts so much pressure on everyone to be “normal.” It frustrates me to no end how those who are set in their ways make things difficult for people who don’t fit into the mold.

    • August 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Devery. I do think this is an area where there’s a lot of variation in what different people are comfortable with, and you just gotta figure out what works for you!


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