Hi! My name is Sarah, and I’m a teen who kinda thinks I may have ADHD. I’ve been reading up on it online quite a bit, and I’ve been feeling more and more like this may be something I have. I’m scared though, that maybe I’m somehow being overdramatic, that maybe I’m exaggerating the struggles I’m having. I wouldn’t bother trying to get a diagnosis because I’m unsure, but stuff like executive dysfunction, etc is really making things a struggle. I still live with my parents, and would like to tell them, but the one time I mentioned it to my mom she brushed it off and changed the subject and never brought it up again. I feel like my dad would probably think that I’m being overdramatic… the fact that they had a false alarm when my older brother was young probably doesn’t help things. I don’t know how to get them to get me assessed, nor how we’ d even do it if I convinced them to take me.
I’m also just overall really freaking out because what if I’m just lazy? I used to be a straight A student, tbh, still am, but I feel like I am always working harder than anyone else. And my procrastination is nuts, it’s literally 1 am and I was supposed to have an essay submitted 12 h ago and yet I’ve done N O T H I N G in this 12 h despite sitting in front of my computer with my papers spread around me for basically this entire time! I want to be diagnosed in all honesty, I want to have ADHD, because if I don’t, then the problem is me? At least if I’m diagnosed I could find out the problem and get strategies to fix it?
Also I feel like maybe part of the issue is also that maybe I’ve learned to hide my symptoms well (like many girls, according to my research), so my parents would likely not be able to imagine how similar some of me is to the ADHD profile…
IDK it’s stressful, got any advice or anything?