I got an appointment with a doctor at the clinic at the university I used to go to. She gave me about 10 pages of questionnaire, half of which was for my parents to complete, and they were supposed to answer the questions regarding my behavior when I was under 12.
First problem: parents don’t speak English, so I had to translate the questions using my terrible Cantonese. Second problem: my parents both had to work full-time to put food on the table and did not pay attention to whether I did my homework or whether I lost my pencil crayons. So my mom’s answer to every question was, “let’s just say it’s 3/5”.
Did you have to get your parents to do a survey to get diagnosed? This seems really hard. I ended up cancelling my follow-up appointment because I didn’t want the doctor to conclude that I was just making stuff up about experiencing ADD symptoms. What would you do if you were an orphan?
PS: this was maybe a year ago now, I have been putting off pursuing it further but Jessica’s How to ADHD videos have shown me that perhaps getting diagnosed would help my life a lot. It would be nice to hear what other people’s experience with this process is like.