What has worked for you to educate your parents on ADHD when they’re convinced it’s something made up by Ritalin salesmen?
My sister was diagnosed in college almost ten years ago, and I was diagnosed last month. My dad hates the idea of us using “meth”. He doesn’t even agree that ADHD is necessarily a psychiatric condition, but instead typically comes down to bad parenting or that “ADHD” is typical young boy behavior that’s being medicated to make parents’ and teachers’ lives easier. With this being his belief system, you can imagine how he reacted when I told him I have ADHD xD .
I don’t necessarily need to change his outlook on the entire field of psychiatry (much as I would like to), but I don’t want to have the same conversation about it for the next 30 years (you know the one: “You still takin’ them pills?” “Yep.” “You really think you need 'em?” and so on). I could just tell him “I’m not gonna talk about it anymore,” and he would probably respect that 92% of the time, but I’d rather get him to at least accept that it’s a real thing and that Adderall et al. are not “poisonous drugs” being foisted on the American public (it’s like people forget they’re schedule II drugs–the most tightly controlled substances you can buy legally).