Ram, who is a great contributor to the ADHD blog, has written about the difficulties of dealing with family. I couldn’t refrain from offering some advice:
Families are truly difficult. Ignorance makes it even worse. You need to manage your way. you know them and you know you, and I don’t. One alternative way it could be handled is, when you feel there is reason to say that you have ADHD, say it. Then if they come back with crap, you can just say, “That’s an interesting viewpoint.“ And then do not engage further on the subject. If they keep saying crap, just keep saying, “You have an interesting viewpoint there. “You don’t have to answer any questions or explain or defend.”
Principle O the Day, from AA:
JADE: You don’t have to justify, explain or defend.
Confession O the Day:
I am biased towards encouraging people to come out about their ADHD when possible. The more of us who come out, the less stigma there will be.
Wise Saying O the Day:
The best thing about good advice is that it does so little harm, because no one ever follows it.
Analogy O the Day:
Trying to educate someone about ADHD when their mind is already made up is like trying to teach a pig to sing. You will just get frustrated and it annoys the pig.