How to Respond to “I don’t believe in ADHD” — ADHD Tip O the Day 943

Many people ask how to deal with “I don’t believe in ADHD”, or with similar comments    (“We all have some of that.” or “That’s just an excuse for laziness.” etc etc).

How to respond?

Appropriate possible responses, choose one.
1. OK.
2. Really?!?!
3. Too bad.
4. What have you been doing with yourself lately?
5. You don’t have to.                                                                                                                                6. Been nice seeing you. 

Possible Appropriate Response, Maybe, Once

Make one small effort -“Maybe you could google it and get a little more information.”

But then return to possible responses number one.

Inappropriate response:
Trying to change their mind.

doug

Personal Notes O the Day:

  1. This dropping things is starting to get out of hand.
  2. I’ve come pretty close to finishing my current draft, draft 20 of Alma Means Soul, primarily focused on looking for unnecessary words that could be very easily done away with without any significant loss of anything of value.  I was extremely surprised at the very large number of those words that I was able to find.
    Or
    I’ve nearly completed draft 20 of Alma Means Soul,  eliminating a surprising number of unnecessary words.

  3. I have some plans. I always have some plans. Planning is easy; it’s doing that’s hard. I plan to do some posts on frequently asked questions – parenting, controversies including the  question of adult onset ADHD, who and when to tell about our ADHD, and others of course.

    Questions O the Day:    
  4. Do you have any suggestions/requests of topics you’d like addressed? I will  appreciate your input.
  5. Why can’t I get rid of the inappropriate numerals (4,5)?  Tech challenged.

Welcome to to the new members of the tribe.

Links:

Arguing and confirmatory bias

Several good Attitude articles

ADHD and Marriage (or relationships, since marriage seems less common these days.)

Arguing with people who don’t know what they’re talking about

 

I’m sorry, you believe what about ADHD?

 

 



Really??

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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4 Responses to How to Respond to “I don’t believe in ADHD” — ADHD Tip O the Day 943

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would love for you to address the issue with people with ADHD trying to justify behavior that is driven by the ADHD and not by necessity. I’m sure you know the “it’ll just take a minute”, the “I was right there so I figured I’d do it”, and the “It NEEDED to be done” excuses. You’ve probably made them yourself.

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      i’m not sure exactly what you are getting at. can you expand and clarify a little, and i will be very happy to tackle it. are these excuses after i got involved in doing something and so i was late for something or not ready to go on time? i can speak on that from experience.
      thank you contributing
      best wishes?
      doug

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  2. Martha Puryear says:

    Another good one!❤️

    Sent from my iPad

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