Too Embarrassed to Seek Help?

Q:

"Therapists and teachers have suggested that my son has ADHD, but he has always been too embarrassed to see a psychiatrist. He’s 21 now and struggling in college. How can I get him to reconsider and accept some help?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

Since your son is now an adult, you cannot force him to get help. You might try asking his advisor at college, or a teacher he liked in high school, to sit down with him and explain why they think he has ADHD. Or send him a book or an article about ADHD and the effectiveness of treatment, possibly highlighting passages that you think describe him.

Once he's convinced that he really does have a problem, and that treatment is available, he might be willing to get help.

Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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