this the interview of Anahi Ortiz, MD, a pediatrician who is also an ADHD coach:
Q: how did you get interested in ADHD?
As a young pediatrician, I attended a conference on MBD, as it was known then, and have been interested ever since.Gradually, I realized how poorly understood ADHD is and have been determined to keep myself educated and provide those with ADHD with the best care possible.
Q: what have you found the most common and the most difficult problems to be (for adults)?
Organization, time management and comorbid conditions
Q: what have you found to be the most helpful?
Regular care by a physician or psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD, self education on ADHD, coaching
Q: What is it like being a coach? whats the most enjoyable part? the most difficult?
Being a coach can be very rewarding, it is really one of the helping professions. You don’t go into it, unless you have an earnest desire to help others.
The enjoyable part of coaching is working with different types of people and helping them to move forward/
The most difficult aspect of coaching is that as in many professions it is a business and you need to learn how to run a business – ugh!
Q: final words of advice you’d like to give us ADDers?
Learn more about ADHD – read books ( like Dr. Puryear’s!) about ADHD, check out related websites such as CHADD’s, join groups that are specific for adults with ADHD, find an outlet: exercise, yoga, art, and finally get help if you don’t already have it – you don’t have to deal with it alone.
Anahi Ortiz M.D.
AO – Coach and Organizer
I assumed that Dr. Ortiz has ADHD but she doesn’t.
more next time.
ps comorbid conditions include depression, addictions, anxiety, learning disabilities, etc.