Find someone who knows
I keep telling people to make sure that the professional they go to really knows about ADD ADHD. Unfortunately, many don’t, and unfortunately, many don’t know that they don’t know.
So Rachel asked me, how do you tell?
Rachel – excellent question!
And I’m not sure I have a good answer.
Here are some possible questions to ask:
1. What causes ADD? – – We don’t know, it seems to involve genes, imaging shows that ADD brains are different from non- ADD,there may be other problems that could produce similar symptoms.
2 How is ADD treated? – – Usually with a combination of medication and strategies, coaching, sometimes therapy. Sleep, exercise, meditation, yoga are helpful.
3 How many people with ADD have you treated? how successfully? – – Claims of success should be encouraging, but not unbelievably good.
4 How do you make the diagnosis? – – – See Tip number 536
The answers you get should be in the ballpark of the ones I’ve given, else I would question the capability of the professional to diagnose or treat ADD ADHD.
I assume a certified ADD ADHD coach would be knowledgeable. The benefit of a psychiatrist is the option of medications. I went to a knowledgeable child psychiatrist for myself.
Request O the Day
Rachel and I are looking for some help here. How do you assess the ADD ADHD competence of a professional?
Mike has suggested looking them up on the net. There are reviews of professionals, and also you may find a book or article they have written. Fine suggestion. Thank you, Mike 9/5/2014
Bonus tip o the day