Choosing a team of professionals is always a bit of a challenge. Here are some questions that you can ask a prospective doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist in an effort to find someone with specific ADHD experience:
Have you been trained specifically for the treatment of ADHD?
What percentage of your clients actually have ADHD?
What are the most common challenges that your client's experience?
What strategies do you find to be most helpful in treating these challenges?
What percentage of your patients find medications a helpful intervention?
(The average is around 70 %)
How do you decide which meds to try for your patients?
How long does it take to refine prescribed meds? (Between finding the right med and the right dosage, it could conceivably take a year or more.)
What kind of side effects can I expect from a specific medication?
Do you ever utilize cognitive behavioral therapy?
What books can you recommend?
Which regional or national ADHD conferences do you attend?
How might my life improve as a result of working with you?
Who else should I think about working with?
- ADHD coach
- Career Coach
- Professional organizer
- Academic tutor