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So I was supposed to go tomorrow for ADD/ADHD testing but I cancelled it.  Not sure what to do.  I was going to meet with a psychologist to get tested.  I have been suffering from depression and anxiety all my life and it has gotten a bit out of control and hormonal imbalance.  So I thought I would deal with that first before getting tested for ADD/ADHD!!  Not sure what to do now???  Who do I see to get tested a psychologist or pscyhiatrist?  Do I need to find someone who is specialized in ADD/ADHD or just a general psychiatrist to help me with my anxiety and depression????

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You could take an online test to see if you can identify with the symptoms.  If positive, I would take the results to your doctor and see if he/she can recommend someone who specializes in ADHD.  Loey

Posted by loeysmall@aol.Com on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:24am

I have taken online tests and yes I believe I do and have shown Dr.‘s and nothing.  I have talked to my general GP and a few psychiatrists and nobody wants to diagnose me.

Posted by hawaii92 on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:28am

My Family Health Care Clinic PAC who has treated me for my depression referred me to a MA LPC.  I have no idea what that stands for but just found it on the card I have from him, lol.  Anyway, it was very simple to be diagnosed.  He talked to me for a bit, then had me and my husband fill out some questionnaires. He entered the answers into his pc. I had a second appointment where he showed me my results.  I was diagnosed with ADD and he faxed a copy to my PAC who I scheduled another appointment with and she prescribed me medication.  Nothing to it, just alot of appointments.  Hope this helps a little.  Oh, and I was menopausal at the time which really convinced me to seek a diagnosis.  I was in horrible shape.  Saved my life.

Posted by Katt on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:52am

@Katt and that is the thing I am menopausal too!

Posted by hawaii92 on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:53am

Yep, I’m sure I have had this all my life but man when I hit menopause there was no hiding it anymore and I knew I had to do something.  Please get an appointment for diagnosis and start living your life, smile

Posted by Katt on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:57am

I know i’m going through this with an x boyfriend, he needs support and I hope he gets started on meds, he’s 45 years old!
He’s had a crazy life and lots of anxiety and fear and abuse, so much pain. It’s hard to be there for him while he’s trying to sort things out.

Posted by survivor84 on Jan 13, 2014 at 3:07am

Do you have anyone that specializes in ADHD or learning disorders?  Finding a psychologist that specializes in that area could be a good place to start.  The person that diagnosed me is the same person that diagnosed my son. 

Google different organizations CHADD.org for specialists in your area.  Are there any ADHD or learning disorders in your area?  There are websites out there that maybe you can call them and ask for referrals to knowledgable specialists.  Don’t have the particular website URL, but google these:

Dr. Ned Hallowell
Dr. Daniel Amen
CHADD
ADD Classes (addclasses.com)
Terry Matlen

There are a bunch of podcasts, free webinars you can subscribe to.  I hope this helps!

Posted by aholamom on Jan 13, 2014 at 3:32am

I highly recommend Dr. Daniel Amen’s book “Healing ADD”.  Through his extensive use of brain imaging he has identified 7 types of ADD which include ADD with anxiety and depression.  The book includes questionnaires that you can answer for yourself and give to someone else who knows you well to answer about you as well.  There is information about natural supplements as well as medications that are effective for each type.  You can search the Amen Clinic’s website to find a psychiatrist in your area who is familiar with this approach to treating ADD.  We used the information in the book to diagnose our son and start him on natural supplements.  This worked well for about a year, then he hit puberty.  At that point we took him for a scan and it confirmed the diagnosis.  The doctor then added some medications to the supplements.  This worked wonders.

Posted by pawr on Jan 14, 2014 at 3:42pm

My primary care physican prescribes the medicine I take for anxiety/depression (effexor SR 150 mg).  She also wrote me a script for ADD meds, but I don’t take them right now.
I think it is important for you to take medication for depression/anxiety right away, you’ll be amazed how much better you feel. I have no side effects from them.
Then try to get the name of a good psychologist from a friend. They can help with issues caused by your ADD.
Don’t be afraid, it takes strength to seekout help, but you will be so glad that you did!

Posted by shadowpoint on Jan 14, 2014 at 4:54pm

After years of knowing that something was going on…friends, family, etc.  trying to gently let me know that I was driving them crazy, I have accepted that this is what I have.  I have taken all the on-line self-diagnosis tests out there and I score off the charts.  Fortunately, I have a great Primary Care Doctor so my next step is to go talk to him and I have made the appointment.  I am strongly opposed to medications, but I will say that it is a relief to have this web site with so much information.  I know I am not alone.  What a relief.  I am also right in the age range where pre-menopausal stuff is going on, but this is taking priority right now as I have recently lost a job I liked and may eventually lose a great relationship if I don’t do SOMETHING!  Hang in there all of you.

Posted by Turbo5150 on Jan 16, 2014 at 9:32am

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