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How CAN a Psychologist help an ADHD? A recent one confused me.

Hi all,
  My 5 year old son was diagnosed with adhd, and is extremely active in school. When I wanted an old therapist to see him (who saw him twice last year before to evaluate), she kept insisting that she couldn’t help him because she isn’t AT his school with him to help him cope with the sensory overload and stimulation. Everything he learns in her office will not benefit in another environment.  I understand that, but now I wonder if she is dismissing ANYONE to help him.
  I told her I didn’t want to try medication, at least not anytime soon. She told me if that was the case, he will always be overstimulated at his school and I would have to homeschool him. That worries me, because I agree with her, but she also made me more confused because if she can’t help him by “not being in the environment with him” then who can?

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A psychologist can definitely help ADHD. The key is the psychologist must be knowledgeable and have experience with ADHD. It’s very difficult to find as I discovered a couple of years ago when I was looking for one in Texas myself. I got her name on this site from someone who used her and she is wonderful. Unfortunately she moved recently and now the sessions are online but the sessions are just as good. I think you didn’t get the ideal ADHD psychologist for your son with this one but there is one that can help out there and it’s a important part of treating ADHD so don’t give up. Your son is blessed to have a parent like you and to have the diagnosis at an early age. I am 37, diagnosed a few years ago and undiagnosed ADHD had an impact on mine and my daughters life, cannot get those years back but your son has an advantage and a bright future ahead. Hang in their and keep looking until you find what you are looking for, it’s out there.

Posted by Awink32276 on Nov 21, 2013 at 7:11pm

An occupational therapist can help with the sensory issues and over-stimulation. Look for a pediatric OT in your area and set up an appointment for an evaluation.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 21, 2013 at 7:53pm

She may have meant that there is no psychological treatment for AD/HD itself because it is not a psychological problem - it is a neuro-chemical problem.  But there is still a lot a good psychologist can do to help.  Most people with AD/HD also have psychological problems with things like anxiety and depressive disorders and those can definitely be treated using psychotherapy options.  For kids, they can also be very helpful teaching coping skills.  That includes stuff like how to deal with anxiety attacks at school, but also more practical strategies for everything to not forgetting homework assignments to coping with abuse and bullying,

Posted by Cedar on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:15pm

Hello,

There is also a clinic for ADHD in Plano Dallas, called Brainbalance.com .  I have tried it yet for my son but I will contact them next week.  They treat the child by teaching the skills that he lacks but first they evaluate his brain disabilities.
You can go on the web site to have the clinic nearest to your location.  http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/our-program/.
There is also Amen clinic in several states.  They do extensive testing as well to know the precise medication the child or adult needs. They let you exactly how the brain works and what are the undeveloped parts of the brain.
http://www.amenclinics.com/clinic/atlanta
Fraise.

Posted by fraise on Mar 02, 2014 at 7:30am

My 5 year old and 7 year old boys both have ADHD.  The 7 year old started on stimulant meds 2 weeks before he started kindergarten as he was very disruptive in preschool and was very, very hyper.  Meds made a huge difference for him.  He is extremely bright (actually gifted) but due to being so distracted, hyper, and impulsive, he could not get his work done and was a problem in class.  We have tweaked the medications several times in the last year and a half but currently he is doing very well in the first grade on the Adderall that he takes.

My younger son just started on Adderall as well as he was diagnosed after starting kindergarten.  He did not start on the stimulant medications right away as he was not as disruptive in class and we wanted to try non-stimulant and vitamin options first.  His teacher says Adderall has a made a huge difference in his ability to focus and complete his work.  He is actually completing work in class as before he would sit there and do nothing but play.  I give both boys ADHD vitamins as well (Vayarin, DHA/EPA) which I believe helps and may reduce the dosage amount of stimulant medication that is needed.  We have not tried behavioral therapy but I do use a reward system at home to reinforce desired behavior and the completion of chores.  I hope my story helps you if you are ever on the fence about the effectiveness of medication.

Posted by ADHD mom of two on Apr 15, 2014 at 6:00pm

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