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Why is it so hard to find someone and get tested for ADD/ADHD????


I have never been so frustrated in my life. I believe and so does my therapist believes that I have ADD/ADHD. So I saw a new psychiatrist that I absolutely love and she referred me to get testing done for ADD/ADHD so I waited a week and called and they said I needed to set up the appointment. So I called and so I will hopefully get a call very soon to get a scheduled appointment. I don’t understand because this new psychiatrist who I am seeing doesn’t test for ADD/ADHD. Why is that??? Don’t and can’t all psychiatrists test for ADD/ADHD?????? Maybe I am back to square one and finding a new psychiatrist who can test for ADD/ADHD. I am so frustrated and upset. I want to move on and get somewhere with getting tested for ADD/ADHD I have been waiting for a very long time to find out if I am. I know I have depression and anxiety. Help!!!!!!

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Be patient. Not all therapists are up on adult add. They tend to be few and far between as this is still a newer problem getting addressed. I went to my primary care doctor and got tested and it wasn’t but five minutes with him that he knew I had it. But try and be patient with them as it is still a young diagnosis for a lot of doctors and the mess for it are highly dangerous and very controlled by government regulations. I encourage you to maybe ask your primary doctor to help in finding someone.

Posted by Scootter316 on Nov 27, 2013 at 8:53pm

I understand the frustration. But just know, to do it right and get the right help, it may take a bit of time. Trust me, its hard to be patient, but this is the time to get that kind of muscle working.
You don’t want every psychiatrist to test for ADHD! You want ones that live and breath it. Be fortunate to get what sounds like a good referral to a ADHD expert. That is so important. There are Doctors and Clinicians that make a mockery of this disorder. 

What are you going to do if you are told you have ADHD? While your waiting, clear your calendar and make yourself an expert. In the process of learning about, medications, treatments, and strategies, there are going to be three different answers to every question you have. YOU have to do the work of learning all that you can. Best two advices I ever received when I started to learn and be a student of ADHD was ....
First from Dr. Ned Hallowell. Don’t give up on anything till you are satisfied and it makes sense to you. That means with anything and everything that has to do with ADHD.
Secondly from Dr. Russell Barkley. Truth is an assembled thing. Like I said earlier, you will have to go out and study and learn your butt off. Your Doctor, your pharmacist, all the books, videos, webinars… you name it…. everyone will have a different story, different facts, different ideas and so on. 
Start now, put your head down and go to work.

It won’t be like “Get diagnosed, take a pill and everything is all better”. 

Your going to have to commit to the long haul if you want your life to get better.Your efforts will pay off.
Oh and one more thing.
You are already telling yourself you have depression and anxiety.  Well start telling yourself you are going to get better. See ADHD for what it is….. but don’t see it worse than it is.

Posted by Ready2feelbetter on Nov 28, 2013 at 2:21am

Doctors will normally treat the anxiety first then the depression and after a few months if your blood pressure is fine they might give you meds for your add/adhd.  Try and find natural relief as I have done, because in the long run you’ll end up going off of the meds or your doctor will take you off them and then you’ll go through horrible withdrawal side effects from the medications.  Read as much as possible about adhd and medications, vitamins, minerals, protein, go gluten free, low sugar, little meat or none. This will all help you much more than addicting medications. Good Luck

Posted by BexIssues on Nov 28, 2013 at 5:18pm

How do doctors test for ADHD??  My first try, my General Dr. just gave me some pills to “try” for 2 weeks.  My heart rate stepped up, my anxiety went through the roof.  I am getting more desperate, but afraid of the meds.

Posted by barbhalfmann on Dec 01, 2013 at 8:39pm

Hi barbhalfmann,

Here’s an article over on ADDitudeMag.com that explains how to get a diagnosis: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6168.html. Trying ADHD medication as a means of diagnosis is frowned upon by most professionals in the field of ADHD. You need to visit a behavioral health practice, a psych likely, to get a proper evaluation for ADHD.

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

Posted by adhdmomma on Dec 02, 2013 at 1:42pm

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