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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!!!!!!


There really is no direct test for ADD, nothing that says 100% that you have the problem. It takes a good psychiatrist that will actually work with you and not judge you, since some of them still do not believe in it.

I went through 4 pdoc’s until i found one that would actually listen. His office is over an hour away from where I live but it is worth the trip.

I found him by searching for pediatric psychiatry with specialization in ADHD, then called them up and asked if they also treated adults. They said yes and I set up and appointment. He didn’t judge me he didn’t have pre conceived notions about ADHD, we started at the ground and worked up. I met with the doc once then a psychologist a week later two days after that he prescribed Adderall and all has been well since then. Now my appointments are every 3 months.

Posted by Murlin99 on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:23am

It’s to bad you aren’t up here near Green Bay WI. There is a wonderful Dr. up here at Aurora. I was just diagnosed and she is SUPER. She is a neuro-psycholgist or neuro-psychiatrist I can’t remember which.

Posted by missmix48 on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:38pm

I have a related problem, I was diagnosed 15 years ago with ADHD and I’m wanting to visit a new psychiatrist for treatment, but discovered the person who diagnosed me is no longer practicing. Does anyone have a guess if this would be a problem? I had her give my report to the college I attended, but discovered they no longer have it on file. (I was going to college when I was diagnosed and they only keep files about 10 years.)

Just wondering if having the actual diagnosis is that big of an issue. I’m going to discuss it with the new person, obviously, just have concerns about costs.

Posted by AronG2 on Dec 01, 2013 at 12:51am

does anyone know of any behavior psychologists for children in the Columbus,ohio area?

Posted by sweetboy on Jan 28, 2014 at 1:54am

I had my testing done at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. I had been on ADHD medication for 3 years or so before that, but I had to have what OSU considered an “official” diagnosis in order to register for disability accommodations.  The only catch is that you do need a referral.  I’m not quite sure how that works, but I would talk to your current Psychiatrist and ask if they could make a referral to a specialist who could formally diagnose you.

Posted by lns on Jan 31, 2014 at 10:29am

We have a few fantastic Neuropsychology groups in the Akron / Stow area that test children and adults. Neuropsych is very detailed in the testing and really narrowed down some specific issues my daughter is facing. If you are in this area, Neuropshycology and Neuroscience Associates on White Pond Dr. in Fairlawn is where I would start. Good Luck!

Posted by Lpatterson on Mar 15, 2014 at 6:37pm

I am a school counselor and I have ADHD.  I swear by my Neurologist.  Over the years, I have seen many different doctors and mental health professionals and was always jumping through hoops.  My Neurologist is to the point and his office is a one-stop-shop for all the testing and everything.  He writes my Rx so I don’t have to go between doctors for anything.  Being a mental health professional myself, I am a huge advocate for those in similar roles, but psychiatrists and psychologists don’t always have the same ability to service all the needs of those with ADHD like a neurologist does.  My doc has offices in Lorain, Elyria, and Avon, OH.

Posted by katieb29 on Dec 16, 2014 at 8:01pm

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