Seeing a psychologist for ADHD treatment is a smart choice, both for parents of children as well as those who had adult ADHD. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward managing ADHD symptoms and working toward a gameplan for a successful future.
When you suspect (or have been told) that you might be dealing with ADHD, your first step is getting an accurate diagnosis. In children especially, general anxiety can come across as symptomatic
of ADHD, as can stress from school and family issues. Just because your child isn’t doing well in school, has a hard time focusing, and is hyperactive doesn’t necessarily mean they have ADHD! If your child or teen has symptoms and you turn to your pediatrician, they will likely say it’s ADHD- even though they have only spent a cursory time in mental health during their medical education. In order to avoid misdiagnosis and a lifetime of medication, it’s a much safer choice to turn to a qualified psychologist to get an accurate, thorough assessment and diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis of ADHD has been made, a treatment plan can move forward. This may include taking the diagnosis back to your PCP or pediatrician for medication, or moving forward to see a psychiatrist. Many people are able to manage ADHD through an ADHD treatment that includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and regular sessions with a therapist. A therapist or psychologist with a strong background in ADHD treatment can help develop strategies to cope with symptoms, providing a pathway to successfully focus and manage day-to-day life.
Some coping strategies include:
• Break big jobs into smaller stages, and reward yourself as you finish each one.
• Make a list of what you need to do each day. Then put these tasks in the order you
intend to do them. Cross each thing off the list as soon as you’ve done it.
• Work in a quiet area.
• Do one thing at a time.
• Take regular short breaks.
• Carry a notebook and write down things you need to remember.
• Use Post-it notes to remind yourself of things you need to do. Put them where you
will notice them, such as on your fridge or car dashboard.
• Consider using a smart phone or other electronic tools to make lists, keep track of
appointments, and schedule reminders.
•Store similar things together. For example, bills should be separate from personal
• Create a routine. Get up and go to bed at the same times each day.
• Exercise, eat a balanced diet, and try to get enough sleep.