ADHD Diagnosis: When to See a New Doctor

During the initial interview, a prospective patient is asked about how they received their ADHD diagnosis (if one was already given), what medications they used, and how it affected them (or lack thereof). This helps me to decide which new therapies to pursue. Their experiences have also helped me recognise a few “warning signs” that mean it’s time to seek support for ADHD from a new doctor, therapist, or health care specialist. Here are a few examples. view the site¬†for more details.

Only one remedy is advocated.

Consider finding treatment elsewhere if your doctor suggests that the only way to treat ADHD is with medications, or if the only informational resources he offers you are drug company brochures or prescription pamphlets. Also, if the doctor says that behavioural therapy, a team approach, or a holistic approach aren’t appropriate for your child’s recovery, leave the office. Also, be careful of physicians who only recommend one medication without considering any possibilities.

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This is when a doctor just speaks to you and ignores the real patient, the kid. A doctor can’t help a child recover from a neurologic disorder until they know what’s going on in his or her brain, which they can only learn by allowing the child to talk.

Doesn’t believe in the presence of ADHD

Your child won’t get the support he or she needs if his ADHD symptoms are dismissed as “growing pains” or signs of inadequate control, stubbornness, or laziness by a doctor, therapist, or counsellor.

The diagnosis is made just too soon.

Be cautious of doctors who don’t take the time to figure out what’s causing your child’s symptoms, particularly if you’re beginning a new therapy or medication. Many health problems resemble ADHD, including dietary deficiency, sensory integration disorder, and anxiety, and many of them cannot be treated with medication. As a consequence, diagnosing ADHD is a time-consuming procedure that should require multiple steps and tests; only by determining the cause of the symptoms will a medication be successful.