View Full Version : How important for the treatment is a Psychiatrist Specialist in ADD?

07-07-05, 02:35 PM
For a better treatment do I must have Psychiatrist Specialist in ADD or any Psychiatrist will give me the same results?

Thank you!!!!

07-07-05, 07:29 PM
Well I don't think my psychiatrist specializes in ADD because all he does is ask me questions and prescribe me medication and he charges that on my med bill as "psychotherapy."
I don't think that's psychotherapy.

07-07-05, 08:31 PM
I think it's very important, but then I'm

Seriously, a specialist will more than likley keep up with the research, as well as understand it better.

To me, the most important thing you can do is to become an informed consumer by reading and learning as much as you can.The FORUM is a great start.

The interesting thing is I saw a presntation a few years back that showed some research indicating that adults with ADHD actually UNDER REPORT their symptoms because they're used to them as everyday coping devices.

Good question and good luck to you too.:)

07-08-05, 03:40 PM
I wouldn't go to anyone else. They will know and understand ADD and how it affects you, and how everything else you're going through affects you in relation to the ADD.

07-08-05, 11:57 PM
I'm with Mctavish and jazzper. It's very important. I think a lot of docs don't know enough about ADD and the meds, coping skills and how it all affects a person's life. They know the most recent research.

The ADD psych I went to prescribed me Adderall and it's the only ADD med I've been on for over 6 years.
Maybe I got lucky. I think my ADD psych was able to compare me and the ADD traits I have, other meds I was on, what I wanted to gain by being on meds- to other patients and what med(s) worked best for them, to come to the conclusion that Adderall would work great for me.
I hope that horribly long sentence made sense . . . i'm so tired!

yes, it's important :D

07-09-05, 02:13 PM
I think it's very important that the professioal "gets ADD". Idealy it would be wonderful if he or she specialized in but we can't always find those professionals. I do think it is VERY important that he professional is educated and understands ADD. In some cases a professional who is willing to get educated and learn about ADD can also be benificial too.

07-12-05, 05:37 AM
They don't have to be a specialist although that is the best option but they should at least be knowledgable about ADD. Believe me no fun going to see someone that knows less about ADD then you do. Not to mention the time and money you'll waste with someone that doesn't know whats going on.

The scary part about going to someone not knowledgable is usually they're not gonna tell you that they aren't comfortable treating ADD. Maybe it's an ego thing who knows but it will just wind up hurting you. They'll just keep prescribing different meds and hope to get lucky with one of them.

07-12-05, 10:52 AM
A psychiatrist told my daughter that if she did have ADHD, it would have disappeared by her age. I was in the room at the time.

I sure wish I had known about this forum at the time.

09-27-05, 07:35 PM
I am currently trying to find a psychiatrist on my health insurance who specializes in ADD. I've found one through other sources but the wait is 4 months to see him. My insurance changed and I can no longer see my old psychiatrist. I thought it would be good to get a different perspective from his as well. But I can't seem to find others in the San Francisco area, where I live, and I can't afford to pay out of pocket. I know CHADD gives referals, but I'm very short of funds at the moment and would rather not pay them $35 if I don't have to do so.

Anyone know of a psychiatrist and/or a therapist in the San Francisco area that would be good to check out? Any other suggestions?

I would prefer someone with a lot of expertise in this area because I think my case may be particularly complex and I'm not responding as desired on the standard meds. Thanks.

09-27-05, 07:59 PM
Look for a community mental health center in your area.

They may be able to help you; although probably not with the waiting time, as that sounds like a "ballpark" estimate.

I wish you luck.:)

09-27-05, 08:34 PM
yeah personally i think that it is a good idea to have one but a lot of crap has happened to me

09-27-05, 08:49 PM
CHADD actually has a very active Chapter in your area. Try checking out their site

10-02-05, 12:08 PM
Well I don't think my psychiatrist specializes in ADD because all he does is ask me questions and prescribe me medication and he charges that on my med bill as "psychotherapy."
I don't think that's psychotherapy.
That may be because some ins. companies pay more for "psychotherapy" than for "medical psychotherapy"--which is what you are getting IMHO.


10-02-05, 12:12 PM
Today, psychiatrists are mostly doing 15 minute med checks.

It's among the lowest, if not the lowest, medical specialty.

I don't know how your doc bills it, but at our clinic, you have to be precise and call it what it is.

At the same time, he may consider the advice given to constitute that.

As Tara said, you really want someone who "gets it."

10-02-05, 09:30 PM
A clinical psychologist who specializes in ADHD can be valuable too. Mine did the assessment and sent the assessment and recommendation for meds to consider to my regular general physician, since he was the one writing the script for my meds.

10-02-05, 11:06 PM
This is the route I took too. I did do several sessions on stress management with my psychologist as my high stress levels is what finally drove me to seek treatment. Overall this is a more effective option for me since there are no psychiatrists who practive in the small town I live in. I have to drive 90 miles from work to get to one, and that was not reasonable when you consider how many times you have to go in. This way I can get my perscription and my doctor always knows exactly what I'm taking without worry drug interactions.
I still keep myself educated in whats going on in the ADHD world, but with a Whole family of ADHDers it's pretty essential.

william tell
10-09-05, 09:24 AM
It was the best move I have ever made .I have seen a few therepists in my life and even looked up and made a appointment with a ADD speialist when I was in my 20's ,life was very hectic ,but I forgot about the appointment
finally at 40 I found a psychiatrist whom specialized in ADD .I guess the internet really opened my eyes in terms of ADD and it's symtoms,of which I was displaying ,.
I sure wish my folks had educated themselves when I was 7 and was first diagnosed ,it's been a long road, lol ,I could have spared myself some grief :D

10-13-05, 07:53 PM
I'm glad that things have worked out for you.:)

Keeping up with the research is very time consuming.

At the same time tho, it's the ONLY way to maintain an evidenced based practice.