View Full Version : Adult ADHD Specialists in Ontario


LostInConfusion
12-07-05, 04:04 PM
Hello, i've tried calling local organizations, hospitals, and visited my doctor trying to get diagnosed.

Doctor: Didn't know what ADHD was, over 80yrs old, losing hism ind, is retiring end of the year apparently.

Organizations: Reffered me to a website to find psychiatrists, went there, got #'s to local hospitals where some of these people work. Only 2 were accepting patients from the website, and more in next section...

Hospitals: Called, they have people for Childrens ADHD, said they couldn't diagnose Adult ADHD. Asked them where I could go next? They said they didn't know, since there is apparently a 'shortage' of the type of Psychiatrist that I need to diagnose Adult ADHD.


If anyone in Southern Ontario knows of an ADHD Specialist still IN SERVICE (or someone that can diagnose and knows what they're doing), please post a reply or gimme a shout via PM.


Thank you very much,
LostInConfusion

scuro
12-07-05, 05:28 PM
Give pm me your location, I know a few Psychologists from London to Kitchener.

QueensU_girl
12-26-05, 09:45 PM
You don't say wehre you are in Southern ONtario. IT's a big place!

I see you also have your Profile _set to NOT RECEIVE emails_.

That makes it hard to help you.

Hope you come back to Forum again and update us.

Emma

CanGirl
03-22-06, 07:28 PM
Lost, I hear ya! I could have written your post! No one in my area seems to know where to go or anyone who can see me. The only 'maybe' link I got was to a psychiatrist who is not a specialist in ADD, but would gladly test me....for $1500.00!!! I don't understand why they can have docs that can test children for ADD (like my son was) and not also have them for adults?

My doctor doesn't believe in ADD in adults, in any case. Is there any way of getting tested that is covered by OHIP? Why would it not be? There is something wrong about that. :mad:

Perhaps you would have a suggestion, Emma? I see you are from my neck of the woods. I am in Leeds county.

cg

GeneviŤve
03-23-06, 10:35 PM
Hi, I was tested for ADHD last fall. I had a real ADD specialist. But I live near Montreal... My psychatrists are here in the Montreal area... Surely there must be something a bit closer. Anyhow, the psychiatrist I went to charged me something like 800$ (+ is test my patience also, because I haven't see the report to this day...) I don't know if this will have helped you or not.:o I'm just giving you the cue!

MuskokaMommy
03-24-06, 05:32 PM
http://www.drsvec.com/whatdo.php#caadh\ (http://www.drsvec.com/whatdo.php#caadh)

Just saw this advertised on tv last week. HTH.

QueensU_girl
03-24-06, 10:05 PM
A Psychiatrist won't see you to treat ADD/ADHD until you have the Psychometric testing done by an Educational or Testing Psychologist.

Where is Leeds County? Your location only says "Canada".

QueensU_girl
03-24-06, 10:07 PM
re: #6

His Assessments are 1/2 day long? Like 3-4 hrs?

Mine was 8 hours...

That does not sound like good investigation and testing.

MuskokaMommy
05-01-06, 08:53 PM
Leeds county is in the Brockville area, which isn't that far from Kingston. As the original post was in December, this is probably useless info.

CdnJulie
05-15-06, 09:04 AM
Try www.addcentre.com (http://www.addcentre.com) in Mississauga, Ontario. My oldest is scheduled for full testing in June, followed by the rest of us once he is settled. They diagnose adults and it is about neurofeedback/ EEG etc. Hope this helps!

I know there are several ADD schools and centres opening up in the Toronto to Burlington area too.

Missfit
07-11-06, 09:28 AM
I'm confused why it's cost you guys so much to get tested. My testing was all free.

Mind you finding a therapist which is actually something i am not a 100% interested in is hard - i assume because ADHD is often misunderstood.

But the only money i have paid out of my own pocket is the 10% prescription costs that my health plan doesn't cover .

Could it be because i saw a neropsychirtrist? (sp)

QueensU_girl
07-17-06, 07:32 PM
So you had all those written tests, games, cards, word lists, computerized keyboard/screen tests for free?

Missfit
07-18-06, 11:00 AM
So you had all those written tests, games, cards, word lists, computerized keyboard/screen tests for free?
Nothing came out of my pocket..what might be different in my case.. is that i have records from childhood.. i was diagnoised as a child and it was done at a hospital.

Everything was still on file.

bodhi93
08-16-06, 11:16 PM
I went to a psychiatrist in London and the appointment and diagnosis were covered by OHIP... what wasn't covered was the computer tests which cost $475.

QueensU_girl
08-28-06, 09:29 PM
$475 is cheap.

Some charge $800. Mine was $1200.

LostInConfusion
01-20-07, 06:32 PM
Not sure if any of you folk are still frequenting this forum...

I gave up hope in my search quite some time ago, but sadly things have still not changed.

Even if I could find a Psychologist, I don't have a vehicle or anyone to drive me, and I couldn't even afford $100 for a test either way.

Kitchener, Ontario BTW

QueensU_girl
01-20-07, 09:27 PM
If you qualify for OSAP, you can get free testing via the BSWD.

I can only get you on the road to free testing if you are doing post-secondary. (Even upgrading; no need for having an OSSD.)

LostInConfusion
01-21-07, 05:00 PM
Thanks for the reply QueensU_girl.

Sadly, the OSAP thing is never going to happen. I am not pursuing post-secondary, at least not in Canada, and never will.

Meh, I've been living with this 'disorder' for most of if not all of my life and I've made it through alive so far... so peraps one day I will manage to get medicated, but for now I've just gotta keep truckin' on however I can...

Best Wishes,
LostInConfusion

QueensU_girl
01-21-07, 06:01 PM
I don't know how to get you to an ADHD doctor (psychiatrist) or psychologist. You say you have no car and noone to drive you. How do you normally get to the Doctor?



Do you have ANY PAPERWORK? Was ADHD mentioned by the school when you were a kid? (eg in your OSR)

You could phone the University of Waterloo's (eg Kitchener Waterloo) Student Health and ask who they send their students to for ADHD Assessment.

Most Adult ADHD Psychiatrists i have heard of work with Univ/College students.

LostInConfusion
02-06-07, 06:14 PM
You say you have no car and noone to drive you. How do you normally get to the Doctor?
hehehe, I don't normally get to a doctor ;) My doctor retired over a year ago, I have yet to find a new one. But then, I took the bus. I actually went to him and he was so old that he didn't know what ADHD was. Tried Urgent Care after that too and they were of no use.

As for paperwork, nah I don't have anything like that \ ADHD related. (I'm pretty sure at least)

No worries though, once again I appreciate you trying to help :)

My only solution is to do my best to channel my ADHD disadvantages into beneficial advantages (somehow :P) for the time being so that I can make some money, get a car, then travel around and get diagnosed + meds finally.

Cheers,
LostInConfusion

QueensU_girl
02-06-07, 09:48 PM
You may be able to get Wellbutrin or Effexor more easily than the ADHD Stimulants.

Both are prescribed for ADHD.

I think Strattera is pretty easy to get, too.

Grade A
03-01-07, 10:37 AM
$475 is cheap.

Some charge $800. Mine was $1200.
I have an appointment next week. It is costing me $1800 for testing.:eek:

But fortunately, my work benefits covers $2000 a year in Physc services. I was referred to www.toronto-ps.com (http://www.toronto-ps.com) by my counselor. If anyone else knows of cheaper ones in the west Toronto/Mississauga area please let me know.

Thanks!:)

amythyst
03-08-07, 06:34 PM
You're covered for $2000 a year? Are you hiring? haha! I only get $300 a year for psych services, and if you're counting that's um, two sessions. If I choose to get a formal assessment it will cost me $1000-$1500. I'm in Alberta so the system is a bit different here. I will also be looking into different fudning options but haven't got around to it yet.

Finding help was actually pretty easy for me, once I decided to do it. I started by calling the Calgary Learning Centre and they did a screening and would have done all of the assessment and counselling for me if I wanted to wait 8 months to a year. I didn't want to wait so they referred me to a very competent psychologist and a psychiatrist.

The Calgary Learning Centre is it's own organization but it is affiliated with the Calgary Board of Education and is housed in one of their schools. They deal with all sorts of learning issues with mainly children but can be a great help to adults as well. It is definitely worth checking out your local school board to see if they have similar organizations. Even if they don't have a large program, they may be able to point you in the right direction.

QueensU_girl
03-08-07, 06:45 PM
N.B. Don't always go for cheaper. Cheaper can be poorer quality Assessment. Poorly done Assessment Reports are useless for helping you.

Chris G
05-31-07, 11:43 PM
If you qualify for OSAP, you can get free testing via the BSWD.

I can only get you on the road to free testing if you are doing post-secondary. (Even upgrading; no need for having an OSSD.)
I'm not sure if I qualify for OSAP, but I am doing a post secondary degree right now at the University of Western Ontario (Which due to my ADD i'm not sure I'll finish). How does this work?

Chris

QueensU_girl
06-11-07, 01:34 AM
Have you had LD/ADHD testing Done?

If no, and you need it, there is funding. (Based on need...)

E.G. If you need OSAP to pay for school costs (e.g. your parents or you are 'not rich' and/or you are not able to afford testing), then BSWD (Bursary for Students with Disabilities) will also pay for your testing.

BUT, you do have to go register with Special Needs at UWO to get BSWD Testing funding application done. The Special Needs office needs to sign the BSWD Bursary forms.

Go to your Campus Special Needs/Disabilities Office to sign up as a special needs student.

QueensU_girl
06-11-07, 01:35 AM
re: #22

Cheapest I have heard of is $800. (PSycho Educational testing)

Most expensive i have heard of is $3500+ (Psycho Vocational Testing).

In the GTA, JVS can help you with accessing testing and funding (or give one sliding scale fees).

Chris G
06-12-07, 01:57 PM
Have you had LD/ADHD testing Done?

If no, and you need it, there is funding. (Based on need...)

E.G. If you need OSAP to pay for school costs (e.g. your parents or you are 'not rich' and/or you are not able to afford testing), then BSWD (Bursary for Students with Disabilities) will also pay for your testing.

BUT, you do have to go register with Special Needs at UWO to get BSWD Testing funding application done. The Special Needs office needs to sign the BSWD Bursary forms.

Go to your Campus Special Needs/Disabilities Office to sign up as a special needs student.Thanks, I've got an apointment today with UWO's Sevices for Students with Disabilities. They do an initial assessment to see if you can then be referred to be formally tested. I'll let you know how it goes...

Chris

Daveg
11-02-07, 03:20 AM
$800 psychoeducational assessment in Ontario, where?

QueensU_girl
11-10-07, 01:26 AM
That is the lowest quote I have read on here. Mine was $1200 (8 hours of testing).

Testing is about $125/hr, it seems.

Here in Toronto, JVS and OISE (i think), do testing.

Azxster
05-14-08, 05:45 PM
What is the testing for?

I just saw Dr. Feldman, a psychiatrist in mid/downtown Toronto who specializes in adult ADHD, and he assessed that I have ADHD. OHIP covered the consultation and my dad's drug plan covered the medication (140 for 42 10mg tablets!). You need a referral from a MD, and the wait is about a month. His office is just above the St. Claire E TTC subway station. Even though I drive, I will take the subway next time. My car alarm kept going off and the pager remote was annoying us.

add_girl
09-21-10, 02:33 PM
Hi, I just found this forum today. It was really heartbreaking when I finally realized what was wrong with me over the past 33 years of my life, and why my life turned out the way it did.

I'm wondering which is the best place in Toronto for Adult ADHD assessments right now? I live in Markham but have a car. In addition to the best/most accurate/thorough assessment, I would like to have my appointment soon and preferably not have to pay out of pocket $1000-$2000.

I've tried calling these places
http://www.adrn.org/html/adult_adhd.html <-- Toronto ADHD Clinic & Dr. Stephen Sibalis & The Bilkey Clinic I'm waiting for a call back from, Dr. Isaac Szpindel couldn't get a hold of .. no answering machine either, Dr. Mary Katherine MacLean not taking new patients

Dr. Mayer Hoffer <-- seems to be the guy to go to for a quick assessment, he hung up on me when i called
223 Street Clair Street West
Toronto, ON M4V 1R3
(416) 967-1890

http://www.addcentre.com <--- their earliest appointment for diagnosis is in December

http://www.aceclinics.com <-- closed until October 4

Hospital For Sick Children, Neuropsychiatry <-- left a message
HSC Adolescent ADHD Clinic Intake Min-Na Hockenberry 416-813-7470

Woodbine Psychologist Centre <-- $190/hr, $1000-$2000 depending on whether full report is needed
near Hwy7/Woodbine
416-628-6039

Markham Psychologist <-- left a message
9889 Hwy48
near Markham Rd/Major Mackenzie
905-472-9658

add_girl
09-21-10, 06:01 PM
Seems I can't edit my post above or delete this message.

Revisions to my above post ...

Dr. William Taylor <-- away Sept 14-Sept 22

Dr. Karen Ghelani
Markham Psychologist <-- $160/hr, probably 3 hours for me, doesn't seem to do ADHD
9889 Hwy48
near Markham Rd/Major Mackenzie
905-472-9658 x203

Shoniker Clinic Centenniary Hospital <-- they don't do ADHD

BraveOne
07-12-11, 10:18 PM
I actually got treated at the ACE clinics in Toronto (www.aceclinics.com (http://www.aceclinics.com)) and found their program extremely effective. I successfuly completed the ADHD rogram and I am now doing their peak performance program. They do neurofeedback together with neuro-cognitive training. This apparantly seem to be a lot more effective compared to neurofeedback only.
I found their assessment process reasonable ($295) which attracted me in the first place and their treatment programs was significantly cheaper compared to any neurofeedback clinic. This at least was the case 6 months ago.

I noticed some mentioning of the clinic closed till october??? I dont think so - they are very opened regularly.
I hope this help.

Temoigneur
09-14-11, 05:00 PM
Hi everyone, thanks for all the great information! Iím a thirty three year old guy who was diagnosed with ADD at 26. Iíve gone back to finish my undergrad, and am having a really hard time finding a way to get a learning assessment for ADHD covered. The problem is that I moved here from Calgary last September to start university here in Toronto, and as such, received student funding from Alberta.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
This meant that I didnít qualify for an OSAP loan last year, and therefore couldnít get the learning assessment covered on the sliding scale fee. I would have had to pay 1800 to 2200, which I didnít have. <o:p></o:p>
The medical treatment I received for my ADHD was not enough to allow me to do well in school, and I had to defer three of my exams. This semester, Iím not in school, as I still havenít managed to get into a specialist, and still only receive enough medication from my doctor to give me coverage for about 7 to 8 hours a day. <o:p></o:p>
So itís a catch-22 situation I face now. I canít get the learning assessment covered unless Iím in school, but I canít go to school until Iíve had an assessment of some sort that would allow me to get appropriate treatment for my ADHD from a psychiatrist. <o:p></o:p>
When I explained the situation to my new learning disability counsellor at my school, she told me that she was in charge of the initial portion of the learning assessments. She is having me fill out the Queens Learning Assessment package, and is putting the through the intial portion. I can pick up from there when Iím able to pay for the psychological testing which makes up the second part. <o:p></o:p>
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Endeav
01-26-12, 08:37 AM
I am being treated by Dr. Martin Levin, information here:

http://www.canpages.ca/page/ON/richmond-hill/levin-martin-dr/3718667.html

He specializes in teens and young adults, I was referred through my school (York University) after being diagnosed with ADHD. His age limit on new patients is 26. I had about a 1.5 month wait until I saw him the first time, which wasn't too bad considering how long others have waited. Give him a try if someone is looking for a specialist and are in that age range.

ConcertaParent
01-26-12, 09:08 PM
Has anybody seen Dr. Kenny Handelman (http://www.drhandelman.com/) in Oakville? I saw him in a CADDAC video (http://www.caddac.ca/cms/video/player.html). He seems to have a lot of optional fees.

DiagnosedOver50
01-27-12, 05:49 PM
When I lived in Toronto I was being seen by Dr. Lancy Levy, 416-489-0180, who specializes in ADHD and obesity. At that time I had only been diagnosed with OCD. He referred me to John Flemming, psychologist, who diagnosed me with ADHD (non-OHIP cost= $450.00). Dr. Levy is a good psychiatrist, has no nonsense methods, is supportive but, understandably, expects one to put in the required effort. His specialty is in weight loss, though.

I now live in London, Ontario. I was seeing a very good psychologist but cannot afford the fees. I am looking for a psychiatrist (covered by OHIP) who specializes in adult ADHD for those who have been diagnosed later in life. I was diagnosed at age 52 and it has been, and still is, a struggle. I have yet to attend the local OCD/ADHD group meetings to find a psychiatrist. My family physician (still in Toronto) will provide me with a referral if I can provide the name of a psychiatrist.

DOES ANYBODY KNOW OF A PSYCHIATRIST IN LONDON WHO SPECIALIZES IN ADHD FOR ADULTS OVER 50?????

Please post any information you may have with respect to my desperate request.
Thank you for the assistance.

LondonCA
04-06-12, 01:50 PM
I just noticed this post, so sorry for the late (and now probably useless) reply. Dr. Laurence Jerome is a psychiatrist in London that specializes in ADHD. He recently assessed me and I am 50.

TimmyJohn
05-04-12, 07:10 PM
I just noticed this post, so sorry for the late (and now probably useless) reply. Dr. Laurence Jerome is a psychiatrist in London that specializes in ADHD. He recently assessed me and I am 50.

Hi. Was Dr. Laurence Jerome any good? I've read some nasty reviews online...

ConcertaParent
07-01-12, 01:23 AM
How many neurofeedback EEG sessions did you have? Were the neuro-cognitive programs called SharperBrain that cost $1,150 - $4,500? How much total can I expect to spend? I'm considering neurofeedback for my ADHD child at The ADD Centre and the total cost would be around $6K for 40 sessions.

I actually got treated at the ACE clinics in Toronto (www.aceclinics.com (http://www.aceclinics.com)) and found their program extremely effective. I successfuly completed the ADHD rogram and I am now doing their peak performance program. They do neurofeedback together with neuro-cognitive training. This apparantly seem to be a lot more effective compared to neurofeedback only.
I found their assessment process reasonable ($295) which attracted me in the first place and their treatment programs was significantly cheaper compared to any neurofeedback clinic. This at least was the case 6 months ago.

magico
05-30-14, 11:50 AM
How many neurofeedback EEG sessions did you have? Were the neuro-cognitive programs called SharperBrain that cost $1,150 - $4,500? How much total can I expect to spend? I'm considering neurofeedback for my ADHD child at The ADD Centre and the total cost would be around $6K for 40 sessions.fficeoffice" /><O:p></O:p>
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Just came across this forum. Not sure if you went to ACE clinic? We went to ACE clinic for one year. In our experience, the neurofeedback EEG sessions were not as many compare to other places that rely on neurofeedback specifically. We had a once a month appointments and not every time neurofeedback was used. Our son was 8 years old when we started at ACE. I had no idea what neurofeedback was at that time. I guess we were desperate to avoid medication and jumped in with no research of our own. After a few months using the boring Sharper Brian and Sharper memory programs we started doubting and started to read more about what Bob Gottfried (the only individual working there) was using. That's when we started to demand more neurofeedback session in every appointment. Our son always felt calm after the neurofeedback sessions. There are clinics that will administer neurofeedback on a weekly basis for a 40 week period which we may consider in the future.

We found an online site (attengo.com) that had the same Sharper Brain and Sharper memory programs licensed to them by Mr. Gottfried. It is 100 times cheaper. When we brought it up in our meeting Mr. Gottfried denied that it works the same. We did sign up for it and it was slightly different, Iíd say more interesting than his outdated desktop programs. Apparently the team at Attengo made it more interesting to sell more subscriptions. Later we found Lumosity site which is even more interesting and actually it has worked at least on me (dad). (I and my wife have been trying all meds and training programs ourself first or in the same time to see what it does. I know everyone's reaction is different to medication and all but just curious anyway).
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Just to mention in our quest for alternative solutions we have been working with naturopathic doctors and we found some of the medication specifically HMF neuro powder worked very well for us. As per their advise and our trial and error, we try to avoid the following food (beef and its by products, All diary specially cow diary, wheat and corn. The worst has been food colors and preservatives. It's so hard finding any pure processed food. So the easiest way is to avoid them all. We try to cook at home most of the time. This must be the reason our son reacted very well to very low dosage of Concerta, which he took every other day.<O:p></O:p><O:p</O:p