View Full Version : Specialist in Victoria, BC?


Junho
11-19-07, 07:03 AM
Hello everyone,

Can anyone reccomend any specialist here in Victoria?
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance everyone!

Luthien
12-02-07, 04:49 AM
Hi Junho,

I went through the same thing. I'm from Victoria too and it took me months to find a good specialist for diagnosis and treament. I was first set off the path to try and see Dr Gabor Mate in Vancouver, but he does not seem to be seeing ADD patients anymore. Then my GP referred me to a psychiatrist that at first seemed OK, but turned out to have an almost religious aversion towards stimulant medication and therefore made me try Strattera which only made me much worse. When it turned out not to work after seven weeks, she wanted me to try out Efexor. I don't have co-existing depression so that does not seem to be a first choice med, but she was adamant I try it. Besides that, she can at times be quite patronising and rude.
And I am not the only one that had that experience, I have heard others, among which another medical specialist, saying that "not everyone gets along with her". I then decided to leave her, and I am happy I did.
I am not sure whether I should write down her name here, but feel free to PM me.

I then met another ADD woman here because I am also trying to set up an ADD peer support group. She was really enthusiastic about her psychiatrist and recommended him. I have been seeing him now for some time and I think he is absolutely great. He seems very interested in, and knowledgeable about ADD. And what I also find very important: he's a witty, informal and kind guy. I totally recommend him.

I asked him whether he'd be OK if I gave his name to Pete Quily to put on his list, and he said yes to that, so I figure I can write it down here as well.

Dr. Patrick Lydon
Psychiatrist
404 - 1120 Yates Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3M9
Phone: (250) 480-5100

Junho
12-03-07, 03:19 AM
Thanks for the great reply Luthien.

I'll give him a call as soon as my exams are over. And let me know about this peer support group.

Jitterbug
10-16-08, 10:53 PM
Re: Jason - Victoria, BC
<hr style="color: rgb(209, 209, 225); background-color: rgb(209, 209, 225);" size="1"> <!-- / icon and title --> Hi Luthien,

I've been researching on adhd for a class project and strongly suspect my daughter and I have add/adhd...what a strange way to come to know this. I'm new to to this site and don't know what "pm" means but would like to know the name of the doctor you had a bad time with since I will be going down this road myself. Thanks.

Jitterbug


Hi Junho,

I went through the same thing. I'm from Victoria too and it took me months to find a good specialist for diagnosis and treament. I was first set off the path to try and see Dr Gabor Mate in Vancouver, but he does not seem to be seeing ADD patients anymore. Then my GP referred me to a psychiatrist that at first seemed OK, but turned out to have an almost religious aversion towards stimulant medication and therefore made me try Strattera which only made me much worse. When it turned out not to work after seven weeks, she wanted me to try out Efexor. I don't have co-existing depression so that does not seem to be a first choice med, but she was adamant I try it. Besides that, she can at times be quite patronising and rude.
And I am not the only one that had that experience, I have heard others, among which another medical specialist, saying that "not everyone gets along with her". I then decided to leave her, and I am happy I did.
I am not sure whether I should write down her name here, but feel free to PM me.

I then met another ADD woman here because I am also trying to set up an ADD peer support group. She was really enthusiastic about her psychiatrist and recommended him. I have been seeing him now for some time and I think he is absolutely great. He seems very interested in, and knowledgeable about ADD. And what I also find very important: he's a witty, informal and kind guy. I totally recommend him.

I asked him whether he'd be OK if I gave his name to Pete Quily to put on his list, and he said yes to that, so I figure I can write it down here as well.

Dr. Patrick Lydon
Psychiatrist
404 - 1120 Yates Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3M9
Phone: (250) 480-5100

Pallet40
10-23-08, 11:47 PM
As far as I am aware, they are to date, no specialists in ADHD on Vancouver Island and no support groups (though I am preparing to start one). This is pretty much a fact. One doctor who is very good and a specialist is Anthony Ocana in Vancouver at the Continuum Medical Care centre

ADDCoach4u
12-09-08, 03:40 AM
let me know if you start one Pallet40, I'll list it on the BC section of my list of Canadian ADHD support groups which will help get the word out about it.

Also I've got 5 pages on info on how to start an ADHD support group here
{http://www.addcoach4u.com/support/howtostartasupportgro.html}

if you want any tips.

gnube
12-30-08, 12:17 PM
How close are you to starting one?
I for one, would be interested.

elemental
02-04-09, 04:51 PM
Hey all, what a great site - I am in Victoria, BC and hoping to meet up with others with ADD / ADHD. 1 on 1 or in a group, just for a coffee to discuss experiences, etc would be nice if we can't organize a meetup group in the meantime.

Feel free to PM me, I would love to hear from fellow Islanders!

Kay.
07-30-10, 12:37 PM
Hey all,
Anyone still interested in forming a group, or meeting in Victoria?
Let me know!

new guy
08-15-10, 01:01 AM
Hi

Thanks for the great info. Luthien a friend of mine up here on the North End of the Island was seeing Dr Lydon when she was living in Vic and nothing but good things to say about him.

As for DR Gabor Mate I have just read his book Scattered Mind and I found it really cleared up a lot of questions for me. If you have not read it I would suggest it as a book to pick up. He has 3 or four books out now not all on ADD/ADHD, but he is still in Vancouver but is working on the lower east side as a Doctor there.

Also please let me know when you guys are getting together as I will try and make it down to Vic for it. There is no support up here in Port McNeill/Port Hardy, I know that my Doctor is doing his best and is also learning about, and treating ADD as the same time I do.
Austin

Luthien
09-07-10, 11:28 AM
hi - by way of update (though awfully late, I know! :eek: ) - I don't live in Vic anymore, nor on Vancouver Island, nor indeed in Canada. I moved (back) to Europe about two years ago. Somehow being diagnosed had me re-evaluate my priorities and eventually I decided that it was the better thing to do to go back.

I do miss Canada at times, though. But I still think that it is a good decision.

PS - thinking about Dr Lydon - I did send him a card some time after I'd gone back and you know what .. he even sent one back! Now that is "being involved with your patients" :)

Positiveprefere
01-28-13, 02:40 AM
Hello all,
I have read this post before and told myself I would reply one day.
I decided today was the day.
It is time Victoria BC had a support group for people dealing with ADHD in
Victoria.
It is important to me that this is started. If anyone is interested


Ps, I hope all worked out for you in Europe luthiren .

mildadhd
01-28-13, 03:18 PM
Hello all,
I have read this post before and told myself I would reply one day.
I decided today was the day.
It is time Victoria BC had a support group for people dealing with ADHD in
Victoria.
It is important to me that this is started. If anyone is interested


Ps, I hope all worked out for you in Europe luthiren .

Hi I live in Vancouver,

Pete Quily (ADD Coach) runs a free (by donation) Adult ADD support group first Tuesday of every month.

in Vancouver.

Although he is Vancouver,

his site might very a helpful guide in helping you start your own local group.



I actually got this ADDF website from his website,( few years ago)

http://www.addcoach4u.com/adhd-coaching/adultaddcoaching.html


I went once in a few years. :cool:

but plan on going every month. :D

(by the time I get home from my construction jobs,

going somewhere is the last thing I want to do.)

The one session I did go to was great.

Although I found that it was better for beginners.

Who where learning about ADD for the first time.


I always wanted to get together with people with ADD more,

but think Saturday evenings are much better for me.

I would like to keep up with other ADD groups in BC.

Private Message me if you are interested in discussing things farther.


The time I met Pete Quily,

what I found most encouraging was that he was obviously ADD,

in my opinion.

And the fact that he was able to put on the group meeting,

was really encouraging to me.

A great example.

Like at different members at ADDF,

Pete Quily and I had slightly different approaches.

(more positive approach now that I come to think of it)(in regards to your profile name)

(I find focusing on the dark side as well as the bright side approach better, but to each there own)

But his example was much appreciated.

He does know a lot and is a great ADD advocate in our community.


I heard from a person (online)who had great success with Dr.Ocean (Adult ADD Clinic in Vancouver)

but I can't say for sure.

Let me know what happens,

I would like to get more involved as well.

Am willing to help.

Dr.Mates books have been my guide.

But it has taken me years to get a good understanding,

and still need to review his books for reference daily.

And still have lots to learn.



Side Note: It was really funny,

At the meeting I went to,

there would be silence,

then everyone would talk at the same time,

then there would be silence.

The fact that everyone had something in common ,

even though they didn't have a good understanding,

has got to say something about the reality that ADD is very real.


Mate is very busy but does reply to questions,

Checking out his website is very recommended,

Read the Frequently asked question section,

before asking him directly any questions.

If the question is not in the FAQ he might reply.


.

LeasyLoo88
03-01-16, 03:15 PM
As far as I am aware, they are to date, no specialists in ADHD on Vancouver Island and no support groups (though I am preparing to start one). This is pretty much a fact. One doctor who is very good and a specialist is Anthony Ocana in Vancouver at the Continuum Medical Care centre


I was diagnosed by Dr. Ocana when I lived in Vancouver. If what you need is a diagnosis to move forward, then you can see him, he is knowledgeable and will give a diagnosis either way (though it took 3-4 visits before the diagnosis came.)
However, Dr. Ocana was no treat to deal with. He was condescending and rude, did not answer a question honestly which almost cost me my job (the question was, can I take this medication while at work? Instead of admitting that he didn't know the rules for my workplace and referring me to a Transport Canada doctor, he said it was fine, and I nearly lost my job because of that. he is also an addictions specialist as well as an ADHD specialist, and as such will not prescribe any of the drugs on the provincial formulary, (higher potential for abuse) so if you're relying on a plan (fair pharmacare, or private insurance) that will only reimburse for drugs on the provincial formulary, it's a tough go. None of the drugs that he prescribed for me worked, and I couldn't afford them anyways, so I went back to my family Dr. and after some trial and error found that aderall works for me.

I'd love to have a group here in Victoria, if there is one/ going to be one, let me know!