View Full Version : Need Experienced Adult ADHD specialist - Eastside of Seattle


Eastsider88
08-05-10, 09:06 PM
Hi there,

I would really appreciate if someone can recommend an experienced specialist in Adult ADHD located in the eastside of Seattle (Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah)

Please also recommend a place to get tested.

Btw, when would you see a Psychologist vs. a Psychiatrist vs. a Nurse Practitioner vs. Other types of therapists/councilers on ADHD? I've seen several listed an am not sure.

Appreciate recommendations! Thanks

Deanster
08-08-10, 01:57 PM
ADD Center in Bellevue. Dr. Pomeroy is very highly recommended. Both my Psychologist and I are located in Seattle, and he recommended Dr. Pomeroy over anyone else in the area, despite the hassle of getting across the bridge. I've only been seeing him for a short time, but both he and his staff have been very supportive and eager to suggest, test and modify approaches to find functional solutions

Hope this helps!

Eastsider88
08-08-10, 02:09 PM
Thanks! I will definitely check that out.

Btw, what happens if the conclusion is that meds are required. Does one just see a MD/Psychiatrist then while continuing seeing the Psychologist?

OnlyMe
08-08-10, 04:16 PM
For my kids, once the psychologist told their GP they had ADHD, then my GP prescribed the medication for them. Not all GPs are willing to do the paperwork hassle, so you might need to find a prescribing psychologist. Worth asking the GP first though.

Eastsider88
08-08-10, 06:35 PM
Thanks. I'm a bit apprehensive about taking medication but will do it if it's recommended it'll help. Note: I'm 34 years old and have being tested before but I believe I've had the symptoms my entire life.

I'm a little nervous yet excited that any treatment might finally enable me to do accomplish certain things that have always being difficult for me.

I still need to testing to confirm it but i'm fairly confident i have Inattentive ADHD.

I guess I'm wondering if the medication would do any good for this.

Thanks

Gina
08-11-10, 02:18 AM
My two cents:

I've heard good things about Dr. Pomeroy, and also Dr. Ted Mandelkorn. Sorry, don't know Seattle geography.

A therapist who runs many Adult ADHD groups is Don Baker, MA, LMHC.

In general, though, I'd encourage you to read a few solid books on Adult ADHD first. For example, Dr. Barkley has an excellent new book out -- Taking Charge of ADHD. It's a little sophisticated in some spots, so you might want to first read a simpler intro book. I like Dr. Thomas Brown's book Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults. It's not less sophisticated; Dr. Brown is also a top expert. It's just more of a narrative, whereas Dr. Barkley's book is very solutions focused.

In short, I always encourage people to get educated before even selecting a clinician. Because, otherwise, how will you know if they're good or not? And even the "good" ones, you still have to self-advocate.

good luck!
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ADDdiane
12-01-10, 01:02 AM
I wrote a comment over at the http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20052 abouit Dr Ron sterling in Bellevue, WA. I won't repeat the whole post but honestly the best psychiatrist I have ever seen and really knows what ADD is all about and how to educate about it and treat it. Highly recommended.

Dr. Ron Sterling. Plus he has some good information about many things at dearshrink.com including adult ADD

ADDdiane
12-01-10, 01:05 AM
as for reading about ADD, kind of funny... really... couldn't even be patient enough to read the official diagnosis itself in the manual DSM. Couldn't read much in any of the books either until I was treated properly. I guess it is one of those things that is kind of ironic about adders -- read? Really?

Honeybadger
01-01-12, 09:53 PM
I wrote a comment over at the http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20052 abouit Dr Ron sterling in Bellevue, WA. I won't repeat the whole post but honestly the best psychiatrist I have ever seen and really knows what ADD is all about and how to educate about it and treat it. Highly recommended.

Dr. Ron Sterling. Plus he has some good information about many things at dearshrink.com including adult ADD

+1 on this. Guy is honest, straightforward, and always up-to-date on his research. He's a little quirky, but knows his ****.

One caveat is that he isn't part of an insurance network, because he hates them. So visits require payment up-front (it's about $100 for each follow-up visit) but he lets you know about all the details when you call him the first time. but if your insurance covers out-of-network docs, you can just submit receipts for reimbursement.

As for psychologists, NP's, counselors, etc. This is purely personal opinion, but I wouldn't visit one ever again. I've seen plenty of all three, and none have ever had enough true experience, training, and INTEREST in treating a condition as complex as ADD, as a psychiatrist that specializes in ADD. I visited a psychologist recently (Dr Stephen Hymen) who was a great guy, tried really hard, and I'm sure would be good with other types of emotional problems, but he never really got to the root of the problem with me, which as I was going through the list of possible reasons for my issues, finally centered in on my long-untreated ADD.

ADDinWA2014
06-28-14, 06:23 AM
Opening this up again as I am looking for someone to diagnose and great me - looks like Sterling has been known to do fake reviews on the forums? Can anyone validate this?

mollymae76
07-20-14, 12:50 AM
Dr Sterling looks totally legit, at least to the untrained eye! Practicing for almost 37 years and an office in Bellevue, sounds like some who isn't drumming up fake reviews. Could be wrong though.