When you have ADHD it is a good idea to have a team of professionals behind you. Each professional has their area of expertise and can help you manage your ADHD. Which means you can be the best version of you!
Here is a brief guide of who to have on your team:
If you decide to take ADHD meds your medical doctor will prescribe and monitor you. Your family doctor might do this, or if they aren’t comfortable see a psychiatrist. Once you are on the right meds and dosage, you will probably visit your doctor every 3 months to get a repeat prescription.
A psychiatrist will be on your team if you have other conditions in addition to ADHD, such as, bipolar or if your family doctor isn’t comfortable prescribing ADHD meds. Some people feel there is a stigma attached to seeing psychiatrist, but there is no shame to getting the right help from the right person.
Working with a psychologist or therapist helps you process issues from your past, help change your beliefs, thought patterns and increase your self esteem. They can also help with issues such as anger, anxiety and addictions.
Coaches are great for the practical stuff. They can help with accountability so you follow through with tasks, and work with you to combat procrastination, develop time management skills, organization skills self esteem, implementing habits into your life and much, much more.
If you live in the middle of nowhere, you might be wondering how to find these ADHD experts. That is where ‘the source of all knowledge’ aka the internet comes in!
You can find great psychologists on www.psychologytoday.com either in your area or one that works via Skype.
Coaches, including me, work with clients in person or using Skype or phone so location doesn’t matter.
Doctors are slightly more challenging…but not impossible. One option would be to travel to see a psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD. When you have your prescription your family doctor will usually be happy to continue write repeat prescriptions.
Good Luck creating your team!