A real diagnosis is helpful. It is something concrete to work with when everything feels tumultuous .
I have learned from trial and error:
1. Be your own advocate, although exhausting, cause no one else can do it for you.
2. Choose a professional that can accurately diagnose you AND can prescribe the best Rx and therapy for you.
2. Don’t feel you SHOULD deal with ADHD without Rx. Not unless you like the emotional strain you feel now.
3. It takes trail and error to find the meds that will help you. Be open and tell you doctor how the Rx med(s) helped or how it did not. Work WITH your doctor until you find the right Rx for you. THERE IS NO ONE DRUG THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.
2. Approach talk therapy with an open mind. It is important to find the right person but it may take 3-4 appts to really know.
3. Tell the therapist upfront that you found the previous therapists superficial. Explain why.
3. THIS IS A BIG ONE:
👉🏽If you walk away from an hour talk session…
with just ONE thing that was helpful, CONSIDER IT A SUCCESS.
5. A therapist that specializes in ADHD is a plus. Many well educated counselors, even PhD’s don’t fully understand ADHD issues.