Referrals to Other Doctors
We have many people ask us how to locate a doctor near them that can help them either evaluate whether or not they have ADD and other conditions or treat them. We are not able to provide specific recommendations, but we will send you in the right direction.
This page will:
• Help you understand what works best in the treatment of ADD
• Provide concrete information about how to find a specialist in your area
An excellent resource for learning about treatment options for ADHD is "Delivered from Distraction", by Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey. This book covers what to expect in diagnosis, describes the latest medications as well as non-medicinal treatments for ADHD, and gives practical advice about how to live a happy life with ADD in areas as broad ranging as career, marriage, family and education.
In the chapter, "The Treatment of ADD: What Works Best", Drs. Hallowell and Ratey write:
Whether for children or adults, the treatment of ADD should be comprehensive and include a wide range of possible interventions, certainly more than medication or some other single step. Assistance should also be provided over the long-term, as ADD generally does not go away. The person being treated may not need to go see the doctor very often, but he should always know that help is just one telephone call away.
I divide a comprehensive plan into the following eight steps. Each step need not be implemented, but each step should be considered.
1. Diagnosis, which should include identification of talents and strengths. Make sure the diagnosis is both accurate and complete, taking into account the likelihood of coexisting problems.
2. Implementation of a five-step plan that promotes talents and strengths (detailed elsewhere in the book, this is too long to recap here, but is in a chapter called "How to Find the Buried Treasures: Five Steps that Lead to Lasting Joy)
3. Education - you need to learn what ADD is and what it isn't as well as teach members of your family about it. You also need to explain it to teachers and all others who deal with your child or whomever has ADD. See the resource section of this web site and the appendix in Delivered from Distraction for more educational information about ADD.
4. Changes in lifestyle. Taking care of yourself has a huge impact on your brain and your ADD. You need to get enough sleep (critical!), eat right, exercise (which is actually one of the best treatments for ADD), calm your mind daily through prayer or meditation, stay connected with other people.
5. Structure - find external ways to create structure (there are a number of web sites that offer this type of help)
6. Counseling of some kind, such as coaching, psychotherapy, career counseling, couples therapy, family therapy
7. Various other therapies that can augment the effectiveness of medication or replace the use of medication altogether, such as an exercise program that stimulates the cerebellum, targeted tutoring, general physical exercise, nutritional interventions, and occupational therapy. Again, there is a great deal of information about this in Delivered from Distraction.
8. Medication (only if desired)
Finding Support Groups and Physicians in Your Area
There are multiple Hallowell Center locations. Those living near Boston (Sudbury) and New York can take advantage of our own specialists. Each Center has clinicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADD and learning disorders. The Centers all share a multidisciplinary, strengths-based approach which includes Board Certified Physicians, Neuropsychologists, Psychologists, Coaches and educational specialists.
If you are not near a Hallowell Center, or if it is important to see a physician who processes your insurance for you, then we have listed additional resources below. Please use these resources, as staff at the Hallowell Centers cannot provide you with referral information.
CHADD - While the national referral directory can be spotty because the doctors pay to be listed there, you may well find a name in your area. Go to the professional directory and then search by type of person you are looking for (coach, psychiatrist, etc) and by location. We also recommend finding the phone number for your local chapter and giving them a call as they may have specific information about specialists in their area. Their web site address is www.chadd.org.
ADDA - www.add.org has a good discussion group directory - the best we've found so far - which can be searched by state. Go the the main page and look under "finding help" in the top menu bar.
Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey's book, "Delivered from Distraction", has an Appendix with a large number of resource agencies available organized by state.
ADD Resources - at www.addresources.org. This not-for-profit includes a national listing directory that is just starting (and which is paid for by the clinician or person being listed - currently the Hallowell Centers are not included, for example) and also has an extensive lending library.
In Canada - one of the best resources for finding specialists (as well as staying up to date on ADD news in Canada) is at the site of ADD coach, Pete Quily. The web address is www.ADDcoach4u.com.
In Germany - While Germany is still behind the US and the UK, there is a national association there. The website is at www.adhs-deutschland.de. There is also a support group that you can email to get in touch with others with ADD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Manhattan - The Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group has a good list of physicians and others who work with people with ADD. You can contact them at www.maaddsg.org or call 845-278-3022. They also have many, many speakers come to their area.
If you have very limited financial means, you can contact Healthwatch to see if there are clinical trials going on which you can join. If you can join a clinical ADD trial then the evaluation is free.
As we become aware of other excellent resources we will post them here. If you find a resource that has an extensive listing of physicians, coaches or discussion groups that specialize in ADD, please email them to morlov@HallowellConnections.com.
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