Medicinal treatments for ADHD are some of the most successful and are safer and better understood than ever before. But that said, they also aren’t for everyone. Sometimes people wish to try to avoid medication and would prefer a more ‘natural’ approach, while other times people seek a combination of the two in order to tackle the problem from multiple angles.
In certain situations employing the services of a therapist can actually be the most beneficial. This is especially in the case of co-occuring conditions such as opposition defiance disorder or anxiety. Therapeutic sessions can also help to abate certain symptoms of ADHD in particular, such as disorganization, poor self-esteem, or even impulsivity.
But how do you choose the right therapist for you? A great attribute of any good therapist is one that makes you feel comfortable. So when you’re searching, try to narrow down your list of potential candidates to two or three that you feel comfortable with. Additionally, make sure that these candidates all have experience dealing with ADHD and its symptoms.
Once you have narrow down your search, here are five questions that you should ask:
Questions to ask your ADHD therapist
How many ADHD cases have you treated in the last five years?
Ideally, you’ll be looking for a number that is equal to 10 or greater. This will help to ensure that the therapist your speaking with has adequate experience and has seen the various types of ADHD.
Are you familiar with recent ADHD research?
Do you also attend any conferences or participate in workshops revolving around ADHD? You should do your best to make sure that the therapist is highly familiarized with the condition. Otherwise, even if they are great with other conditions, how can you expect them to fair with your or your child?
What is your view of ADHD?
This questions reveals the dichotomy of positions in the field today. Some therapists might assert that ADHD is a gift, while conversely others may purport that it is a curse. Make sure that whatever their position is, that they work diligently to mitigate the negative aspects and reinforce the positive ones.
How do you evaluate ADHD?
Diagnosing ADHD isn’t as easy as some other conditions; a checklist or blood work won’t do the trick. A genuine and though examination will involve assessing the patient’s history, detailed observation sessions, and discussions with the patient to fully acquaint the therapist with the individual and their unique case.
How do you treat ADHD?
Many different approaches exist, and that is because when it comes to treating ADHD, at the moment there is no exact science. That said, a prominent and growing treatment strategy resolves around the concept of cognitive behavioral therapy (which is also the approach our ADHD Treatment app employs).
Finding the right therapist can be difficult, but the results can be astounding. Take your time, find someone who you’re comfortable with and is experienced. With any luck, you’ll notice some big changes soon afterwords.