Finding a HealthCare Professional  

By Eileen Bailey

The success of treatment will depend on your commitment to treatment as well as the support of your health provider. ADD/ADHD symptoms are unique in each person.  While one person may have the most difficulty with impulsiveness, another may find that follow through and completion of tasks is most troublesome in their life.  Treatment should be customized to each individual.  Finding the right physician or health care professional is very important. 

For some, insurance considerations and location are factors in finding their doctor.  Their choices may be limited, however, through careful research and discussion you may be able to work with your primary physician to locate someone in your area that specializes in treatment of ADD/ADHD.  There are a number of steps you can take to help you find the practitioner that can be the most help to you. 

1)      Think about why you want medical treatment.  What are you looking to accomplish and what type of care do you expect to receive from the health professional? 

2)      Talk to support groups in your area, other adults or parents that use medical professionals, your primary physician and make a list of practitioners in your area.

3)      Check the medical professionals on your list and be sure they are practical. 

a.       Can you get to the doctor’s office? 

b.      Do they accept your health insurance? 

c.       Are they willing to work with your for payment? 

d.      Will you be able to reach the doctor in case of emergency? 

e.       Is this a group practice?  If so, will you be able to see the same doctor each time you have an appointment? 

f.        How long will you need to wait to get an appointment?  Will you need to call weeks in advance each time you need to see the doctor? 

g.       Do you feel more comfortable with either male or female doctor, young or old doctor?  Does this doctor fit your criteria?

 4)      Talk with the doctor before setting up an appointment.  Find out if they are easy to talk to, if they listen to you, if they are open minded and if they seem interested in what you have to say. 

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