I'm 45 and have just been diagnosed with ADHD. It all started because I really want to change my job/career again, had no idea what I wanted to do, and this time instead of making an impulsive change I decided to examine the reasons for my behavior. I just started taking Adderall and I can sense that it's already helping me clarify my thinking. My question is, do I need to have a therapist who specializes in ADHD? I started with a therapist who does NOT specialize in ADHD about a month prior to finally receiving the diagnosis. While I like him and he does have some insights into me (but not ADHD), I'm worried that I may be missing a key component of optimal treatment by not having a specialist. Thanks!
Welcome to the ADHD family!
I had a similar question.
Was diagnosed about a year ago and was already going to therapy.
I can just tell you that my experience is that I have a hard time getting results with therapists.
I switched to a therapist that had "experience" with adhd, and I feel like he is more patient with me and a little more effective in the way he speaks to me, but after about 6 months I still feel we haven't done anything.
From what I understand, with regards to "therapy" there is no specialization in adhd.
You would have to try adhd coaching, which I am very interested in, but didn't find one that's affordable for me.
If you can afford adhd coaching (not covered by insurance) you should definitely try it out. Otherwise, I would say to play by ear and see if this therapist is helping you.
Definitely read about adhd in case you haven't started yet.
This was very helpful in understanding adhd:
Thanks! I'll check out the youtube thing right now..