I’ve been living with ADHD my whole life and doing this professionally for around 12 years. There’s no doubt in my mind that seeking the right type of help for ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning works. How does one find this type of help? What is the right type of help for an individual? How many options are available? All of these questions need to be answered before seeking effective help. Just because someone says they help individuals with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning doesn’t mean that this is the case.
I remember when I was seeking some guidance a few years back, I contacted one professional who “dabbled in ADHD”. What does that mean dabbled? Just because someone offers services doesn’t mean that individual be of assistance. In fact, it will be counterproductive to the whole process. It will not only fail to help improve one’s functioning, it will bias all future assistance.
Finding the right professional is the most important part of your journey. There are many different types of professionals that offer different levels of services. It is important to know exactly what one is looking for before working with anyone. Good professionals will tell you this as well. It is extremely important to not feel pressured by the whole process.
Here is a Cliff Notes version of what you need to know about different types of professionals…
- A psychiatrist is also a medical doctor. He or she is able to offer medical guidance like pharmacology and may also offer therapy.
- A psychologist is not a medical doctor. He or she will offer guidance and therapy.
- A social worker will help with therapy and how one’s actions impact that individual socially. This includes with peers, families, co-workers etc.
- A coach works with you on strategies and improving performance.
There is overlap in all four areas. However, a psychiatrist is the only professional that deals with medication. Some individuals choose to work with one or more professionals. For example, one may rely on a psychiatrist for the monitoring of medication while also working with a coach on implementing strategies. There’s no exact science to this but it’s important that there’s a fit. I cannot stress this enough.
When I get called by perspective clients, I want to be sure they understand that my work as a coach is a process not a cure. We will work on improving skills, but the client has to be a part of the process. It is very difficult to work with someone that isn’t willing to improve upon his or her skills. Despite saying one wants to improve performance doesn’t mean that this is always the case.
I wish all of you luck on your journey to improving personal performance. If you choose the right path, you will appreciate the whole process.
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