talk with your doctor

Talk with
your doctor

It’s so important, we say it twice.
You’re here because:

A.) You think you may have ADHD. (Maybe you’ve even completed the ADHD checklist, if you haven’t maybe you should) or,
B.) You’ve been diagnosed and are being treated for ADHD but your symptoms are still present. Point is, if you’re here, you’re considering talking to your doctor. Yes. Do that.

How to have that doctor conversation

If you think you have ADHD:

Bring a copy of your completed checklist with you to your appointment.

Write down any questions ahead of time and bring them with you.

Write down things that have happened that made you think you may have ADHD.

Use the Symptom Checklist to help guide your conversation. Note any patterns or symptoms presenting themselves during certain times of your day.

Don’t leave the appointment until you write down your doctor’s recommended next steps. Go over the next steps one last time before you leave your doctor’s office.

Check back in with your doctor regularly to share how you’re doing and discuss if anything has changed.

Share what you’re experiencing rather than how you’re feeling about these experiences. Your doctor will evaluate your behaviors to help determine if they fit the ADHD diagnosis criteria.

FOR EXAMPLE:
  • I forget my keys four times in one week when leaving office
  • I am constantly late for work in the morning

If you have ADHD:

Bring a copy of your completed checklist with you to your appointment.

Write down any questions ahead of time and bring them with you.

Write down things that have happened that made you think your ADHD symptoms are not under control. Note time, place and what you’re doing.

Use the Symptom Checklist to help guide your conversation.

Don’t leave the appointment until you write down your doctor’s recommended next steps.

Check back in with your doctor regularly to share how you’re doing and discuss if anything has changed.

Share what you’re experiencing rather than how you’re feeling about these experiences. Your doctor will evaluate your behaviors to help determine if they fit the ADHD diagnosis criteria.

FOR EXAMPLE:
  • My friends that I often meet after work say I am difficult to get along with. I have been starting arguments for no reason. This has been going on for a few months
  • I keep messing things up at home. In the last three months, I forgot to respond to an important teacher email, missed my kid’s soccer practice and forgot to pick up my spouse at the airport

TIPS FOR LIVING WITH ADHD

The symptoms of ADHD can impact adults. Adults with both ADHD and demanding schedules may benefit from a comprehensive treatment plan and simple organization techniques.

STRATEGIES THAT MAY HELP:
  • Using folders for complete and incomplete tasks
  • Using a daily planner to record and remember dates
  • Dedicating routine places for keeping work and supplies
  • Developing a plan for completing work
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