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Talking to Your Doctor About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bring someone else to your appointment with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Bring results from past neuropsychological evaluations or tests.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- If you are not happy with your doctor, find a new one. You are in this for the long haul.
- I understand this is a tricky diagnosis to make. Can you reassure me that it is correct?
- Are other conditions also present?
- Can we create a comprehensive list of all the interventions we need to make—at school, at home, in the family, and with medications?
- What other health professionals should we invite onto our treatment team?
Do you recommend medication? If so,
- Can you assure me that this medication is necessary and at the proper dose?
- For how long will the medication be necessary?
- Please tell me everything I need to be aware of when using this medication.
- Other than medication, what treatments do you recommend?
- What kinds of alternative options are available?
- How often should I schedule return visits?
- May we sit down and plan together all the areas we need to deal with—such as school, home, family, and medications?
- What is the best schooling plan for this case of ADHD?
- Do you recommend a change of school, occupation, or working environment?
- What can I expect in the future?
How can I arrange my life to get the most out of it?
- Educational goals
- Vocational goals
- Family and social expectations
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
- Review Date: 09/2017
- Update Date: 09/17/2014