Dismissive Doctor


"I think I have ADD, but my doctor is dismissive. There aren't many psychiatrists in my area. How can I find someone who will listen to a 52-year-old woman?"


I sympathize with your situation. Unfortunately, few mental health practitioners are familiar with ADD in adults, and even fewer are familiar with ADD in women.

You might be able to find a good psychiatrist through the student disability services office at a nearby college or university. Alternatively, the nearest CHADD group should be able to recommend someone. Since psychiatrists are scarce in your area, the most experienced professionals may be one who primarily treat children, but who also see adults.

Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., is director of the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland in Silver Spring. She is a psychologist who has practiced for over thirty years, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. She has served on the professional advisory boards of both CHADD and ADDA. She is the co-founder of the National Center for Gender Issues in ADHD, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of girls and women with ADHD. Dr. Nadeau has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, as well as on numerous radio programs is a frequent lecturer both in the US and abroad on topics related to ADHD.
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