Therapy in a Pandemic

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      andyvandergriff
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      Hi, I’m a 35 y-o male from Tennessee, diagnosed with ADHD since childhood, but only seriously treating it for the last 4 years. I’m kind of at the end of my rope. Meds work fine, but they’re just not enough, and I need more support. I’m trying to get a therapist locally and I am having zero luck because I don’t think just jumping into telehealth with someone you don’t know from Adam is a great idea, and nobody wants to do in person appointments these days. Anyone else struggling with this?

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      ers375
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      Hi it’s a bit of a different situation, but I’m struggling with this right now with my young daughter. I’m relatively certain she has ADD and am having her evaluated by her pediatrician next week, but it is the same situation for us that in-person therapy is really the only thing that would work for her. I’m not sure what to do about it at this point, other than wait out the pandemic. If this isn’t an option for you and you feel in desperate need of therapy, maybe you could find someone who would do an in-person intake session and then do telemed appts from There on, until the pandemic has slowed down or we have a vaccine. Just a thought. I will say, I see my own personal therapist (for depression and anxiety) via telemed and while not ideal, it actually still helps a lot. Right now I have the “something is better than nothing” attitude. I hope you find something that works for you and good luck!

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      marika4057
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      If I were in your situation I’d ask a lot of people for recommendations for a therapist. Especially if this is your first experience with therapy, it’d be good to get different people’s opinions about who is good, why they think that person is good and what they think are good indicators that someone will be good to work with. That will help you tell which recommendations would be the most helpful. I hope you have a lot of acquaintances that you would feel comfortable asking for info, as there are a lot of people out there with ADHD, but unless you bring it up, you might not even know you have it in common with them, or someone they know.

      I agree with ers375 that an intake session might be a good way to start. They are often free, or would be covered better by insurance (than a mental health therapist), if you are talking to someone affiliated with your regular doctor’s office. That person wouldn’t probably be who you’d be seeing for therapy, but they’d hopefully have some good referrals for you. Then when you get the referrals, ask for whatever introductory sessions the therapists offer, so you can get a feel for who they are before even committing to a therapeutic relationship with them.

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