Q: I was recently diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 71. I am seeking a psychiatrist to oversee medication and a psychologist to help me work through this who thoroughly understands ADHD, the best ways to support growth and treat patients.
I live in the Bay area in Oakland, CA
Also, I would ask whomever diagnosed you if there is anyone they recommend. If that doesn’t work for you – I found a CHADD chapter in your area: http://chaddnorcal.org
And here is a link to some online support groups from ADDA: https://add.org/adda-virtual-programs/
My best advice would be to find some social support – then it will be easier to ask for recommendations about treatment.
Hope that helps!
Q: Even though I am not a female I hope that you can help me. I am an over 60 year old male with a BS in Social Sciences and a partial completion on an MA in Counseling Psychology who is in desperate need of paid professional employment at the BA/BS level. I have been diagnosed with ADD, a math learning disorder, depression and a non-verbal learning disorder. I am in the Boston area but am prepared to relocate for paid professional employment if need be. I would like something in the Social Sciences or Education at the BA/BS level. I am sure that my depression will disappear once I find paid professional employment.
Liz’s Answer: I don’t mind getting emails from men at all.
I suppose I’m not very qualified to give career advice, considering I have had 3 careers in the last 15 years.
But in your case I would start at school. Do you have a transition coordinator? What did you want to do when you began working toward your degree? I ask because you chose this path for a reason.
Also check into paid internships available through your school. An internship in behavioral health may clarify what direction you should go in when looking for a full time position.
Depression often travels with ADHD so that is something that might need to be treated alongside the ADHD on an ongoing basis.
Don’t hesitate to take the time to do some research. Maybe even look into ADHD career coaching.
Here are some links to consider:
Hope to see you around the support groups!