Treating ADHD in high-functioning adults - coaching? Self-help?
October 18, 2013 1:11 PM Subscribe
I am a high-functioning adult who recently got diagnosed with ADHD. I have started taking medication, but am also considering therapy and coaching. However, I'm feeling skeptical about a recent referral for an ADHD coach. Does anyone have experience with these folks?
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My main issues are time management, organization, procrastination, planning, and I think transitioning to internal motivation rather than external motivation. I am on 30mg of Vyvanse and it has helped a lot, not just in the work I do, but I've noticed improvements in things like driving or keeping my house clean. But I still have trouble with big-picture planning and motivation.
I don't like the idea of just being on medication without some kind of therapy. (I also have a research background in clinical psychology so am biased in that way, I guess) But the neuropsychologist who diagnosed me only gave me a referral for one person, and it took forever for her to get back to me about it, so I'm not confident about more recommendations.
She recommended someone who is an ADHD coach/educational consultant, and who described herself as having a corporate background in sales/management. She definitely said "I am not a therapist." She doesn't take any kind of insurance, and her rate is $100/hour. I guess she works with clients to develop an individualized plan of treatment to focus on their strengths/weaknesses? She also mentioned being affiliated w/ the Hallowell Center in NYC. (I am in MA)
I would be happy to spend like $500 if I thought it would really help, but I honestly haven't read a lot of the self-help books on the topic, so haven't even tried that route yet. I also like my psychiatrist a lot - he actually listens to me and how I've been doing, and my appointments don't feel cursory. So maybe that in conjunction with my own research and strategies should be enough. Has anyone tried ADHD coaching and found it helpful? Are there specific kinds of therapy that I should look into? Related, are there any books that provide genuinely helpful strategies but DO NOT dumb down the material or shy away from evidence-based explanations? I have done a little research, but a lot of the material seems to be aimed at folks who are a lot more severe than I am.
In a larger sense, I am definitely concerned about being one of the "worried well." I am really very successful in most senses of the word (educational, occupational, relationships) and I definitely don't have severe ADHD. I have, at most, a mild case, and it is definitely causing some strain in my life, but I generally have good coping skills and resources already. I don't even know if I really NEED a coach or if I should basically try harder on my own first, basically. Also, I work in research, I endorse evidence-based therapy and medicine, and when I was talking to this person on the phone, my BS-meter was just dinging a ton. So - if you have any experience with this kind of treatment, I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.