Episode 40: How to Prepare for a Meeting with an ADHD Doctor

EP. 40: How to Prepare to Meet With Your ADHD Doctor

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In this episode, Tracy gives you a simple, ADHD brain-friendly understanding of what is required to obtain an ADHD diagnosis. She also includes a checklist that she created to help you prepare for your meeting with an ADHD professional.

In this episode, Tracy gives you a simple, ADHD brain-friendly understanding of what is required to obtain an ADHD diagnosis. She also includes a checklist that she created to help you prepare for your meeting with an ADHD professional.

Tracy starts the podcast by sharing the fears that many women have when meeting with a psychologist for the first time.

You’ll learn:

  • how psychologists and medical professionals diagnose ADHD
  • what rating scales are, who uses them and how they measure ADHD symptoms
  • how ADHD is diagnosed differently in children.
  • what the Wechsler Intelligence Scale test (WISC-IV)
  • why Tracy found the Woodcock-Johnson III Battery of tests far superior
  •  where to start in getting tested
  • why it’s so important to choose a professional who is actually an expert in ADHD and where to find such an expert
  • why first hand knowledge in an ADHD expert is so important
  • why you must go into the meeting prepared, just in case the professional is not
  • what else should you ask about

Here’s the checklist that Tracy created for you. Go through it well before your appointment and then give yourself a day or two to think about the questions. New information will come to you that you won’t be able to take advantage of if you fill this checklist out an hour before your meeting. If there are symptoms that aren’t listed there is space for you to add them. This is not a comprehensive checklist. It’s a place to help you start to organize your thoughts around your possible. I know your brain, if you have a structure, you can do this. Educate yourself before you meet with your doctor. This is for adult women only.

If you are looking for a strengths focused book list to educate yourself on adhd you can find it and the corresponding podcast in the link above. 

Mentioned Resources:


CHADD Resource Directory – Find an ADHD professional

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ADHD and Learning Disabilities Directory: ADD Coaches, Organizers, Doctors, Schools, Camps

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ADDitude’s Top ADHD Clinics

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Certified ADHD Coach Training Program and Courses

ADDCA’s coaches have met stringent training requirements and demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession as required by the governing bodies, PAAC (Professional Association of ADHD Coaches) and ICF (International Coach Federation). No matter where you are you can work with ADDCA Coaches either by Telephone, Video Conference or In-Person.

Diagnosis in Adults – CHADD

Clinical guidelines for a diagnosis of ADHD are provided by the American Psychiatric Association in the diagnostic manual Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). In making the diagnosis, adults should have at least five of the symptoms present. These symptoms can change over time, so adults may fit different presentations from when they…

About Tracy

Host Tracy Otsuka is a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long student, not a coach. She’s also the creator of Coretography a patent pending system that helps smart, driven women understand their own unique ADHD brain and use it to their advantage.

Tracy will be talking about ADHD. Your super powers, your symptoms, your solutions and work-arounds and how you proudly stand out. Tracy credits ADHD for some of her superpowers and much of her success in life.

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