Probably few people use the Yellow Pages to find professionals these days. Googling for a qualified ADHD diagnostician in your area may be a good way to to find one, but you can also find recommendations through networking in person or through ADHD-related organizations and their online directories of professionals. Here are some suggestions, and if you have others, please share below!
CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) is a national non-profit devoted to educating and supporting people about ADHD. Throughout the country, CHADD chapters sponsor support groups for adults, parents, teens, families, etc. Often people you meet at those meetings, people who are living with ADHD in your own community, are the best people to refer you to specialists (and to tell you which ones to avoid). Many of the Chapters can be found in CHADD’s resource directory, but in my experience the CHADD website does not offer adequate information about the support groups.
Many CHADD chapters use Meetup to let people know about upcoming support group meetings. You might check there for meetings in your area. Here is the Meetup page for CHADD of Northern Virginia, for example. Perhaps there is a similar listing for groups in your area.
Schools may be able to offer suggestions, but I believe some public schools are not allowed to make referrals. In our area some of the private schools have lists of psychologists and psychiatrists that they recommend.
You can also find online some specialized lists of professionals through ADHD-related organizations. For the most part those lists share information about members of their organizations or about individuals who have purchased space on the list to promote their practices. You don’t always have the personal connection that comes from a referral from a friend or support group member or local school, but you do know that those individuals are focused on helping people with ADHD and probably know more about it than most. Here are some of those directories:
ADDA – Attention Deficit Disorder Association – Professional Directory. This directory contains listings about a relatively small number of individuals that you can search for by category of specialties. Perhaps there is someone in your area on the list.
CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) Resource Directory where you can search for resources by state. Using the advanced search function you can search by state, name, city, profession, population served, and more.
ADDitude Magazine has a Professional Directory. They currently list 242 physicians. The first doctors listed appear to have purchased an upgraded listing and they are in alphabetical order by first name of the practitioner. Below this select group are the rest of the professionals listed alphabetically by first name. However, on the left side of the page, if you choose United States (Canada is the other option), you have a chance to search by state. Then within the state, they are once again in alphabetical order by first name. For Virginia at least, there is a small group, so it’s easy to scroll through to see if someone is in your area.
If you are fortunate, as we are in Northern Virginia, to have a consortium of ADHD professionals, you can search that list. Here we have the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia which offers a list of members which include coaches, educational consultants, therapists and specialists.
If you know other sources of information on good ADHD diagnosticians, please share below.
Linda Swanson is an ADHD Coach in Warrenton, Virginia. She and her husband, Neil, are partners at Free To Be Coaching, LLC, where they coach in person or by phone, Skype, or FaceTime. They coach students from middle school through college as well as adults of all ages, and they also facilitate two support groups for parents of children with ADHD. Linda and Neil are both graduates of the ADD Coach Academy and are credentialed by the International Coach Federation and the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches. Linda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 508-4774.