Our expert says:
I am bothered by who makes some of the diagnoses of ADHD, and how some such kids get treated, often at high expense and with little benefit.
IF this is a proper diagnosis of ADHD ( and I would require this to be made by a proper paediatrician of child psychiatrist / child psychologist, and I would want THEM to recommend treatment.
Too often I come across a diagnosis being made by a teacher, or Ocupational Therapist, neither of whom are qualified to do this properly. And some of these psychologists and OT provide extremely expensive "treatment" for which there is no evidence of effectiveness.
Counselling psychologisy would NEVER be my choice m of treatment in such a situation.
And what you describe does not sound like ADHD at all, bu some behavioural problems which a CLINICAL psychologist should be able to help with.
I have friends who have spent a fortune on weekly sessions with a number of such folks, and I notice no difference in the pleasant kid who I see fairly regularly, and who probably didn't need treatment in the first place.
For any problem, one needs a good diagnosis based on a competent assessment by a properly qualified professional, and then treatment for which there is some good evidence of safety and effectiveness.
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