Live a few decades not knowing that you have ADHD, and chances are you’re lugging around not only emotional baggage but also physical baggage — sleep debt, adrenal exhaustion, off-kilter hormones, allergies, and more. Yet, in our specialist-dominated healthcare “system,” finding a physician who can assemble all the puzzle pieces is a challenge.
When’s the last time your personal physician, not to mention ADHD-treating psychiatrist, closely scrutinized lab results for your: complete blood panel, adrenal function, hormones? How about properly answering your questions about, say, potential gluten sensitivity?
Yet, if you’re suffering from any of these allied health challenges, your brain function could be suffering in ways that will never be sufficiently addressed by psychotropic medications alone. But will your physician understand this?
Unfortunately, I’ve found many ADHD medication prescribers don’t even get the basics right with that. How can they possibly understand the individual factors around drug metabolism, side effects, nutrition, supplements, hormones, and all the rest?
A few years ago, I scoured the Internet for a “big picture and small details” physician. I sought a physician who was sharing information (on a blog or website) not only about ADHD and its commonly co-occurring conditions but also the many other biomarkers that affect brain health.
Fortunately, I found CorePsychBlog , written by physician, author, neuroscientist, and psychiatric consultant Charles Parker, D.O. (pictured, above right). (Regular readers of this blog have seen Dr. Parker’s comments. For the record, he and I have no business association.)
Update: This post dates to 2009
Dr. Parker has since scaled back his blogging and other writing. You can still watch many of Dr. Parker’s videos on Youtube.
On Getting the ADHD Meds Right: “If we start with the right diagnosis, and recognize complexity of the spectrum of ADD, we will be much more capable of finding the right solution,” says Dr. Parker, introducing the first in a three-episode series regarding right diagnosis, right meds, wrong meds, and metabolic issues that encourage a failure of treatment.