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    Default Doctor specializing in Adult ADD

    Hello all,

    Someone in my family here has been diagnosed with adult Attention Deficit Disorder. We'd prefer to get them help in the country instead of going back to the states. (We've lived in Santiago for 12 years.) Most of the Dominican doctors I've questioned know less about ADD than I do, which is not reassuring!

    Any contacts or recommendations would be much appreciated for a doctor who is up to date in the field, especially on the latest drugs avilable to treat ADD. We'd prefer the Santiago area but will happily travel to Santo Domingo for the right doctor. After all, SDQ is a lot closer than Miami!

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by concepts
    ... Most of the Dominican doctors I've questioned know less about ADD than I do, which is not reassuring....
    Steve

    Adult Attention Deficit? probably because it is not considered a pathology in the DR. A cursory observation of adult behavior in the DR might tend to suggest that AAD is more the norm than an exceptional state of mind...

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    Who diagnosed them? In my 20 years working as a Case Manager in mental health, I have found that dealing with the aftereffects of incorrect/premature diagnosis to be one of my biggest challenges. If the person doing the diagnosis is there in the DR, then they "should" be able to provide the treatment. If they are not qualified to treat the condition, I would not place much confidence in their diagnosis.

    If they were diagnosed by a qualified professional in the US, you may be in a difficult situation. If there is not a Dominican provider with experience in treating AAD, perhaps you can find one with general competency and good references who could then recieve consultation from a provider in the States with expertise in this area.

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    I agree that ADD is controversial and possibly over-diagnosed, but this is not a debate, it's a request for information.
    There are specialists dealing with ADD in Santo Domingo - someone I know has been consulting them. I've asked for the contact details and will post them here when I receive them. They may even be able to put the OP in touch with someone in Santiago.

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    Got a swift response. The person to contact is a psychiatrist called Dr Moises Taverez, tel 809-687-9815.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirimoya
    Got a swift response. The person to contact is a psychiatrist called Dr Moises Taverez, tel 809-687-9815.

    Dr. Moises Taveras may not be what the OP is looking for. Dr Taveras is a pediatrician/childrens/adolescents' psychiatrist. I believe he is currently the director of psychiatry at the Santo Domingo main children's hospital (Hospital Robert Read Cabral -aka El Angelita).

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    Correct. The logic being that as he works with children with ADD he is likely to know whether or not there is anyone treating adults for this condition, don't you think?

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    It was truly difficult at first, but I eventually managed to follow your logic Chiri. You'd think that Dr. Moises Taveras would be a very good first port of call eh? At least I would think that. Let me just check outside.. The sky is not falling yet Mirador! It is still firmly anchored... and the OP has a good contact to start off with. OK, I've checked again, the sky is still anchored, even after someone recommended a medical professional in a mainstream field of medicine

    OK, let me get back to my lotions and potions.... Yup, the sky is still there.... Lighten up Mirador!

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    Thanks for your efforts, folks. The "someone" is my daughter who moved here with us when she was 13. She was diagnosed with ADD by expert professional medical help in the states when she was in 5th grade. She is now 24 and there is no doubt that ADD is a significant issue in her life. So we need help. I'll even broaden my appeal for help to include any doctor who is conversant with ADD, children or adult.

    Thanks again in advancew and folks, let me reassure, this is a very real problem and one we desperately need help on. I will call Dr. Taverez but would like any other input too. After all, it is my daughter!

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by concepts
    Thanks for your efforts, folks. The "someone" is my daughter who moved here with us when she was 13. She was diagnosed with ADD by expert professional medical help in the states when she was in 5th grade. She is now 24 and there is no doubt that ADD is a significant issue in her life. So we need help. I'll even broaden my appeal for help to include any doctor who is conversant with ADD, children or adult.

    Thanks again in advancew and folks, let me reassure, this is a very real problem and one we desperately need help on. I will call Dr. Taverez but would like any other input too. After all, it is my daughter!

    Steve

    Steve, a cursory investigation through the internet shows that AADD is a relatively new concept in psychiatry, and as our dear DR1 member Chirimoya has pointed out, it is riddled with controvery and probably over-diagnosed. You must be aware that we, as human beings, are infinitely more complex than what current psychiatric definitions suggests. My imput? Don't shy away from unconventional therapies, don't acquiesce to the high priests/esses of 'expert professional medical help', and foremost, be particularly skeptical of pharmacological fixes, especially antidepressants...

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