How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC Your Own ...

Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 5423
Experience:  Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I just scored very high (107) on an aDHD test. I had huge depression

Resolved Question:

I just scored very high (107) on an aDHD test. I had huge depression and anxiety problems for the past 3 years and have always hyperactive and with serious mood changes. The doctors I have seen want to stop at depression/anxiety even if I asked to be tested for bipolar and ADHD. What should I do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 2 years ago.

Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.

 

In order to help provide you with the best answer possible, I need to clarify your question.

 

You mentioned seeing doctors for your depression and anxiety. What kind of doctors have you seen- psychiatrists or GPs?

 

When they diagnosed you, did they do anything for you besides provide medication?

 

Kate

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have seen both types. I got medication and counseling. My depression got much better but I still cannot focus on long projects and I am extremely irritable and short tempered. My lack of concentration ability is killing me as I am the only provider for my family.
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 2 years ago.

I am surprised that you were not evaluated better if you saw a psychiatrist. If you are experiencing a severe lack of concentration, then you are in need of help to resolve this problem.

 

If you are able, you may want to consider having another evaluation done by a mental health professional. A therapist can help provide you with a full evaluation that includes a screening for ADHD. You can find a therapist by searching on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/. Your local community mental health center can also help. Contact the United Way for information. They will know all the resources in your area that can help you.

 

Counseling can help with both Bipolar and ADHD, but both of these disorders are best treated with medication, with counseling as a support to help you to cope with symptoms. Since you have taken an ADHD test, you are somewhat familiar with the symptoms ADHD causes. Here are a few more:

 

Hyper focus- Although you may feel distracted by things that do not interested you, you may become totally absorbed by things that do interest you.

 

struggling to complete tasks, even simple ones

 

missing important details

 

trouble listening and remembering details

 

You may feel disorganized and frustrated, and feel impulsive.

 

Bipolar is related to depression but is marked by severe highs and lows. Here is a link to help you understand Bipolar better:

 

http://helpguide.org/mental/bipolar_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm

 

Along with the medications and counseling, support groups can also go a long way in helping you find better ways to cope. The Helpguide link above has support groups listed as well as the United Way will know about ones in your community. So the first step is a diagnosis to confirm whether or not you have either diagnosis then treatment and support to help you learn to cope.

 

I hope this has helped you,
Kate

 

 

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I was hoping for a possibility of more evaluation now. I have gone to many doctors, some treat me for depression, some give me a lot of advise to get some more help but noone administered a tests other than what I can find on the Internet.
Parts of your answer help and make me even more convinced I have ADHD.
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 2 years ago.

If you want to tell me more about your symptoms, I can provide my best guess. However, doing an evaluation on line without being able to see you face is not as accurate. Evaluations in mental health are based on more than just a list of symptoms. There are other factors involved.

 

Tell me more about your symptoms for both disorders and include how long you have had the symptoms. Then I can provide you with my best estimate of what may be happening with you.

 

Kate

 

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
You are right and I should not have hoped I can solve this online. I am desperate though and I tried
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 2 years ago.

Can I help you any further?

 

 

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No. I think not
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 2 years ago.

I am sorry you felt my answer was not helpful. I am willing to help, but I need to stay within the boundaries of my profession.

 

If you decide to change your mind, I am willing to go over your symptoms with you to see what we can come up with as possible diagnosis for you. Let me know.

 

Kate

 

 

 

Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 5423
Experience: Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education