Been waiting nearly 2 years for adult ADHD assessment

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  • #138196

    BLondon
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    Hi,

    So I’m a 25 year old female living in the UK and I have been waiting nearly 2 years for an initial ADHD assessment through the NHS (I was referred for an assessment in April 2018). I’ve been struggling with symptoms all my life, but they have gotten increasingly worse since beginning full time work around 3/4 years ago. I can’t afford to have a private assessment as these are very expensive.

    Any tips for managing my symptoms that are just increasingly getting worse in the meantime, as it’s really impacting on my work and social life? I struggle mostly with disorganisation, forgetfulness, poor time management and restfulness.

    Thanks

  • #138263

    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    ADDitude has lots of articles on your different struggles listed. Many of those can be improved with brain training:
    https://www.additudemag.com/category/explore-adhd-treatments/natural-treatments/brain-training/

    Some natural adjustments like healthy lifestyle and supplementation could help in the interim too:
    https://www.additudemag.com/category/explore-adhd-treatments/natural-treatments/

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

  • #138268

    KDL
    Participant

    Hi…I can understand your frustration! I’m 64 y.o. living in U.S. (California) and had a very difficult time finding a practitioner who would see me for ADULT ADD. Most all work is with children here. I found a psychologist who’s been helpful and one psychiatrist who treats adults. This fellow I’ve seen on 3 occasions and while I’m currently not on ADD meds (he does not treat depression, just ADD…once my depression is under control he said he’d be able to prescribe suitable ADD meds). On my last visit he told me that, while he doesn’t feel I have actual ADD (I’ve had 4 other practitioners have told me the same thing, even though my symptoms make me the “Poster Boy” for Inattentive ADD), he would prescribe the same ADD meds AS IF I DID actually have it. I’m not sure how insurance etc works in the UK, but if you have a personal physician, perhaps they could be convinced to give you a short “trial” course off Adderall or etc and see how you do. I know some insurance here would have trouble covering ADD meds for an adult, and here’s where you are perhaps having to need an ADHD diagnosis.

    Sorry for my rambling, but the take-away here is that ADHD meds should be tried, diagnosis or no diagnosis. After all, symptoms are symptoms, and the correct med should provide you some help.

    Good luck!

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by  KDL.
    • This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by  Penny Williams.
  • #139037

    scottishADHDer
    Participant

    Hey.

    29 Year old male here, in the UK. Diagnosed ADHD, and treated on the NHS.

    NHS’s biggest issue: There aren’t enough specialists who understand ADHD for you to be properly diagnosed. Like lots of other areas, it’s very difficult to see a specialist in a short amount of time unless it’s an emergency on the NHS.

    I had to go private. I saved up for quite some time to do it. If you have been waiting that long, then it only confirms my suspicions, which is that the NHS has a serious lack of experts who deal with the condition. The US has been ahead of most of us in terms of recognizing it and treating it.

    As for ways to deal with the problems you’re suffering from? Well, I dealt with many of them up until I got medicated at 28. Magnesium has been known to help, exercise also helps as it boosts dopamine and avoiding anything which adds to the brain fog, drugs, alcohol, etc.

    I’m being deadly serious though when I say exercise can help you so much! Yes, if you can’t be arsed, it’s a motivation killer at times. But even doing 5 mins, then 10 and working it up and up, you will find your cognitive abilities increasing. It won’t be anywhere near as close as to being medicated, but it will help until you are seen on the NHS. I would ask your doc to make an inquiry to see where you’re at in terms of a timescale.

    As for medications that your doc could prescribe you, Well, there are certain SNRIs which may help. Effexor is an SNRI that is prescribed for depression and anxiety problems. Ask your doc about going on an SNRI to help until you are seen. I should say though that not everyone has had success with them. But you won’t know until you try. They also have bad withdrawal side effects when coming off them which could make you feel worse. But, again, it’s an option you could discuss with your doctor until you are properly assessed.

    Take care

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