Family DR wouldn't diagnose

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      I am a 32 yr old single mother of 3. I have always struggled with anxiety and depression. More so anxiety than anything. I have been on a slew of medications since I was 13 for anxiety. None ever seemed to help. It wasn’t until my son was 3 and started showing signs of ADHD did I look at my own symptoms differently. He got a diagnosis from our family doctor at 5 years old. We started medication for him at about 6 years old. He is now 9. I have seen how well he does with his medication.

      A few years ago I made an appointment for myself. My doctors office said that they could not prescribe medication for me and referred me out to another center. I’ve been to this center multiple times for my anxiety and its just very complicated process. You see a therapist multiple times, the therapist then determines if you need to see the psychiatrist. While it sounds fairly simple it is not. At least 4 to 5 therapist appointments which constantly get rescheduled and a separate appointment for the psychiatrist. I never made it that far because i became so frustrated i just stopped. This is literal months of appointments and rescheduling.

      I have a very hard time focusing. Focusing to clean my home and multitasking with 3 kids. I cannot drive due to my anxiety and my inability to focus. Among many other things. I just want to be able to function and most days i feel as if I’m just keeping my head above water just enough to get through the day. I’m tired of living this way. I want to do better and be better. Not only for myself but for my kids as well.

      Why is it so easy for my child to get diagnosed and medication in 2 appointments but for me as an adult i have to jump through endless hoops? The symptoms are there, my medical history screams it. I’m very tired of just surviving it seems.

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      Penny Williams

      It’s tougher to get an adult diagnosis because ADHD was thought to be a childhood condition that was outgrown in adulthood for a very long time. It really stuck and a lot of clinicians still believe that unfortunately.

      And ADHD can look very different in women and girls:

      ADHD Looks Different in Women. Here’s How — and Why.

      Your best bet is to find a new clinician, maybe even seek a new evaluation to make the diagnosis official so you can be taken more seriously.

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

    • #180735
      Dr. Eric

      I have to agree with the family doctor referring out to a specialist. Multiple, overlapping diagnoses and potential medication take a highly qualified specialist and time to do things correctly. Definitely beyond the scope of practice of a family doctor.

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