My Forum Comments
…Divergent Attention Hyperfocus Trait (DAHT).
Like you I find the term ADHD doesn’t describe us very well at all. The problem is, most people don’t look past the label – and our label is misleading! In fact I was guilty of this myself. I was surprised to learn that I had ADHD (at 34,) and almost dismissed the doctors assessment based on the label alone. I thought to myself, well I don’t have an attention deficit, quite the opposite and as for hyperactivity, well that’s just a label for naughty kids!!
Forgive me for asking but do you have a history of depressive episodes?
…it would be best talking through this with gp but I’n the meantime check out a book called stand up tall with your shoulders back by Jordan Peterson. He also has plenty of videos on YouTube. It helped empower me to make a change and view things differently. Also, make sure you peruse the ADHD diagnoses – leave reminders and set a timeframe to make progress otherwise you’ll be asking yourself the same questions next week, next month, next year..
Divergent Attention Hyperfocus Condition(DAHC)??
What i find misleading is the attention defect bit. I mean, I may seem to be not paying attention much of the time but that’s just because my brain is going full throttle thinking of more interesting things..
Hi, I’m sure others more experienced will reply shortly but until then, it might be useful to know that i have recently gone private for the same reasons as yours son. I am yet to start treatment, however I have now had a private diagnoses and had the opportunity to discuss how it all works.
Imo the best option by far was to do the diagnoses and titration (getting the right meds) privately and then once on the correct dosages refer back to the nhs. There are a couple of hurdles will this mind – you will need to have 6 monthly or yearly checkups with the private clinic (The gp will not prescribe without this) and you will need to be mindful that the medication available privately may differ from what the nhs are willing to provide. So there will need to be lots of talks between your gp and private clinician.
I simply explained to my gp that I wasn’t prepared to wait and would happily fund privately; she happily referred me to a private clinic (many private clinics will still require a referral from gp).
Take note that although this is a fast track method it will cost you financially. You will be looking at around £450 for diagnoses plus another £200 or so for titration plus the medication costs which range from £30pm to £150pm – hence why you want to make sure you can get referred back on the nhs after diagnoses and titration.
As I say, I’m very new to all this myself but if you want any more info just let me know.
Good luck 🙂
I went private and was seen the same week. You might still need a gp referral.