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StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 15:15:54

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MammaTJ Thu 17-Jan-13 15:20:13

Have to ask, never 100% sure (can't see boobs or lack of them over 'tinternet), are you female? If so, it is not unusual for girls to not be diagnosed as the symptoms are different and less obvious than with boys.

StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 15:23:18

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ImKateandsoismywife Thu 17-Jan-13 15:32:34

I'm watching this with interest as I'm in the same situation.

tabulahrasa Thu 17-Jan-13 15:37:53

What do you hope to achieve by getting a diagnosis?

It may or may not have been diagnosed as a child if it was present it depends what difficulties it caused and how schools and medical people in your area at that time dealt with things.

Yes it would be your GP and what do you think you would be labelled as if you don't have it? I'm slightly confused by that bit, lol

StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 15:37:59

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fuzzpig Thu 17-Jan-13 15:38:15

Also watching with interest. I have got an assessment for Aspergers underway, although the psychiatrist who didn't listen to a bloody word I said and just read my ten year old notes not that I'm bitter or anything seems to think I have OCD instead confused

I have some traits of ADD (not the H though) and dyspraxia although I gather the latter is more an educational need so no idea how one approaches that as an adult!

prettyfly1 Thu 17-Jan-13 15:38:32

Go to your gp in the first instance. The chances are that unless this is hugely lifelimiting you will have to be assessed privately at a cost around £300 min but yes you can be dx as an adult.

StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 15:40:08

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StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 15:41:07

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tabulahrasa Thu 17-Jan-13 15:49:37

It wasn't meant in a WHY would anyone want a diagnosis of ADHD way, lol.

Just, more, what is it you hope a diagnosis would get you...if it's a case of, I'm having xyz difficulty and knowing why would help me, then it might be worth going to the GP or going for a private assessment.

If it's more actual help or support instead that would be helpful, a diagnosis as an adult isn't likely to get you very far, unfortunately.

Stick there's a thread in Mental Health (I think) that I'm on but couldn't find as it's a couple of months ago which might be helpful.

(I think I've got ADHD but haven't gone to the doctor yet - procrastinating much?!)

Sorry I can't remember it but if I find it I'll do a linky!

StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 15:55:18

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TheAccidentalExhibitionist Thu 17-Jan-13 15:56:10

StickEmUp I don't think you need to justify why you want to be tested. You may have to self fund though.

People have such a problem with labels, sometimes it's helpful to have a diagnosis of a condition that you have. It's as simple as that and wouldn't need to be justified if it were a physical issue. You also don't need to tell anyone the results if you don't wish to.

Good for you for getting tested if you want to, I've often wondered myself and scored in the 90's in tests. I've been told repeatedly that I probably have it and my son already has a formal diagnosis.

It's been a blessing and a curse for me. I've achieved a great deal because I have limitless energy and enthusiasm but I'm ridiculously easy to distract and have a lack focus and concentration.
I also struggle to manage sensible eating, drinking and general impulsive behaviour.
My sons diagnosis helped me understand myself, I would have been so relieved to have known and understood myself when I was younger.

Good luck to you OP.

StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 16:10:30

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Adult ADHDers

lazy and childish

Here you go, there are actually 2 threads.

Just as I realised I probably have ADHD, I caught the end of the ADHD Awareness week that this org had set up HADD and went along to the talk they'd organised for the last night (Greg LeMond and Dr Declan Quinn spoke, it was brilliant. Some of the info on this site might be helpful.

tabulahrasa Thu 17-Jan-13 16:14:15

I wasn't asking so you could justify why, honestly smile

It's just easier to answer if I know what you need, as my answer would be different...

If you want it just to answer your own why do I struggle with this questions, I think it's worth doing.

If you're not struggling with that but could use practical support - you would be as well researching yourself and just trying to work it out yourself as there's not a lot out there. It' hard enough getting help for a child when there are whole departments of people employed just to do that, there's nowhere near the same level of help available for adults.

That's all I was asking about.

If it would help you to just know one way or the other, then I would do it.

Marking place. Me too smile
Have mentioned it to GP but he just said "Well you seem pretty normal to me !"
Didn't even ask me much at all about my experience.
Have a new GP now (coincidentally) and might think about mentioning it again, or going for a private assessment possibly

StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 16:29:40

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Branleuse Thu 17-Jan-13 16:33:00

I think I have ADD. Im awaiting an assessment.

Its not easy tbh, there really isnt any funding for adult learning difficulties. Children and adolescents maybe, but adults, there isnt even the expertise. There are places you can get a private assessment. I phoned up a place and asked the other day and was told they can talk to you over the phone. Cant remember how much that cost. , or give free advice as an email, but if you wanted to see a specialist for a diagnosis, youd be looking at about £600/700.

I find concentrating very hard and keeping on track. I sometimes struggle with focussing on conversations, and even watching a film or finishing a book is hard.
Im extremely disorganised and feel a bit chaotic, and ive been suffering with anxiety and depression, but im convinced they are symptoms of not being able to be organised and capable. I have loads of other issues too. Its certainly not a case of going to your GP and them just referring you. They will make you try all sorts of antidepressants etc, which if the problem is ADD or ADHD will not likely be very effective. Its all a huge faff

Branleuse Thu 17-Jan-13 16:34:01

www.simplywellbeing.com/add-and-adhd-diagnosis-uk

these are the people I called. They seemed very nice on the phone

StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 16:39:52

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StickEmUp Thu 17-Jan-13 16:40:28

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I went to a simply well-being "tear and share breakfast/ discussion" last year and am on their mailing list. They have lectures on various related subjects about once a month (Jan 31st I think one about "ADHD and marriage/relationships") Only prob for me is it's all in London so not so convenient for us out-of-towners. Lectures are very reasonable though, and could be illuminating ?

Kind of thinking learning more about it (from books or lectures or support groups) might be the best way forward for me. Not so sure about diagnosis, medication, or treatment. Though I wouldn't rule it out completely.
Shame GP's don't seem to know more about it ? Maybe things are slowly changing awareness wise ?

MammaTJ Thu 17-Jan-13 17:59:20

I will pm you with a good contacts number. She was diagnosed a lot later in life and works on an asd/adhd helpline. She is wonderful and has been a great support to me in my quest for a diagnosis for my DD.

*I am a woman late 20*-sorry I missed that. I can only say, I worked a night shift last night and had workmen hammering tiles off my bathroom wall.

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