i thought my partner had add. i didnt want to wait for a referral and to wait etc, so i went straight to a therapist and neurologist with him even though i had to pay privately (not much). they wanted to take forever with referrals etc. and more therapists so i asked gp who was a good neurologist and would see him, i actually found one, again private and whilst i had to wait for an initial appt, he was diagnosed within a week!
some GPs will definitely be hesitant, but as I have gone back to study as an adult it was quite important to have the right support in place. and the support is amazing! one of the best decisions i've ever made
A diagnosis will help you access support across work, housing, claiming benefits etc. For example, I work as an employment Officer specifically for ASD. I help service users develop strategies for coping in work (organisation, time management, social difficulties, stress and anxiety etc.). I also help negotiate reasonable adjustments and advise employers of best practice, deliver training in managing ASD in the workplace and to act as an advocate or intermediary when required. You need a diagnosis to access our services. There are also similar organisations that provide assistance in managing their homes, budgeting etc.
Some GPs are terrible at referring for diagnosis but I'd try there first. The vast majority of my service users have worked for big organisations that were willing to refer them to occupational health for an assessment.
Went to my GP, explained I thought I 'might' have ADHD and why, i.e. I made a case for it to be looked into but without going overboard. I explained that it might turn out my issue wasn't ADHD but, whatever it was, I needed to know why I struggled with so many aspects of daily life that others just get on with.
You may initially be referred to a psychologist but need to remember that only a psychiatrist (or I think it was a nurse consultant specialising in ADHD who carried out the first assessment and confirmed the diagnosis and went under the care of a psychiatrist. A psychologist cannot confirm a dx.
A good site for adults seeking a diagnosis is aadduk.
Re a previous post commenting on a GP's comment that getting a diagnosis as an adult will not help. It may help just having it confirmed. My experience was that it explained a lot and saved constantly having to wonder why I'd done or not done something. So it lifted a load in some ways - although as an older adult when diagnosed I went through a marked period of 'mourning' the life I felt I hadn't been brave enough to follow because I couldn't trust myself to get things right.
1. I suspect I may have ADHD. How do I get a referral to an ADHD specialist for an assessment?
Make a 10 minute appointment with your GP and simply say you want a referral to an adult ADHD specialist for an assessment. Take along the list of symptoms (with the relevant ones circled) which can be found in our library here. And a copy of the patient’s version of the NICE guidelines which can also be found in our library here. If you feel up to it, you could write under each symptom, a description of how it has affected your life. Tell your GP that you will ring him in exactly one week’s time to find out how the referral is going.