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Tourettes syndrome...how to get the referral or diagnosis?

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evaangel2 Mon 06-Jul-09 22:01:28

My ds has severe ADHD and I think he may have touettes syndrome...should I see my GP?
Any advice would be appreciated?

bramblebooks Mon 06-Jul-09 22:18:01

Yes, ask for a referral through to a paediatric specialist. GP may be faster.

Alternatively, ask school to refer your ds to the school paediatrician (there is one for each locality) for a referral on.

Tourettes is one of a cluster of conditions co-existing with ADHD. It can also be exhibited due to taking ritalin, according to an ADHD specialist I heard speaking this week.

All the best.

bramblebooks Mon 06-Jul-09 22:18:45

... are you under a specialist's care already, eva? That specialist should be able to assist with support for Tourettes

(sorry, pressed post too soon before)

SlartyBartFast Mon 06-Jul-09 22:19:47

i would ahve thought camhs,
children and adolescent mental health service, particularly for adhd and i am qutie sure for tourettes.

bramblebooks Mon 06-Jul-09 22:25:17

I think camhs will give support for families. I mentioned paed in my previous post as this is the route through to diagnosis in our county.

Can you speak to the school nurse to get some support/clarification? School should be able to provide you with the phone number.

evaangel2 Mon 06-Jul-09 22:28:16

yes, my ds has been under a paediatrician specialist, he takes a slow release tablet daily and also has a school councellor, he was referred to the councellor because he self harmed, the school are aware of this

bramblebooks Mon 06-Jul-09 22:52:51

Hopefully you will be able toget an apptwith your specialist soon to discuss this concern.
Argh typing on phone!

evaangel2 Mon 06-Jul-09 22:54:03

thanks Bramble

bramblebooks Tue 07-Jul-09 18:23:17

All the best - ring the consultant's secretary and see if you can get an appointment soon. It might also be helpful to talk to the school senco to make sure that teaching staff are aware of strategies to best support your son.

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