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Jism1990
03-08-12, 10:04 PM
struggling to find treatment?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8462358.stm

A series of interviews with patients and doctors highlighted that although some patients felt they no longer needed treatment, others wanted it but had difficulty accessing specialist services once they had been discharged from paediatric care.

After being kicked out of the GP's office with a "there's nothing we can do" attitude, I'm finding it hard to find where-else to go.

I just know I need treatment. I'm constantly getting 'let go' from jobs for being incompetent.

Anyone in the UK have any advice on what I could/should do next?

Fuzzy12
03-09-12, 08:10 AM
Were you diagnosed as a child?

My GP was less than helpful as well. However, it's not true that there is nothing that can be done. Besides, a GP is not qualified to make a diagnosis or to take the decision that nothing else can be tried. I think, your GP is obligated to refer you to a psychiatrist or an ADHD specialist.

The waiting times are pretty long though. MY GP said she'll try to refer me (though she doesn't believe that I might have ADHD) but I don't think she is doing anything about it. You might be better off seeing someone privately. It's definitely quicker. Your GP still has to write you a referral letter but usually they are happy to do that if you are going private.

You can find some private specialists in your area on this website:

http://aadduk.org/help-support/specialists-support-and-coaches/

Jism1990
03-09-12, 11:50 AM
Were you diagnosed as a child?

My GP was less than helpful as well. However, it's not true that there is nothing that can be done. Besides, a GP is not qualified to make a diagnosis or to take the decision that nothing else can be tried. I think, your GP is obligated to refer you to a psychiatrist or an ADHD specialist.

The waiting times are pretty long though. MY GP said she'll try to refer me (though she doesn't believe that I might have ADHD) but I don't think she is doing anything about it. You might be better off seeing someone privately. It's definitely quicker. Your GP still has to write you a referral letter but usually they are happy to do that if you are going private.

You can find some private specialists in your area on this website:

http://aadduk.org/help-support/specialists-support-and-coaches/

Yes I was diagnosed as a child.

Doesn't it cost to go through private specialists?

Fuzzy12
03-09-12, 12:06 PM
Yes, it costs. You have to pay for the consultations but then the meds are prescribed by your GP and I think, they are free, but I'm not sure. I think, someone gave me a rough estimate of about 300 + any follow up consultation fees.

I guess, a lot depends on where you live as well. There is no ADHD specialist in my town and the nearest NHS specialist is reluctant to take out-of-town referrals (though I think by law that they can't refuse). The waiting lists are up to 6 months.

Jism1990
03-11-12, 11:56 PM
Yes, it costs. You have to pay for the consultations but then the meds are prescribed by your GP and I think, they are free, but I'm not sure. I think, someone gave me a rough estimate of about 300 + any follow up consultation fees.

I guess, a lot depends on where you live as well. There is no ADHD specialist in my town and the nearest NHS specialist is reluctant to take out-of-town referrals (though I think by law that they can't refuse). The waiting lists are up to 6 months.

Wonderful. Don't really have the money and there aren't any specialists in my area.

Fuzzy12
03-12-12, 07:34 AM
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to discourage or scare you.

Go back to your GP. Tell him that you need a referral to an ADHD specialist. (GPs are not qualified to diagnose you. According to NICE guidelines, they have to refer you if there is reasonable cause to assume that you might have ADHD). Be firm but also be clear about your symptoms. If you were diagnosed as a child, then you have ADHD. If you are still struggling you deserve to get treatment.

If there is no NHS specialist in your area then they have to refer you to an out-of-area specialist. From what I've heard, the GP might first refer you to a general psychiatrist who will then refer you to a specialist (err..or something like that). The waiting times can be long but at some point you will be able to see someone who can help you.

Good luck. :)

INTP_H_INFJ
02-22-13, 05:59 PM
Fuzzy12 is correct, it is their job to refer you.

If you're having problems, perhaps could try contacting your local MP about how was treatment (or not in this case xD)

You could also try another Dr.

Not sure where you're at, but in Wales the NHS but is pretty much nothing, and only treatment is being given to those who are in life and death situations pretty much, so that could of been a possible reason for the shunning from GP.

It IS, as Fuzzy12 said though, they are obligated to refer you. Kick up a fuss if you have to (Its demeaning I know :/ only way to get their attention most of the time though)


Note on the General Psychistrist... if they are like mine, chances are they're gonna be cluess /you know more than them about ADHD, so make sure you dont take no BS from them as I did due to having to comsciously supress my ODD and challenging behaviour, even intelligence, because I knew how things could/would go, and I just wanted help ya know (Adult DX), which I ended up being royally screwed (maybe even to point of negligence....)

So please do try to keep that in mind if do end up being "treated" by an Adult General Psychiatrist. I would hate for any one else to go through what I did!!


Goodluck with things!!

kavehpaymayesh
03-24-14, 05:02 PM
Hello Jism1990,


I am so sorry that you did not get the help you deserve from these overpaid buggers, I can promise you are not missing out on much as you would simply be referred to a specialist (best case scenario). The waiting times here range six months +.

Might I suggest another course of action?

Unfortunately, a lot of people perceive ADHD as a crazy disability. Yes, it can be, however this is very much a condition that can be harnessed and used as an asset in one's life!