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02-01-13, 06:09 AM
I was diagnosed with ADD in March last year by a private psychiatrist that specialises in ADHD and was prescribed Concerta which was gradually increased to the maximum dose that he would allow. It didn't really do anything for me, other than stop all the invasive thoughts. What it did seem to do, was help me retreat into my fantasy world which I go into a lot anyway.

Due to my private health insurance not covering these sessions or my medication, I couldn't afford to go any longer. I was also a bit disillusioned by the whole thing as I wanted CBT which the health insurance agreed to pay for (for depression), but my pdoc didn't think it would work as I wouldn't be able to pay attention. Which I don't agree with.

Anyway, I have now decided to try and get some help again, this time without insurance as my partner was made redundant and the insurance went with the job.

So I visited my GP yesterday who stated he would not be happy prescribing medication for me and states I need to be referred to a NHS specialist. He said the info from my pdoc states I had a score of 36 on the ASQ which would indicate that I may have an ASD, so he would like this to be looked into further.

I looked at the diagnostic criteria for Aspergers syndrome, whilst I was being diagnosed for ADD but didn't think I matched the criteria and didn't get that OMG feeling I did when I read about ADD.

I have autistic traits such as narrow interests that I pursue avidly, severe meltdowns, habits that could be construed as stimming, I have only recently learnt eye contact, but still no good at it and I have a monotone voice, especially after a drink. But I thought these were all traits that were common in ADDers.

I never thought that I had any social weaknesses until I realised that I don't have any friends and never really did and Im not good with conversation with people I don't know

However I do have a lot of empathy although I'm not really sure of the difference between empathy and sympathy. But I cry, get embarrassed for people and caring and stuff.

I never told my pdoc the extent of my fantasy world, but again this is a trait rather than a diagnostic criteria.

I'm just kinda getting fed up as first they thought bipolar, then ADHD, now ASD. I don't even know if I could handle another diagnosis and all the **** that goes with it.

Will this ever end?