View Full Version : Finding it hard to get diagnosed (uk)


Villar
05-19-14, 11:28 PM
So 4th time I've been to the doctors today and I have seen a different doctor each time... Every single time I have stated all of my symptoms (I posted a thread when I first joined if anyone wants to look :)) and then the doctor just passes it off as anxiety/depression without really even giving me a chance and gives me medication for that, I mean what the actual hell am I supposed to do? All I want is a referral to see a psychologist that actually has an idea about mental illness other than depression but for some reason in the uk that doesn't seem possible :S I mentioned to them that I thought I might have adhd-I and would like to see someone about it and they just look at me with a blank look on there face... I have been on numerous medications for both anxiety and depression and not one of them has worked in the last 6 years so I feel that if I am not being diagnosed properly I'm missing out on the help I need.
Yeah not sure now why I've wrote this thread, just needed to vent my frustration really but if anyone can offer any advice on what to do next I'd be very grateful.

Benji X
05-20-14, 07:28 AM
Try to find a special clinic which clearly states they specialise in adult ADHD. Even then it can be a drag. I'm surprised you can't get a a referral. There's no way a regular doctor would have a clue about ADD. I'm not in the UK, but my path was to doctor -> another doctor -> psychiatrist -> neuropsychology clinic -> psychiatrist again.

Fuzzy12
05-20-14, 07:35 AM
When you say that you have been to the doctors' for the 4th do you mean your GP? If yes, insist that your GP refers you to a psychiatrist. They aren't allowed to diagnose (or assess for) ADHD so they have to refer you to secondary care.

DrSlow
05-20-14, 07:39 PM
I had similar difficulties in Australia. About two years after my first GP visit I finally had a referral to a PDoc and a few months later when I could get in to see him he basically said, yes you have ADHD, here is a script for a stimulant.

I probably could have just insisted on a referral to a PDoc straight up, but of course the ADHD/anxiety/depression makes that difficult for me.

I should probably clarify that I was also deeply depressed at the time (oh, hindsight!) so once I managed to get seen by a good GP she focused on treating that, which was probably prudent.

Villar
05-28-14, 07:03 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone! :) yeah fuzzy i mean the GP, I have personally asked them if I could be refered to a psychiatrist and they have just sort of wriggled around the question. Today though I had an appointment and the doctor told me to ring 'healthy minds'. Not exactly what I was hoping for but going to give it a go.

Flory
05-28-14, 07:39 PM
Benji in the Nhs there are maybe 4/5 max adult ADHD services. Privately there are many. But private over here for most people isn't an option

lapetitepiaf
06-01-14, 06:35 PM
GP's aren't qualified to diagnose ADHD and don't know much about it compared to a psychiatrist. Obviously your doctors don't have much comprehension of the disorder and it's symptoms. There's not much you can do other than to keep insisting that you need to see a psychiatrist, unless you're willing to find one privately. They'll have to refer you to one if you kick up enough of a fuss. I'm in the UK too. Got referred and have my first appointment in a week!

Just keep trying, keep insisting. If you really think you have a disorder they should be doing everything they can to get you to see the right people.

eclectic beagle
06-01-14, 06:42 PM
GP's aren't qualified to diagnose ADHD and don't know much about it compared to a psychiatrist. Obviously your doctors don't have much comprehension of the disorder and it's symptoms. There's not much you can do other than to keep insisting that you need to see a psychiatrist, unless you're willing to find one privately. They'll have to refer you to one if you kick up enough of a fuss. I'm in the UK too. Got referred and have my first appointment in a week!

Just keep trying, keep insisting. If you really think you have a disorder they should be doing everything they can to get you to see the right people.

Yeah, thought I read somewhere that a lot of GPs hand out misdiagnoses, which is understandable.