View Full Version : Health service in Ireland not recognising adult adhd


Bazzadoh
02-09-17, 06:21 PM
I have been going to my GP for years due to my ADHD symptoms. Doctors dismisses me every time. I decide to go to a private clinical psychologist and she diagnised me with combined adhd in moderate level. I am a 45 year old male.
Her recommendation was for me to go back to my GP so I can get referred onto a psychiatrist My GP did this, I thought after all these years I am about to get treated for a condition I had all my life.
My doctor called me in to see him this morning and read out a note from the psychiatrist that I have been waiting to see. The psychiatrists said on the note that she could do nothing for me as I am over 18 and adhd is not an issue with adults.
I am vack to square one and at the end of my tether. I submitted an official complaint to the HSE and the psychiatrist herself.
This is a real condition but is not recognised by the vast majority of health professionals.
I have now got a referral in Dublin where it is an 8 hour round trip to get there.

20thcenturyfox
02-10-17, 03:01 AM
As you probably know (since you say you have submitted a complaint) both the UK and Europe have "official" guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults (as well as children). This page from the ADHD Institute references several of them, and specifically mentions several countries...but not Eire. http://www.adhd-institute.com/disease-management/guidelines/european-guidelines/

Unfortunately, as you have discovered, even "official" guidelines don't always translate into reasonable access to treatment across all geographic areas. I presume this would be even more true for specialized services like psychosocial therapies than for medication. Hopefully you will at least end up with a prescription you can bring back home and have refilled locally.

Imagine how many other adults like yourself there must be in the hinterland who are undiagnosed, untreated, and unsupported. I wish you the best of luck.

kilted_scotsman
02-10-17, 06:07 AM
We had the same issue in Scotland when I was diagnosed.

There were no Adult ADHD diagnosticians in Scotland, however there was agreement that ADHD occurred in children.

A support group was formed that had as it's main objective the lobbying of parliament to recognise Adult ADHD and produce guidelines for its treatment.

Crucial to the success of this strategy was the recruitment of ADHD aware psychs who gave insider knowledge of how to change the "system" It took a while but it was successful.

Individual complaints can be useful, however a coordinated response involving people with ADHD and health professionals may be the way to go. THe one here had a non-ADDer as it's Admin/organised person... which probably helped!

I am involved in a small dementia care lobbying group here in Scotland and I'm surprised at how powerful small groups of people can be when well organised.

If you are angry.... as you have a right to be, then you could try to channel that anger constructively.

salleh
02-10-17, 09:35 AM
....I am on Medicade in California, ....and they won't pay for my meds ( as I am "too old" ) and they won't pay for my pdoc either ......

......So I pay out of pocket for everything ......luckily my pdoc understands and only charges me $75 a visit, and I use GoodRx coupons and pay less than half the retail price for my meds .....

...As meds are essential for me to function at all, it is always 1st on my list of expenses .......everything else can be cut back .....

sarahsweets
02-16-17, 06:54 AM
....I am on Medicade in California, ....and they won't pay for my meds ( as I am "too old" ) and they won't pay for my pdoc either ......

......So I pay out of pocket for everything ......luckily my pdoc understands and only charges me $75 a visit, and I use GoodRx coupons and pay less than half the retail price for my meds .....

...As meds are essential for me to function at all, it is always 1st on my list of expenses .......everything else can be cut back .....

This is so weird. I know adderall xr was approved for adult adhd.

sarahsweets
02-16-17, 06:56 AM
I have been going to my GP for years due to my ADHD symptoms. Doctors dismisses me every time. I decide to go to a private clinical psychologist and she diagnised me with combined adhd in moderate level. I am a 45 year old male.
Her recommendation was for me to go back to my GP so I can get referred onto a psychiatrist My GP did this, I thought after all these years I am about to get treated for a condition I had all my life.
My doctor called me in to see him this morning and read out a note from the psychiatrist that I have been waiting to see. The psychiatrists said on the note that she could do nothing for me as I am over 18 and adhd is not an issue with adults.
I am vack to square one and at the end of my tether. I submitted an official complaint to the HSE and the psychiatrist herself.
This is a real condition but is not recognised by the vast majority of health professionals.
I have now got a referral in Dublin where it is an 8 hour round trip to get there.

I found this:
http://www.simplywellbeing.com/help-for-adhd/adult-adhd-diagnosis-in-the-uk/
So even though its recognized in the UK as an adult condition, your doctor can ignore that??

I thought the article was interesting.

kilted_scotsman
02-17-17, 06:09 AM
So even though its recognized in the UK as an adult condition, your doctor can ignore that??

Ireland isn't in the UK..... medics can happily ignore what happens there, same as medics in the US, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Denmark etc....

sarahsweets
02-17-17, 06:12 AM
Ireland isn't in the UK..... medics can happily ignore what happens there, same as medics in the US, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Denmark etc....

OMG how dumb am I, i always thought scotland, england and ireland were like the triplethreat trifecta.

PoppnNSailinMan
02-17-17, 06:14 PM
....I am on Medicade in California, ....and they won't pay for my meds ( as I am "too old" ) and they won't pay for my pdoc either ......

......So I pay out of pocket for everything ......luckily my pdoc understands and only charges me $75 a visit, and I use GoodRx coupons and pay less than half the retail price for my meds .....

...As meds are essential for me to function at all, it is always 1st on my list of expenses .......everything else can be cut back .....

I also live in California and was able to get Ritalin through Medicaid. I think my doctor had to ask for an exception, but it was approved. So it is possible for adults to get meds for ADHD through Medicaid in California.