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Old 11-14-13, 08:44 PM
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Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

Hey all, I posted about assessment a couple of months ago and now it's update time

I've seen my psychiatrist 3 times now and she will now refer me to the neuropsychiatric section where I live for assessment. The waiting time is currently around 2 years. But she did tell me that whether I get a diagnosis or not, I have obvious ADHD traits* and impairment in my daily life, so I should keep reading and learning to try to improve my life

It feels really bad, having to wait for 2 years (!!). The region I live in recently decided to take a look at what is causing the waiting time to be so long, but who knows how long that is going to take. The psychiatrist also said that it probably wouldn't matter what she wrote on the referral - it wouldn't shorten my waiting time. I hope they manage to reduce the waiting line in some way.

I've soon completed 2 years out of the 5.5 years my university degree will take, I've been so stressed out with no social life yet my results are somewhat mediocre. I can't get any help from university without a formal diagnosis. I'd really like to take a break from studying, but then I'd probably have to move back home. And worse - it took me this long to feel that I am a part of my class, and I don't want to break up from them and start all over again

I guess that is the downside of the socialistic welfare state

* It was so funny, when I talked to a clinical supervisor (I study medicine) about my difficulties, and told him that I probably have ADHD. He just answered "I know"
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Old 11-14-13, 09:16 PM
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Re: Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

The problem was mentioned in the local radio news this summer.
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Re: Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

Do you like living in Sweden? Have you considered moving? That's so awful and you're so valiant to 'white-knuckle' the adhd and comorbids i admire you. When my son told me he had been - i call it 'white - knuckling' - when you hide your discomfort or it is crippling and you are alone with it as it's consuming or paralysing - when he told me he'd been doing it since starting school my heart has never felt pain like that...

i also believe it is valiant to not give up if you're determined to study something that you love or gives you passion - you can do that in another country - just don't settle for isolating - find a group - i suggest a good improv group so you can be silly and laugh

better than any therapy i've ever had

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Re: Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

I'm sorry it's taking so long. Here the wrong times are atrocious too. Is there any way you could get quicker private healthcare?
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I guess that is the downside of the socialistic welfare state

* It was so funny, when I talked to a clinical supervisor (I study medicine) about my difficulties, and told him that I probably have ADHD. He just answered "I know"
Not that I don't sympathize with your frustration, but in the capitalistic health care model, the waiting time is infinity if you can't afford to pay.
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Re: Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

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Do you like living in Sweden? Have you considered moving? [...] just don't settle for isolating - find a group - i suggest a good improv group so you can be silly and laugh
Yes, I like my country and I'm just a bit frustrated right now. I attend a meeting group for students with neuropsychiatric disabilities every other week, it's really nice being open about your problems and having a fun time!

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I'm sorry it's taking so long. Here the wrong times are atrocious too. Is there any way you could get quicker private healthcare?
Theoretically yes, but I don't have the money right now. Also, the quality of private assessment varies a lot - some have no clue what they're doing!

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Not that I don't sympathize with your frustration, but in the capitalistic health care model, the waiting time is infinity if you can't afford to pay.
Absolutely, I prefer this system and am very thankful that I live here. But the bureaucracy that is crippling state-run health care is dreadful!
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Absolutely, I prefer this system and am very thankful that I live here. But the bureaucracy that is crippling state-run health care is dreadful!
I believe it. It would drive me up a wall. Two years is a very long wait regardless.
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Re: Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

4 months later it's time for an update.
I just had my pre-assessment appointment with a psychiatrist at the ADHD/autism clinic.
This is how the system works where I live:
  1. Referral to the clinic
  2. Pre-assessment appointment with psychologist/psychiatrist at the clinic (waiting time ~3 months)
  3. Actual assessment (waiting time ~2 years)
First off, the appointment was scheduled 2 weeks ago with a psychologist.
But she was sick that day, so I got a new appointment 1 month later...
I kind of talked my way to an earlier date but with another person.

The appointment felt really bad.
First question: "could you describe your problems?"
... where do I start?! I guess, "my head is chaotic without structure".
And, he said that the questionnaires my parents answered,
didn't really point in the ADHD direction (which I already knew).

Neither did my answers to the screening form 2 years ago.
But I didn't think of saying:
"Yes, I know my answers to the screening are different,
but back then I didn't know how much I interrupt people.
I didn't know normal people don't struggle as much with everyday tasks as I do.
I have a tendency to score low on any self-answered things.
And I really wanted to say, even back then:
'I know the score is low, but I think I might have it, or something similar.
Please consider it! Please take my problems seriously!'"

He said it's hard to tell anxiety and depression from ADHD sometimes.
I guess he has to say that, because it's true.
But still... it made me sad.
Maybe because I'm so uncertain myself that anything is wrong with me at all.

At least I'm placed in the waiting line now.
Now the "true" 2 years of waiting begin.
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Re: Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

@Pingu

This sucks

I thought the healthcare system in Sweden was better than this.

I feel your pain. I was diagnosed at 27. I guess it's better late than never.
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Re: Now, 2 years of waiting for assessment

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But still... it made me sad.
Maybe because I'm so uncertain myself that anything is wrong with me at all.
Speaking just for myself, many times I've felt the same. "Maybe I'm not put together any different than others, I just need more self-discipline. Or I need to pay more attention to my reaction to things and think first. Or I have to just make myself become more laid back about the good or bad stimuli. If I find the right formula or ethic I won't have to work twice as hard as everyone else to achieve the same mediocre results. Maybe there really isn't anything wrong with me."

But deep inside I know I'm different. I've tried and I'm just not capable to deal with most things in life the way others I see and know. I've tried more methods than cars I've wrecked and nothing gets better. I look human but I feel alien everyday in every environment and I often want to scream for lack of being able to do anything else about it. I don't even have the capacity to explain it, only others like me can understand where I've been, how hard it is and the toll it took. By every measure of living I know I'm different.

With all my heart I hope there really is nothing wrong with you and that good counsel is able to straighten out the jagged lines, but I do know you probably wouldn't have found this sight if you didn't believe some of what I've said about yourself.

Here I've never had to awkwardly try to explain myself or make excuses.
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