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    Hello, I'm wondering if anyone who has been diagnosed with ADHD could share with me the process in which they went through in order to be diagnosed?

    I've made a GP appointment for Tuesday to ask about being assessed but I'm worried that I might not be able to explain it very well as to why I think I have ADHD, along with worrying about wether or not I'm seeing a Doctor that will take it seriously.

    I was advised by my councillor to see a Doctor about my mental health in general but also I discussed with her about why I think I have ADHD and she said that seeing a GP would be the first step.

    However, I'm concerned about waiting lists after this, are their other options than the NHS for assessment?

    Anyway, what I'm asking really is what is the process?
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    (Original post by WilliamsQI)
    Hello, I'm wondering if anyone who has been diagnosed with ADHD could share with me the process in which they went through in order to be diagnosed?

    I've made a GP appointment for Tuesday to ask about being assessed but I'm worried that I might not be able to explain it very well as to why I think I have ADHD, along with worrying about wether or not I'm seeing a Doctor that will take it seriously.

    I was advised by my councillor to see a Doctor about my mental health in general but also I discussed with her about why I think I have ADHD and she said that seeing a GP would be the first step.

    However, I'm concerned about waiting lists after this, are their other options than the NHS for assessment?

    Anyway, what I'm asking really is what is the process?
    I have ADD. I was seeing a psych for MH and mentioned that I had been looking into LDs. He sent me onto an educational psych and they did some tests then diagnosed me with Dyslexia and ADD.

    My best advice is to write down the important things so you can just show them. It's really easy to forget something from a list when you're in a timed appointment. If your GP sees potential LD signs in the list they will probably refer you on to a specialist. My guess would be an educational psych given that's who I saw, but there may be other people who cover it, including people within CAMHS if you are under 18.

    As far as options outside the NHS go, you could ask your GP for a private referral, but that will cost a bomb. You may also be able to ask your school, college or uni if they can help with an assessment. I think the EP I saw may have actually been through my uni.
    It might be worth asking your student support people what the situation with that is before your appointment. If they can sort something out then you can let the dr know and they can sort out the appropriate referral etc.

    Hope that helps.
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    It's been a nightmare for me.

    I've been waiting over a year for a diagnosis, and I still haven't had one. Expect a long wait should you be referred.
 
 
 
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