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I am 32 from the uk I am 100% certain I have adhd when I approached my doctor and told her she made me feel silly and basically told me there are no legal medication for it in the uk and suggested I seek mental health if I wanted to but feeling stupid and that I was wasteing her time I refused and got out of there quick wot should I do the symptoms of adhd makes so much of my past and present sorry about my spelling and punctuality please help any advice is good advice thanx

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I think you should help and you should go to Metal Health Doc. Don’t worry about your spelling it find. I have hart time too with my spelling

Posted by jamespfluger on Nov 20, 2013 at 10:17pm

DOc. get paid for that. That why there there for. Don’t fee silly or stupid.

Posted by jamespfluger on Nov 20, 2013 at 10:18pm

It’s crazy my girl friend is a nurse and she was the one that told me she thinks I have it and when I read the symptoms my hole life just makes so much sense I will il go back and tell her I want to go ahead with mental health appointment and just hope there is some good help I can get here in the uk

Posted by Srf33uk on Nov 20, 2013 at 11:09pm

Welcome Srf33uk!  There are other people here, and on other boards I have been to, who are in the UK and receive treatment for their ADHD, so know that you CAN get treatment.  Your doctor probably doesn’t know much about ADHD (I would say definitely doesn’t because she’s claiming there are no legal medications for it but actually there are, you just may have to get special permission from the insurance to cover the medication for an adult), and instead is referring you to a mental health doctor (psychiatrist) who specializes and primarily deals with mental disorders, which include ADHD.  I have ADHD as well as Bipolar Disorder and my psychiatrist treats both very well.  My family doctor will only prescribe my medications if there is an emergency and I’m going to run out or something.  She would never change any of my psychiatric medications, leaving that to my psychiatrist alone.  DEFINITELY go back and see the psychiatrist!!  Please keep us updated!  With treatment, your whole world is going to be different, at least mine was.  Treatment isn’t a cure-all, and I still have symptoms, but still, the difference is amazing.  And support here, and all the information on additudemag.com is extremely helpful.

Posted by LittleD1981 on Nov 21, 2013 at 12:34am

You are not stupid or silly for attempting to get a diagnosis for your issues, but one of the things to help treat adult ADD is controlled drugs and not all places around the world might be able to legally prescribe meds for you. However I would say that if it is possible I would get a second opinion. It sounds like the person you went to might not know all of the treatment options for ADD or they might have been seeing your case different than the normal case. I would say get a second opinion is your best choice if you still feel strongly about it. I was teased at my job for supposedly acting like I had it and found out later it was an adult issue too.

Posted by Scootter316 on Nov 21, 2013 at 2:59am

My first place I went to My psychiatrist treat me for depression and Bipolar Disorder.I went threw 3 Therapist for 2 years and It seem nothing work. So I decide to go to a different practice and psychiatrist test me for AD/HD and that how I found out. That was in this month. The problem is I can’t see the Doc till March for my treatment. Any Idea how I help my AD/DH on till then? I also see a Social Worker in the same place and he real good with me.
  So Srf33uk don’t give up. Call around if you have too. There should be a way you can get treated. And yes I agree with other. We all need top keep updated on are treatment in here so we could help other or get great input with other in here.

Posted by jamespfluger on Nov 21, 2013 at 3:23am

Thanx for your support guys I will defiantly go back and see them not just for me but for my family too my girl friend especially who realy gets anoid with me on a daily basis because of things I say and do

Posted by Srf33uk on Nov 21, 2013 at 6:31am

Ok so I have just made the first step and asked my doctor to refer me to the mental health team I guess I have along way to go but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end .

Posted by Srf33uk on Nov 21, 2013 at 8:42am

I’ve just joined this forum and was recently diagnosed myself. I wish you the best of luck in getting help now that you have finally found out why you “do the things you do”. I know how you feel! I highly recommend the book “Driven to Distraction” by Edward Hallowell. It’s a must read for anyone who is interested in or has AD(H)D

Posted by Fiddle on Nov 21, 2013 at 8:44am

Hi Srf33UK,

It is a nuisance when physicians behave that way. The best part about this is that you are going ahead with things and taken responsibility for your health. And that is good. The next step for you is to pay more attention to doing the things that you are good at doing, and to spend as much time as possible doing them.

A more recent book by Hallowell and Ratey is delivered from Distraction. Both are excellent but I found the second more helpful in my work.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Nov 21, 2013 at 9:08am

Howdy Srf33UK and ADD support team.
I’m in Texas and been enjoying this chain.  By the way we Texans really do not say ‘howdy’ like on the TV shows.  I just want to say to you and others who suspect they have the traditional ADHD which is caused by a chemical imbalance in the frontal lobes of the brain. There are other medical conditions that can give off the same symptoms such as not being able to properly organize, being impatient, impulsiveness, forgetting appointments, loosing things,etc…  I’m very disappointed that your physician did not take you serious.  You may have ADHD or you may have sleep apnea or an infected sinus cavity that’s putting pressure on the brain.  Both of these medical conditions can cause a person to act in the same manner as someone with ADHD.  Both of which can be serious. High stress, depression, or other mental disorders will need to be properly diagnosed by a well trained physician.
Other life style activities can cause ADHD behaviors also, such as excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, lack of sleep, and even technology addictions to smartphones, smartpads, computers, television, game consoles like xbox and internet addictions stresses out our brains.

  I wonder if your first physician was thinking you were trying to get medications to sell on the streets.  Here in Texas it has become a very big problem with the illegal drug trade. There is a big demand for Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, vivanase, and amphetimine salts.  All of which are commonly prescribed for both children and adults with ADHD.  In Texas, these medications cannot be called in to my drug store pharmacist.  I have to pick up from my doctor a special state issued prescription form that has a registration number.  I then have to take it to my pharmacist and hand it to him.  Only 30 days maximun allowed.  My son also takes same medications but he can get 90 day supply and even though the Rx form is still on the state form, there is not so much security around it when it’s for a child.  They say it’s because the drug dealers hire people to get a legal diagnosis and prescriptions to turn around and sell to addicted junkies at high as 100 US dollars   for a single pill of Ritalin 40mg.

Posted by spage_hasADD on Nov 22, 2013 at 5:27am

There are all kinds of docs.  While many general practitioners understand ADHD well, there are others who do not and who are simply not equipped to assess and counsel appropriately for this diagnosis. Infuriating to sit across from a doc, knowing you’ll have to pay for this visit even if it is a waste of your time, but it’s a sign to pick up and get resourceful and find someone who *is* prepared to meet you where you are and help you get your care.  Maybe that doc is still fine for sore throats and sprained wrists, but if you need help making a plan to manage your behavior and thinking and concentration, then keep up the search, and keep it up until you feel you’re in good hands.  Best to you.

Posted by marietta on Nov 22, 2013 at 1:57pm

Howdy from the Lone Star State.  I am glad you are moving forward on your own.  Driven to Distraction on Delivered fromDistraction are both very good books.

Your regular doctor might not be familiar with ADHD as itis much less common in the UK vs. USA.  At that, you may not have ADHD, but you are moving forward and it usually the mental health professionals that are better equipped for diagnosis. 

In the US, most of the meds are considered controlled substances, hence the 30 day supply.

P.S.  I was born, raised, and bred right here in Texas.  The proper greeting is still Howdy.  There is a reason that it used in the movies all of the time.

Posted by Fuzzy on Nov 22, 2013 at 5:23pm

Actually, AD/HD is probably just as common in the UK as anywhere else.  It is just that he medical profession - especially many of its older members - set higher standards for diagnosis.  Your doctor is not qualified to diagnose AD/HD in any event, but she should have referred you to a qualified psychologist.  From your spelling, it is also possible that you might have one or more learning disabilities, either instead of or in addition to AD/HD.  People with AD/HD are several times more likely to have one or more LD as well.

Posted by Cedar on Nov 29, 2013 at 5:21am

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