ADHD in the UK
Struggling for support and diagnosis
Hi, I’m 42 years old and recently come to the revelation that I have ADHD. It is like the missing piece of the jigsaw. Suddenly everything in my life makes sense. I have done a lot of in depth study sand am confident that this is my problem, but I am struggling to get a formal GP diagnosis. My usual GP is off long term sick. The other GP says “adhd is very fashionable at the moment” which I found hurtful and patronising. She insisted I persevere with sertraline (SSRI antidepressant) even though I know it’s not right for me, before she would consider anything else. I have little family support and am struggling as a single parent, seeing my daughter growing up with the same problems as me. Her teacher dismissed my suggestion of ADHD, as she tries hard in class to fit in and is very bright. It only shows there as slow working and being talkative. She is really struggling in her friendships and feels no one likes her. I felt like this and it’s so painful to see her going through it. I feel so alone with this and need to talk to people who understand. I feel like no one is taking me seriously and am so exhausted, it’s difficult to explain to people. I’m not necessarily looking for medication in the first instance, but for support for both of us and most of all acknowledgement so I can move on from feeling so ashamed and disappointed with myself.Did anyone else struggle to get taken seriously? How do I go about getting diagnosis and support? Thank you
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