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15-08-2019, 12:47   #451
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Hi Leinster Dude, thanks for posting - honestly what you are describing could be a number of diverse conditions - it sounds a bit like me (feeling overwhelmed a lot) and i have dyspraxia. So see my post below for some stuff do before you meet the psychiatrist - really try to think about functional difficulties: is it memory/forgetfulness? disorganisation? zoning out? emotional regulation? adverse reaction to poor feedback/rejection? And specific examples where you set out to do small or large things and failed due to poor executive functioning.



Whatever the outcome, i would encourage you to have a discussion with your family about getting an assessment for your child - think about how difficult things are for you, and how you could prevent that for him


best of luck with the meeting, do let us know how you get on, there's loads of experience and support here for you!



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A psychiatrist may diagnose you in the one visit, depending who it is. This is a relatively painless process () just asking questions about your history and behaviour. Again it is worth having a think about this before you go along (although attending unprepared could be seen as symptomatic in itself ]), like what are the functional difficulties you are having, what impacts your day to day life. While many adults will not have "documentation" from when they were at school, it is actually worth bringing along a school report or something if you have one, they are often illuminating! Frequent comments along the lines of "X won't stay in their seat" or "X daydreams through class" can speak to history of these difficulties. If a clinical psychologist does the diagnosing, you will still need to see a psychiatrist or GP before medication is prescribed. Liz i think you said you were going to a psychiatrist, but if being diagnosed by a clinical psychologist, this can take up to 3-4 visits depending on the psychologist. You shouldn't have too many appointments if being diagnosed by a psychiatrist, but there will be follow up if medication is commenced.

If you have not already had your appointment, it is worth thinking ahead of time about whether you want to try medication or not, and discussing any concerns re: medication with the psychiatrist when you meet them. There's lots of research out there on the efficacy, side effects, long term outcomes of medication, mostly on children (i.e. started when kids, followed through to their late 20s/30's). Laurence Greenhill is one of the experts on this, he actually spoke here a couple of years ago, and he really knows his stuff: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18573923.
This is also a nice article on the European situation for adult treatment, although 6 years old: https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral....471-244X-10-67 That article states that stimulant medication is effective for about 70% of people with ADHD.

Most people say that stimulant medication is very effective in increasing focus, and decreasing distractability. Therefore doing what they want it to do. Some people express side effects such as reduced appetite (and when prescribed to children and adults they will monitor their weight), weight loss, nausea, sleep difficulties, and one of the reasons some people dislike it is a feeling of "not myself", which could be described as being less emotional, feeling "robotic", or even devoid of emotion. There is lots about this online, obviously. Cost really varies, I've seen from €65 a month to over €100, so definitely shop around.

There are lots of behavioural and environmental modifications that you can make apart from or in conjunction with medication. I have a lot to say about this, depending on the difficulties you are having, so maybe I'll hold off unless people are interested
In a nutshell, routine routine routine! Routine will help prevent/improve some of the functional difficulties associated with add/adhd e.g. losing things as mentioned by numerous posters above. I think it was also Cannex that mentioned having a little chest of drawers for like bills and things like that, that can so easily be lost or misplaced, and leaves people with ADHD tearing their hair out. Having a set place for things, and then developing the habit of always putting things there, can really work over time. Some people i work with have a literal checklist for when they come in the door, and for when they are leaving the house, to reduce stress and anxiety.

I think as well for people with a recent diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, considering seeing a counsellor, with experience/knowledge of the difficulties associated with ADHD would be beneficial. There is a high incidence of other difficulties correlated with ADD/ADHD particularly depression, anxiety, substance abuse and sleep disturbances. Some people are interested in ADHD coaches which is more of a thing in america

You could also consider seeing a life coach or OT on a regular basis, who may focus on the more practical side of things then therapy, like helping you set and achieve goals to reach a particular milestone in your life


Disclosing to your workplace can be a really good idea depending on the setting. Sometimes employers can be really supportive, and really open to modifying your role etc, and sometimes it is hard for them to understand the condition. Their attitude can depend on how much "this will affect the business", i.e. if it is quite easy to move you to a slightly different role, that's handy. Having a good idea of how things could be improved for you is helpful when thinking about having this discussion i.e. if i could change x and y, I will be able to work mostly independently, that kind of thing.
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Hi all, first post...
I am 43, and have been all over the place all of my life, from school and not being able to concentrate, leaving school, and changing jobs way more than anyone else I know......I finally ended up in sales At aged 24, which suited me in terms of doing different things every day, but have moved so much within sales, that my cv looks a bit crazy.....I can be very intelligent, but get confused easily, get wires crossed so much.....someone can say something to me, and I hear it my own way, often wrong....I can read an email, see it one way, then read it again a week later and see it clearly then, after I already actioned it......I’m ok when not stressed or questioned, but if put under pressure I can fall down like a pack of cards, I recently took a promotion, which left me moving from sales into management, all numbers and excel sheets, I was under so much pressure, that in meetings I could not even see the numbers on the computer from feeling so swamped.......I quit that job, and was out of work for a month......have two kids, wife mortgage, so not ideal.....I see my younger son very like me, and Ai want to change, I have a referral for next week with a HSE psychiatrist, and don’t know if I am adhd, add, or not......what do you guys think ? My close family think I might be.......is diagnosis easy, I would be happy but not delighted to take meds if it helped me focus on life......I thought at 43 I would be clearly minded.....but I feel worse than ever.
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Thanks for that, will update here soon.
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Hi folks!
hope everyone is well?



This is just my annual reminder for the concentration affected who are in college/will be attending, to register with your disability service., or re-introduce yourself if you've been avoiding them!


There is a disability officer in every higher education institution in the country. You could avail of exam accommodations (extra time, smaller room), class accommodations (tech/software to make up for missing bits, extensions), and even Occupational Therapy if you are attending TCD, UCD, DCU, NUIG, UCC or CorkIT. Its well worth your time, and if you don't have a diagnosis, it may be worth your financial input to get a diagnosis to avail of the above.


If you don't want to go down that route, or don't yet have a diagnosis, most colleges have a student learning department, which can offer tech, notes, tutorials, writing centre and even 1:1 meetings to help you improve your learning skills and just make college easier. There are loads of supports out here for students, so take advantage of them!


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I'm looking to be assessed for ADHD and have a few questions.
I have used my brother's ritalin prescription in the past and my family think how it worked for me confirms I have ADHD because the same problems were alleviated. But could mentioning that I've tried ritalin illegally bar me from getting that medication in the future?
Any specific experience with Stephanie Bourke from Blackrock Clinic?

Last question, I'm wondering do all the consultants give general cognitive assessments, or do some offer ADHD-specific? Do all of them encompass a screening for autism and IQ tests? I was told by a consultant that the person in St. Pats who assesses for ADHD has to do an overall cognitive assessment, not just ADHD, including both these things. For personal reasons I definitely don't want to know my IQ, and as an aside I'd also like to avoid knowing if I have autism or not if possible. I'm not implying there's anything wrong with autism, it's only the IQ thing that I feel feel is demeaning and I'd feel **** about even if I score above average. I'm fine thinking that I might be autistic, I'd just rather not be told where exactly I am on the autistic spectrum. Sorry for the little blog I just don't want someone to misinterpret and think I'm implying autism is something to be ashamed of.
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I'm looking to be assessed for ADHD and have a few questions.
I have used my brother's ritalin prescription in the past and my family think how it worked for me confirms I have ADHD because the same problems were alleviated. But could mentioning that I've tried ritalin illegally bar me from getting that medication in the future?
Any specific experience with Stephanie Bourke from Blackrock Clinic?

Last question, I'm wondering do all the consultants give general cognitive assessments, or do some offer ADHD-specific? Do all of them encompass a screening for autism and IQ tests? I was told by a consultant that the person in St. Pats who assesses for ADHD has to do an overall cognitive assessment, not just ADHD, including both these things. For personal reasons I definitely don't want to know my IQ, and as an aside I'd also like to avoid knowing if I have autism or not if possible. I'm not implying there's anything wrong with autism, it's only the IQ thing that I feel feel is demeaning and I'd feel **** about even if I score above average. I'm fine thinking that I might be autistic, I'd just rather not be told where exactly I am on the autistic spectrum. Sorry for the little blog I just don't want someone to misinterpret and think I'm implying autism is something to be ashamed of.
I wouldn't mention that you've taken your brother's meds because he is breaking the law in giving them to you, not you. You should definitely make it clear that you have close relatives with ADHD, because that'll show that you know what you're talking about. And the heritability for ADHD is about 85%.

Dr. Bourke is the psych I go to myself. She is good. Others think she's not that flexible because she won't give any credence to anything that is not 100% scientifically proven (such as CBD oil) but I see that as a good thing.

I think assessing for co-occuring conditions would depend on the psych and their areas of speciality. Why not ask HADD who they'd recommend?
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It's great that you are getting ready to get an assessment. Tell them about your brother, not the prescription as Lucat recommends. High correlation among families, so this is strong evidence even before assessment begins.

IQ tests are done when testing for ADHD to rule out mild general learning disabilities as the cause for reduced concentration etc. If done, your IQ results would be part of the report, but it's normally the WAIS, so the IQ breakdown is not the same as Stanford Binet (the typical IQ score you see on the telly or when referring to geniuses etc). Not everywhere does it here, and from what i can see would be more typically done with children, as it's harder to ascertain their general intelligence and rule out mgld. That's the way it was when I worked in CAMHS anyway. Pats is the only place i know that specifically does it - they have also demanded brain scans for people in the past before they will confirm ADHD diagnosis, which is not really evidence based, so that's weird. Anyway they have stopped doing assessments for this altogether for the time being. I don't know why - it is a literal cash cow.

I don't know if Stephanie Bourke does them - others on this thread will know, but i doubt it. They are unlikely to be done by a psychiatrist in this country, much more the domain of psychology.

No where will "screen" for autism if you attend for an ADHD assessment unfortunately, although an experienced clinician like myself can spot even a subtle case without doing any specific tests. You would also not be told "where you lie" on the spectrum. This is not a thing. You would be told you would qualify for a diagnosis for the following reasons e.g. restricted interests/routines as shown in fixed interest in trains etc.
If you look at the literature, and the discussions in the media, you will learn that there is a huge amount of overlap in neurodiversity - people with ADHD are likely to have another condition such as dyslexia, asd, dyspraxia, tourettes etc. About 70% of people with ADHD are likely to experience a mental health condition also. About half the people I see with ADHD have ASD also in my opinion, although only a few have that diagnosis. All that being said, I see a lot of reports, and often clinicians won't go there with the diagnosis even when they clearly make an inference to it, especially if they are not well versed in the above, or are just an ADHD "expert" (anyone who claims to be an expert in one of these conditions but failed to consider co-occurring conditions is not an expert or is a sharlatan)

By the same token, it is negligent in my opinion to fail to assess and diagnose fully for any physical and mental health conditions, and depending on the profession, a practitioner could be sued on that basis. It is important to know if you are on the spectrum also for example - ADHD medication is less effective for people who are also on the spectrum.

that being said, if you tell your prospective doctor from the get go, they may not look too hard, but I really think it's in people's interests to know as if a person is both, that offers a unique set of challenges that need to be addressed.



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I'm looking to be assessed for ADHD and have a few questions.
I have used my brother's ritalin prescription in the past and my family think how it worked for me confirms I have ADHD because the same problems were alleviated. But could mentioning that I've tried ritalin illegally bar me from getting that medication in the future?
Any specific experience with Stephanie Bourke from Blackrock Clinic?

Last question, I'm wondering do all the consultants give general cognitive assessments, or do some offer ADHD-specific? Do all of them encompass a screening for autism and IQ tests? I was told by a consultant that the person in St. Pats who assesses for ADHD has to do an overall cognitive assessment, not just ADHD, including both these things. For personal reasons I definitely don't want to know my IQ, and as an aside I'd also like to avoid knowing if I have autism or not if possible. I'm not implying there's anything wrong with autism, it's only the IQ thing that I feel feel is demeaning and I'd feel **** about even if I score above average. I'm fine thinking that I might be autistic, I'd just rather not be told where exactly I am on the autistic spectrum. Sorry for the little blog I just don't want someone to misinterpret and think I'm implying autism is something to be ashamed of.

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I'm just doing my regular trawl of how are people getting assessed? Who is doing it? How reliable are they? Psychiatrist or Psychologist? How long waiting?

a few of my reliable sources for assessment have dried up and I need to know if anyone has found any new Drs or psychologists they would recommend?

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Found this thread at a time in my life I am really struggling. Particularly with the potential diagnosis I may have been a long term suffered with ADHD. I am 29, soon to turn 30.

My life has been Chaos, no other way to describe it. I'm a father of one son with my partner. I think a common theme with adult ADHD diagnosis, having not been diagnosed earlier in life, the diagnosis originates when a parent notices certain behaviors in their own children that one can then relate to. Well this is me right now as we are facing some challenges with my son.

I have been suffering with depression and anxiety for what I can now describe as a life time but more evidently in the last 6 months where my life has litreally taken a cliff dive for the worse. Trying to pick up the pieces now, in a new job, saving for a home to provide my ever deserving partner & son. The anxiety of holding myself together to see myself through at least another 12 months saving to hit that goal is so overwhelming on top of the damage I have caused over the last year of my life.

I'm really looking for help and having spotted a poster several pages back who received a diagnosis at 40, I would be ever grateful for any advice where I can begin to look to trying put a formal diagnosis on my life of chaos.

Some points that hit home on my potential 'self diagnosis'
-Distracted easily
-Emotional sensitivity
-Emotionally unregulated, unable to control
-Difficulties learning
-Education has always been a struggle, somehow winged school & college (after number of years)
-Mind racing (Always has done)
-Relationship issues
-Friendship difficulties
-Financial difficulties
 
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Anyone know how long Dr Bourke's waiting list is? Or know of any other psychiatrists around?

I have a diagnosis from a while ago but never looked at medication. Now that I am there doesn't seem to be many options.
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I'm hoping to have time to ring around a few places over the next fortnight, and see what's available, waiting times etc
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ADHD in adults

Dear all,
Just a quick comment about Adult ADHD.
As you know, ADHD is a condition diagnosed in children and adolescent, according to the currently commonly used mental health diagnositic classification (DSMV, ICD10)

The current criteria are:
i) Symptoms before the age of 12 year-old
ii) Should be evident in all settings (this should be across all life activities), so home, school, extra-curricular. This is to differentiate between issues arising only at home or only at school, which might be more behavioural and not warrant a diagnostic. That might be why, accounts from other people should be needed as an adult.
iii) For a diagnosis, 9 symptoms are checked (DSMV) in 2 different groups:
1. Hyperactivity-Impulsivity
2. Inattention

- All issues might continue in adulthood, however:
Hyperactivity usually decreases with time
Impulsivity might also decrease somewhat.
Inattention is very biological and difficult to manage, could remain in adulthood.

- Differences boys/girls: often, more visible hyperactivity for boys.

- ADHD medications are very well studied in children and very efficacious, if the diagnosis is right. The idea is for the child to apply his/her intellectual abilities better and follow peers in their school achievements, as untreated symptoms can be very limiting.

- Various theories about ADHD and why meds work are out there, one being an imbalance of neurotransmitters impacting the executive decision centre, which might be "re-balanced" by ADHD meds.

- ADHD might run in families, and adults/parents of ADHD children are often undiagnosed

- Adult Psychiatry is very slowly at getting organised to assess and treat adults/parents but a lot of obstacles remain, including adverse beliefs, and lack of knowledge.

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Hi all.

I've found this thread recently and have been reading through all of the posts. I will introduce myself here. Some may recognise me from my posts in the Anxiety/Depression thread that I visit occasionally.

I suspect that I may have ADHD and/or High Functioning Autism. I have been researching this for the past year and I can relate to what many others here have discussed, especially with the hyperfocus and tracking of time.

I have always struggled with coping with life in general, and at the age of 27 I have never successfully been employed. I have attended various PLC courses and attempted Third Level since finishing school since then, but I have never been able to plan ahead and I have always lacked confidence. The only thing that is questioning ADHD for me is that I was always well behaved in school and in childhood I don't think there was concrete evidence to suspect having it. I had no friends in school and I never understood why. The only social interaction I had was during lunch when I would stand with a certain group, but even then I never spoke or engaged in conversation.

When I was 17 I went for an MRI scan to rule out any physical health issues as at this time I had a breakdown and was concerned about myself. I was referred to a Psychologist/Psychiatrist (can't remember which) and I was diagnosed with Migraine. I suffered from many headaches as a teenager and was prescribed Amitriptyline. I realised at this moment that I always struggled to explain my situation and relied on my mother to complete sentences/speak for me. I always found it easier to describe what my thoughts are through a written format.

When I turned 18 I completed a FETAC Level 5 course in Multimedia Studies. I did very well despite it being a poor experience due to the teaching standard. I then progressed to a Level 8 Degree in Creative Digital Media. I dropped out after one year, and during that time I had attended the Campus Counselling Services. The first few months of the year had been dreadful as I had been in an accident and was hospitalised for a week. I also suffered major panic attacks and was constantly on edge. At this stage I was so low that I was referred to Mental Health Services. I could not leave the house, and was assigned a Home Care Team for some time.

A few months passed and after several consultations I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Clinical Depression and Avoidant Personality Disorder. At the time I accepted this but I believe that these are issues that are exasperated due to underlying causes. I was now prescribed with Lexapro but as that did not suit me was switched over to Sertraline.

I completed another FETAC Level 5 in 2013 and did well. In 2015 I attended a Jobs Expo and heard about the National Learning Network. I attended there from 2015 - 2017 and excelled in my studies except for Maths, but still managed to get a Merit in that subject. Another FETAC (now QQI) Level 5 Major Award behind me. I am terrible at motivating myself and I surprised myself this time. After this I was unwell again and had been referred to the MHS for a second time. I raised my concerns at this stage but both my GP and Psychiatrist brushed me off and put it down to Anxiety. My medication dosage was increased.

In 2018 I managed to get a position in a Tech Apprenticeship and was sponsored by a large company. I lasted a year before dropping out and that brings me to the present. I am now participating in a TÚS programme and I cannot see myself lasting there either. I have weaned off my medication slowly since August of last year as I was sick of the side effects and I never felt any benefit from taking it. I am now completely off medication and have noticed no change so I know that the medication was not helping.

One more note before I finish. I have always been clumsy and struggled with coordination, so much so that I struggle with basic tasks. It's like I have to 'work out' what I am doing all the time, and any distraction will completely throw me off. I find it extremely difficult to follow instructions aurally. I also believe that I may have sensory issues. I cannot stand bright lights or loud sounds, and I hate crowds or being the center of attention. As an infant I was also misdiagnosed as being deaf.

I have been saving to see someone private and I want to gather as much information about my past history and write a report before I make an appointment so that I have shown that I am serious about it. I am terrible at communication so at least this way I can review my report once written to ensure I haven't missed anything. From observing my father over the years and his behaviour I suspect he may have ADHD/HFA but was never diagnosed as there was no knowledge or recognition back in the day.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far. I know it is a huge amount of information but I want to get to the bottom of this. I hope this post is within guidelines. Also if anyone has a suggestion of who is best to contact that may be able to help me on my journey I would greatly appreciate it.

P.S. This took an hour to write. There is much more I could have written but I tried to keep this concise.
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Anyone know how long Dr Bourke's waiting list is? Or know of any other psychiatrists around?

I have a diagnosis from a while ago but never looked at medication. Now that I am there doesn't seem to be many options.

I spoke with Dr Bourkes admin this week. Waiting list is a year currently.
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Current Assessment resources - January 2020

Hi everyone

i've spent a bit of time ringing around, and here's where we're at. I've included the autism bit and where combined are available, that i know of. And waiting list, where they've told me. I've just included Dublin, as i've not had time to ring around further than that, and i know that Dublin may be a good option regardless of where you are in the country

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Adult ADHD Assessment:

• Seek a referral to HSE Community Adult Mental Health Team through GP [Public – wait list indefinite]

Clinical Psychology – Thorough Assessment – No medication prescribed
• Arduna Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre (01) 833 2733 http://www.arduna.ie/adhd-assessments.html Initial €100, €895 (+ €500 if cognitive needed) [2-3 months waiting list]
http://www.adultandchildtherapy.ie/contact-us/ ~€950 [1-2 months waiting list]
https://www.theinsightcentre.ie/price-list/ €1000 [1-2 months waiting list]

Psychiatry – Assessment & medication can be prescribed
• Bergin Psychological Services (psychology & Psychiatry) 01-670 5016. Wicklow Street, Dublin Two appointments ~€360 total (may be additional for BP/ECG). [1 month waiting list]
• Dr Saleem Tareen, Belfast, 00442895 212294: £300, £300, £100 [total £700] 00442895 212294 [GP referral only] [1-2 months waiting list]
• Dr Saleem Tareen, Belfast, 00442895 212294: Combined ADHD & Autism Assessment: £1500 [GP referral only] [1-2 months waiting list]
• Dr Stephanie Bourke – Blackrock Clinic 2-3 appointments ~€500 [1 year waiting list]
• Saint John of God Hospital Out Patient Services, Stillorgan, Co Dublin Tel: 01 2771400


Adult ASD Assessment:

• Seek a referral to HSE Community Adult Mental Health Team through GP [Public – wait list indefinite]


• Bergin Psychological Services (Psychology & Psychiatry) 01-670 5016. Wicklow Street, Dublin Two appointments ~€360 total [1 month waiting list]
• Dr. Eimer Philbin Bowman: Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. T: +353 (01) 668-1108 (Mon/Tue) Diagnostic assessment for adults ONLY not previously diagnosed: [2-3 months waiting list]
http://www.adultandchildtherapy.ie/contact-us/ Clinical Psychology ~€1500 [1-2 months waiting list]
• Dr Saleem Tareen, Belfast, 00442895 212294: £1200 [1-2 months waiting list]
• Dr Saleem Tareen, Belfast, 00442895 212294: Combined ADHD & Autism Assessment: £1500 [GP referral only] [1-2 months waiting list]
• Arduna Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre (01) 833 2733 http://www.arduna.ie/adhd-assessments.html Initial €100, then €1100 [2-3 months waiting list]
https://www.theinsightcentre.ie/price-list/ €950 [1-2 months waiting list]
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Hi Alanzo,


fair play for reading through all the posts (are you sure you have ADHD )



First of all, well done on all your academic achievments, you sound very well educated! A couple of things, what happened when you were working, like what were the problems, or was it mainly the anxiety?


The clumsiness and having to work out what you're going to do would tally closely with dyspraxia, but can be seen in the context of autism and adhd also. With neurodiversity, there can be a lot of overlap between conditions, and traits mimicing each other. Typically in Ireland an OT would assess for Dyspraxia, and a multi disciplinary team for autism, and a psychologist or psychoatrist for ADHD. Really easy for people to get organised, right?!


See my post above for ADHD and autism diagnoses, somewhere like Arduna or Insight centre might be good for you, as they will do an initial session (€100 or €150), identifying which assessments would be most beneficial, before doing full assessment. I'd recommend this for people who are still sort of unsure if it's pure ADHD, or whether there might be a few things going on


Any questions, let us know Alanzo!





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Hi all.

I've found this thread recently and have been reading through all of the posts. I will introduce myself here. Some may recognise me from my posts in the Anxiety/Depression thread that I visit occasionally.

I suspect that I may have ADHD and/or High Functioning Autism. I have been researching this for the past year and I can relate to what many others here have discussed, especially with the hyperfocus and tracking of time.

I have always struggled with coping with life in general, and at the age of 27 I have never successfully been employed. I have attended various PLC courses and attempted Third Level since finishing school since then, but I have never been able to plan ahead and I have always lacked confidence. The only thing that is questioning ADHD for me is that I was always well behaved in school and in childhood I don't think there was concrete evidence to suspect having it. I had no friends in school and I never understood why. The only social interaction I had was during lunch when I would stand with a certain group, but even then I never spoke or engaged in conversation.

When I was 17 I went for an MRI scan to rule out any physical health issues as at this time I had a breakdown and was concerned about myself. I was referred to a Psychologist/Psychiatrist (can't remember which) and I was diagnosed with Migraine. I suffered from many headaches as a teenager and was prescribed Amitriptyline. I realised at this moment that I always struggled to explain my situation and relied on my mother to complete sentences/speak for me. I always found it easier to describe what my thoughts are through a written format.

When I turned 18 I completed a FETAC Level 5 course in Multimedia Studies. I did very well despite it being a poor experience due to the teaching standard. I then progressed to a Level 8 Degree in Creative Digital Media. I dropped out after one year, and during that time I had attended the Campus Counselling Services. The first few months of the year had been dreadful as I had been in an accident and was hospitalised for a week. I also suffered major panic attacks and was constantly on edge. At this stage I was so low that I was referred to Mental Health Services. I could not leave the house, and was assigned a Home Care Team for some time.

A few months passed and after several consultations I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Clinical Depression and Avoidant Personality Disorder. At the time I accepted this but I believe that these are issues that are exasperated due to underlying causes. I was now prescribed with Lexapro but as that did not suit me was switched over to Sertraline.

I completed another FETAC Level 5 in 2013 and did well. In 2015 I attended a Jobs Expo and heard about the National Learning Network. I attended there from 2015 - 2017 and excelled in my studies except for Maths, but still managed to get a Merit in that subject. Another FETAC (now QQI) Level 5 Major Award behind me. I am terrible at motivating myself and I surprised myself this time. After this I was unwell again and had been referred to the MHS for a second time. I raised my concerns at this stage but both my GP and Psychiatrist brushed me off and put it down to Anxiety. My medication dosage was increased.

In 2018 I managed to get a position in a Tech Apprenticeship and was sponsored by a large company. I lasted a year before dropping out and that brings me to the present. I am now participating in a TÚS programme and I cannot see myself lasting there either. I have weaned off my medication slowly since August of last year as I was sick of the side effects and I never felt any benefit from taking it. I am now completely off medication and have noticed no change so I know that the medication was not helping.

One more note before I finish. I have always been clumsy and struggled with coordination, so much so that I struggle with basic tasks. It's like I have to 'work out' what I am doing all the time, and any distraction will completely throw me off. I find it extremely difficult to follow instructions aurally. I also believe that I may have sensory issues. I cannot stand bright lights or loud sounds, and I hate crowds or being the center of attention. As an infant I was also misdiagnosed as being deaf.

I have been saving to see someone private and I want to gather as much information about my past history and write a report before I make an appointment so that I have shown that I am serious about it. I am terrible at communication so at least this way I can review my report once written to ensure I haven't missed anything. From observing my father over the years and his behaviour I suspect he may have ADHD/HFA but was never diagnosed as there was no knowledge or recognition back in the day.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far. I know it is a huge amount of information but I want to get to the bottom of this. I hope this post is within guidelines. Also if anyone has a suggestion of who is best to contact that may be able to help me on my journey I would greatly appreciate it.

P.S. This took an hour to write. There is much more I could have written but I tried to keep this concise.
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