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How difficult was it to get an ADHD diagnosis? What did you have to do to get yours?

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    • KadenceClaire

      270d

      I paid out of pocket for a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in late diagnosed ADHD. I was referred to her by a friend who was diagnosed a couple years before me

    • KadenceClaire

      270d

      I paid out of pocket for a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in late diagnosed ADHD. I was referred to her by a friend who was diagnosed a couple years before me

    • JovialManty

      271d

      I was seeing a therapist at the time and asked them what they thought and she referred me to a psychologist in the same clinic who does the testing. I went through the whole formal diagnostic battery, a few hours for adjusting a standard IQ test, surveys to multiple people who knew me in different areas of my life, and a clinical interview. I got a full write up of my results printed out and given to me. I've heard more recently that this is becoming less common and someone who specializes in ADHD should have a pretty good idea just from interacting with you. But that was my experience.

    • LunarMoth

      275d

      I was referred by my GP to a psychiatrist. When I mentioned my attention issues and concerns about possible ADHD, she ran me through a couple tests and tried me on a stimulant medication to see if/how my symptoms changed. Based on the results of the screening tests and the fact that I experienced massive improvement on medication, she concluded that ADHD was pretty likely the correct assumption. I never had official ADHD testing done, because A. it's expensive, and B. it was largely unnecessary to do further testing to conclude that I had ADHD in my case.

    • LissyBelle

      276d

      I got lucky and got tested in college. My school had a great counseling center that did free ADHD testing. I just noticed it more because my sister had been diagnosed (so I knew what to look for) and I was an English major (lots of focus I didn't have)

    • Maryellen

      276d

      I didn't know that I actually had it till I gave birth to my daughter. I just thought it was my anxiety or depression that was getting bad and couldn't focus on anything even my daughter. Then early this year I got tested for it and I was put on Vyvanse 30mgs. The doctor told me that women don't know that have till they have a kid. It was holy crap moment for me. Now I'm more focused and motivated than I was before. Also I was in icp classes cuz I was slow of focusing in school and needed extra help with homework.

    • DinoToast

      276d

      I contacted a psychiatrist. Got treated for depression. After a bit she thought I had Adhd. I didn't think so but I took the test ($250). Turns out I have severe Adhd. She gave me the diagnosis.

    • Fantasyland

      276d

      Easy to get the referral but still on a waiting list. Have you got as far as talking to your GP?

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Some individuals found it relatively easy to get an ADHD diagnosis, involving filling out a questionnaire, talking to a psychiatrist and therapist, and undergoing psychological testing. Others brought up their concerns with their primary care doctor or university, who then referred them for further evaluation and diagnosis. The process may vary depending on the individual's location and healthcare providers.

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