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Old 09-19-08, 04:34 PM
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Re: Roll Call - United Kingdom Attention Deficit Disorder

I'm new-ish but keep forgetting to introduce myself here... hello! I'm James, 27, currently living in Lancashire, but looking to move elsewhere soon (where, I have no idea - wherever I can find a job that suits me best ).

I'm undiagnosed as yet as I only discovered what ADD was a week or two ago... but instantly knew that was me (inattentive). It gave me a huge emotional reaction, and I'm still kind of in the "stunned and confused" and trying to find out everything I can stage, and overwhelmed to discover a forum full of people with such similar experiences. Glad to be here.

Byron, you should be able to find info about private practitioners from poking about this forum - I have seen people mention prices for appointments ranging from about 350 to about 750. I will probably go private myself as my previous experiences with the NHS have not inspired my confidence.
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Re: Roll Call - United Kingdom Attention Deficit Disorder

Hi Everyone

I have been lurking on these forums for what must be around 6 months, but have never quite got it together enough to actually start participating until now. I'm a 24 year old "man" from the UK who seemingly didn't develop past the age of 10. I had always wondered if there was some kind of medical condition that made you somehow chronically lazy, clumsy, inefficient, unable to get to sleep at night or get up in the morning and rendered you constitutionally incapable of functioning socially or holding down a job.

Turns out that actually there is.

I have been able to scrape along so far purely on my innate intelligence that unfortunately seems to flicker on and off erratically like a fluorescent strip light on the verge of death. I was only really able to succeed at two things in life, exams (when I bothered to prepare) and videogames. I got through school with a very good set of results by anybody's standards, and somehow managed to see my uni degree to the end despite it taking five years, (due to it taking four years to complete an honours degree in my part of the world, and the fact that I failed my first year). This was in spite of the sheer utter rubbishness of the course I did (computing) and the less than reputable institution I chose to go to (hey, we don't make the greatest decisions when we're 16). I saw it through to the end despite crawling on my hands and knees the entire time and almost breaking down completely on several occasions, including a meltdown at the end which nearly rendered 5 years of work meaningless. I guess I should give myself credit for that, but every disaster or near disaster seems to take another chunk out of my self esteem and very low coping reserves. It had got to the point now where I simply was not going to be able to continue as I was. I just dissolved completely on contact with ugly reality. Any situation that required any degree of sustained concentration, organization, persistence, prioritization or timekeeping, ie just about any kind of job, seemed beyond me. Worst still, I would shut down completely under the slightest stress making many everyday life situations impossible to deal with.

The past 2 years since graduating have been an utter nightmare of failed jobs and periods of depression that have incapacitated me for months at a time while my family just stood by and did absolutely nothing to try and understand and help the situation (my family is a grim comedy in and of itself, but that is a different post and time). After being chewed up and spat out six months ago from a job at a large IT company, it was clear I was in need of some very serious help.

I live in the north east of Scotland in the UK which I am sure some of you are aware has never had the greatest record in the recognition and adequate treatment of ADD/ADHD in adults. You could at least say that we do have a "mostly" free public healthcare system unlike the US, but that isn't much consolation when you consider the hoops it looked like I would have to jump through to get my condition diagnosed and treated so that I could finally function in the wider world and do the basic things that "the rest of us" take for granted. Fortunately, thanks to a considerable amount of research on my part and a good deal of luck, I have found someone in my local NHS service who is willing to take my condition seriously. Last week, I was diagnosed and written my first prescription for methylphenidate (Equasym).

The psychiatrist who consulted with me says that it is a low starting dose (10mg 3 times daily) to test the waters in terms of my response to the medication before titrating my dose upwards and maybe switching a a slow release preparation (most likely Concerta). he explained that I should not be surprised or disappointed if I didn't feel any different on my current dosage. So far I have had a subtle lift and some minor side effects (nervousness and slight headache) but these are slowly abating day by day, so I would ay so far so good, but this is just the beginning. I am looking for small victories here. If the meds simply mean I can find and hold a job again, then that would be a very good outcome at least in the short term.

I think I have hit the limit of what I can write in one sitting, but I will try and make my presence felt more in the future, especially with regards to progress in my treatment.

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Re: Roll Call - United Kingdom Attention Deficit Disorder

hello, just signed up,


have been diagnosed with ADHD for about 2 years, been on a hell of a roller coaster for a long time. But today the sun was shining
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Scott Worley -

Pretty successful author/CEO/Technical manager/CTO/GM and too many other things... in work.

Pretty much ruined marriage thriough ignorance on both sides however...


Just come back to UK, and gifted by/through ADHD like many others here...

Always willing to talk... be warned I tend to go off topic a tad


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hello scoote nice to see you and allways welcome here dorm
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Re: Roll Call - United Kingdom Attention Deficit Disorder

Hi, don't think I have ever introduced myself on here.
I am undiagnosed and currently waiting for the results of my local psychologists asessment of me.
It has been quite a process to get to this point and I also get the impression that I wont be getting a referral to the Maudsley from them.
I can't jump the gun however and wait to find out their ideas at my next app at the end of April.
Just hope I don't burst into tears if I am terribly dissapointed (most likely).
They will probably certify me a nut there and then.
This whole process of getting NHS psychologists to take you seriously enough to provide you with the right referral or care is in itself enough to cause stress and anxiety to very high levels.
It's just so frustrating to not have the access to a facility that could change your life.
I am actually doubting as to whether I have ADD now, when I was so sure before.

HaHA, so now my intro has rambled into my story and has gone off somewhere else.
Lol
If anyone wants to ask about my experience I would be happy to share )
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Old 04-08-09, 01:17 AM
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Re: Roll Call - United Kingdom Attention Deficit Disorder

Hi folks, my names Tom, tho I guess most peeps know that from reading my username. Methinks I need to be more creative.

I think an apology is due first. I dont think I ever introduced myself. How rude of me.

Im a 26 year old guy from Lancashire, Ive always had a love/hate relationship with acedemia. I love computer science, not that that has always shown through in my grades mind. Im at university now, and after many failed attempts, this time things dont seem to be going as wrong as they have in the past.

My relationship with ADHD? Not sure just yet. Ive got a formal assesment this month, so hopefully things will begin to look up soon enough. My GP, and an educational psychologist that diagnosed my dyspraxia both think i have the inattentive variety,which matches the symptoms of present tho I was always hyper as a kid, so Im kinda flummoxed right now.

Hopefull all will be made clear when I speak to some specialists nexts month.

Take care - Tom
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Re: Roll Call - United Kingdom Attention Deficit Disorder

Yo

I'm Michaela, 19, live in Charlwood, a lovely little village in Surrey (next to Gatwick Airport pretty much).
I have Asperger's and also read up on ADHD when I was reading up on AS, and noticed a had a lot of the traits. I'm still debating whether I have Inattentive or combined type!
I was DX'd with Asperger's when I was 17. I was given questionnares for an ADHD assessment but never got round to sending them off and getting my parents to fill them in!
Went back to the docs at the end of last year (or was it the start of this year?) and they made a referral...missed that appointment...made a second one...missed that! Hopefully it will be third time lucky!

I went to Reigate Sixth Form College but I just couldn't keep up with everything and found it so boring and miserable, so I left early in my second year.
I have worked at Thorpe Park (the UK's most thrilling theme park! Woop!) in the rides department since March 2007 and I love it! I got to operate last year as I turned 18, it was great fun! I love theme parks!! But the managment and favouritism was bl00dy awful last year so I didn't go back this year, I tried at Chessington cos I'd heard how different it was. This is where my Asperger's caused issues - I wasn't liking the change and I just couldn't settle in with the different people, just couldn't get talking to them. So I left and re-applied for Thorpe! Should be some jobs coming up soon! Last year people got transferred between the parks but when I asked they said they couldn't, which sucks cos I could've been working by now! Just hope they are right, otherwise, well yeah, I could've een at work and not missing out on training opportunities! But things have apparently improved this year from last, yay!
Finally, I have an amazing boyfriend called Rob, who I met at work in September 2007 He also seems very ADHD! I really would like him to see someone about it, but I know what he's like, he'll never get round to it, he's more disorganised and putting things off more than me sometimes! It'll be quite cute in a way if we both have it!

Ooh one more thing - I have an adorable step-brother who is...7 I think? I can't remember haha. He has PDD-NOS and dyslexia, he's very entertaining and funny as well!

I didn't know there was a UK thread on here, in fact I was wondering earlier if there was one. It's nice to know there are quite a few others here!

And by the way, the reason my user name is crazycat1990 is cos: I am crazy, I love cats, and 1990 is my year of birth.
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Hi.......!
name-Roy
age-29
work-self employed un-employed plasterer(think it was the only thing keeping me going)
no diagnosis of yet (but it makes sense to me)
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Hello!

I'm Ceri, I'm 21 and I live in Wales.

I have AD/HD and was diagnosed in March. My brother suggested I might have it when I was 18 and well, I was actually pretty mad with him, hah! Then I calmed down, thought 'I probably do have it' ..and subsequently forgot about it until it got so obvious I couldn't ignore it anymore!

I'm a student at the moment but I'm about to graduate [hopefully..]. My plan for the next year is to get a[ny] job, save money to go travelling and also so I can move to Canada to live with my old housemate.. oh and to survive living with my Mum again unscathed

By that time I hope to have the negative aspects of my AD/HD under control so that I can do what I've always wanted to do, become a professional screenwriter. I managed to write 80 pages when I was 19 but didn't finish it.. I'll get there though.
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Ian. Signed up here about 8 months ago and just got diagnosed yesterday.
Hoping that it all begins now.

I'm in South Manchester- Didsbury, if you know it (or even if you don't).
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Hello.
My name is Amy, from Stafford.
I am an ADD sufferer.
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Uk adult ADHD,

England adult ADHD,

Welsh adult ADHD,

Ireland adult adhd,

Scotland adult ADHD,

Europe adult adhd,
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My name is Michelle I live in Glasgow and have 4 kids my oldest has ADHD.
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