4 thoughts on “Errors In ADHD Diagnosis At The Doctors Office

  • January 15, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Hi there,

    This is as much a problem here in the UK as it is everywhere else. When I spoke to my GP I was told that there was no way I could be ADHD as I was (and I quote) ‘articulate, intelligent and have a degree’. It took a further six months of struggling before an ADHD coach friend managed to set up an informal assessment for me with a specialist psychiatrist, who had probably made his decision within the first five minutes of meeting me.

    I drove me to set up an ADHD-related company that helps professionals with ADHD profiling, but it’s a shame that it’s even necessary…

    • January 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Hey, that’s great news about you not having ADHD … Sorry, couldn’t resist. My question for you is, did you have an intervention for your GP, and has that worthy doctor been given a chance to see the light? For the sake of your GP’s other patients, they should be made aware that there is a vast knowledge base that he or she could avail himself or herself of that is quite a bit better than the stereo=typical garbage that they might hear on the street.

      While the impact might not be as traumatic on a person with ADHD as it is on a person with Asperger’s or schizophrenia, ADHD is, in fact, a debilitating disorder. Would your GP use erroneous rumour and gossip to dismiss the concerns of someone who was worried that they might be suffering from either Asperger’s or schizophrenia? I can only hope not. But I shall live in fear, that having set this precedent, they might well be denying others the care they need to live life in the best possible health.

      In many ways, TJ Laverty, you are typical of a person with ADHD, “articulate, intelligent” is very common. And while often we feel we didn’t do our best in school and should have gone farther, having a degree is something that many of us accomplish while still feeling just that way.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to comment.

  • January 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    My son had the opposite problem. He has OCD (thankfully mild now) and when it was severe, he was constantly losing things and had other vaque symptoms that go along with ADHD. His psychiatrist diagnosed him with ADHD, even though I insisted he never had any signs of the disorder in childhood. He was put on meds with disastrous results. Of course, once his OCD was under control, all those “symptoms” of ADHD disappeared.

    I believe we all need to be our own advocates, for ourselves as well as for those we love. Sometimes the doctor doe not always know best.

    • January 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Janet Singer,

      That’s the thing, alright. To be diagnosed with ADHD there has to be a history of it in childhood. Not necessarily a diagnosis in childhood, but a history.

      Seems like two sides of the same situation. Patient in distress, doctor in the dark. I can’t speak for either doctor, they may have had their reasons in both cases, and perhaps they were valid. But the result was the same, unsatisfactory diagnosis.

      Thanks for the note, Janet, and thanks for reading my blog,


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