Piece in the Guardian today by woman thriving after diagnosis during lockdown as autistic with ADHD

Julia28

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Shame she had to self-fund this diagnosis


I guess I was lucky then . I contacted gp through patch’s.ai and ask to be seen by a doctor ( not other proffesion) she scheduled a phone meeting took about 1 hour and got a regferal for adult autism assessment they call it developmental specialist assessment . From end October 2020 when had appointments over the phone with gp till 7th when I was seen in person . Opinion was that I have autism and adhd and will have a second referral to a psihiatrist specialising in adhd then another appointment with the initial development specialist .I m on universal credit , single mom of 3 y.o that displays some of my traits ( that’s why I started looking into it to begin with ) and being treated for depression since 2014 diagnosed with chronic depression since I was hoping to die since 4yo . Abused phisivally , run away when beatings got to severe, at the same time winning competitions in math chemistry biology English and Romanian extremely logical , empathy only for those oppressed and without the liberty to choose . For the hungry and sick for the victims .I m not any of that . Anyway... maybe cuz my ex partner died saying he s going to kill himself if I leave him ...in 2018? Si freshly bereaved ? Cuz I m a nurse? So they probably need to see I m ok to be out and about and not heavily medicated in some institution. Who cares? I didn’t pay and they moved fast. I need to sort my self out so I can teach my daughter is not mimicking and hiding and suffering in silence the wat to live a life. Good luck to you madam, I feel unstoppable. If it sclabeled it exists . Something can be done . I ll understand how am I different how they are different and why truth hurst and how can I say the truth in a way that empowers nts
 

Julia28

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The better you mask it the less chances to be prioritise . I ve adopted a new approach regarding NHS and GPS . Scream when in pain . It will get worse but if you scream as if no one seems to care ... when it gets worse... you might get that referral in the meantime .
If you seem to manage for a lil longer.... YOU re in FOR Lods of suffering and private care since you can’t bear the pain . Dont numb down. I m not saying to cheat. Just feel your pain and ask reception when will you likely get to be treated. Rough estimate . My illness in 2018 wasn’t taken serious. 6 weeks barely asking it to the loo, and with a baby to care for. You like and learn . And survive.
 

Bryan

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I self identified and saw my GP. He thought it was "OCD". OK, whatever just refer me please... He did.

One year later, I called the listings team to be told that there was "probably" another year or so to wait. I'd been very patient up till then, but REALLY struggling at work (as usual). I did something I rarely do - I 'kicked off'! I laid out on the line - my job is at risk of I don't get some input. Low and behold, I was seen within about 3 months. However, there was no follow up post 'diagnosis' of Asperger's. Nothing. So in the end, what was the point? I have a piece of paper that says I am autistic, but that's it.