Yes for sure!!! I wish it was better. Makes me sad! Despite it being one of the “have not” province with low employment and other resources, I find the people there really welcoming, especially to newcomers who don’t know anyone, and given that I move a lot, I really love that about there. And having people can really help too! Aside from the crappy health care system, I hope you are enjoying yourself there, and I hope you’ve been able to meet people that are cool! :)
To be fair, I might be biased because I grew up there, but some places have been really hard to me and when I’ve finally “gotten in” and have wanted to invite new people along, I get a look of confusion, so maybe I’m not wrong about that?! … cultural differences …
I didn’t come to my ADHD realization or seeked an assessment, until I moved away (and then came back and all my friends have moved out of the province/country) and adulting was way too hard. It was like playing a terrible game of Jenga and I wasn’t going to win. So I did a ton of research on how to get assessed and the resources available in the province.I had always figured my GAD was just really bad, but there were things that just didn’t line up with that, so after sitting on the fence for about 2 years* about potential ADHD I did it and was diagnosed with both … whoo hoo???
*I have a psych background and in class we talked in depth about ADHD and over diagnosis issues, so I was really cautious about it all. A formal assessment is good for that, because it can identify comorbid conditions and misdiagnosis - GPs do they best they can, but they are jacks-of-all-trades with have limited time and resources - whereas a full MMPI and other tests given and assessed by a clinical psychologist is a gold standard diagnosis.
Anyhow, the doctor put me on Vyvance. I’ve found it initially made a big difference in concentration and motivation and then the effects “lessened”, but I have no plans on leaving it. If your end up with a family doctor that is weird about meds, ask about that one. The abuse potential/addiction is much lower. b/c your body converts the drug to its active form, so it doesn’t have to fast acting, reinforcing effects on the brain that other ADHD drugs can - so doctors seem to prefer it.
BUT, there isn’t a generic version available - at least not in NS and I assume Canada? - so it’s pretty expensive - like $200/month-ish. So if you have a drug plan that will come in handy, otherwise look into pharmacare - for that you’ll need so much paper work! - because, despite the abuse potential being low it’s still scheduled and it will need to also be approved by the province even if the doc is giving it to you.
There are practically no psychiatrists in NS (even in Halifax) - the ones that are there are mostly hospital based - I think there is one in Clayton Park that takes on patients, but I think you also need a family doctor referral to get in and it’s a giant waiting list. As far as I know, because they are medical doctors, they follow the same rules as GPs … so the are part of the doctor shortage - I imagine the ones that come out of Dal move to provinces with different regulations or the US to make better money. Specialist wait times are even worse - 3 year wait for an allergist!
Ok sorry I blabbed on again and probably overshared, thinking it’s the ADD and Maritimer combo. Depending on your location, if it’s gets too long for the doctor wait, check out taking class part-time at one of the uni’s that has a good medical clinic, because you’re automatically a patient as a student. I believe some schools you can stay a patient even when you are no longer a student. Also if you’re initially from Ontario or one of those big provinces then even driving across the province is pretty much nothing to you - hahaha - the first time I heard someone “it’s only a 4-hour drive” in relation to visiting somewhere for 2 hours I almost died … GOOD LUCK!