Thanks for the advice and encouragement, @Lustforlife! I’ve had therapy before and can definitely relate to the rest of the day being a washout, so I think that being able to book in blocks of 6 or so would be really helpful. I will try to remember to ask about that!!
Unfortunately getting any information at all out of the admin person at the particular clinic I’ve been referred to is like pulling teeth, but I accept that if anyone is going to be able to give me the information I’m looking for it’s probably them, so I will give it a shot…
Sometimes I feel like the entire referral system is some sort of cruel, catch-22 style test. Like they’ve designed it so that anyone who is actually able to navigate all the obstacles and get themself in front of a psychiatrist couldn’t possibly have ADHD!
Not that I want to add fuel to your fears, though @violet! It seems it definitely does vary from place to place, and actually I was apparently offered an appointment within about 3 months of my original referral - the only thing was, the offer was sent to my old address (I honestly had provided my new one!!) and so I never found about it. So, if you do get referred, I would advise you to phone up frequently (either your GP or the people who handle the referral if you are given contact details for them), and ask if there have been updates. I resisted doing this because I didn’t want to be a nuisance, but in hindsight it would have been much better to have been considered a nuisance than to have ended up waiting three times as long as I needed to!
Good luck with waking up to call your GP, fingers crossed yours is one of the good ones!