Hello lovely people! I hope you’re having a good day.
Thought I would I introduce myself and also pick your collective brains. I am in the UK and considering asking my GP (general practitioner/doctor) for a referral for an ADHD/Autism diagnosis. I am 47 years old.
I work for the National Health Service as a mental health practitioner. So I am likely to get diagnosed by people who may be my colleagues in future. So that is a bit scary. There are strict laws in the UK about patient confidentiality though (and if you break those laws as a mental health worker you can say goodbye to your career) so it should be OK.
I got diagnosed with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) in 2018 but had it since 2006. I got totally exhausted (think hangover plus jetlag) following a series of viral infections (common colds) and never fully recovered. I went from being able to work a 5 day week and do exercise in the evenings and weekends and now can basically work a three day week and go for short walks.
I think I may have ADHD and / or autism because I really struggled to make friends at school until I was 13. I would do stuff other kids thought was weird and I didn’t know why. I just didn’t “get it”. As an adult I was fine with study (other people set deadlines) but when it came to working out what to do for a career, and how to progress and form good relationships I was in my 30s before I started to get a handle on that stuff. I did the Autism Spectrum Quotient and Adult ADHD questionnaire and my scores are borderline.
Just wondering if other people in here have fatigue conditions on top of ADHD and how you manage them?
Also would you recommend going for a diagnosis?