I’m Rae, I’m 44, and I just got a neuropsych referral from my GP. Now stuff starts getting real.
I’m pretty sure I’ve had ADHD all my life, but when I was a kid this diagnosis did not exist. It was called hyperkinesis and only boys had it. But in elementary school, I would take way too long to do my classwork. They put me out in the hall so I wouldn’t get distracted by the classroom or the windows, but that didn’t work. And at home my parents were always getting on me for being so distractible all the time. My poor working memory meant that it took me three times as long as my classmates to copy things from the board. This did not get better and I scrambled so much in college, I’m surprised I didn’t get whiplash looking from the board to my notes and back again.
Back in April, I invited a friend over to be my cleaning buddy ('cause hoo boy do I get behind in the housework!) and she happens to be an Occupational Therapist. After I got sidetracked a few times, she said to me, “You know you have ADHD, right?”
I’d been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when I was 17 (had symptoms since I was about 7) and I had considered it as a possibility at the time, but having unsupportive parents meant that nothing ever came of it (“You don’t have ADD, you’re just too distractible!” – Sure. And that person doesn’t have Type I Diabetes, they just have a non-functional pancreas.) and after a while I put it out of my mind. But her words suddenly made everything fall into place. It took a while to get the appointment with my GP (it was time for my annual physical anyway) but I finally had the appointment yesterday and got the referral. Now I need to make more phone calls. Urgh, phone calls…
I hope this kind of advice is okay to request. What should I tell them when I make the appointment? And what should I expect when I get there?
Thank you, and nice to meet you all!