Written by a patient
15th January 2021
Excellent features of Psychiatry-UK:
1. Very short waiting list
2. Diagnosis was performed by an experienced adult ADHD specialist. I have read many reports of psychiatrists who do not understand the presentation of ADHD in adults or even that adults can be affected by it.
3. I had requested the referral to Psychiatry-UK after self-diagnosing with ADHD. I'd discovered and then researched the condition as part of a long search for explanations for lifelong difficulties (and particularly chronic, therapy-resistant anxiety and depression). The psychiatrist I saw accepted my competence to assess myself (though obviously conducted a thorough evaluation.) I've read reports of doctors and psychiatrists who become oppositional if a patient comes to them with a self-diagnosis, assuming either malingering or hypochondria.
4. Consistent communication from Psychiatry-UK throughout the process.
5. Online assessment and communication portal was very effective especially under current circumstances!
6. Effective and communicative nurse practitioner during titration.
7. Effective and rapid prescription of medications. Very helpful for someone with problems organising information and retaining prescription slips!
Room for improvement:
The psychiatrist was very helpful and asked useful questions that helped me to articulate evidence of ADHD throughout my life. I'd done a wide spread of reading beforehand, and questionnaires were sent to me and my partner in advance of the meeting. Even so I wasn't sure if I was articulating sufficient evidence from childhood - my ADHD became disruptive when I became an adult, but was compensated for by adults and masked by other more obvious sources of distress (bereavement) during my childhood. More guidance, workflows, worksheets, an online interactive module or guidance video, or other processes supporting patients to find evidence from childhood may help people feel more secure about the diagnostic interview, and help them bring more useful evidence to the diagnostic interview.