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May 23·edited May 30

I suffered from undiagnosed ADHD for most of my life. It wasn’t always a debilitating condition for me as I was able to create some strong coping / survival strategies when younger in order to fit in. It did however, make major contributions in my life choices AND therefore the progressive decline in my mental health. I am personally grateful for finally getting an accurate diagnosis in my late 50’s, NOT via social media but from my own persistence to receive an accurate diagnosis from (regulated & approved) psychiatry. I am now medicated for it & medication helps me.

I totally agree with the statement made of “skills before pills” & would welcome the opportunity to learn the skills I need with an un-diagnosis plan! In the UK unfortunately there is not the infrastructure to offer any treatment other than via the pharmaceutical route unless you are lucky enough to afford private personal coaching or talking therapy (NHS expects you to be ‘cured’ after 6 weeks). Can you please inform the NHS of the need for education as well as medication to make recovery possible.

In reference to the US v European diagnosis rate; I believe the % rate of ADHD diagnosis is changing (increasing) now in the UK because for too long, generations of women were not diagnosed simply because it used to be believed that only boys could have ADHD. Our % rate has perhaps always been lower in the UK because the subject has only recently began being addressed.

I would like to believe what has been discussed about Nir’s “indestractible” book assisting me &/or others with this condition, but the principles of the 4 point plan really only applies to neurotypical minds as those with ADD/ADHD (like me) would find it incredibly difficult/impossible to stick with in the long term. A point he seems to have overlooked/side stepped, for some, ADHD medication just makes life more manageable & for example, for me, medication is totally needed in order to obtain the focus needed to even start to want to read his book. I’m not convinced he truly understands the condition.

Also, he stated that ADHD can’t be detected on a brain scan. WRONG! it isn’t widely available yet, but plenty of research shows that it CAN be correctly identified using MRI.

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