So, the ADHD is official…

A month away from turning 55, and I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD.

It’s probably not the latest diagnosis ever, but it surely has to be right up there.

Here’s what it said:

Assessment and opinion: Mic meets DSM-5 criteria for moderate-severe Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Predominantly inattentive presentation (F90.0). He presents with at least 6 inattentive symptoms and at least 4 hyperactive/impulsive  symptoms that have been present for more than 6 months. There is evidence of symptoms at all stages of his personal history from primary school (before age 12) onwards that have impaired functioning in multiple life domains.

Recommended action from here:

Referral to a psychiatrist for a second opinion and, if appropriate, a medication trial. Further therapy with a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist for cognitive-behavioural strategies for ADHD; therapy for comorbid depression and anxiety; sleep management and other concerns.

This is from one of Melbourne’s leading ADHD psychologists. He was great to deal with. I had an initial consultation, then three follow up visits of 90 minutes – two which were diagnostic, and the last one explaining the diagnosis. Questionnaires were also sent to my wife and father for their input, and school reports were scanned and considered (“Michael is very bright but needs to work harder”).

So, just waiting for a list from the psychologist of psychiatrists he recommends, and then I’ll somehow manage to ring them and try for an appointment.

Then we will see what happens from there.

[Photo credit: PlusLexia]

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