Post by fullyfledgeded on Apr 26, 2016 10:06:02 GMT
I'm seeing a psychiatrist on the NHS, and want to continue treatment privately. I've had very modest results and my allocated time with the consultant is coming to an end. Additionally there are medications I'd like to try but they are outside the scope of what the nhs offers.
How do I get an idea of the psychiatrist, what treatment he/she would be willing to offer before hand. When I ring my local private hospital, their secretary can't answer these questions and say I'd have to book an appointment to find out. Which of course costs lots.
i guess one way would be to say what area you're talking about (live/work/travel distance) & hopefully someone else might have a particular recommendation
a lot of the time it seems that even private specialists are more about the diagnosing and medicating and not much non-drug support. so it might be worth looking for a specialist practice with those built in/one with links for additional non-drug treatment/ support via coaching, mentoring, specialist CBT etc.
I live in East Midlands, Leicester. But will travel to London for the right dr
I've got someone for non drug support. it's a psychiatrist that will be willing to try new medications that I'm after. For example NHS tried me on modafinil, but since the branded providgil has been release and approved their not willing to try. Historically drugs of different brands have had varying efficacy on me.
Also I have various comorbid conditions associated with my ADD, that I'd like to try meds for. Is it best to see a psych specialising in ADD or general one?
ah, lovely Leicester. (and doing so well in the league!). i know nothing about specialists in the area, much as I love the city. others may be along who know about the local area and can advise. meanwhile...
...if i were looking for medication to help with comorbs and adhd (and had the money, and could travel) i would definitely consult privately with a psychiatrist who works for the NHS at the Maudsley (also known as SLAM - South London and the Maudsley).
SLAM run the (tertiary level) national assessment centre for adults with ADHD, and thus have the most experience of any clinical centre in the country. as a result they see the greatest number of people, have the longest track record, have top specialists and super-specialists, and are far more likely to see greater numbers of complex cases - which would include comorbidities.
i know of several people on the forum who have eg comorbid bipolar I or II plus adhd who have been referred to specific people at SLAM. they also have the most experience in adult autism assessment, and run concurrent adhd assessment and treatment services for adults on the spectrum.
so i'd be researching the specialists at SLAM, and finding out who/how i could consult privately. if it were me.
Post by fullyfledgeded on Apr 30, 2016 11:31:47 GMT
ah this is a nice surprise- my taptalk notifications were turned off, so didnt know you replied
yes go on you blues, its mental here even the lawyers are getting dressed up in blue.
Thanks that's helpfull. The only doubt in my mind, is if they practise within the NHS, they may have a tendency to do everything by the book - even if i consult them privately? You see thats what im looking for; a psychiatrist, who given good reason and evidence; will try meds, that may not typically be given to ADHD sufferes; but given their efficacy, could well help my symptoms. For example I'd like to try mematine which is given for alzeimers but has good effects for learning and memoery. Or maybe even Intuniv
my own experience is that when you are working with specialists who are working at the cutting edge, they are more likely to be willing and able to try off-label approaches, and indeed have really good reasons for their decisions.
it tends to be people who know less who are willing to experiment less. or indeed those who know less who experiement a bit too much! i've had both of those, in a whole other area of medicine, and am still living with the consequences.
i don't do football, but i have good friends in leicester who are SO happy just now, and it's great to rejoice with those who rejoice
Post by fullyfledgeded on May 3, 2016 10:18:39 GMT
Hi There contrarymary,
Right ok so i need cutting edge, so i need to either relocate to London and get in the catchment area, or pay privately. I guess first i'll research the Drs you speak of at the NHS Maudsley (also known as SLAM - South London and the Maudsley) and find a good fit
those who know less who experiement a bit too much!
Post by fullyfledgeded on May 7, 2016 16:49:28 GMT
I've been exploring the list you gave me and the thread you sent me - Thank you. Seeing as im going private, i want to make sure i give my consultant the best information, so that we can do things effectively. Ive started a new thread medicate by understanding the route cause of symptoms and i was wandering if someone with your "Senior God" status may be able to take a look please