Hi there: I'd like some advice on accessing private treatment in Scotland. Although not yet diagnosed, I've had ADD since childhood but only realised the reasons for always feeling the 'odd one out' when I started looking into ADHD about 5 years ago because of my then adolescent son's problems with concentration. Although I developed coping mechanisms over the years, I've found that since I hit my 50s (aaargh - I can't be that OLD surely? :o) it's becoming increasingly difficult to cope.
My situation is compounded by being a carer to my severely disabled husband - he has a degenerative condition which has become increasingly worse over the past 10 years.
I've been back and forth to the GP over several years and have seen a couple of psychiatrists over the last 3 years -but the focus is always on the depression which I've struggled with on and off since my teens. I've never been able to get anyone to take the ADD symptoms seriously until my last visit to the GP - however reading these boards has made me aware what a long and tortuous process it can be to get anywhere in the NHS - and to be honest I feel that time is running out. I've reached burnout this time and am ceasing to function
So any advice on obtaining private treatment - and a rough idea of cost - would be most welcome. I live in Fife btw.
'Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.' Homer Simpson
I lived in London when I started and the wait between the psychiatrist and the ADHD clinic was 9 months. I moved back to Scotland a couple of months in and tried going to my GP here to see if the wait would be any shorter, but it wasn't, so I went private.
The guy I saw works in Glasgow but can also come out to your house if you prefer (it's £400 for the appointment and him coming out to your house, less if you go to him) and after diagnosis, he set up shared care with my GP straight away.
If you can afford to go private, it will definitely speed things up - my GP up here was honest and said it could be up to 18 months from that appointment to diagnosis and advised me just to either keep my London appointment or go private!