I am posting this new topic because I can’t seem to find anyone else who is a carer but suffers themselves from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (or any other neuro-atypical disorder). Surely I cannot be the only one?!
I am 45 now and as yet undiagnosed by the NHS. I am, however, thankfully just a few months shy of reaching the top of the (three year long) waiting list to have my condition diagnosed and treated with medication.
The thing is, I was a mere eight-year old child when doctors first tried to diagnose my ‘hyperactive’ and ‘unruly’ behaviour. The consultant we saw did, in their infinite wisdom, label me as ‘hyperactive’ but simply told my mother to avoid letting me consume certain E-number food additives, colourings and preservatives. Suffice it to say that the diet minor diet change did nothing to help my ‘poor/disruptive behaviour’. Thankfully however, I only have a matter of a few months to wait for a complete diagnosis and I can finally expect some treatment.
Although I am very familiar with people caring full-time for those who suffer from ADHD themselves I have not yet found any kindred spirits who, like me, are caring for over 35 hours a week for another adult but suffer from the condition themselves.
Any overgrown ADD/ADHD kids out there want to reply so I know I’m not the only one?!