Here's an almost creepily accurate [ FAQ on Adult ADHD
] written by a qualified specialist doctor (all too fond of !'s I will admit) which may be informative to those who are curious as to what, how and why ADHD is.
Those of you who know me well may be amazed at how accurate some of the 'typical' behaviour listed toward the bottom of the FAQ is. The FAQ applies almost perfectly to my experiences, especially the misdiagnosis of ADHD and its ensuing effects. For example, even after stating to a professional that perhaps ADHD was my issue, and providing a volume of supporting evidence, I was informed that it wasn't "fashionable" to diagnose it in adults.
We live in a well educated highly developed nation, but we have mental health professionals who are in my experience, more often than not, culpably wrong. That FAQ makes my frustration at my previous experience with mental health professionals seem entirely justified.
Although, it is fun to find out you were right, and that you knew the professionals you saw who studied for 5+ years and practiced even longer weren't even close to right. Because that's what I need, a bigger ego :D
Hopefully this should begin to be the last from me on this topic, as it seems to be reaching a nice stage of resolution. It's almost safe to say, that things are looking up - the [ medication really works
The lessons to take from this experience could be; research+++, don't suffer fools, don't let fools make you suffer, recognise and accept wise counsel, let your friends and family help you, don't be ashamed of an illness, and most importantly, keep fighting for what your gut says is right - be your own advocate.