Solid hope for better medical care for ADHD
I have many times posted the problems I experienced by seeing doctors I trusted for help with the mental disorders [ADHD with depression and anxiety comorbidities] that plagued me. They proved to be incompetent. They did me more harm than good. Eventually I found good medical care from a psychiatrist that a friend of mine, a psychologist, recommended. The doctors I saw could not so much as direct me to the medical specialist I needed.
I was forced to become my own advocate. Through 100's if not more hours of research and the input of the many knowledgeable members of this board, I came to realize that the American Psychiatric Association's accepted DSM-4 ADHD definition was way off. I found it infuriating that the latest research reports concluded that a major rewrite of the ADHD definition was needed. All the reports I got my paws on were drawing the same conclusions from the same consistent evidence uncovered by many well conducted independent scientific tests and observation spanning 10 or more years. Then go to the doctor and the doctor knows squat about the findings of the latest research. Growl.
I finally concluded that no solution would be found at least not in my life time that would give us the same high quality medical care available to those with other diseases and disorders.
I am so happy to be proved wrong.
What happened to me and many, many others with ADHD, will never happen again IF PCP's study and apply the New ADHD Guidelines. The PCP is going to be the patient's first contact.
A primary care physician, or PCP, is defined as a physician/medical doctor who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions, not limited by cause, organ system, or diagnosis. PCP's must be able to recognize ADHD and its many comorbidities and prescribe a course of action for the patient. PCP's must be able to recognize the more difficult ADHD cases and direct the patient to the appropriate medical specialist.
I sending the publication with the New ADHD Guidelines to every doctor in town. Some of these bozos do not believe in ADHD and take the position of fanatics – they are not changing, facts, evidence notwithstanding. Then again, perhaps the majority simply haven't had the tools needed. Now they do. I'll make sure of it just in case they missed the update.