Like almost everyone here, I have ADHD. Or, at least, I think I have it. But now I’m not sure. Years ago (2006) I went to a doctor to talk about it, and instead of giving the ADHD diagnosis he said I was depressed. That made me mad. I never went back.
Now, after reading everyones’ posts and watching Stephen Fry’s documentary on the subject, I’m starting to believe it.
I’ve decided that I need to go see a doctor, but I am scared. Terrified. I already have social anxieties as it it, and so this is worse. I think I have the “how to get a doctor” part sorted in my head: go to my GP, get a referral. Easy, I hope?
Now, here comes the part that I’m really scared of: I am afraid the doctor will say “no, there’s nothing wrong with you.” I’m afraid that, if I want to try medication, it will be seen as drug-seeking behavior.
Basically, I’m afraid I’m going to be told that everything is all in my head and what I am feeling is a personal failing. I feel alone on this, although the logical part of my brain tells me this is probably pretty common.
How do you get over this fear? How has anyone gotten over this? I’m scared of social interactions as it is, so I don’t know that I have the gumption to push back on a doctor who tells me “suck it up.”