I'm an (undiagnosed for ADHD) 57 yr old woman. On my own I have taken several online tests for adult ADHD Inattentive Type and executive functioning and scored high and was directed to see a professional. I've read several books on women with ADHD and it explains so much about my life. I can recognize myself throughout them all.
My adult daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in high school along with a niece and nephew. I've been taking 2 antidepressants for several years. (Celexa 10mg and Effexor 37.5mg) . I also am on hormone replacement therapy ( for help with brain fog, insomnia and depression).
I recently went through an evaluation with a neuropsychologist which included an interview and neuro psych testing (a few hours long). The psychologist said according to the neuropsych tests she doesn't believe I have a disorder. Her diagnosis is depression (dysthymia). I told her that I had recently read that 80% of people with ADHD also have comorbidities such as depression and/or anxiety. She seemed a little annoyed that I said that and said sometimes depression can look like ADHD. She said I did score on the low side for organization and slow reaction time but that its probably the depression. She believes my organization problems are "developmental and not everyone is good at organization." I am SHOCKED she didn't think I had ADHD along with my family. I've waited several years to finally take action and pursue an evaluation. I feel like she based her diagnosis only on the testing because the interview I gave had several examples of lifelong inattentiveness and problems with executive functioning . Do I accept this even though I believe she's incorrect? Will my primary care doctor or any other professional even listen to me about this after I've had a thorough evaluation with a neuropsychologist at a reputable medical center? I'm not sure what I should do next. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Thank you for reading my post.
That’s just her opinion. You can always get a second opinion (and a third and fourth). Well, I guess it is limited by your insurance and time and money. Diagnosis is not an exact science. My belief is you know yourself better than she does