Personal stories

One of the best ways of learning about the service is by reading the stories of people who have had first hand experience of ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and how our service has helped them live life to the full.

Here you can find a selection of personal stories from people who have used our service in Wakefield.

John’s story

John was referred to the adult ADHD service three months before his 18th birthday. He was diagnosed with ADHD and had been prescribed stimulant medication since the age of 9. Throughout his childhood John was reviewed by the same paediatrician on a every six months. A joint transition meeting was arranged so the specialist nurse from the adult service could attend and meet with John and his parents to provide information about the adult team and answer any questions. John was worried about seeing a new doctor so the nurse arranged to be present at the initial assessment to provide a familiar face and reassurance to John and his family. John now attends follow-up appointments at the clinic independent of his parents.

Michael’s story

Michael was 19 when he was referred by his GP to the adult ADHD service. He had been diagnosed with ADHD as a child and stopped taking medication at 15 as he didn’t want his mates to know he took tablets every day. When he came to the service Michael had been fired from several jobs since leaving school and recognised that his poor time management, lack of organisational skills and impulsive arguments with his work colleagues and family could be related to ADHD.

Michael’s girlfriend was pregnant and he wanted help to sort out his problems before the baby was born. The specialist doctor at the adult ADHD service carried out a comprehensive assessment which confirmed Michael has severe symptoms of ADHD. He commenced treatment with stimulant medication which he takes every morning. The occupational therapist from the adult service helped Michael develop strategies to become more organised both at home and at work. At the time of writing this Michael had kept the same labouring job for more than three months with no complaints from his boss and is looking forward to being a dad.

Stuart’s story

Stuart is 36 and went to his GP after his son Joe had been diagnosed with ADHD, conduct disorder and dyslexia. He recognised a lot of Joe’s behaviour in himself when he was young and wondered if his own problems now with anger, not being able to relax and never finishing a job before moving onto the next could be ADHD. Stuart had smoked cannabis since being a teenager as he believed this helped to calm him down and get on better with his family and friends. As Stuart lives in a region that has no adult ADHD service his GP made an out of area referral with funding agreed by the local PCT. An assessment by the consultant psychiatrist confirmed a diagnosis of ADHD and anti-social personality disorder. Stuart commenced treatment with non-stimulant medication with a recommendation that he may benefit from psychological support to come to terms with the diagnosis and develop coping strategies for the future.

Sarah’s story

Sarah is 21 and a single parent to 9-month-old daughter. Sarah was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and took stimulant medication until she became pregnant. Sarah has always been disorganised at home and had problems remembering and attending appointments. Sarah has found the demands of being a young mother very difficult and struggles to organise a daily routine for her daughter instead having to rely on her mother for a lot of support. Sarah was keen to start taking medication again as she felt it had helped in the past. A multidisciplinary assessment by the adult ADHD service which included a medication review, neuropsychological and functional assessments has helped Sarah access support from outside agencies to develop parenting skills and increase her independence as a mother.

Tom’s story

Tom is 19 and was referred to the adult ADHD service by his offender manager. Tom has had a history of offending behaviour since his late teens and had an Anti Social Behaviour Order in the past. He had been diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, but due to his chaotic family life hadn’t taken medication and rarely attended appointments in children services. His offender manager described Tom as a very energetic and likeable young man whose impulsive and often irresponsible behaviour was likely to result in a custodial sentence if it continued. Tom had been arrested for a number of offences including assault and taking vehicles without consent.

Since engaging with the adult ADHD service Tom has started taking medication, completed anger therapy sessions and set goals for the future. Care Programme Approach meetings have helped Tom and professionals work together towards change for the future.

Would you like to tell your story?

Telling your story can help people learn more about the service we provide. But at the same time it can help increase understanding about different conditions such as ADHD and reduce fear and stereotyping.

If you have used the Trust’s service for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and high functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD); or you care for someone who does and you feel that telling your story would help you and others, please get in touch.

Page last updated on January 21st, 2013