I came to the ADHD centre as so many others probably do after the lightbulb of realising the undiagnosed ADHD could be at the root of so many things in life so far. And obviously wanted that to be assessed as soon as possible once I realised! ADHD centre was so easy to book with. I specifically chose Dr Chowdhury as she also works within the NHS as a psychiatrist. My GP had warned that some diagnoses weren’t taken on for shared care if that wasn’t the case.
I chose very well. Dr Chowdhury is warm and encouraging and supportive. From the first session where she made me feel relaxed enough to be able to laugh at some of the examples of things in life that supported the diagnostic criteria. it could have been a very stressful appointment and conversation, but it wasn’t because I felt seen, accepted and supported. She truly cares about and for her patients.
And this has continued throughout all my interactions with ADHD Centre and Dr Chowdhury. She is caring and supportive but honest about what to expect from medication, for example, and how important other things are such as coaching to build the strategies to get the best outcomes. My titration was relatively smooth, but there was a hiccup of a period of unexpected and unavoidable external stress that knocked me sideways a bit. Rather than telling me what to do, we reached an agreement together about how to go forward (we kept a steady dose for a little longer to allow the stress to settle so we could evaluate it properly). And then picked up the titration again as things calmed.
So I have always felt that decisions were made together. She is very happy to answer questions about why a particular medication has been recommended over another and what to expect and how to deal with side effects.
At every stage, rather than saying ‘this is next’, the question has always been ‘what would you like to do next’. And we discuss the pros and cons of different choices.
Thank you, Dr Chowdhury and the ADHD Centre. My life makes much more sense now and I feel so well supported to go forward flourishing rather than fighting my brain every step of the way
28th March 2023
Written by a private patient