Mental Health Nurse for ADHD Very anxious

Well, my anxiety is palpable. More than just stomach pain, I have also got a little preoccupied with irrelevant tasks. I cleaned my room and even did some washing up. Well, I started to, anyway.

I like to research and learn. And mostly because I like to prove myself wrong or right. It also "helps" with anxiety. To stamp out irrational fears.

So I have made a list of questions and answers below. Based on my current worries and I thought I'd share it.

  1. Can they section you? - Yes, but it takes a lot of evidence to deprive someone of their liberty. So unlikely.
  2. Why do I need a Mhealth nurse to fill out an ADHD form? - Good question back to number one!
  3. What if they think you are Schitzophrenic and lock you up? - Again this highly unlikely - a lot of evidence of "crazy" behavior!
  4. How can you get out of a section? - Pretty hard but you can ask for a specialist solicitor.
  5. What are the sings of schizophrenia and how are they confused? - the research continues!

Apparently, you can be schizophrenic and autistic! So the research is essentially flawed.

But to ease my very busy thoughts, and calm down, I did the research. And now probably have a draft paper to write. lol.

I've made some tables and found some nice pictures.

I can also see why people have a rainbow of diagnosis attached to them. Because in reality diagnosis is a best guess best fit.

Some nice diagrams

My research

Main differences

ADHD

ASD

Dyslexia

Depression/anxiety

Acute stress reaction

schizophrenia

Misconception

Evidence

Permanently disorganised

Being assessed

Dyslexia report

diagnosed

diagnosed

Family history

Obviously must have Schizophrenia

Social difficulties

Yes.

Yes.

Didn't want to make friends

Intense focus on interests

Yep.

Law, fitness, learning, marketing

- No No

No

interests must not be mainstream

Hallucinations

Hyper/Hypo sensitivity?

feel Drafts, can hear neighbor snoring, toilet dripping

-

No.

That "hearing things that others cannot," means a hallucination.

I have the hearing of an owl, and cannot hear my own name being called

Other differences

Area

ADHD

ASD

Dyslexia

Depression/anxiety

Acute stress reaction

schizophrenia

Misconceptions/assumptions

Aggressive behavior

Yes

yes

Yes

Yes

yes

yes

Outbursts are aggression not frustration

Adhd like symptoms

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes

Yes

ADHD is only hyperactivity

thinking

Reduced flexibility of thought

Poor short term memory

Poor memory

Poor memory

Appear confused

Communication

Deficits

Hyper/hypo speech

both

both

Disorganised speech

Having a lisp is not an indication of a speech problem

Impaired social/occupational functioning

Yes.

-

Yes

Yes

Yes.

Need to try harder, or are shy

Social anxiety

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Only for girls

Restricted Interests

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

trains, not ponies. Interest stays the same.

Repetitive behaviours

Yes done to soothe

OCD upsetting

No

Stimming is OCD.

Perceptual differences

distracted

Sensory overload/ hyper/hypo

Not interested in writing

Not interested

Avoidant

Hallucinations

Uncorroborated distractions, senses are hallucinations

Typically diagnosed age

teen

childhood

childhood

adult

adult

20s

Lack of childhood evidence is a lack of evidence for ASD

Social anxiety

yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Only girls get Social anxiety

Race

Black people 2x more likely to have ASD

You can have ASD and Schizophrenia

Black people have schizophrenia not ASD

Sex

Male

Males only get ASD.

Age

ASD is always found in young people

Conclusions.

In my additional research, mental health and SPLD professionals rely on precedent, not just the conditions presented. You can only really hope to get a proper assessment from a doctor who knows well. Which is why doctors seem to rely on stereotypical insight. In hiesight, we should all become more familiar with our doctors.

In fitness, we adjust for age, sex, race. In my years of dyslexia research, I have never heard of people making background adjustments. I have found many women be discovered as being dyslexic because they were not good at English. Boys are expected to be not good at English.

A NAS publication about BAME said that often thought black children with ASD, were seen as having a behavior problem, not an ASD problem. Similarly, women with ASD were seen as having Bipolar or Anxiety, OCD. Where black people were seen to have schizophrenia, not ASD.

Some stats

Black people are 2x likely to have ASD than non-ethnics. With people of Somalian heritage having the highest incidence.

Between 6 and 17% of mental health patients have been recategorised with ASD.

Black people are overprescribed for Schizophrenia and mental health sections.

Non BAME people are more likely to seek early help for mental health conditions. And are more likely to be turned away for more serious problems.

Although black people claim to be in great mental health. They have the highest rates of PTSD in women and sections in men.

ASD is thought to exist in all races in an equal amount. Yet BAME ASD counts are negligible.

ASD people have poor access to stable employment. And the successful suicide rate is disproportionately high.