Written by a NHS patient
30th September 2022
I was referred to Psych UK by my GP when I realized I had ADHD (and am autistic) in 2020. I decided not to pursue anything related to my autism, but the PUK doctor immediately noticed my autistic traits and pointed that out as well.
My initial ADHD assessment with Dr. Sholinghur was well worth the wait and was as much an excellent doctor's appointment as it was a great conversation. Dr. Sholinghur was kind and conversational and listened to everything I had to say without getting annoyed by how chatty I am! When we were done, I had my ADHD diagnosis, had been recommended to get an autism diagnosis as well, and was put forward for titration.
As good as my experience was with Dr. Sholinghur, my experience with my titration nurse and prescriber, Dean Tipton, was even better. Dr. Sholinghur was only involved for one appointment, whereas Dean has been by my side helping me through titration for seven months. He initially asked after what medication and supplements I was taking, and then asked for WHY I was taking what I was taking. When I explained at length about how I had been self-managing my own conditions for nearly 15 years, he immediately looped me in completely on the titration, asking what medication I wanted to try, and offering me several options at all times.
I have other issues as well as the ADHD and autism, and Dean was wonderful at including them in every stage of the titration, including looking for the ideal medication to not only nip the majority of my ongoing chronic fatigue in the bud, but help to minimize my unbearable PMDD each month. Dean was an incredibly prompt responder to any and all messages I sent, never leaving me waiting for a response for longer than 12hrs, and was always happy to explain and talk me through decisions being made in regards to my medication, titration and future.
Overall, Psych UK has been an incredible experience for me, and has completely turned my quality of life on its head, taking me from a barely functioning human being to an actual person who can stay awake for more than a few hours each day.
I would recommend Psych UK to anyone who is looking for good care.