ADD / ADHD Advocacy

1 year Wait List for a Full Year for Adult ADHD Diagnosis Embarrassing? Solution? Close Down the Clinic.

Well close the wait list to the clinic, if you’re in you were in line a few week ago you’ll get processed. All new patients get turned away.

I’ve blogged about this before, BC Adults with ADHD Abandoned, and you can watch my Global TV interview on the closure of the only adult ADHD clinic in the entire province at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Despite a year-long waiting list for an entire year, budgetary restraints have forced BC’s principal diagnostic and treatment centre to bar further referrals of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, while they do a “review” of the program with no target completion date

As I mentioned it’s a bookeeping solution to a real human problem, once they added adult ADHD diagnois to the clinic adults became 50% of the caseload, the year long 12 month wait list developed. Dr. Margaret Weiss the clinic director asked the BC government for funding to deal with the overwhelming demand, and was refused.

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Pete’s Global TV Interview on “Overwhelming Popular” BC ADHD Clinic Closing Doors to New Adult Patients

Update: They shut down the BC Adult ADHD clinic that had a 1 year wait list and abandoned the patients. No other hospital has opened a similar clinic to deal with the needs of Adults with ADHD. 1 year waiting list politically embarrassing to BC Govt? Solution? Kill the clinic.

Here’s the video of the Global TV interview I did on January 30th on the BC ADHD Clinic’s decision to close their doors to new patients wanting to get diagnosed for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.

They will do a “review” of the ADHD clinic with no deadline. If you’re lucky enought to be on the current wait list you will eventually be seen, if not tough luck. Global did a good job of telling a complex story in 2 minutes. Too bad they didn’t mention the Vancouver Adult ADD support group under which the press release went out but it’s nice to have it play on Global News 3 times, the 6pm, 11pm and 6am shows. Thanks to Barrie for creating the press release and media strategy and Patrick for suggestions on some specific local media contacts.

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Adults with ADHD Abandoned As Clinic Closes Doors

Update: Clinic permanently closed. See this post as well as this one

Alternate title 1 Year Waiting list for an entire year embarassing? Solution. Close the clinic.

Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group
Leader: Pete Quily (604) 263-6997

NEWS RELEASE

30 Jan 2007

Adults with ADHD Abandoned As Clinic Closes Doors

VANCOUVER, BC – Despite a year-long waiting list for an entire year, budgetary restraints have forced BC’s principal diagnostic and treatment centre to bar further referrals of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, while they do a “review” of the program with no target completion date. The clinic, located at Children’s Hospital (CWH) had been accepting adult patients for only two years, during which time its adult caseload had grown to 50 per cent of its patient total.

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What’s Your SQ?

What’s your SQ?

IQ, EQ now SQ. The author of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Daniel Goleman, has a new measure of intelligence SQ or Social Intelligence Quotient. It deals with understanding other peoples feelings, empathy, and social skills.

Scientists have discovered that our interactions don’t just shape our experiences. They actually alter our biology. Fulfilling relationships promote good health, while bad ones “can act like slow poison in our bodies.” Neuroscientists have discovered something even scarier, for anyone trapped in a miserable relationship: long-standing relationships can actually change our brains. It’s called “neuroplasticity” and, Goleman writes, it means that “repeated experiences sculpt the shape, size, and number of neurons and their synaptic connections.” Or, to put it another way: your rotten husband isn’t just wrecking your life — he’s actually wrecking your brain, too.

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Reasons To Attend A CHADD Meeting Instead Of Looking Up Information On The Internet

This list was created by Marie Paxson, Coordinator of Chester County Chadd (near Philadelphia). She graciously offered me permission to reprint it here .

CHADD stands for Children and Adult with ADD, it’s an international non profit ADD support group. Here’s the US HQ, here’s the Cdn HQ, here’s CHADD Vancouver   (I’m on the board) and here’s my Vancouver Adult ADD support group which is the adult group of CHADD Vancouver

You can check my list of Canadian ADD Support groups and International ADD support groups for an ADD support group in your area. Or if there’s no ADD support group in your area you can start your own ADD support group.

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