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Radio host Abbie Chatfield reveals adult ADHD diagnosis after ‘upsetting’ experience trying to get diagnosed

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Radio host Abbie Chatfield has revealed she has been diagnosed with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the age of 26. The former reality TV star first made the revelation last night on her radio program, Hot Nights with Abbie Chat…

Radio host Abbie Chatfield has revealed she has been diagnosed with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the age of 26. 

The former reality TV star first made the revelation last night on her radio program, Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield, expressing her relief after 18 months of not having a definitive diagnosis. 

"Now I am going to go on medication, the psychiatrist said that I can listen to podcasts, and there are lots of different coping mechanisms that I can research," she said on air.

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Radio host Abbie Chatfield reveals adult ADHD diagnosis.

Chatfield also spoke more about her diagnosis in her latest Instagram Stories. Watch above.

In a series of clips, she explained her symptoms prior to her diagnosis, saying she was "unable to sleep a lot" because her mind would not switch off, and she said she sometimes goes through periods of "hyperactivity", which is a typical symptom of ADHD – a condition where one has trouble focussing and sometimes exhibits impulsive behaviour.

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Although she's grateful to finally put her symptoms down to adult ADHD, Chatfield said she's annoyed it took more than one year to get a diagnosis.

In her Instagram videos, the radio host claimed that three months ago, her assistant was told there were no appointments available with a psychiatrist for 18 months.

Abbie Chatfield

"It's quite inaccessible, which is upsetting," she said of making an appointment. "Also, a lot of women have different symptoms to men when they're younger, so they get undiagnosed for a longer time. A lot of women get diagnosed in adulthood, and their symptoms will get confused with anxiety and depression."

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Chatfield said the only reason she was able to get an appointment was that she paid an assistant "around $700" to dedicate a full day to finding one. 

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"This is with me paying someone to spend a day dedicated to finding me an appointment of any time with any psychiatrist in any region," she said. "I'm very privileged to be able to do that. It was really f---ing expensive."

"It's ironic that the ADHD diagnosis, you have to plan something 18 months in advance or you have to spend a whole day concentrating on one, long, boring task and have an appointment that you'll probably forget about," she added. 

"It's kind of like, I'm confirmed. There is something that's – not wrong – but is different, that can be fixed."

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