Like thousands of parents across Britain, I read the recent revelations about the appalling wait times for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) appointments with dismay but no surprise.


Statistics from several NHS boards, unveiled in an exclusive Observer exposé earlier this month, reveal that thousands of children have been made to wait over a year for ADHD assessments, and many considerably longer than that. The investigation brought much needed attention to delays that are significantly detrimental to the wellbeing and education of these children – but it didn’t explain what it’s actually like to have a struggling child who is waiting for help. So I will.


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