Firstly, it is never too late to seek assistance.
Secondly, measurable tests are not available for ADHD; all assessments are done on an interview basis. Wherever possible, family and colleagues are also interviewed in attempts to eliminate personal biases. The reason blood tests are not possible is ADHD is a result of lowered neurotransmitters; the levels of which are vastly different depending on the time of day and activity currently involved in - there is no baseline. There are claims that ADHD trends can be seen on a QEEG which basically measures your brainwaves in a non-invasive manner.
In terms of using government doctors: we have some wonderful doctors and phoning your nearest hospital would be the best place to start, alternatively you can ask your GP for a referral.
With regards to medication: if the side effects outweigh the benefits, dosage or change of medication is required, provided some time has been given to determine if the side effects are short term and will go away on their own.
I am assuming you are no longer on the medication; should anything further be prescribed it is sometimes worthwhile not telling certain colleagues that you are trying a new med as they tend to watch you more closely. Rather ask them after two weeks if they have noticed any difference in your performance or behaviour.
Best of luck to you.
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