A Canadian woman says a doctor “gassed” her during her visit, having previously been diagnosed with ADHD via telemedicine, sparking debate in the comments section about telemedicine and stimulant access.
In a multi-part story posted by TikToker Jasmine Lorimer (@jasmine.lorimer) on Aug. 19, she says she was “treated so crappy” by the doctor she saw about a prescription for ADHD medication to get.
@jasmine.lorimer Part 1: My worst doctor visit ever. #canada #squamish #adhd #messytiktok ♬ Original sound – Jasmine Lorimer
“I was diagnosed earlier this week through an online telemedicine appointment with a doctor who spoke to me for about half an hour. It was very clear to him that I had moderate ADHD,” explains Lorimer in the clip. “So he actually sent me a little evaluation form to fill out because I would need to be referred to another doctor to discuss the treatment because with telemedicine they don’t like prescribing certain medications over the phone.”
Lorimer goes on to say that she has scheduled an in-person visit to a doctor in Squamish, British Columbia, to discuss medication. She says that on the day of the appointment, the doctor “walked into the room absolutely pissed off” and asked, “What are you doing?”
She said she explained to the doctor that she had been previously diagnosed with ADHD but wanted to discuss the research she had done on medications, including what she felt was right “for” her needs.
Lorimer goes on to say that she gave him the self-assessment of her appointment at Telus Health, a Canadian provider of digital health technology and services, and as he read it, he said, “Tick, tick, tick. Everyone ticks,” in response to one of the symptoms she ticked on the form.
In the second part of the narrative time, Lorimer says she asked the doctor “what he meant by that” and thought he was “supposing” that she was “making up” her diagnosis.
@jasmine.lorimer in reply to @Raychel 🚑 Van Life & Travel ♬ Original sound – Jasmine Lorimer
“Before I started recording, he said, ‘It seems like a lot of people in Squamish suddenly have ADHD,'” she says in the video. “Dude, it’s not like you can do a blood test. I understand that people might fill out this form incorrectly, but it’s not like we have ADHD.”
The first part of the storytime has reached over 2.8 million views as of August 23, with commenters discussing whether it should be possible to get an ADHD diagnosis via a telemedicine self-assessment. Many users who say they have been diagnosed with ADHD themselves point to the long process they went through before being prescribed stimulants.
“Diagnosis needs more than a telemedicine appointment. It takes hours to take exams in person and study your answers,” wrote one commenter.
“You can diagnose in a 30 minute telemedicine? I remember going through hours of exams with the psychiatrist as a kid,” said another.
“There is no doubt that this doctor was rude. However, stimulants are no joke and jumping straight to medication without therapy will do nothing,” added a third.
The #ADHD tag on TikTok was viewed over 14.3 billion times in August, leading many psychiatrists to criticize that TikTok has contributed to an increase in “self-diagnosis,” leaving room for telemedicine companies to offer same-day or quick evaluations, to get a foothold. However, Lorimer argues that TikTok coverage and virtual appointments have helped destigmatize mental health and create a more accessible route for adults to get a diagnosis.
The text overlay in part two of Storytime reads, “Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there are many more cases emerging due to awareness through platforms like TikTok and the underdiagnosis of ADHD in young girls.”
In another follow-up, Lorimer shares clips she secretly recorded during her appointment, showing the doctor expressing his “frustration with telemedicine” when she asked him to clarify his statement that “everyone ticks ‘, in response to her ADHD self-assessment.
PART 3: The tone has completely changed. I think he got nervous when he realized his behavior wasn’t appropriate.
♬ Original sound – Jasmine Lorimer
“If you could just clarify again what you meant when I showed you the rating and you said, ‘everybody ticks,'” Lorimer says in the clip.
The doctor then audibly sighs and says he’s “frustrated with telemedicine” because “the work they’ve done hasn’t been reported back to this office.”
“I have no guarantees of what you’re obviously spending some time talking to the doctors about,” he says in the video. “To move forward, I would like telemedicine to send me the copies of their consultation so we don’t reinvent the wheel.”
Lorimer then says that she “is happy” to send him the information she received after her telemedicine appointment.
“Of course, when you said ‘everyone ticks’ when I showed you the form given to me by the doctor for an accurate assessment of ADHD, I understand that anyone can tick the boxes as they wish,” Lorimer says at the end of the first part. “But do you think I want ADHD? I have never taken any medication in my life. I am very afraid of taking medication and would appreciate a little more tact from the doctor I see on this.”
In the second clip of her conversation with the doctor, Lorimer explains that she wasn’t aware that telemedicine was “limited in what it can do.”
“It’s frustrating that telemedicine does the easy stuff and I do the hard stuff,” says the doctor.
In response, Lorimer tells him it’s his “job” and urges him not to “make patients feel like a burden.”
The doctor then says she “probably has ADHD” and apologizes that they “got on the wrong foot.”
PART 4: Am I in a relationship or in a doctor’s office? This was extremely uncomfortable.
♬ Original sound – Jasmine Lorimer
In another update posted on Aug. 20, Lorimer says the doctor “called her that evening and apologized” and said he was “having a bad day.”
She said she asked him if his attitude “had anything to do with people abusing stimulants,” to which he denied, saying he “just feels like a lot of people in Squamish have ADHD.”
“I won’t understand what this has to do with me, because a lot of people in my town have ADHD,” says Lorimer. She adds that she knows another person who has had a similar experience with the same doctor.
@jasmine.lorimer in reply to @Jenn Bourbonnais ♬ Original sound – Jasmine Lorimer
In the second part of the update, she says she also received an email where the doctor “confirmed the TikTok” and said if it had been his choice he would have kept things private for “patient confidentiality” reasons.
While she says she was sent on a two-week treatment trial, Lorimer still intends to “formally report” him to prevent others from going through the same thing.
“I don’t think reporting him will lead to any serious reprimands and that’s not my goal at all,” the video’s caption reads. “But knowing that he also did this to another person (that I know of) I have to assume it happens often enough that he should be held accountable. Let’s hope he turns the corner.”
The Daily Dot contacted Lorimer via email.
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