What Is the Assessment Process for Adult ADHD / ADD?
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be showing signs of ADHD, getting an assessment can be the first step to getting life back on track.
We know how worrying it can be when you aren’t quite sure what might be wrong; an ADHD diagnosis can help ease the worry and put a treatment plan in place.
Clinical Partners are able to offer appointments for a private ADHD assessment, often within a few days, with one of our experienced psychiatrists. You will receive a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your needs and will be supported the whole way through the assessment process by our qualified triage team.
Your assessment for ADHD will include:
- You will be asked to complete two questionnaires prior to the assessment
- You will be sent two questionnaires for a family member or partner to complete – this helps to gain a full rounded picture of any symptoms you may be experiencing
- Often ADHD symptoms decrease in ‘novel’ situations, such as an assessment, so the pre-assessment questionnaires are important to establish a true picture
90 minute assessment with a consultant psychiatrist:
- A full psychiatric history
- Past and present ADHD symptoms
- Your school and work history, using records such as reports and previous evaluations where possible
- It can be helpful to bring a relative or partner to the assessment who will be asked questions by the consultant psychiatrist which will help understand your history.
- You will be asked to complete psychometric tests to assess your concentration, impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
- Following the assessment process your consultant psychiatrist will write up a full report, which will give you a diagnosis if one can be made and treatment recommendations.
- Further assessments may be needed if your consultant psychiatrist believes you may have another condition that was not covered through your initial assessment.
- If you need a prescription for medication you will need to have a physical examination to check for blood pressure, cardiovascular functioning, pulse and weight check. We can arrange for this privately or you can have this completed on the NHS.
Continuation of treatment:
If you have a diagnosis of ADHD, you can choose to continue with private treatment. This will involve a 30 minute follow up session with your consultant psychiatrist, where you will receive a prescription for any medications that you may need. You will then need a further 30 minute appointment two weeks after medication commences, to check for side effects and make any necessary adjustments. Follow up appointments will continue every four weeks until the condition is stabilised. We can discuss all these options with you.
Alternatively you may choose to return to NHS care, in which case your report will be shared with your GP. If your GP is happy to follow the consultant psychiatrist recommendations they will be able to prescribe ADHD medication you have been prescribed and carry out the monitoring process.
We cannot guarantee that your GP will be happy to prescribe our recommendations, but we are happy to discuss this option with you.