Why is Adult ADHD Assessment important?
ADHD can have a profoundly negative impact on all areas of a person’s life, their education, work, social life, self-esteem and happiness.
Many adults with ADHD are not diagnosed and therefore do not receive the treatment which could transform their life.
a highly personalised and collaborative assessment in which we build up a detailed picture of you by gathering information about your childhood, completing questionnaires and getting a perspective from one or two people who have known you in childhood and adulthood. The most important part of the assessment is a semi-structured interview in which we explore your strengths and struggles as a child and as an adult.
We will cover a broad range of topics and review the diagnostic criteria for ADHD and how they apply to you. I will assess the impact which these difficulties are having on different areas of your life, such as family, friendships, your work, or how you manage routine tasks, and how you spend your free time.
ADHD rarely occurs alone. Many people with ADHD have other mental health or neurodevelopmental conditions including depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, personality disorder, substance use disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders. Some of these symptoms may be mistaken for, or confused with, ADHD. It is essential that the assessment accurately detects co-existing conditions for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to be made.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states that the diagnosis of ADHD should only be conducted by an appropriately qualified healthcare professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, with training and expertise in the diagnosis of ADHD. I am an HCPC Registered Psychologist, with a first-class degree in psychology from the University of Leeds. I have more than 20 years post-qualification experience as a Chartered Psychologist. I have received specialist training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Adult ADHD.
How do I get an ADHD assessment? You can contact me directly to request an assessment. You do not need a referral from your GP.
Questionnaires to complete before the appointment
2 online assessment appointments, lasting a total of 2-3 hours, to provide information about yourself
The opportunity for someone who knew you well as a child to provide information to me in a phone call
The opportunity for someone who knows you well as an adult to provide information to me in a phone call
A comprehensive Assessment Report which you can send to your GP, employer or educational institution
An appointment after the Assessment Report has been completed to discuss the outcome of the assessment and to support you to access treatment and therapy options depending on the diagnosis
How much does an assessment cost?
A full assessment costs £795 and includes questionnaires, all online appointments, a comprehensive Assessment Report and the post-assessment follow-up appointment.
How do I know if I need an assessment?
I offer a 30 minute online screening appointment to give guidance about whether an adult ADHD assessment is warranted. The cost of a screening appointment is £90. If you then decide to book a full assessment, the cost is reduced to £750.
What are the criteria for diagnosis?
For a diagnosis of ADHD to be made, symptoms should:
meet the diagnostic criteria in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders V
the symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity and/or inattention need to cause at least moderate psychological, social and/or educational or occupational impairment based on interview and/or direct observation
be pervasive, occurring in 2 or more important settings including social life, family, school or work settings