Posted on 20th June 2023 at 12:49
The Panorama programme emphasised the length of an assessment and stressed that a 40-minute interview cannot cover all the information which is needed.
While that is true, an assessment could be several hours long and still be a bad or inadequate assessment and still not have all the elements which are important. The NICE (National Institute of Care Excellence) guidelines on ADHD names the essential parts of an ADHD assessment.
I will explore in more detail what these are and what this means in practice:
A full developmental history
This does what it says on the tin! It is the story of how you as a human being have grown and developed through your life from the year dot up to the present moment. It will cover your birth, how and when you reached key milestones as a baby and young child, including walking and talking, your family background, physical health as a child and adult and your experiences with learning and at school. It will include your work history and how you spend your free time.