What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is categorized as a neurodevelopmental disorder impacting individuals across various stages of life. Although it often becomes apparent during childhood, the effects and manifestations of ADHD can continue to be present throughout adolescence and well into adulthood, influencing various aspects of daily living and personal development.
Individuals with ADHD typically exhibit a spectrum of behaviours and challenges including:
Difficulty Concentrating (Inattention): The struggle to maintain focus on tasks, often shifting from one activity to another without completion, which can impact academic and professional performance.
Hyperactivity: An increased level of activity and energy, which might manifest as constant fidgeting, difficulty remaining seated, and an inability to engage in activities quietly or calmly.
Impulsivity: Acting without consideration of the consequences, which can lead to making hasty decisions and potentially risky behaviours.
What causes ADHD?
Understanding ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, can be a bit of a puzzle because its exact causes are not fully known. However, we can piece together some important insights from various studies and observations.
The hereditary aspect of ADHD
A clear pattern that emerges from research is that ADHD tends to show up more commonly in certain families. This hints at a possible genetic connection. Basically, if someone in your family has ADHD, there might be a higher chance that others in the family have it too.
Exploring the Unique Brain Characteristics of ADHD
When we look at the brains of people with ADHD, sometimes we notice some differences in structure and activity, especially in the areas that manage our attention and self-control. Also, the chemicals in the brain, known as neurotransmitters, which help our brain cells talk to each other, might work a bit differently in people with ADHD.
The Role of Environment and Development
ADHD doesn’t have a single cause, but is likely influenced by various factors, including our genes, brain function, and also our environment. For example, certain experiences, like exposure to specific elements while a baby is developing during pregnancy, or being born prematurely, are also linked to a higher possibility of having ADHD.
Why get an ADHD diagnosis?
Unlocking the Path to Tailored Support with an ADHD Diagnosis
Embarking on the journey toward an ADHD diagnosis isn’t merely about attaching a label; it’s about unlocking doors to a world where support, understanding, and strategy coalesce to cultivate an environment tailored for success and well-being.
A Compass to Navigate Challenges
An ADHD diagnosis provides a compass to navigate through the potential challenges that may arise in various aspects of life, including academic, professional, and personal realms. When the particular nuances of ADHD are understood, it empowers individuals, parents, and educators with the insights needed to implement strategies and support mechanisms that can facilitate more seamless navigation through daily tasks and responsibilities.
A Foundation for Effective Interventions
Psychotherapy: Engage with therapeutic strategies that are mindful of the unique emotional and social challenges presented by ADHD.
Life Coach Sessions: Receive guidance on effectively managing daily tasks, setting and achieving goals, and navigating through the often chaotic life spheres impacted by ADHD.
Medicines: Explore pharmacological interventions that can assist in managing symptoms, such as hyperactivity or inattention, to enhance daily functioning.
Organisation Skills Training: Acquire practical skills and strategies to manage time and tasks more effectively, harnessing a sense of control and reducing anxiety.
Learning Support: Benefit from specialized educational strategies that address and accommodate learning differences, promoting academic success.
Adaptations to Environments: Whether it’s a classroom or a workplace, adjustments can be made to create an ADHD-friendly environment that minimizes distractions and maximizes focus and productivity.
Choose RTN for reliable online ADHD assessments & post-diagnostic support
At RTN Mental Health Solutions, we help you through the world of ADHD assessments with a team of friendly experts and a clear, easy process. See why so many choose and trust RTN:
NICE compliant assessments
Our assessments are conducted in accordance with NICE guidelines: ensuring high standards of evidence-based practice, promoting patient safety, and delivering quality care.
Accessible and convenient online assessments
With our online assessments, receive the support and clarity you need from the comfort of your home, without compromising on accuracy or quality.
Post-diagnostic support and medication packages
Our detailed diagnostic report not only includes tailored aftercare suggestions but may also feature medication management packages courtesy of our sister company, RTN Medical.
Transparent and competitive pricing
We believe in clear, upfront communication about costs to ensure you can focus on your assessment and support. We also provide 0% interest payment plans to help you spread the cost of your assessment.
Experienced providers of private ADHD assessments
With over 2,000 assessments completed, we've guided numerous individuals on their journeys, providing clarity and support through our thorough ADHD assessments.
What’s included in our comprehensive ADHD assessment?
Diagnostic questionnaires sent, collated and analysed.
An online mental health screening
An online QbTest, which is a diagnostic tool used to enhance our understanding of your symptoms
An online diagnostic interview with a HCPC registered clinician.
A full diagnostic report with recommendations for aftercare.
Our stress-free assessment process
Once you have booked your assessment, you are automatically sent your pre-assessment diagnostic questionnaire.
Following the submission of your questionnaire to our secure online portal, one of our team will schedule your online mental health screening and QbTest.
Our team will arrange a time and date to complete the online diagnostic interview with one of our HCPC registered clinician. The diagnostic interview is thorough and we recommend allowing up to 3 hours for the assessment.
You will be sent your diagnostic report which will contain a summary of the diagnostic interview as well as the output from your questionnaire. The report will also contain the final diagnostic decision with recommendations for aftercare support.
Accessing ADHD medication post-diagnosis
Some GPs accept a private diagnostic assessment alone for prescribing ADHD medication, some do not. If you feel medication is part of your treatment plan post-diagnosis, it is worth speaking to your GP before pursuing an ADHD diagnosis.
Note that we do have a private psychiatric pathway for medication assessment, but this is at a supplementary cost. Further information can be provided upon request.
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