Diagnostic questionnaires sent, collated and analysed.
An online mental health screening
An online diagnostic interview with an HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist.
A full diagnostic report with recommendations for aftercare.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder and refers to a pattern of behaviour that is evident from an early age and can persist into adolescence and adulthood.
Difficulty concentrating (inattention)
What causes ADHD?
We are not completely sure.
It tends to run in families suggesting a genetic risk. Research shows that parents and siblings of someone with ADHD are more likely to have ADHD themselves. There may also be structural brain differences or neurotransmitters.
Why get a diagnosis?
With appropriate intervention, children and adults with ADHD can lead normal lives. A diagnosis helps identify what interventions might be useful. The main treatments are:
Life coach sessions
Organisation skills training
Adaptations to a classroom or office environments
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.
Those diagnosed with ADHD may experience the following:
Hyperfocus - the ability to focus on a task for hours on end essentially tuning out everything else around them.
Resilience - Living with ADHD is challenging and means overcoming a number of obstacles that, over time, can build resilience and strength of character.
Creativity - those with ADHD are often highly creative - this may be because people with ADHD often have to approach tasks differently which means they can become great problem solvers and can often think of unique solutions because of their different perspectives.
Conversational skills - people with ADHD are often great conversationalists - this ability applies especially to those who have more of the inattentive type of ADHD. Studies also suggest that people with ADHD may have higher levels of social intelligence, humour and empathy.
Spontaneity and Courage - many people enjoy the unplanned moments and adventures that keep life interesting, and individuals with ADHD excel in this area. Their impulsive nature can lend itself to spontaneous activities that often leave enjoyable and lasting memories.