I use NICE and Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines for ADHD assessment and diagnosis
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people’s behaviour. People who have ADHD can have one of three types:
These behaviours will have been present across 2 or more settings before someone is 12 years old if they have ADHD and will have persisted for at least six months to a degree that has negatively impacted the person either socially or occupationally.
Adults who have a combined presentation will have 5 or more of each of the above. Often the symptoms of ADHD have been poorly understood and therefore missed in childhood. As children they may have been criticised or labelled unfairly. People then have to work very hard to manage these difficulties and this can lead to exhaustion and burnout but also low self-esteem and perhaps even anxiety and depression.
Researchers in a study reported by ADDitude (a quarterly online consumer publication containing articles, research and information about ADHD) showed that an ADHD diagnosis and subsequent treatment positively impacted people’s self-esteem and enabled them to begin to view themselves less critically. With diagnosis and support for ADHD they could make more sense of their lives, fully accept themselves and find ways to thrive. Researchers conducting this study wrote that many people in these studies “experienced a sense of relief after diagnosis and felt that a professional diagnosis served as an external validation of their struggles”.
Many people reported that it was only after diagnosis that they could feel more in control of their symptoms. “Knowing that they had ADHD may have allowed them to view difficult situations from a different perspective; results suggested they now felt they had more control and viewed situations as more changeable,” the researchers in this study wrote. They replaced their upsetting emotions with feelings of pride as they began to view their ADHD as a strength.
In order to ensure a gold standard of assessment is conducted, I follow the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines. I use the most up-to-date recommended and validated psychometric tools such as screening tools, questionnaires and interviews. It is important that I assess your current situation and how you are being impacted, but also understand your early history as far as possible. I try to involve family members who knew you when you were younger, where possible. The stages in the assessment process are as follows:
A full assessment will cost £790. This includes all of the above stages.