Frequently Asked Questions

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are two neurodevelopmental conditions that affect a significant number of people worldwide. ADHD is a condition that affects a person’s ability to pay attention, control impulses, and regulate their behaviour. At the same time, ASD is a condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate, interact socially, and perceive the world around them. Both conditions can significantly impact a person’s daily life and ability to function in society. Understanding the facts about these conditions is crucial to help individuals affected by ADHD and ASD receive the appropriate support and resources to manage their symptoms and thrive.

Often, we can provide a verbal diagnosis at the end of an ADHD assessment. Where this is not possible, we will provide feedback on your diagnosis in a few days’ time, and your formal report will be ready within two weeks following the assessment. 

Yes, private diagnoses should be accepted by GPs, however, we do encourage that you fully discuss your intentions with your GP to pursue a private diagnosis to explore any potential obstacles that might prevent you from receiving ongoing help from your GP/ NHS Health Board. You must also ensure that you have had a full health check by your GP to rule out any medical or health issues that could explain your symptoms. 

No, as a Psychologist I do not prescribe medication – you would be referred back to your GP for further medication assessment/referral, or you can access a private prescription from a private provider/psychiatrist.

The initial screening assessments are crucial in determining if a full ADHD or ASD assessment is warranted before embarking on that process. We can also determine if further referral/ assessment might be required for any other mental health/ psychological issues that are indicated during the assessment stages.

Yes – please see the fees page.

We offer ADHD assessments for children and adults from the age of 12 and ASD assessments from the age of 5.

Although observer feedback is important, having limited options for observer feedback will not necessarily rule out the possibility of a full assessment being undertaken. 

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a neurological condition characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity symptoms.

The exact cause of ADHD is not yet fully understood, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.

The symptoms of ADHD include difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, forgetfulness, and distractibility.

ADHD is typically diagnosed by a healthcare professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or paediatrician, through a combination of assessments, interviews, and observations.

The treatment options for ADHD include medication, behavioural therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Medication for ADHD can help reduce symptoms such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.

Behavioural therapy for ADHD involves working with a therapist to develop strategies for managing symptoms and improving behaviour, such as organizational skills, time management, and social skills.

There is currently no cure for ADHD, but with proper treatment and management, symptoms can be reduced, and quality of life can be improved.

While some individuals may outgrow specific symptoms of ADHD, it is a lifelong condition that can continue into adulthood.

ADHD can be considered a disability if it significantly impacts an individual’s ability to perform daily activities, such as school or work. However, not all individuals with ADHD may qualify as disabled.