ADHD Assessment 

Enlightened Minds can provide formal assessment and diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for ages 11+

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder often first recognised in childhood but it can be lifelong. It involves deficits of attention and hyperactivity not related to any intellectual disability. It has two classes of symptoms- inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive. Inattentive symptoms can include a lack of focus, inability to complete tasks, problems following instructions or forgetfulness. Hyperactive / impulsive symptoms can include fidgeting, lots of energy, problems sitting still or doing one thing, talking too much, talking at inappropriate times or impulsive behaviour. It is not uncommon to have a combined presentation where both types of symptoms are present. 

Often, the primary course of treatment sought for ADHD is medication. However, this option may not be for everyone and for some a combination of medication and therapy and/or Coaching may be required.

Psychological therapy can also play an important part in the treatment of the issues associated with ADHD. This may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or social skills training to help with social integration, or activity planning to ensure they are supported to meet their goals in school, work and home.

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques are also helpful to help the individual learn to focus when they need to and to self-soothe at times they cannot be active. In therapy, the therapist can take on a quasi-coaching relationship, while using more traditional counselling/therapy methods to help the individual work on any emotional issues and concerns they may have.

At Enlightened Minds, we offer a free ADHD screening assessment with a Chartered Psychologist. This initial step allows us to assess whether further assessment is warranted, before deciding to undertake the formal, full ADHD diagnostic assessment.  To book your free screening assessment, please click the button below.

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Assessment Overview

A professional assessment

We use the Gold Standard in ADHD assessment, the DIVA 5 Diagnostic Interview, along with a comprehensive developmental and background history. We also have access to the continuous performance test - QB Check - which can contribute to the diagnostic process.

ADHD assessments are carried out by Gemma Holmes, HCPC Registered and Chartered Psychologist, and are offered remotely by phone/videocall. Assessments take place over the course of two sessions, with the first carried out by a multidisciplinary clinician who gathers background information. The second part is the diagnostic interview, conducted by Gemma Holmes.

Gain a complete insight

Following the full ADHD diagnostic assessment, a comprehensive report detailing the outcome of your assessment and recommendations for treatment will also be sent to you between 3-4 weeks after the assessment. Quite often, we can provide a verbal diagnosis at the conclusion of the assessment on the same day, however, where this is not possible, a follow up can be arranged to discuss your assessment outcomes prior to the report being sent.

The cost of the full diagnostic assessment is £795 for adults and £850 for under 18's (including report).

Understanding the full picture

Prior to the assessment, you will be asked to complete a series of screening questionnaires, to be filled out and returned before your first appointment date. Also, if available, you will be asked to provide reports from your time at school. In order to obtain a full developmental history, we would also ask if we can speak with a parent, friend or relative who has known you for a long period of time. They will also be required to complete some questionnaires relating to your childhood and current functioning and /or offer some verbal feedback on your presentation.

We understand, that in many cases, there may not be a parent available, especially in adult cases. Therefore please discuss your individual circumstances with us as we are still able to assess in the absence of parental/observer input.

Our approach

In line with best practice guidelines, we recommend a multidisciplinary approach to ADHD assessment and diagnosis. Therefore, we would advise that you consult with your GP for a full health check prior to your assessment in order to rule out any medical conditions that might be contributing to your symptoms. Also, for discussion of medication options for treatment, should you wish to pursue this form of treatment, we would direct you back to your own GP to determine ADHD medication options.

However, should there be any obstacles to obtaining medication via your GP, we can refer you to one of our partner companies who can provide a private prescription service and shared care agreement thereafter - if required.

Following your assessment, we have a Post Diagnostic Support Service here at Enlightened Minds where you can go on to receive different forms of ADHD-specific support such as ADHD Coaching, Study Skills or our Managing ADHD Support Group.

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Please fill out the form below for your free screening assessment. This will be reviewed by a Chartered Psychologist and followed up by an email response within 24hrs of submission. To ensure safe receipt of your screener outcome and by-pass any spam filters, please add to your email contacts list.

    What symptoms do you have that concern you?

    At what age did these first appear?

    Do you have any other mental health issues/or diagnoses?

    Client Comments

    I am very appreciative of the assessment, it was very effective, I felt like I was finally listened to after so many years.

    The assessment and diagnosis  really helped me understand myself better and know what help to ask for. 

    Having my diagnosis has been very helpful to me, I understand why I am doing things rather than just being annoyed with myself and feeling stupid.

    I found the assessment extremely helpful and you made me feel very comfortable and you put me at ease. The diagnosis has been so validating. I can' thank you enough. 

    FAQs About ADHD

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that can persist into adulthood, impacting various aspects of daily life including attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity. Recognising and understanding ADHD in adulthood is crucial for individuals seeking support and strategies to navigate their unique cognitive style. Enlightened Minds specialises in providing thorough screening and assessment services tailored specifically for adults. Our team of experts employs a comprehensive approach, combining clinical interviews, cognitive assessments, and validated tools to identify potential ADHD traits. Through this process, we aim to offer individuals a clearer understanding of their cognitive profile. With a person-centred focus, Enlightened Minds is committed to empowering adults by providing insights, strategies, and resources to help manage ADHD-related challenges effectively. If you suspect that ADHD may be impacting your life, or that of a loved one, Enlightened Minds is here to guide you towards a more informed and empowered path forward.

    Download ADHD FAQs

    ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

    In the UK, it’s estimated that around 2-5% of school-aged children and young people have ADHD.

    Yes, ADHD is a lifelong condition, and it is estimated that around 2-3% of adults in the UK have ADHD.

    Historically, ADHD has been diagnosed more frequently in boys, but it is now recognized that it affects both genders.

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

    Diagnosis is typically made by healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, paediatricians, and clinical psychologists, based on specific criteria outlined in diagnostic manuals.

    The main symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These can manifest differently in individuals.

    Yes, ADHD often co-occurs with other conditions such as anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities.

    Treatment approaches may include behavioural interventions, psychoeducation, and in some cases, medication.

    No, medication is one of several treatment options. The choice of treatment depends on individual circumstances and preferences.

    Some children with severe ADHD may be eligible for an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) in the UK, which outlines specific support and accommodations in educational settings.

    Yes, adults can be diagnosed with ADHD if they meet the diagnostic criteria.

    Yes, there are various support groups and communities in the UK where individuals with ADHD and their families can connect and share experiences.

    Adults with ADHD may face challenges in the workplace related to organisation, time management, and task completion.

    Yes, lifestyle adjustments such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and good sleep hygiene can be beneficial in managing ADHD symptoms.

    ADHD is not a learning disability, but it can impact learning due to difficulties with attention and impulse control.

    Yes, with appropriate support and strategies, individuals with ADHD can lead successful and fulfilling lives.

    Yes, ongoing research in the UK aims to better understand the causes and effective interventions for ADHD.

    Some individuals with ADHD may choose to manage their symptoms through behavioural interventions, therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.

    Reliable information and resources about ADHD can be found through reputable sources such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, NHS, and reputable advocacy organisations.