by Dr. Becky Spelman on 27/10/2019
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests in having difficulty paying attention, engaging in age-inappropriate excessive activity, acting without thinking about the consequences, and struggling with emotional regulation. The condition appears in patients before the age of twelve, persists for at least six months, and causes problems in at least two environmental settings, such as home and school (in other words, the condition is not environment-specific or related to trauma). The cluster of symptoms that characterises ADHD/ADD can lead to academic difficulties, and problems with focus at school or at work. While many children with ADHD/ADD no longer display symptoms on reaching adulthood, up to 50% of individuals have symptoms that persist into the adult years.
ADHD/ADD can have considerable implications for the person in question. However, with an accurate assessment and a tailored approach to treatment, the troubling symptoms of the condition can be managed and ameliorated. In children and in adults alike, it is vital to have an accurate diagnosis of ADHD/ADD so that parents, teachers, partners, and so forth can gain an understanding of the condition and act accordingly. With a clear diagnosis, it is possible to tailor learning strategies that have been developed to help people with ADHD/ADD, while institutions such as schools and colleges are required to make special provision for people with a diagnosis, such as extra time to complete exam papers, or specially tailored support during the learning process.
Our Approach to treating ADHD/ADD
At Private Therapy Clinic, we use a psychometric screening tool, such as the CAARS Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale, in combination with a clinical interview that explores the patient’s interactions and behaviour in various areas of their life, including their personal life, their relationships with their family members and close friends, and their academic and work performance. By exploring these three crucial areas of life, our Psychologist acquires the information necessary to make a clear diagnosis.
Our detailed assessment has two essential elements: during the first contact, the adult or child in question, and their guardian or parent if relevant, is invited to discuss their concerns and worries with the Psychologist. Working together for a period of up to two hours, the Psychologist and client explore their family and personal history using a proven assessment tool.
In the case of children with suspected ADHD/ADD, their carer is also asked to arrange for a teacher or other professional at the school to fill out a detailed questionnaire and return it to our office. The material gathered in the questionnaire is further examined in the context of the information acquired during the first session.
While ADHD can often be treated effectively without medication, in some cases medication can help—often in the short term—to manage problem behaviours. In these cases, one of our Child or Adult Psychiatrists can provide a prescription.
Who can I speak to further about ADHD/ADD assessments in London?
If you would like to talk to someone about having can ADHD/ADD assessment in London, please get in touch with us at the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at: 020 3887 1738 or book online.
For more information about ADHD, please visit our ADHD page.
Fees and Criteria
Our fee structure is as follows:
- Child ADHD assessments:
- With a Child Psychologist, including a report = £600
- With a Child Psychiatrist, including a report = £850
- Adult ADHD assessments
- with a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist, including a report = £650
In the case of child assessment, you will receive the results a week after the teacher’s form arrives back to our office.
Age range for assessment: 6-18 years old (please let us know if you wish to have a ADD/ADHD assessment outside this age range). Assessment for children from the age of six is carried out without the individual in question filling out the self-report form.
DuPaul, G. J., Power, T. J., Anastopoulos, A. D., & Reid, R. (1998). ADHD Rating Scale—IV: Checklists, norms, and clinical interpretation. New York, NY, US: Guilford Press.