What to Expect
Your private ADHD assessment starts with booking an appointment. Once we have agreed an appointment, you will be emailed a short questionnaire to complete to get some background information. This needs to be completed and emailed back to me at least 48 hours before the assessment. During our time together, I will explore your difficulties in depth. An assessment for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) takes longer than other psychiatric assessments, because ADHD is usually lifelong and pervasive, so exploring multiple difficulties throughout life is a lengthier process. It can be helpful to have someone with you during the assessment who knows you well, particularly if they knew you as a child. Following the assessment, I will write a clinic letter to your GP. If you do not want information sharing with your GP, please let me know. I will not be able to prescribe though unless I am able to share information with your GP.
If you receive an ADHD diagnosis, and you would like to try medication treatment, a prescription can be provided at your assessment. A follow up appointment can then be made during your consultation; this is to assess progress on treatment. This is typically made one month after being given a prescription. Depending on your response to treatment, 2 to 3 follow up appointments are typically required.
When we agree you are on the right treatment for yourself, I can request your GP prescribes. Whether or not your GP prescribes is the GP's decision. ADHD medications are controlled drugs.
A private ADHD diagnosis and prescription means you will have to pay for the medication at the pharmacy counter. Depending on the prescription, this can be between £30 and £150 per month. This will be discussed before prescribing though.