New ADHD Assessment
What to Expect on the Day of Assessment
The initial assessment will take approximately two hours and is conducted by a consultant psychiatrist. This assessment will include a complete review of ADHD related difficulties and symptoms, personal, psychiatric and medical history (including a personal or family history of heart disease), neurodevelopmental history and mental health evaluation.
You will be asked to complete a number of screening and information questionnaires prior to the appointment and during the assessment a Conner’s Adult ADHD Diagnostic Interview for DSM (CAADID) will be completed.
It would be helpful if you could bring:
· Any school reports you may have
· Previous assessment reports, such as from a psychiatrist, psychologist or paediatrician
A collateral history is usually taken on the day of your assessment, from a parent or someone who knew you well when you were a child. It would be helpful if they can accompany you to the assessment.
Sometimes the assessment process takes more than one meeting and you may meet more than one member of the adult ADHD team, such as the psychiatrist, psychologist or occupational therapist.
The clinical assessment information and results of the structured assessment, alongside referral information and additional reports are collated by your psychiatrist to reach a diagnostic opinion. These findings will be discussed with you after the assessment process by your psychiatrist. During this session you will be told if you have adult ADHD or not.
If you have adult ADHD you will be told about the treatment options available in the Adult ADHD Service. These options include further information about what ADHD is and straightforward things to help you manage your difficulties, as well as medication and psychological therapy options.
If you do not have adult ADHD you will be advised where you can go for further help and support. This may include returning to your GP for onward referral to a local adult psychiatrist or other clinical discipline.