ADHD assessments (adults)
As a clinical psychologist with a background in mental health and an interest in neurodiversity, my focus tends to be on providing you with a thorough assessment, not just of the "symptoms" or features of a possible neurodevelopmental condition that you bring, but also of you as a person and your life context. My aim is to facilitate you with a better understanding of yourself and my comprehensive reports reflect this. Such a process inevitably takes longer and may cost more, however, than one focused on providing a purely diagnostic outcome in as little time as possible. Both approaches are completely valid, and down to individual choice.
If you are seeking an ADHD diagnostic assessment primarily because you want to understand yourself better, my service is likely to be a good fit. If you are seeking diagnosis with a view to trialling medication, however, please read on.
Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication, so I would not personally be able to take on this aspect of your care. However, I now have an arrangement to refer on to a private psychiatrist specialising in ADHD, who can prescribe and "titrate" your medication (if you are medically suitable). This service also takes place completely online, but is completely independent of McClean Professional Psychology.
If you would prefer to work with your local NHS post-diagnosis, it would be advisable to check with your local psychiatry service in advance about their position on private assessments. Technically, there should be no reason for any psychiatrist (NHS or private) not to accept a thoroughly-conducted and documented private diagnosis of ADHD (by a clinical psychologist or other appropriately qualified professional with training and expertise in the diagnosis of ADHD, as per section 1.3 of NICE guideline NG87), but this may not always happen in practice.
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