ADHD assessment for adults

If you’ve been facing challenges such as staying organised, managing time, maintaining focus, or impulsivity, these could be signs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition that is often unrecognised and overlooked. 

 

Our specialised ADHD assessment process has been meticulously crafted to provide clarity and support. Discovering whether ADHD is a part of your story can be the first step toward harnessing your strengths and finding strategies that work for you.

 

We also offer ADHD assessments for children. If you’re looking to explore options for your child, please visit our dedicated page for child ADHD assessments.

How to get assessed for ADHD - our process

Step 1

At our clinic, the first step in your ADHD assessment journey begins with a 15 minute call with a member of our clinical triage team and a screening questionnaire.  This step allows us to gather essential information and determine if proceeding with a full ADHD assessment is appropriate based on your responses.

Step 2

Upon completion, our clinical triage team will carefully evaluate your questionnaire. Once scored, we will confirm the need for an ADHD assessment and schedule your appointment. To prepare for your initial assessment, we will provide you with an extensive set of questions. These inquiries are crucial as they delve into two key areas: your childhood history and your current experiences. This dual perspective is vital in painting a complete picture of your situation.

Step 3

In addition to your self-reported information, our assessment process often involves an informant – someone who knows you well, such as a partner or sibling, to provide insights into how you manage daily life today. Equally important is a historical informant, preferably a parent or caregiver, who can share more about your childhood experiences. The combination of these accounts is instrumental in ensuring a 360-degree view, allowing us to accurately diagnose whether your clinical presentation aligns with ADHD.

Step 4

Our assessment includes validated self-report questionnaires and a gold-standard diagnostic interview specifically tailored for ADD/ADHD. Following this, our specialist neurodevelopmental clinicians will discuss potential treatment options, which may include medication and/or therapy, based on your unique needs.

What is Adult ADHD?

Adult ADHD is a multifaceted and often misunderstood condition, presenting itself in a number of ways that are as unique as you are. ADHD isn’t just about being unable to focus or being overly active; it’s a complex interplay of symptoms that can impact every area of your life.


You might find yourself in a constant state of physical or mental motion, indicating hyperactivity. This could look like wanting to move all the time or a mind buzzing with thoughts, making it hard to find a moment of peace. 


Alternatively, inattention could be your primary struggle, manifesting as challenges in maintaining focus. Those struggling with ADHD often feel as though their minds are being pulled in multiple directions, making it difficult to complete tasks or fully follow conversations.


But ADHD is more than these core symptoms. Do you find yourself riding a rollercoaster of emotions? Adults with ADHD can experience intense and rapidly changing emotions. Impulsivity may lead to quick decisions that overlook long-term consequences, affecting various aspects of life, from your relationships to career choices.


Ultimately, your own personal experiences with ADHD will be pivotal in painting the full picture. You might have felt misunderstood or labelled unfairly throughout your life. That said, you might also recognise the creative and dynamic thought processes that ADHD brings, viewing it as a source of unique perspectives and talents as well as challenges.


From a clinical standpoint, diagnosing ADHD in adults involves a thorough understanding of not just your current symptoms but your history as well. It’s about piecing together your life’s narrative, and identifying persistent patterns over time.


Remember, ADHD doesn’t manifest the same way in everyone. While some thrive in high-energy, creative roles, others might find these types of demands more challenging. Understanding this variability is key to tailoring our treatment approach to meet your unique needs.


Adult ADHD is a complex, multifaceted condition, far beyond a simple issue of focus or activity levels. It encompasses a broad spectrum of experiences and therefore requires a tailored approach to understand and manage effectively. Our goal is to recognise these differences and work with you to address your specific challenges as well as harness your unique strengths.

Symptoms of ADHD in adults

Are you wondering if the challenges you’re facing could be symptoms of ADHD? It’s important to recognise that Adult ADHD can manifest in various ways, and understanding these symptoms is key to seeking the right support. Below are some of the core symptoms you might be experiencing:

Inattention

Do you find it hard to stay focused, especially on routine or repetitive tasks? This is a common struggle for adults with ADHD.
You might notice:

  • Difficulty in keeping your attention on tasks
  • Easily getting sidetracked
  • Being forgetful in daily activities
  • Struggling to organise tasks and responsibilities
  • Avoiding or disliking tasks that require a lot of mental effort
  • Frequently losing items like keys or your phone

Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity in adults with ADHD can be more subtle than it is in children.
It might look like:

  • Feeling restless or fidgety
  • Being unable to sit still for long periods, particularly in quiet settings
  • Doing multiple activities at once
  • Excessive talking or difficulty engaging in quiet activities

Impulsivity

Impulsivity can have significant impacts on your life. This might involve:

  • Making decisions or acting without thinking about the consequences
  • Difficulty waiting your turn or interrupting others
  • Impulsive decision-making that can impact both personal and professional relationships

However, ADHD in adults isn’t just limited to inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.


You might also experience:

  • Challenges with time management
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mood swings or emotional difficulties
  • Problems in maintaining healthy, stable relationships and employment
  • Possibly other co-occurring conditions such as anxiety or depression

If you’re noticing these patterns and they’re impacting your day-to-day functioning, it might be time to consider an ADHD assessment. This process isn’t just about identifying symptoms; it’s about understanding how these symptoms uniquely affect you and finding tailored strategies to manage them more effectively. Recognising and addressing ADHD can be a key step towards improving your quality of life.

What causes ADHD in adults?

Understanding what leads to ADHD in adults is crucial for both those experiencing it and for those around them. ADHD is not a condition that suddenly appears in adulthood. It’s a biological condition and a part of the broader spectrum of neurodiversity.


ADHD is rooted in brain function and development. If you have ADHD as an adult, you’ve likely had it all your life, even if it wasn’t recognised. Once receiving a diagnosis, it’s common for people to look back and identify behaviours and difficulties from their childhood that align with ADHD symptoms. This might include difficulties in school, social challenges, or unique ways of processing information.


Some adults with ADHD may have been diagnosed with other conditions, particularly if their ADHD symptoms were misinterpreted. Anxiety, for instance, often coexists with ADHD or is mistaken for it. This overlap can lead to a misunderstanding of the root causes of your experiences.


You might wonder, “If I’ve had ADHD all my life, why am I only noticing it now?” The answer often lies in the adaptive strategies you’ve developed over time. Many adults with ADHD have found ways to function well in certain areas of life, perhaps even excelling or thriving in certain environments. These coping mechanisms can mask ADHD symptoms, making them less noticeable until a change in circumstances brings them to the surface.


ADHD can be both a challenge and a strength. On one hand, it can lead to difficulties like procrastination, disorganisation, and trouble focusing on tasks. On the other, it can manifest as a unique ability to multitask, rapidly process information, and adapt quickly to changing situations. This ‘superpower’ aspect of ADHD allows many adults to juggle tasks effectively and think outside of the box.


The impact of ADHD varies widely. For some, it can be debilitating, significantly impacting daily life, work, and relationships. For others, it’s a part of their identity that, when understood and managed effectively, contributes to their success and creativity.


Understanding how your ADHD manifests is the key to managing it effectively and harnessing its potential.

How do you treat ADHD in adults?

Most commonly, ADHD is treated with prescribed medication. For many, these medications can significantly improve concentration, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. When you undergo an ADHD assessment, one of our specialist psychiatrists will discuss with you the different types of medication available. This conversation is crucial as it considers your specific symptoms, lifestyle, and any other health concerns you might have.


However, it’s important to recognise that not everyone with ADHD wants to take medication, and that’s entirely valid. Opting out of medication doesn’t diminish the value of an ADHD assessment. Understanding how your brain works and how ADHD impacts you can be incredibly insightful, providing a ‘map’ of your cognitive processes and challenges.


CBT for ADHD represents a more psychological approach to treatment. This method involves identifying the specific ways in which ADHD causes difficulties in your life and then developing tailored strategies to manage these challenges. Through coaching, you can learn skills and techniques to help improve your organisation, time management, and emotional regulation.


The cost of an ADD/ADHD assessment is £1000.

Combined assessments

If you’re noticing symptoms that you think might be related to neurodiversity and are uncertain whether they point towards ASD or ADHD, we offer an option for a combined assessment. This approach allows for a comprehensive evaluation of your needs.


In this process, your clinician will begin with one assessment, while also considering the possibility of the other. As the assessment progresses, another clinician may join to carry out additional psychometric questionnaires and interviews. This collaborative effort is crucial in determining whether you meet the criteria for ADHD, ASD, or possibly both.


This approach ensures that all aspects of your neurodiversity are explored, providing you with a clear understanding of your unique experiences and needs.


Our combined assessment costs £3500.

Our Team

Dr Elena Touroni
Dr Zoe Knight
Dr Alika Goodwin
Dr Emma Smith
Dr Claire McDonald
Dr Emanuela Grima
Dr Tom Pennybacker
Gabi Colman
Dr Oliver Bernath
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Dr Tina Grigoriou
Athena Lazaridou
Athena Lazaridou

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Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of an ADD/ADHD assessment is £1000. 

ADHD can sometimes present differently in men and women. Traditionally, ADHD has been more noticeable in men, especially in childhood, and is often characterised by overt hyperactivity and impulsiveness. In contrast, women with ADHD might display symptoms that are less obvious, such as inattentiveness, internalised restlessness, and disorganisation, sometimes leading to their ADHD being overlooked. It’s not uncommon for women to be diagnosed later in life, as their symptoms might have previously been misattributed to anxiety or mood disorders. 

If you’re navigating ADHD, it’s important to be aware that it can often come with additional challenges. You might find that you struggle with anxiety and/or depression, learning disabilities or substance use disorders. Sleep issues are also common in ADHD. Recognising and addressing any interconnected conditions will be key to effectively managing your ADHD and enhancing your overall wellbeing.
You might be wondering if you need a referral from a doctor, and the answer is no. Most people self-refer for an ADHD assessment. This means you can directly reach out to us without needing to go through your GP first.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.