Does anybody know how to go about getting assessed for Adult ADHD within Grampian? I was provisionally diagnosed about 6 months ago by a psychologist but would like to be officially assessed and diagnosed as having (or not having) ADHD and gain access to some help with coping strategies and counselling etc.
We still hear from support group members that say their gps do not know who to send referrals to for assessment for adult adhd. General adult psychiatric services are not comfortable with providing an assessment (to say the least) and the only NHS psychiatrists that have experience of assessing and treating adult adhd are not allowed to take out of area referrals. There are significant barriers to obtaining a fair assessment in Scotland. If you are in the Gramphian NHS area you could ask your GP to provide a referral to the Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen.
Only through ur GP or u go private. Have u got anything from the psychologist? My psychologist told me that he is not allowed to diagnose ADHD. Anyway.. his letter helped me.. as it kind o pointed in one direction. lol
Anyway if u dont go private u have to go through ur GP and he/she has to get u forwarded to Shrink.
Yes - you are correct. GPs are not able to diagnose by must refer for specialist assessment. Usually the general adult mental health services. Psychologists can assessment but not prescribe medication, they can work on psychological interventions, ie talking therapies. GP's can prescribe on a psychologists assessment and recommendation under a shared care protocol, but very few are willing to do this. Psychiatrists can provide assessment, treatment and prescribe medication, but because there is no strategy and policy on adult adhd in Scotland they tend not to act on this because of uncertainty reluctance.
I was diagnosed with Adhd when I was referred by my GP. The diagnoses was given by a consultant at cornhill. The diagnoses was not the problem it was getting the medication which took 10 months. However I think people coming up through the service are getting medication alot quicker now
Thanks for the replies. I have a report from the psychologist, which indicates probable ADHD.
I've been to my GP and Cornhill. I only saw a CPN though and was told that I wouldn't get to see a psychiatrist and that nobody in NHS Grampian was specialised enough to feel comfortable diagnosing me, and even if I was assessed nothing would change and I'd get no treatment...
no thats wrong a cpn cant telll you or make that descision, there is no one that specializes but they can diagnose you and you can get treatment. Keep at them fidget, it seems being a pain in the arse will get you what you need