Child Psychiatry – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Private ADHD assessments for children and young people aged 6-17 by Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Pricing

ADHD Assessment  £900
ADHD Follow Up Consultation £230

Dr Ursula Doerry - Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Doerry is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has been working as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Worcestershire NHS for nearly 20 years. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of all common child psychiatric disorders and has a particular interest in neuro-developmental disorders (like autism and ADHD). Dr Doerry has excellent patient feedback.

At MUMS Dr Doerry is offering assessment and treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is a common childhood disorder, that can cause significant impairment of functioning. Unfortunately, it is frequently missed, especially in girls. Having the diagnosis can lead to better understanding of the young person and opens up the possibility of treatment.

Dr Doerry’s assessments are comprehensive and holistic. She aims to gain an understanding of the presenting difficulties and contributing factors. This can be valuable to the family even if a diagnosis of ADHD is not appropriate.

To make a diagnosis, symptoms need to be present in 2 settings, usually home and school. We therefore ask you to complete some questionnaires and return them at least 48 hours before the appointment. This information will be reviewed prior to the appointment and is an essential part of the diagnostic process.

The initial assessment appointment usually lasts about 90 minutes and both the parent(s) and child need to be present. You will be seen together, but sometimes the young person is also seen on their own. At the end of this initial appointment, it is usually possible to conclude whether a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate. In addition, a formulation of wider factors that influence the presentation will be discussed. Following the appointment, a detailed assessment letter will be sent to the family and copied to the GP. If a diagnosis is made and the family request this, information about medication options will be sent to the family. This can be then discussed in detail in a follow up appointment, where medication can be initiated if appropriate.

There is no need for a referral from your NHS GP - Booking is easy – you can call 0121 704 2669 or send us an enquiry

ADHD 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects the ability to concentrate and focus, as well as leading to restlessness and impulsivity. It is usually a lifelong condition and symptoms should be noticeable before the age of 12. However, it is frequently missed especially if hyperactivity symptoms are not prominent. In this case it is called ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). ADD is more common in girls.

Children and young people with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate for longer periods of time and will often need 1:1 help to complete tasks. They get distracted easily and will often go from one activity to another without completing them. They need prompting as they are forgetful in daily activities. They avoid tasks that need concentration, for example homework, more than their peers.

Hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms include fidgeting, running a lot and finding it difficult to stay in a seat, getting into dangerous situations without considering the consequences, finding it difficult to wait and talking a lot.

ADHD is associated with other neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and specific learning problems like dyslexia.

ADHD can also be a contributing factor to other behavioural problems like oppositional defiant disorder. Children and young people with ADHD often struggle at school socially and academically. Self-esteem is often low and mental health problems like anxiety and depression can develop consequently.

For more information on ADHD please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/

Does MUMS offer urgent mental health services?

Please note that MUMS does not provide emergency or crisis care

If you need urgent help, please call 111.

If you feel there is an immediate risk to your child or others, please call 999.

Process and fees For ADHD assessment and treatment:

ADHD Assessments £900.00

ADHD Follow Up Consultations £230.00

A £450.00 deposit is required to secure the assessment. This is refundable if you cancel more than 24 hours before the actual assessment. If you fail to attend the assessment without the required notice - £350.00 will be refunded to you.

The balance is payable on arrival for the Assessment.

After the deposit is paid you will be sent the questionnaires. We require the questionnaires to be returned at least 48 hours before the ADHD Initial Assessment for Dr Doerry to be able to complete the assessment

There are no waiting times at MUMS for ADHD Assessments. We have ample parking and great reviews.

Other related services at MUMS

Miss Hema Patel – Child Psychotherapist and Child Counsellor compliments Dr Doerry’s ADHD Assessment and Treatment Service.

MUMS also offers holistic, neurodiverse, and special needs support services for children, young people, and their families. This service also offers special educational needs assessment in conjunction with local schools to enable any educational gaps to be addressed.

For adults requiring counselling we offer Alison Wilkinson, Psychotherapist and CBT Counsellor.