Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are medical diagnosis and require an assessment by a psychiatrist.
The best route is to ask your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist who assesses ASC or ADHD, although some private psychiatrists may accept a self-referral. Some psychologists assess for ADHD although they cannot prescribe medication.
It is difficult in Plymouth to have an assessment on the NHS. There is an assessment centre in Exeter for those people who fall under Devon NHS but the waiting list can be very long.
It may be that you decide to go privately. Below are contact details of private psychiatrists who assess for ASC and ADHD. The cost starts at around £350 and you should check this before attending any appointment. There may also be a charge for a follow-on appointment.
For further information, the student can make an appointment to see a Disability Advisor.
Dr Andrew Montgomery
For secure GP Referrals: NHS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private referrals via email: Jo Tierney email@example.com
Tel: 0330 124 4305 (9.00–17.00) Fax: 0203 744 2961 (marked FAO Jo Tieney)
Venue: Abbey Mead Natural Health Clinic, 7 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, PL19 8AU.
Telephone: 0203 326 9160
Venue: Devonport Road, Plymouth
Psychiatry UK – The National Online Psychiatric Service
Tierney via: firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries and referrals
Telephone: 033 0124 1980
The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.
The website in the UK for ADHD – lots of information for adults, children, parents, and professionals.
Box of Ideas
Information, ideas, contact details, etc on all the developmental disorders. It is described as, ‘The one-stop shop for 1000s of ideas, guidance and information from early years to employment.’ The website was produced by the Dyscovery Centre, Newport and the Waterloo Foundation
Videos by Russell Barkley are particularly informative.
Novotni, M. (2008) What Does Everyone Else Know that I Don't. Florida: Speciality Press
A gem of a book. Focusing on social skills training for adults with ADD/ADHD this book offers solutions for tackling behaviour that is often inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. Advice is given on how to handle common social problems such as manners, etiquette, communication, subtext, listening, and interpersonal relationships. The format of the book is designed for ADHD learning styles and includes true stories, practical exercises, and tips.
Wender, P.H. (2001) ADHD Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Wender is a psychiatrist and researcher and one of the leading names in the ADHD field. This book has lots of information and practical advice, including on medication.
Barkley, R. (2010) Taking Charge of Adult ADHD. New York: Guilford Press
Barkley is the name in the ADHD world. This book is fantastic – full of factual information and, like the title says, ways of taking charge of the symptoms so that life is not such an uphill struggle.