What Can I Expect Following An Assessment?
Following administration of the necessary assessments, the clinician will analyse the results and will discuss the findings with you, writing a report to confirm the outcome and recommendations. If medication is determined as a treatment option, it will usually be necessary for the client to be prescribed this privately as NHS services do not usually agree to take over prescribing in the first instance following a private assessment. At some of our Purple House Clinics we have Psychiatrists available who can offer this service (please enquire locally). In order to issue prescriptions, a clinician at Purple House (or another provider) will need to carry out medication review appointments to check the client’s progress (and to measure height, weight and blood pressure). If there are no other issues, these appointments last no more than 30 minutes. The clinician will “titrate” the dose (gradually increase it depending on how it is helping and any side effects). Medication review appointments are usually every 4 weeks. Further to the cost of the appointments, you will need to pay for the cost of the medication at the chemist (approximately £25-30). You may also have to pay the chemist’s dispensing charges. If the client commences medication on a private prescription, the GP may agree to take over the prescribing under ‘shared care’ once the client is stabilised (or agree to make a referral to an NHS psychiatry service). ‘Shared care’ means that the GP would issue NHS prescriptions on repeat as long as the person continues to see a specialist psychiatric prescriber and is being monitored. You may want to ask your GP about this possibility prior to commencing assessment/ treatment with Purple House if you are concerned about the cost of private prescribing.
Other treatment options include psycho-education sessions, focusing on the management of symptoms. These may include advice about how to structure the home, school or work environment and how to maintain a good mental health. Treatment, in the form of medication or psychological therapy, can also be offered for secondary mental health symptoms including anxiety and depression. Regardless of the type of treatment undertaken, one of the most positive outcomes of ADHD assessment for many people is to have gained an understanding of their problems- for themselves and others around them.