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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

i went to Maudsley in aug 2008 i only had to wait 6 weeks from seeing the shrink. was told i had to go back for another assessment and still waiting for an appointment. but so far so good. there was a doc in caterbury that used to take adults but i will need to check this out first.
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I just wanted to sign in and say thank you for referring me to Dr Theodore Soutzos. I struggled for years (all my life) before I knew I had a condition. I never did well at school even though I'm smart enough. I kept losing things including friends and I struggled in relationships. I got to thinking everything was my fault. Really and truly I could have been used as a guinea pig for ADHD.

My life has changed because of this forum. Six months ago, I went to see Dr Soutzos at Harley Street. Before this I had already tried all of the recommended psychiatrists online for all different disorders. Some psychiatrists even told me they didn't believe in ADHD. Dr Soutzos was the first doctor to diagnose me and treat me for ADHD.

FYI, I also tried two separte psychiatrists at two different Priory Hospitals and I was unhappy with both. My instant impression in dealing wtih the Priory group was that it was simply a money-making operation. Yes, I know that these are private doctors, but still... Dr Soutzos was the first doctor who listened to me properly and did anything about it. He's also coached me and helped me psychologically to deal with the effects of my ADHD.

For the first time in my life I am able to hold down a job, I am in a medium to long-term relationship and I have gotten back in touch with my brother after not speaking to him for 6 years. I could not speak highly enough of Dr Soutzos and his PA. Dr Soutzos is the best psychiatrist for ADHD in the UK.

If you're like me, please do yourself a favour and call his PA on 0107 927 6873. They usually tell you that he is booked for a few weeks, but if you tell them you want an emergency appointment they'll get you an appointment in a few days.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

This thread is really interesting, I am new to the forum so hello to everyone!

I'm in a bit of pickle with regard to ADHD specialists and medications. I have already seen my fair share of consultants and have tried ritalin, equasym, concerta etc. The only one my GP was not prepared to try without going to see another specialist was Adderall or Dexedrine. I think I need to see a doctor who can perhaps add in something to reduce the negative effects of the stimulant. For the first time I had some motivation and focus but the stimulants made me feel agitated, dysphoric etc.

The LANC centre looks good but its pricey and I'm not sure I need another assesment! I'm a little wary of going to private psychiatrists I've had my fair share of fleecing. If anyone could recommend a doctor who is really good at the psychopharmacology aspect I would be most appreciative.

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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Where in the UK do you live?
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

I am soo tired. I've spent all day chasing web sites, and my head's full now. How do I know whether I've got ADHD or not?
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Hi,

Female, 20. I have an appointment in March with the adult ADHD unit in Maudsley hospital for an assessment. Once I actually mentioned ADHD to my GP (before that we both thought I had some kind of anxiety problem and I was having counselling) she referred me to the local psychiatrist, because her referral to Maudsley wouldn't be enough on its own according to their policy. When I had a referral from both of them, and confirmation that the PCT would fund an assessment, they sent me a questionnaire, confirmed I was on their waiting list, and now I have an appointment. In March it'll have been six or seven months since the time I mentioned ADHD to my GP.

I know I've been very lucky, as the only complaint I can make about the NHS so far is that it's been slow, partly because the route is convoluted and features a lot of rules and restrictions (the most frustrating being that GPs can't prescribe the medications without a specialist's recommendation, even if they wanted to). Didn't get sent to the local mental health team and no one's been unwilling to consider or explore ADHD as a possibility first. This may be largely because of the individuals I've seen, the way I've presented the possibility, who knows but I suspect one factor is that talking about my problems has not really been a novel experience, allowing the symptoms to shine a little brighter. Usually ADHD symptoms diminish in an evaluative setting, but I'd been seeing a counsellor and a hypnotherapist for a while before I'd mentioned it to my GP and by now I'm an old pro, hehe, so there's no element of being kept on my toes - something which makes the ADHD brain seem to function more normally.

As a result, I've noticed the more I've been in these situations, and the more comfortable I feel in them, the more I act like my typical self and the signs are more apparent. I don't know if this will help anyone else somehow, but all I can suggest is running through the situation in your head for a bit, or trying to explain it all to someone you know as practice, so it won't seem quite as new and strange when you get there.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

I've recently had my results from The Maudsley - the two visits were quite an easy experience compared to the rest of the NHS.

Watch out for the break though - the coffeeshop is usually closed when they throw you out so take a flask if you require caffeine. Otherwise it's the usual overpriced pepsi machine.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Thanks Dave, oh I'll be taking a picnic anyway, too expensive to eat out in London.

How thorough is the 'comprehensive report' they give you? Does it tell you specifically which things are causing the most trouble, e.g. working memory, reaction time? How helpful did you find it?
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

My Maudsley report is a six page document which has various headings in it (mostly histories eg social/psychiatric/family/drug and personal) with the last two pages covering the two assessments they made (mental state and neurological - the two visits).

The results were not discussed in depth (unlike my private diagnosis) but are adequate for use by other NHS professionals since they give a decent grounding and clear instructions in how they would like things to proceed.

Comparing it to my private diagnosis...private was better presented and written more fluently with a greater depth of explanation of my variety of ADHD.

The private report was also not the end of the matter - my psych sent several instructions to my GP and was involved more by wanting a monthly blog off me which he responded to.

As reports go the private one shades the day but they are both suprisingly thin documents and I expected much more detail.

Working memory was addressed in the neurological testing (which I found quite fun) where they tested thinking time against a stopwatch and twist you inside out with things like finishing a sentance with a word that DOESN'T fit. The results are broken down into several headings but are not dwelt upon much, they appear to be more a tool to help them see how your brain ticks.

I could give you a thorough grounding in exactly what they do but practice would skew the results artificially so you are best going in blind.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Update:

Had my Maudsley assessment (interview) yesterday. The doctor couldn't make the original appointment so I got a new one for a month earlier. He said it's currently inconclusive because although my inattentive symptoms are typical, the fact that I'm self and informant-rated as significantly more hyperactive now than when I was a child is doesn't fit the profile of a typical ADHD course (I knew this and would be happy with a ADHD-PI diagnosis because of it; they're all treated the same way afterall so I don't really care), and because there's overlap with autism symptoms. I thought everyone gets a neuropsychiatric assessment but apparently not, as he's going to arrange one now because they want more information, including my IQ. He said the policy requires they can't give me a stimulant trial until they've made a confident diagnosis, although he said if it were up to him he'd prefer to try that as I do have significant ADHD traits. He's going to look over the Asperger's questionnaire I was sent and if I score highly enough he's going to arrange an appointment with the AS specialist there as well.

Personally, I think I may have been less hyperactive as a child largely because I had severe anxiety (to this day any anxiety makes me go stiff, not fidget more) and asthma and a learned hatred of exercise because I was badly coordinated and bad at PE (gym) and any running at all hurt straight away because of the asthma. Also depression for much of my adolescence. Apart from that, I don't know, perhaps the hyperactive symptoms got worse for reasons that can be traced to something other than the brain differences associated with ADHD but either way I want to try stimulants because I always met the inattentive criteria anyway. And he said himself if it was comorbid with autism the medication would be the same so it's a little annoying that that has to be looked into first. I don't think I have autism, either. But I can appreciate why it would be suspected. Won't bore you with any more but there are similarities which I interpret as resulting from ADHD and other factors, and I'm quite sure I don't meet the DSM criteria even though I display a few characteristics commonly, but not exclusively associated with AS (stimming for example). Also, my mum may have misunderstood some of the questions in the questionnaire as became clear during the interview - she rated me highly for 'taking things literally' but what she described was nothing like what they meant. She thought it was asking whether I believe anything I'm told (which I don't anyway).

I should probably point out as well that I've already been diagnosed with ADHD by a clinical psychologist (not saying that means I definitely have it), but I'm doing this because I need a specialist psychiatrist's opinion and recommendation before my GP can prescribe me anything for it or get me CBT.

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Female, 20. I have an appointment in March with the adult ADHD unit in Maudsley hospital for an assessment. Once I actually mentioned ADHD to my GP (before that we both thought I had some kind of anxiety problem and I was having counselling) she referred me to the local psychiatrist, because her referral to Maudsley wouldn't be enough on its own according to their policy. When I had a referral from both of them, and confirmation that the PCT would fund an assessment, they sent me a questionnaire, confirmed I was on their waiting list, and now I have an appointment. In March it'll have been six or seven months since the time I mentioned ADHD to my GP.

I know I've been very lucky, as the only complaint I can make about the NHS so far is that it's been slow, partly because the route is convoluted and features a lot of rules and restrictions (the most frustrating being that GPs can't prescribe the medications without a specialist's recommendation, even if they wanted to). Didn't get sent to the local mental health team and no one's been unwilling to consider or explore ADHD as a possibility first.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Update: Had the neuropsychiatric assessment done a few weeks ago and received the report today. They've diagnosed ADHD and recommended Ritalin and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Still got to get approval for funding and have arrangements made but there shouldn't be any obstacles that can't be navigated now. Ah, at last.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

I am new to group.and have not figuered out how to post a new question to the group.
as of yet. I replyed to the womens conference thread just a few minuets ago in hopes of getting some help. then found this thread. I am getting nervus!

I am ADHD and dyslexic. I am moving to scotland on the 28th of this month..
I am concerned I may have a hard time finding a doctor who can prescribe my medication. Amphetamine the generic for adderall. Of course It will need to be privet pay.


I will have less than a 30 days supply when I arrive next Tuesday,I hope I can connect with a doctor before my prescription runs out. I will be living in the Highlands in Tain
The closest biger city I believe Invergorden. Are their any Doctor that treat adults with ADHD in the area?
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Dr Theodore Soutzos

I Have read lots of positive info on Dr Soutzos, have also read General Medical Council info re: complaint and GMC interim panel order making reference 'that sexual relationships with patients or former patients are unethical and unacceptable'. Does anybody know anything about this order? makes me unsure about him.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

I used Kewley at the Learning Assessment Centre in Horsham, as shown on your list.

Very nice guy, though in my personal case I wish i never went onm the meds, as i believe i suffered brain damage as a result. Not interested in debating it, i know i have.

But he himself is a nice chap, and the centre is excellent, though i recommend anyone FIRST try behavioural therapy, not meds, as meds should be treated with caution, They are effective to an extent, but it's a case of 'buy now, pay later' I believe.

They do one 3 hour assessment with IQ and other tests included, then a follow up. Can't remember the price, but it was reasonable.
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Re: Adult ADHD Assessment Centres in UK

Well I'm 19, female, live in Surey.

I went to my GP and mentioned the symtpoms of ADHD I have, she made a referaal to my local mental health team.

I got diganosed with ADHD in July but seeing as they are just a basic NHS mental health team and do not specialise in treating and diagnosing adults with ADHD, they didn't mention subtypes or anything. It was very basic and not that professional if I'm honest. I was meant to fill out 2 questionnaires but they couldn't get hold of the second one or something so I only completed one, and obviously they asked me questions at the appointments. And that was it! Put me on Concerta 18mg, then 36, now on 54 (the lower doses did nothing). 54mg is still pretty meh...not feeling a great difference but I'll see how things go (a few days after starting the dose I split up with my bf of 2 years etc so was down...which will obviously affect/worsen symtpoms etc).

Anyway, at my last appointment (I go every few weeks)...they said they had spoken to the consultant psychiatrist, and she said it would be good to refer me to a specialist! So they have made a referral to the Maudsley Clinic so pleased!
They explained that even though I was "diagnosed" in July, they only specialise in diagnosing children/teens. They do not have the "tools" and stuff to diagnose adults, only specialist centres can do so. Hence my referral!

This was over a month ago and I haven't heard any news yet...they said they would send me a copy of the referral letter but I've not received it yet, so gonna phone them tomorrow and find out if they've actually made the referral yet (hope they have!).

I've heard various things about waiting lists...hopefully it won't be 2 years!! But it'll be worth it and at least for now I am still getting treatment.

They didn't mention funding I didn't even think about it either until I read people's posts about it on here. But seeing as I've been referred by a consultant psychiatrist it should be ok, right?

I'd love to hear from anyone who has been to the Maudsely Clinic about their experiences. Like what is the assessment like, will I need anything like school reports etc.
That's an issue though - 1) Where are my school reports? Probably in the loft somewhere, but knowing my luck they won't be!
And 2) The school reports, to my knowledge, never really mentioned my symtpoms. Not that anyone ever suspected ADHD back then (only thought about it the past few years). But even the issues it causes, they weren't really mentioned. But I did have problems...they just weren't as noticeable.
Now I know this is common with females with ADHD...but where do they draw a line? If there is no proof other than my own word, that I displayed the symptoms at school and not just as home...will they say I don't have it?!

I don't know if my parents will go with me, I guess even though I'm 19 the clinic will probably want information from other people to help with the diagnosis.
That's another thing I'm wondering about - how much my parents noticed it. Yes they noticed my behaviour and my issues but I've been thinking about it recently...and realised that a lot of issues I had, such as focusing and concentrating on homework, distracibility etc...weren't always obvious. Like if I was in my bedroom doing homework and struggling to focus etc...it wasn't obvious because...well, no one else was there to see it!
That was at primary school though...during secondary school when more focus etc was needed, it obviously became harder for me and instead of just sitting in my room, struggling but *just about* getting through...I didn't cope. I would just leave it and do something more fun because I mentally couldn't cope with it. I don't know how I managed 10 GCSEs - 5 B grades, 5 C grades!! Well my intelligence, clearly

Also I have Asperger's too, so in some ways that masked the ADHD symptoms. When I was very young (infant school age) I can't remeber many ADHD symptoms, apart from daydreaming/racing thoughts in my head. But the Asperger's side of things was more obvious - sensory issues (used to cry/shout at people when they were loud or when they laughed), VERY quiet, odd mannerisms/ritualistic movements/patterns of behaviour. But as I got older the ADHD came out out more...and then during the past 5 years or so, it's seemed to have become worse (but probably due to changes such as harder schoolwork, more need for organisation etc.
So it's like I've gone:
Asperger's and a little ADHD.
Asperger's and ADHD
ADHD and Asperger's.

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