Who we are
Bristol ADHD has a specialist team of doctors, psychologists, occupational therapist and nurses who work exclusively with adults who have ADHD. We receive referrals from many health professionals in the south-west and beyond.
We can reassess and continue treatment of people who have a diagnosis of ADHD from childhood, and we also assess adults who have never had a diagnosis made.
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ADHD is quite a new diagnosis, with a lot of debate, even among professionals. Because of this, people think or get told that they have ADHD, when they don't. Equally often, it may be missed by professionals, including mental health professionals. There is a lot of information, advice and testing online and elsewhere, which may be misleading or wrong.
Only an experienced expert can really assess and diagnose ADHD accurately because there are many other things about a person's life that need to be considered before a diagnosis of ADHD is made. Remember, ADHD is a lifelong diagnosis, so making the diagnosis requires a very thorough understanding of the patient.
Referral and Assessment Process
If you think you may have ADHD, you will need to see your GP or other health professional first.
They could then refer you to our clinic for a specialist assessment. They will need to provide details about your childhood and current difficulties, and in particular how you feel ADHD has impacted on your life as an adult and as a child because ADHD is a lifelong condition. It can be hard to go through your life story but it is necessary for a diagnosis to be made.
Once your referral has been accepted, you will be placed on our waiting list and a letter confirming this will be sent to yourselves and your referrer.
Shortly before an assessment appointment is offered, you will then be sent some questionnaires about your life and ADHD to complete.
It is important you complete and return these forms so that we are aware that you still wish to be assessed and that we can then book you an assessment appointment.
The assessment usually takes from two to four hours (which includes a break). The assessment takes this long so that we can really understand your whole life and history and be able to put your difficulties into context.
We ask that, if you can, you bring with you someone who knows you well (like a family member or friend) who can provide more information about your difficulties and also support you in the assessment. The assessment will involve gaining information about your background (i.e. schooling and physical health) and a diagnostic assessment.
Following the assessment, a report will be sent out to yourself and your GP.
If a diagnosis is made, we can offer treatment and further support.
- Medication for ADHD in line with national and international research into the condition
- Psycho-social interventions to help understand and master some of the ways ADHD affects people, for example administration, time management, and how to make the most of medication
- Peer support and skills group where you can meet other people with ADHD and learn from then and the specialist team about techniques to help you in the real world managing the symptoms of ADHD.
We welcome enquiries from anyone who wants to know about the service or about ADHD in general
If you are in Crisis – How to get Help Now
Urgent Medical Assistance
If you are in need of urgent medical assistance please call 999, or if it's less urgent please call 111.
If you have any concerns about your mental wellbeing or physical health please contact your General Practitioner (GP).
If you are feeling distressed or suicidal or would like a confidential listening service, you can contact the Samaritans who are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tel: 08457 909090
Other services can be found at: http://www.awp.nhs.uk/