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ADHD assessment system ‘broken’ with five-year waiting times

Freedom of Information requests to NHS trusts found at least 21,000 adults on waiting lists for ADHD services. One patient who was told to wait two years for a diagnosis said: “There are people out there absolutely desperate.” The NHS trust said waiting times were longer “than we would like”.

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Academic Accommodations May Rise Following Pandemic, according to the Cognitive Assessment Group

Educational accommodations, in which children with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism and other diagnosed psychological conditions receive individualized educational services to maximize their success, have long been a crucial lifeline for families. Now, as parents find themselves in the unprecedented position of having children stay at home and attend school remotely during the COVID-19 crisis, many…

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An ADHD Assessment Might Set You Free—No Matter Your Age

No one wants to feel like something is wrong with the way their brain works, or to be labelled or stigmatized due to their mental health symptoms. Fears like these—of being judged or having their lives worsen as a result of speaking up—hold people back from seeking support through mental health assessment and treatment services.…

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What’s a Comprehensive Assessment and How Could It Help My Child?

My last year in my doctoral program to become a clinical psychologist, I applied for a fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology. I had focused on child development, assessment, and health psychology during school. I wanted to learn even more about the assessment of cognitive skills linked to brain functioning, like memory, attentional functioning, processing speed, and…

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Ecological Momentary Assessment of Patients with ADHD

Ecological momentary assessments are often used in clinical psychology to measure participants’ behaviors and experiences in their natural environment and in real time. For example, research participants or patients can complete rating scales to note their cognition, affect, behavior and symptoms soon after experiencing them.

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Comprehensive Assessment

Establishing an ADHD diagnosis would seem to be a relatively straightforward matter. You simply use whatever means necessary to gather information that allows you to address the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria of ADHD (inattention, distractibility and hyperactivity), and then decide whether ADHD is present or not. Most parents and teachers would agree that these behaviors are…

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ADHD Assessment: What to Expect

“What can I expect when my child has an assessment for ADHD?” is something many parents wonder when it’s first suggested their child be evaluated for ADHD. Once an appointment is made with a pediatrician or a specialist in childhood ADHD, you can expect: A physical exam, including a family medical history Interviews with you…

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