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  • Writer's pictureDr Iqbal A Mohiuddin

Is Private ADHD Assessment and Treatment with an ADHD Psychiatrist Worth It?

Updated: Apr 28

It's been another busy year for private Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessment and treatment! It's also been a pleasure assessing private patients from very diverse backgrounds who turn out to have Adult ADHD on further investigation. They're all thankfully on the road to recovery with the right medication and support.

I attended the UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) conference in September 2019 in London. UKAAN was established in March 2009 to provide support, education, research and training for mental health professionals working with adults with ADHD. UKAAN was founded by a group of experienced mental health specialists who run clinical services for adults with ADHD within the NHS. The Network was established in response to UK guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2008) and the British Association for Psychopharmacology.

According to Professor Philip Asherson, UKAAN President, the conference celebrated 10 years of UKAAN. There's been a rapid advance in our understanding of ADHD across the lifespan, the availability of diagnostic services, and access to effective treatments. There's also been a stepped change in ADHD recognition by adult mental health services, reflected in a marked increase in the numbers of adults being diagnosed and treated for ADHD. Licensed drug treatments for Adult ADHD are now widely available in the UK and elsewhere for the first time, including both stimulant and non-stimulant medications, and recommendations from guideline groups such as NICE. The importance of concurrent psychosocial treatments is also recognised, and mainstream psychological treatment services are also developing the understanding and skills required to manage mental health problems related to ADHD.

However, there are growing waiting lists for Adult ADHD assessment and treatment on the NHS as recognition and demand continues to rise. Seeking a private ADHD assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with an ADHD psychiatrist can offer numerous benefits for individuals struggling with ADHD.

The Benefits of Private ADHD Assessment

When you choose to undergo a private ADHD assessment with an ADHD psychiatrist, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and overall mental health. Unlike a general practitioner, an ADHD psychiatrist specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, ensuring that you receive accurate and personalised care. During an ADHD assessment, the psychiatrist may utilise standardised questionnaires, interviews, and cognitive tests to gather information about your symptoms and daily functioning. This comprehensive evaluation can help identify the presence of ADHD and any co-occurring conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms.

Why Choose an ADHD Psychiatrist for Treatment

After receiving a diagnosis of ADHD, it is essential to seek treatment from a qualified professional who has experience in managing the disorder. An ADHD psychiatrist can offer a range of treatment options, including medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions. By working with an ADHD psychiatrist, you can benefit from their specialised knowledge and expertise in treating ADHD. They can work closely with you to develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. Additionally, an ADHD psychiatrist can monitor your progress over time and make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed.

The Importance of Individualised Care

One of the key advantages of private ADHD assessment and treatment with an ADHD psychiatrist is the individualised care you will receive. Every individual with ADHD is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. An ADHD psychiatrist can take the time to understand your specific symptoms, challenges, and strengths to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.Through ongoing communication and collaboration, you and your ADHD psychiatrist can work together to address your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Whether you are seeking medication management, therapy, or a combination of both, a specialist in ADHD can provide the support and guidance you need to reach your full potential.


Seeking help for ADHD can be a transformative experience, allowing you to better understand your symptoms and learn effective strategies for managing them. By choosing private ADHD assessment and treatment with an ADHD psychiatrist, you can benefit from specialised care that is tailored to your individual needs. Don't hesitate to reach out to a qualified professional such as for support and guidance on your journey to better mental health.

Email or call 0800 779 7800 for a free ADHD test for adults and private ADHD assessment and treatment throughout the UK.


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