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Private Child ADHD Assessment – Aberdeen

Private ADHD Assessments for Children & Adolescents in Aberdeen

Diverse Diagnostics is a specialist mental health clinic offering a comprehensive online private child ADHD assessment in Aberdeen and other areas in Scotland.

An ADHD diagnosis is the first step towards empowering a child facing difficulties they don’t understand. By helping children and young people with ADHD understand their mental health better, we can equip them to not only manage their symptoms, but thrive at school, in their daily life, and in the future as adults.

If you’ve noticed behaviours in your child or teenager that resemble some of the symptoms of ADHD, a private assessment through Diverse Diagnostics can help you determine whether your child may be affected by environmental factors and stressors or if there is a more comprehensive diagnosis for what they are going through.

We understand that many patients may tend to mask a lot of their symptoms and this may fall just below diagnostic criteria. By using our Enhanced ADHD Assessment, we administer the QB Check which is an objective, scientific and evidence-based assessment tool which doesn’t rely on the opinions and statements of others to assess for ADHD which standard ADHD assessments do. Click here to find out more about our Enhanced ADHD Assessments.

Read more about our private ADHD assessment in Aberdeen below or get in touch with us to arrange a free 15-minute consultation with a consultant psychiatrist.

Book a private ADHD assessment for your child in Aberdeen today with Diverse Diagnostics.

Note: Our Aberdeen ADHD assessment is online. We also offer private child ADHD assessments in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Diverse Diagnostics is offering a combination assessment for ADHD and ASD, with appointments available.

What is ADHD?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most misunderstood neurodevelopmental conditions. It affects the neurological system, brain and executive functioning, as well as people’s behaviours. However, most people only know of the attention deficit, hyperactivity, and impulsivity symptoms of ADHD rather than the intricacies of living with this condition. This makes it even more difficult for children with undiagnosed Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder to get the help they need.

A child’s symptoms could come across as naughty or deliberately difficult to parents and teachers, which can cause the child to feel frustrated with themselves and impact their early development. Having the child assessed by an ADHD specialist or private child psychiatrist can help them understand their neurodiversity, manage their symptoms, and get the necessary support so they can overcome these difficulties and be their best selves.

Research around the exact cause of ADHD has been inconclusive, but there does appear to be a higher risk of ADHD in children who have a parent or family member that has it.

ADHD Symptoms in Children & Teenagers

The signs and symptoms of ADHD are typically divided into three general components: attention deficit, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Some children have combined symptoms encompassing all of these areas, while others may not be affected by all three.

Other mental health problems can also be present in kids with ADHD, which are known as ADHD comorbidities. These can include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression, and disorders associated with learning, mood, and sleep.

The symptoms of ADHD in children can begin to show early in a child’s life and tend to be present before the age of 12. Some typical ADHD symptoms to look out for include:

  • Makes careless mistakes in schoolwork or activities

  • Lacks attention to detail

  • Easily distracted (by related and unrelated stimuli)

  • Difficulty with listening, focus, or sustaining attention in school tasks or play activities

  • Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort (like schoolwork, studying, or homework) and fails to follow through on instructions or complete tasks

  • Loses items needed for tasks or activities (homework, stationery, toys, etc.)

  • Squirms in their seat or fidgets with their hands or feet

  • Often leaves their seat in the classroom unnecessarily

  • Often runs and climbs excessively in situations in which it is considered inappropriate

  • Difficulty with self-control and waiting their turn (e.g. blurts out answers before questions have been completed or interrupts others who are talking)

Adolescents with ADHD will have displayed some of the above behaviours during childhood. As they enter their teenage years and develop more self-control, some of the behaviours are replaced with feelings of restlessness.

The problem arises when a teen’s independence and academic demands increase and they struggle to keep up with their peers or the expectations of their parents and teachers. If their ADHD remains undiagnosed, this can lead to frustration and feelings of failure and negatively impact their self-esteem, relationships, and future aspirations.

Common Misdiagnoses & Misconceptions About ADHD

The above list of ADHD symptoms only outlines some common signs or behaviours seen in kids, so it is not conclusive without a comprehensive ADHD diagnosis. Without the proper assessments and screening, a child who is full of energy may be diagnosed with ADHD, while a child with ADHD might be misdiagnosed as having dyslexia or a mood or conduct disorder.

For this reason, a private ADHD diagnosis in Scotland requires reporting symptoms and other relevant information within different environments, mainly at school, home, and the medical examination.

Some studies have found that boys tend to be diagnosed with ADHD more frequently than girls. This could be because they may display externalised symptoms such as hyperactivity-impulsivity behaviours, which caretakers more easily pick up. When compared to impulsivity and boisterous behaviour, girls who display more internalised symptoms, such as inattentiveness, may not be noticed as quickly.

If you’ve noticed many of these behaviours or symptoms in your child or teenager, we can help you assess the situation and take the best next step for your child’s development.

Contact Diverse Diagnostics to book a private diagnosis of ADHD for your child and give your family the answers you need.

The Importance of Diagnosing & Treating ADHD Early

A child with undiagnosed ADHD may struggle with ordinary tasks that can affect their social skills and ability to learn, but with a private ADHD diagnosis and the right treatment plan, they can completely turn their life around.

When ADHD is not detected or treated early on, some of the risks that can develop in a child or teen’s life and as they enter adulthood include:

  • Low self-esteem

  • Low education or job attainment

  • Insomnia and bad sleep patterns

  • Difficulty with social skills and relationships

  • Mood disorders (like depression or anxiety disorder)

  • Conduct disorders

  • Increased risk of substance abuse

By mitigating these risks, an ADHD diagnosis with a tailored treatment plan is life-changing for a child or teen. With a better understanding of ADHD and themselves, the child can optimise their learning environment and achieve their full potential.

A comprehensive assessment, ADHD diagnosis, and GP/consultant report from Diverse Diagnostics will help the child and their family get the right support and treatment.

If you think your child or a child you teach may have undiagnosed ADHD, contact us to find out about our private ADHD child assessment in Aberdeen.

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Our ADHD Assessment Process

At Diverse Diagnostics, we understand the challenges that patients and families face when navigating the symptoms of ADHD in children and teens.

You are in good hands with our experienced doctors, who will conduct a thorough private ADHD assessment for your child, ensure you receive the correct diagnosis and guide you through the next stage with a treatment plan tailored to their unique situation.

To ensure appointment accessibility and accurate results, our private children’s ADHD assessment is done entirely online. It involves a full assessment, including a diagnostic GP report by one of our psychiatric consultants for children and adolescents.

The Diverse Diagnostics online ADHD testing process for children between the ages of 6 and 18 years includes:

  1. Initial Assessment (with a child and adolescent psychiatrist)

  2. Formal ADHD screening questionnaires and school reports (sent out to appropriate professionals following the initial assessment)

  3. Developmental history (with a child and adolescent psychiatrist)

  4. Diagnostic feedback session (with a child and adolescent psychiatrist)

After our private assessment for ADHD, we don’t just diagnose the patient and focus on medication — we also provide a detailed report and advise the family on the next steps, the various treatment options, and the support services we can provide.

Request a private ADHD assessment in Scotland for your child online via our Appointments page.

ADHD Medication & Treatment Plan

Treatment for children and teenagers with ADHD varies from patient to patient. Medication is the most effective treatment in some cases, so long as it is the right medication for the individual in question. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, this can also be supplemented with different types of therapy, with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) being a popular choice.

After the ADHD private diagnosis for your child, you can also make use of the following treatment options available from Diverse Diagnostics:

  • General advice after the child ADHD private assessment

  • Prescriptions under Shared Care

  • 1-on-1 sessions with a therapist for ongoing support

  • 6-week parenting programmes to help parents understand neurodiversity better

You are not alone on this journey.

Book a private assessment for ADHD for your child online at Diverse Diagnostics to get the support and treatment your family needs.

Shared Care with your GP

In cases where medical treatment is necessary, we provide prescriptions under Shared Care with your GP only once they have agreed (before the initial medication appointment) to provide NHS prescriptions.

To ensure the correct medication for each case over time, the child psychiatrist at our private practice will be responsible for the prescription, medication reviews, and dosage specifications.

Private prescriptions are now available.

Diverse Diagnostics: Patient Focused, Consultant Led

As a consultant led private mental health clinic that provides online assessments to diagnose neurodevelopmental and other mental health disorders in children, Diverse Diagnostics aims to improve the quality of life of our patients and their families.

Our patient-first and family-centred approach, along with our aim to help as many young people in Scotland and the UK as possible, drives us to offer the services that we do and ensure we provide excellent service throughout the assessment process.

We have made the journey of acquiring a private ADHD assessment for children more accessible by using video consultation methods and conducting the actual assessment online — with no waiting list and at a lower fee than other UK clinics.

Our private clinic has partnerships with NHS Highlands, UEFA, IFA & FAI.

Child Psychiatrists who Care

If you’re looking for a private diagnosis for ADHD for your child, you want to work with people who are compassionate and empathetic to your situation and who can guide you as you go. With Diverse Diagnostics, you can have this and more.

Our Medical Director, Dr Jagdish Basra, has been a consultant Child Behaviour Psychiatrist and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 2018 and a medical doctor for over 10 years. With a passion for helping families understand and embrace neurodiversity, Dr Basra, along with the rest of our team, is fully qualified to help patients cope with mental health-related issues and equip them for a better future.

Let Us Give you the Support Your Family Needs

Diverse Diagnostics is here to help. If you have any questions about ADHD in children or about our child ADHD assessments in Aberdeen, please get in touch with us today and our team will happily answer your questions.

Book an appointment for an online private ADHD assessment for your child in Aberdeen to give your child the tools they need to embrace their diagnosis and live their best life.

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