Updated: May 16
If you are looking for a private ADHD assessment you must watch the BBC Panorama TV episode "ADHD: Private clinics exposed by BBC undercover investigation." We congratulates BBC Panorama for bringing this to light, but they could have done much better by investigating more clinics and recognising those committed to providing proper assessments and impacting lives in a meaningful way.
This week BBC has shed light on a concerning issue in the healthcare industry. Patients seeking help for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are being offered powerful drugs without proper assessment and diagnosis. This is a worrying trend that needs to be addressed, and we commend the BBC for bringing this issue to the forefront. Mental health is serious matter. A robust and accurate diagnosis is crucial for someone facing mental health challenges. It's essential that the clinicians involved are qualified and take the time needed to explore these life-altering moments and the struggles they have caused. When considering the symptoms a patient describes - such as finding it hard to focus - it's important to differentiate between ADHD and other things that may explain them, such as the effects of trauma. We believe that BBC did great bringing ADHD assessments to the trend topics, but lost the opportunity to discuss important facts. This year, ADHD Foundation shared evidence that more than half of new adult diagnoses were given by private providers due to wait times and lack of capacity in the NHS. They also shared that over 50% of these new adult diagnoses were for women who have experienced greater inequality of access to NHS services. Seventy-five percent of girls and women remain undiagnosed and potentially being treated for avoidable health needs and misdiagnosis, especially women in menopause. These topics, and the fact that several private clinics do a great work, following NICE guidelines and striving for impacting lives in a positive and responsible way should have been presented to the public.
At Everest Clinic we understand the importance of an accurate diagnosis for people with ADHD. We believe that every patient deserves a thorough assessment that takes into account their medical history, symptoms, and personal circumstances. That's why we only offer face-to-face assessments, delivered by professionals who also work for the NHS.
Our assessments are designed to be comprehensive and last around four hours, distributed in in-person appointments. Everything to ensure a robust investigation, with appropriate length of time to listen our clients, apply the required tests, understand the impact of the symptoms along the client's life and gather all the necessary information to deliver an accurate diagnosis.
Why we only do face to face assessments? Because we understand how challenging is the journey to a diagnosis, and how important is to find the right care for individuals and families struggling with mental health issues. Our team is committed to creating an environment of understanding and support for families, and we strive to ensure that each client and their family are empowered, knowledgeable and cared for, to live their best lives and reach their full potential. You can find BBC Panorama here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-65534448 You can find the letter from the ADHD Foundation here: https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk