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How many appointments for ADHD diagnosis/treatment
ArtieArtois · 04/06/2022 01:10
DS is 21 and would like to be assessed for ADHD. We're planning on paying for him to be seen privately.
He is autistic (diagnosed when he was 7). We're considering using a psychiatrist who a friend used for her son in a similar situation. His clinic is not very nearby is the thing making me hesitate.
My friend said she can't remember how many appointments her DS had at first. It was a while ago. So in general, how many appointments did you have? How frequently? Just so I can work out if it's do able.
Windyone · 04/06/2022 16:23
My son aged 16 had 2 face to face appointments plus a psychologist observing at school for a session. He then had 3 or 4 calls until he got his medication correct. The whole thing cost about £3,500 before he was passed on to his own doctor for ongoing medication.
NowDoYouBelieveMe · 24/02/2023 16:07
1 on phone with GP to initially discuss process
1 face to face with GP to discuss my questionnaire answers
1 with regular psychiatrist to get diagnosed
1 with ADHD specialist psychiatrist to affirm diagnosis and start medication.
Monthly ongoing appointments with the same specialist to adjust meds, take blood pressure and discuss further options.
They were initially very spaced out due to waiting lists and lockdown.
All on the NHS.
I believe that private diagnosis is less thorough and more like 1 hour's discussion with a psychiatrist.
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