Only a specialist, such as a psychiatrist, can carry out an ADHD Assessment and one of the most common ways of getting this assessment is to be referred by your GP. There are also private clinics but they tend to be expensive.
PRIVATE ASSESSMENT IN SCOTLAND
ADHD Direct - £870
The Edinburgh Practice - £1500
Psychiatry-UK - This is an online service. The cost of a 1hr online assessment is £360. This does not cover the the titration process, this costs an extra £105 per 4 weeks and they estimate this will take anything from 4-12 wks. It may be possible to have a shared care arrangement with your GP, whereby once you are on stable medication you are referred back to your NHS GP for them to takeover prescribing. However, not all GPs accept this and so Psychiatry-UK advise that you check with your GP before going through the assessment and titration process with them.
Unfortunately, at the present time in Scotland, seeking a referral can be more difficult than it should be. This is mainly due to GPs' lack of knowledge. Neurological conditions (including ADHD) are currently not part of a GPs compulsory training and in a recent study, PhD Student, Blandine French, discovered that out of 150 GPs questioned 68% had received absolutely no training on ADHD. This means it can be a bit of a lottery whether you experience a straight-forward process or not.
Either way, it is important to go fully prepared with as much evidence of requirement as possible. I would highly recommend taking along a filled in copy of the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale. It may also be helpful to get someone else to fill this out on your behalf.
A test created by Don Baker, MA, LMHC.
An article in ADDitude magazine reviewing the symptoms, causes, types, and tests associated with ADHD.
Information for adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
This online tool has been created by Blandine French to train GPs by equipping them with enough knowledge about ADHD to make accurate referral decisions. It also has a module for anyone to use to raise their awareness of what ADHD is.