Bright Psychology Newcastle and the North East

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by features of both a mental health condition and a specific learning difficulty. As noted in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), ADHD; is characterised by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with normal functioning or development; is present in multiple settings (e.g., home, work, school); symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of social, academic or occupational functioning.

A persons’ educational performance is often affected by ADHD and this may relate to the attention deficits that characterise the disorder. As it impacts on learning, ADHD should therefore be regarded as a specific learning difficulty (SpLD Working Group/DfES Guidelines, 2013) At Bright psychology we assess whether or not a person presents with a specific learning difficulty and features suggestive of ADHD. Therefore, our assessments and reports are focused on identifying and providing guidance within an education context. We do not provide a medical opinion regarding pharmacological treatment and we always recommend speaking to your GP about this.

The assessment takes approximately 3-4 hours and involves answering some questions, completing some questionnaires and psychometric tests. We usually carry out the assessment over two appointments, and the results are explained at the end of the second appointment. A detailed report will follow.


"Roger Makepeace, Clinical Psychologist at ‘Bright Psychology’, has carried out Specific Learning Difficulties’ (SpLD) assessments, covering dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D, for the Student Disability Service at the University of Edinburgh since 2014. Roger’s assessments are always comprehensive and enable many students to access essential learning support.  In addition, Roger is very reliable and committed in his delivery of this service"

Melanie Scott

Assistant Director (Service Enhancement)
The University of Edinburgh


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