Assessment for a range of mental health conditions

In addition to our core services, we are able to provide more specialist assessment and diagnosis for a range of mental health conditions, which could be affecting you during specific periods of your life.

In each instance, these assessments are conducted by psychiatrists or psychologists who are highly skilled in recognising the specific symptoms of a particular mental health problem and have a detailed understanding of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours you may be experiencing.

Our specialist mental health assessments include adolescent-specific (13 to 18-year-olds), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and our Memory Assessment Clinic (MAC).

Memory Assessment Clinic (MAC)

Declining memory is a problem for lots of us and, in some cases, can signify the early signs of more serious issues, such as dementia. In this situation it is important for us to understand what we are facing as quickly as possible, so that we can receive the right support.

St Andrew's Memory Assessment Clinic (MAC) in Northampton is for anyone referred by their GP due to concerns about their memory. The clinic will offer:

  • Assessment and MRI brain scan combined in one appointment
  • Referral to assessment within three weeks
  • Assessment to diagnosis within three weeks
  • Consultant expertise
  • Diagnosis back to you within six weeks

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Adolescents - 13 to 18-year-olds

In modern life young people face a multitude of pressures. Body image, school exams, peer pressure, family breakdowns, bullying, and the constant presence of social media leave some young people struggling emotionally to cope. In these instances, many young people bottle up their feelings and thoughts until they become too much to burden, resulting in unwanted behaviours.

Our skilled team of psychiatrists and psychologists have the experience and clinical understanding of the pressures that young people face as they develop, and will:

  • Help a young person to understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Talk confidentially and impartially about what the young person is experiencing
  • Support young people to build the skills necessary to recognise and deal with their thoughts, feelings and behaviours

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Many people are diagnosed with ASD as children, with symptoms presenting themselves before the age of three; however it is not uncommon for a diagnosis to be made much later in life. Often people with undiagnosed autism go through life feeling as if somehow they do not quite fit in, but we have substantial expertise in assessing and diagnosing Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Conducted by expert clinicians, and working to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, our well-established assessment tools include:

  • Autistic Diagnostic Interview (ADI)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • The Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO)

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a term that describes a number of behavioural symptoms, which can include hyperactivity, inattentiveness and impulsive behaviour. 

People with ADHD may also have further issues like sleep disorders and anxiety, but it can be managed successfully with support and medication, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can also help.

While symptoms of ADHD are often noticed at an early age, many adults are diagnosed with the condition. Our clinics offer:

  • Assessments conducted within one month
  • Clear diagnosis provided to you and your GP within 10 weeks

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