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  • Can adults be diagnosed with ASD?
    Adults can be diagnosed with ASD. Although some individuals may receive a diagnosis in childhood, others may not be diagnosed until adulthood. However, it is never too late to seek evaluation and support for ASD, even in adulthood.
  • Do GPs reject NHS Shared Care Agreements from private clinics?
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    1Many GPs currently show hesitancy in accepting shared care agreements, even those involving patients referred under the NHS Right to Choose scheme. This often highlights a disparity in accepting follow-up and aftercare arrangements between private entities' physical and mental health services.
    2I would advise anyone considering private assessments to discuss these possibilities with their GP beforehand. This ensures that you are fully informed about potential outcomes regarding shared care arrangements.
    3Many GPs currently show hesitancy in accepting shared care agreements, even those involving patients referred under the NHS Right to Choose scheme. This often highlights a disparity in accepting follow-up and aftercare arrangements between private entities' physical and mental health services.
  • How can I order a repeat prescription?

    To ensure a seamless continuation of your treatment, please request any new prescription at least 7 days before your current medication supply runs out. This process ensures that the pharmacy has adequate time to dispense your medication, preventing any gaps in your treatment.

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    1Please visit our website at www.harleymindcare.com
    2Select Book an Appointment.
    3Choose Repeat Prescription.
    4Select Repeat Prescription Admin Fee.
    5Click Next.
    6Appointment emails and SMS will be received more often as proof that the prescription has been ordered than for the appointment.
    7Complete the payment process.
    8Choose to Repeat Prescription.
  • How Can We Support Children with Autism Through Puberty?

    Puberty can be particularly challenging for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) due to the significant physical, emotional, and social changes that occur. This table highlights common challenges and provides solutions to support children with ASD during this developmental stage.

    Puberty (Ages 11-15)

    No.IssueSolution
    1Understanding and accepting physical changesStart discussions early using clear, simple language and visual aids.
    2Increased sensory sensitivitiesUse sensory-friendly hygiene products and gradually introduce new routines.
    3Mood swings and emotional changesTeach emotional literacy using tools like emotion charts and encourage stress-reduction techniques.
    4Increased anxietyProvide consistent and repetitive information to build understanding and reduce anxiety.
    5Social expectations and peer pressureUse role-playing to practice social interactions and encourage supportive peer interactions.
    6Managing personal hygieneEstablish visual schedules for hygiene routines and use sensory-friendly products.
    7Understanding privacy and appropriate behaviourTeach the importance of privacy and appropriate behaviour in different social contexts.
    8Need for emotional supportEngage therapists and counselors specialising in ASD for additional support.
    9Healthcare and medical concernsWork closely with healthcare providers to address medical concerns and ensure understanding of body changes.

    Strategies to Address Challenges

    No.StrategyDetails
    1Early EducationStart discussions about puberty early, using clear and simple language. Visual aids and social stories can be particularly helpful.
    2Consistent InformationProvide consistent and repetitive information about what to expect. This can help reduce anxiety and build understanding over time.
    3Sensory AccommodationsEngage therapists and counsellors who specialise in ASD to provide additional support and strategies. Work closely with healthcare providers to address any medical concerns and to ensure the child understands changes to their body.
    4Emotional LiteracyTeach emotional literacy skills to help children recognise and name their emotions. Tools like emotion charts can be useful.
    5Stress-Reduction TechniquesEncourage stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, or physical activity.
    6Social Skills TrainingUse role-playing to practice social interactions and appropriate responses to social situations. Encourage interactions with understanding and supportive peers, perhaps through structured group activities.
    7Routine and StructureUse visual schedules to establish and maintain hygiene routines. Keep routines as consistent as possible to provide a sense of security and predictability.
    8Professional SupportEngage therapists and counsellors specialising in ASD to provide additional support and strategies. Work closely with healthcare providers to address any medical concerns and to ensure the child understands changes to their body.

    By anticipating the challenges associated with puberty and implementing supportive strategies, caregivers and educators can help children with ASD navigate this developmental stage with greater ease and confidence.

  • How do I book a Child/Adolescent ADHD Virtual Consultation?
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    1Please visit our website at www.harleymindcare.com
    2Select Book an Appointment.
    3Choose ADHD Consultation.
    4Select Child/Adolescent ADHD Assessment – Virtual.
    5Click Next.
    6Choose a Dr from the list of available doctors.
    7Select a date and time that works for you.
    8Complete the payment process.

  • How do I book a General Psychiatric Consultation?
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    1Please visit our website at www.harleymindcare.com
    2Select Book an Appointment.
    3Choose General Psychiatry Consultation.
    4Select Adult Psychiatric General Assessment – Virtual.
    5Click Next.
    6Choose a Dr from the list of available doctors.
    7Select a date and time that works for you.
    8Complete the payment process.

  • How do I book an Adult ADHD Virtual Consultation?
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    1Please visit our website at www.harleymindcare.com
    2Select Book an Appointment.
    3Choose ADHD Consultation.
    4Select Adult ADHD Assessment – Virtual.
    5Click Next.
    6Choose a Dr from the list of available doctors.
    7Select a date and time that works for you.
    8Complete the payment process.

  • How long before the Pharmacy gets the repeat prescription?

    • Typically, your repeat prescription request is processed within two working days by our Clinic. Our doctors review and authorise each prescription unless you’ve been approved for a longer duration (e.g., six months).
    • Once approved, we promptly send the repeat prescription to your chosen pharmacy for dispensing.
  • How to know if I have ASD?
    Determining whether you have ASD typically involves comprehensive evaluation by healthcare professionals. Diagnosis involves assessing your behaviour, communication skills, and developmental history and may include standardised assessments and screenings.
  • Is there any medication For Autism Spectrum Disorder?
    Although there is no medication specifically for treating the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), certain medications may be prescribed to manage associated symptoms or co-occurring conditions that commonly accompany ASD.
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  • Understanding Mental Health Professionals

    What is a Psychiatrist?

    A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses. Psychiatrists have completed medical school and additional training in psychiatry. They can prescribe medication, conduct physical examinations, and order lab tests. What Can Psychiatrists Do?
    • Diagnose mental health conditions.
    • Prescribe medications.
    • Provide psychotherapy (though not all do).
    • Conduct physical exams and order tests.
    What Psychiatrists Cannot Do:
    • Provide long-term psychotherapy sessions in the same depth as psychologists or psychotherapists, due to their primary focus on medical aspects.

    What is a Psychologist?

    A psychologist is a professional who studies the mind and behaviour. They often hold a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in psychology. Psychologists are trained in psychological testing, assessment, and therapy. What Can Psychologists Do?
    • Conduct psychological assessments and tests.
    • Provide psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, etc.).
    • Develop treatment plans for mental health issues.
    • Conduct research and teach at academic institutions.
    What Psychologists Cannot Do:
    • Prescribe medication (except in a few jurisdictions with additional training and licensure).
    • Perform medical exams or order medical tests.

    What is a Psychotherapist?

    A psychotherapist is a general term for professionals trained to treat mental health issues through therapy. This term can include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, and other trained professionals. The specific qualifications can vary widely. What Can Psychotherapists Do?
    • Provide various forms of psychotherapy (talk therapy, cognitive therapy, etc.).
    • Help clients understand and manage mental health conditions.
    • Work in various settings, including private practices, hospitals, and community centres.
    What Psychotherapists Cannot Do:
    • Prescribe medication (unless they are also psychiatrists).
    • Perform medical exams or order lab tests (unless they have additional medical training).

    Comparing Roles: What Each Can and Cannot Do

    Prescribing Medication:
    • Psychiatrists: Yes
    • Psychologists: No (except in special cases)
    • Psychotherapists: No
    Conducting Therapy:
    • Psychiatrists: Yes, but often limited
    • Psychologists: Yes, extensively
    • Psychotherapists: Yes, extensively
    Performing Medical Exams:
    • Psychiatrists: Yes
    • Psychologists: No
    • Psychotherapists: No
    Conducting Psychological Testing:
    • Psychiatrists: Sometimes
    • Psychologists: Yes
    • Psychotherapists: Sometimes (depending on qualifications)
    By understanding these distinctions, patients can make more informed decisions about which mental health professional may best suit their needs.
  • What are the ADHD Pre-appointment Requirements?

    Requirements for Adult ADHD Assessment

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    1Blood Pressure, Pulse Weight and Height Form

    Records vital statistics of the patient.

    2ADHD Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist

    A self-assessment tool for ADHD symptoms.

    3Adult ADHD Informant Report

    A report filled by someone who knew the patient before they were 12.

    4ADHD Cardiac Health Questions

    Assesses the cardiac health of the patient.

    5Wender Utah Rating Scale for ADHD

    A psychological test that assesses ADHD symptoms.

    6ADHD Self-Report Scale

    Another self-assessment tool for ADHD symptoms.

    7PHQ9 and GAD7

    Standardised self-report scales for identifying depression and anxiety.
    8Upload the patient's ID and proof of address from the last 3 months.
    Verifies the identity and current address of the patient.


    Requirements for Child/Adolescent ADHD Assessment

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    1Blood Pressure, Pulse Weight and Height Form
    Records vital statistics of the patient.
    2Conners 4 - Parent Form Response
    This is completed online by a teacher who knows the patient.
    3Conners 4 - Teacher Form Response
    This is completed online by a teacher who knows the patient.
    4Conners 4 - Self-Report Form Response
    This is completed online by the patient.
    5Childhood Behaviour Scale - Self-ReportA self-assessment tool.
    6Upload the ID of the parent/guardian and Proof of Address in the last 3 monthsVerifies the identity and current address of the patient's parent/guardian.
    7Upload the ID of the Patient.
    Verifies the identity of the patient.
  • What are the pros and cons of private Care over NHS Pathways for ADHD Assessment?

    Private care offers several advantages over NHS pathways for ADHD Assessments. These include quicker diagnosis and treatment, more scheduling flexibility, and personalised care options. However, the initial costs of private care are higher, and NHS coverage may vary depending on GP cooperation.

    One of the significant challenges with NHS pathways is the long waiting times for ADHD assessments. As per a report from October 20231, there are significant variations in waiting times across the country. For children, the waiting time varies from 5 weeks to a devastating 5 years. For adults, the variation is equally stark – it varies from 12 weeks to over 10 years1.

  • What are the pros and cons of Virtual vs. In-Person Consultations?
    Consultation TypeProsCons
    Virtual ConsultationsConvenience: Can be done from the comfort of your home.
    Efficiency: Ideal for initial assessments and follow-ups.
    Limited Scope: Connection problems, software glitches, or hardware failures can disrupt or even prevent virtual meetings, causing frustration and delays.
    In-Person ConsultationsComprehensive: Allows for a thorough evaluation.
    Personalised: Can be tailored to your preferences.
    Less Convenient: Requires travel and scheduling time.
    Both methods have their unique advantages and can be chosen based on individual needs and circumstances.
  • What are the Strengths and Positives Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often discussed in terms of challenges and difficulties, but it’s important to recognise the unique strengths and positive attributes that individuals with ASD can possess. This table highlights these strengths and provides examples of how they can be beneficial.

    Strengths and Positives of ASD

    No.Strength/Positive AttributeDescription and Benefits
    1Attention to DetailPrecision and Accuracy: Individuals with ASD often excel in tasks requiring precision and accuracy, such as data analysis, programming, and quality control.
    2Strong Focus and ConcentrationIntense Focus: Many individuals can concentrate intensely on tasks or interests for extended periods, leading to deep expertise and high productivity.
    3Honesty and IntegrityDirect Communication: People with ASD are often very honest and straightforward, which can be refreshing and valuable in personal and professional relationships.
    4Unique Perspectives and CreativityInnovative Thinking: The unique way individuals with ASD perceive the world can lead to creative and innovative solutions to problems.
    5Strong MemoryExcellent Recall: Many individuals have exceptional memory skills, especially for facts, figures, and details, beneficial in academic and professional settings.
    6Passion and ExpertiseDeep Knowledge: When individuals with ASD develop an interest, they often pursue it with great passion, becoming highly knowledgeable and skilled in that area.
    7Loyalty and ReliabilityDependable: Individuals with ASD often exhibit strong loyalty and reliability, making them dependable friends, family members, and colleagues.
    8Pattern RecognitionAnalytical Skills: Many people with ASD have a natural ability to recognise patterns and identify anomalies, which is advantageous in fields such as mathematics, science, engineering, and computer programming.
    9Rule AdherenceFollowing Guidelines: A strong adherence to rules and guidelines can be beneficial in environments where compliance and consistency are crucial.
    10Non-Judgmental NatureAcceptance: Individuals with ASD often accept others without judgment, valuing people for who they are rather than conforming to social stereotypes or expectations.
    11Commitment to RoutineStability and Predictability: A commitment to routine can provide stability and predictability in various settings, including work and personal life.

    By focusing on these strengths, society can better appreciate the valuable contributions that individuals with ASD can make. Encouraging environments that support and nurture these positive attributes can help individuals with ASD thrive and reach their full potential.

  • What can I expect after my assessment?

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    1If medication is indicated, your prescription will be dispatched to an online pharmacy. Rest assured that our clinic has no financial incentives tied to your medication purchases.
    2You’ll schedule follow-up virtual meetings as agreed upon with your psychiatrist.
    3Feel free to message your provider whenever needed.