What is a co-morbid condition?

A co-morbid condition, or a comorbidity, is a co-existing condition that exists alongside another condition.

A high percentage of people with ADHD have a second condition that can require separate treatment.

What are common conditions related to ADHD?

Them most common comobirdities are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Learning disabilities

How do I know if I have a co-morbid condition?

During your assessment, your consultant will be assess for any present diagnosable symptoms.  Therefore when you receive your report following your assessment, they will provide a comprehensive diagnosis advising whether you have ADHD, whether you have a co-morbid condition, and if so, what it is.

Will you treat my co-morbid condition?

As we are a clinic solely specialising in ADHD, we will not be able to treat other mental health conditions within the clinic.  However, your consultant will be happy to provide recommendations as to what treatment and/or medication you should seek, and where possible, refer you to an appropriate colleague outside of the clinic.

In some cases it may be necessary for your co-morbid condition to be treated prior to beginning any medication for ADHD in order for the ADHD medication to be fully effective.  In these cases, you are welcome to come back to us for the recommended ADHD treatment once your co-morbid condition is under control.

What about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

In some cases, your assessment may signify that you or your child potentially have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) either in addition to, or instead of ADHD.  Both are neurodevelopmental disorders and have similar traits.  Autism can also exhibit as difficulties in communication and social interaction, alongside repetitive and restricted behaviours and interests.

One of the main differences can be that people with ADHD often have a short attention span and find it difficult to focus on activities, whereas those with autism can become deeply engrossed in activities that capture their interest.

Can I have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment?

An ASD assessment is a stand alone assessment which is completed by both a psychiatrist and a psychologist. This is a different assessment than an ADHD assessment and therefore would need to be completed separately.

Should your consultants think that there is a high chance of your condition being ASD, they will recommend a separate assessment within their report and give the reasons for this recommendation.

We are able to offer a fast track service for these assessments to avoid you having to endure a lengthy wait via the NHS.