The Disability Advisory Service Assessors can only identify ‘characteristics of AD(H)D’ which impact on education. An NHS or other medical assessment is required to access a full diagnosis and possible medication
 
As noted in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), AD(H)D is characterized 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, school, work)
  • symptoms interfere with or reduce the quality of social, academic or occupational functioning.