WHY DO WE ASSESS YOU?
Many people will suffer from feelings of worry or from a low mood, but there are multiple reasons as to why this might happen to somebody, and also many different ways in which these feelings can present themselves. We conduct our assessments so we are are sure as we can be about the issues you may be facing, and try to identify any reasons causing this. Doing this allows us to provide you with the most appropriate treatment to hopefully improve your situation.
Another reason you will be invited in for an assessment is so we can find out what research you may be able to take part in. There’s lots of exciting ways to get involved with research at AnDY, but not all opportunities are available to everybody. Having an assessment will allow us to work out which studies will be suitable for you and lets us give you this information. You can then make a decisions about which, if any, studies you would like to take part in.
THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
The first stage in working with AnDY is to come in for an initial assessment.
A member of CAMHS CPE (Common Point of Entry) will be in touch to do a triage of your problems and identify which service is most suitable to support you. If they decide that you may be eligible, they will inform you about AnDY and ask if you would be happy to be contacted. If so, a member of our team will call you to inform you more about the work going on here, and to hopefully book you in for your assessment.
It should be noted that any research or treatment that you take part in within AnDY will not affect your eligibility to receive support from other services.This is regardless of whether this is treatment you are currently receiving or that you are waiting to receive.
In order to get the most detailed account of the issues being faced, we ask young people to come along with their parent/guardian, both of whom will receive an assessment. When you come in, you will be greeted by your two assessors and a fully trained clinician, who will again talk you briefly through the process.
Parents and children will then be separated to receive their assessment. Assessments usually take between 60-90 minutes, but can last up to a maximum of 3 hours (please bare this in mind when booking your assessment).
HOW DO WE ASSESS YOU?
At the clinic, we have developed our own diagnostic tool to look for symptoms of anxiety and depression.
We have combined the ADIS (Anxiety Diagnostic Interview Schedule) with the K-SADS (Kiddie – Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia). Both semi-structured diagnostic interviews, the ADIS is one of the world-leading tools used to assess all anxiety disorders, and the K-SADS is one of the most widely used methods of assessing mood disorders, including depression.
In combining these, we have created the AIDA (AnDY Integrated Diagnostic Assessment). By using the number one tools for assessing each anxiety and depression, and by also only using sections which look at these particular areas, we can be more directed and ensure we are reliably assessing those disorders which we are interested, and also improve the efficiency of the assessment process, improving your access to treatment opportunities.
AFTER WE’VE ASSESSED YOU
After coming in to see us, your assessors will give you a preliminary diagnosis. Within the following week, we will discuss your case with the lead clinicians to confirm whether this diagnosis is appropriate. Following this, you will be contacted to be told the outcome of your assessment, and if appropriate, be invited in for a follow-up appointment to discuss research and treatment opportunities.
All families will received a detailed report which will outline all areas of importance identified during the assessment.
Some people will not be eligible for our service, for example symptoms may not quite reach a threshold level, or a secondary disorder may be present which we cannot support. If this is the case, you will unfortunately not be able to take part in research or to access any of our treatment. However, you will still receive the same detailed report about your assessment, and will be referred instead to another more appropriate CAMHS service.