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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity-Impulsivity Disorder (ADHD) & Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  


Difficulties with inattention, focus, concentration, restlessness and impulsive behaviours have far reaching consequences for the child or adult suffering this. This stops them from engaging in education, employment and even relationships. Overall disorganisation of life also eventually affects individuals self-esteem and mood. Such difficulties are usually present in significant degrees in individuals who have ADHD or ADD, both neuro-developmental disorders. We assess people with ADHD or ADD in schools, universities and in a clinical setting where they present with issues with their mood or behaviour resulting from struggles with ADHD or ADD. Despite an increasing awareness of this disorder, there remains a lack of understanding and recognition of this condition with the result of wrong diagnosis of learning disabilities and labels such as “lazy”,“wont make anything of yourself”.



Assessment and Diagnosis

Assessment and diagnosis is based on NICE guidelines for ADHD. The guideline stipulates best practice for assessing and diagnosis is that it should be made by a specialist healthcare professional with training and expertise in the diagnosis of ADHD. A full clinical and psycho-social assessment will be undertaken which will include discussion about behaviour and symptoms within the different domains of the person’s everyday life. A full developmental and psychiatric history along with observer reports will also be taken. The individual’s mental state will be recorded. The diagnosis will be comprehensive by using rating scales and observational data. School, university and other educational and employment reports will be requested as these aid building evidence of behaviour and struggles. The diagnosis will be based on the individual meeting criteria stated within DSM-V and ICD-10. The individual should also show moderate to significant impairment in psychological, familial,social, educational or employment settings. The symptoms have to be pervasive and occurring in two or more settings. As part of the diagnosis, the individuals coexisting conditions, and other circumstances will be considered. Parents for children and partners for adults will be asked to participate in part of the assessment.



The Assessment Process

The assessment comprises psychometric testing and a structured clinical interview with the patient as well as a parent/carer of the patient who can comment on the patient's childhood development. The interview with the parent/carer can be conducted over the phone or Skype if the parent/carer is unable to attend on the day of the appointment.The assessments process will involve:

  • Testing through completion of psychometric questionnaire

  • Discussion of patient's struggles guided through structured questions

  • If parent/carer present, discussion of childhood development through a structured questionnaire

The patient will be asked to provide the following:

  • Completed questionnaires which will be emailed when appointment is confirmed

  • School/college reports

  • Any previous psychometric and psychological assessment reports

A comprehensive report outlining the results of the testing process, diagnosis and how the patient meets/does not meet criteria and treatment recommendations will be provided within a week of testing.





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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome & Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder 


The assessment focuses on identifying and differentiating traits that fall under ASD, Asperger’s syndrome or Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder. Specific diagnostic criteria will be identified in order to highlight how struggles manifest for the patient.



Assessment and diagnosis

Assessment and diagnosis is based on NICE guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorders. The guideline stipulates best practice for assessing and diagnosis is that it should be made by a specialist healthcare professional with ADOS testing qualification and expertise in the diagnosis of ASD and related spectrum disorders.

A full clinical and psycho-social assessment will be undertaken which will include discussion about behaviour and symptoms within the different domains of the person’s everyday life. A full developmental and psychiatric history along with observer reports will also be taken. The individual’s mental state will be recorded. The diagnosis will be comprehensive by using rating scales and observational data. School, university and other educational and employment reports will be requested as these aid building evidence of behaviour and struggles. The diagnosis will be based on the individual meeting criteria stated within DSM-V and ICD-10. The individual should also show moderate to significant impairment in psychological, familial, social, educational or employment settings. The symptoms have to be pervasive and occurring in two or more settings. As part of the diagnosis, the individuals coexisting conditions, and other circumstances will be considered. Parents for children and partners for adults will be asked to participate in part of the assessment.



The Assessment Process

The assessment comprises psychometric testing and a structured clinical interview with the patient as well as a parent/carer of the patient who can comment on the patient's childhood development. The interview with the parent/carer can be conducted over the phone or Skype if the parent/carer is unable to attend on the day of the appointment. The assessments process will involve:

  • Testing through completion of psychometric questionnaire

  • Discussion of patient's struggles guided through structured questions

  • If parent/carer present, discussion of childhood development through a structured questionnaire

The patient will be asked to provide the following:

  • Completed questionnaires which will be emailed when appointment is confirmed

  • School/college reports

  • Any previous psychometric and psychological assessment reports

A comprehensive report outlining the results of the testing process, diagnosis and how the patient meets/does not meet criteria and treatment recommendations will be provided within a week of testing.





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Learning Disabilities 


This assessment is focussed on ascertaining the presence of learning difficulties. It will also screen for other social and behavioural difficulties which may impact on learning and performance in an individual.



Assessment and Diagnosis

The assessment comprises of psychometric testing and a structured clinical interview with the patient as well as a parent/carer of the patient who can comment on the patient's childhood development. The interview with the parent/carer can be conducted over the phone or Skype if the parent/carer is unable to attend on the day of the appointment.



The Assessment Process

The assessment process will involve:

  • Testing through completion of various simple tasks and/or completion of psychometric questionnaire

  • Discussion of patient's struggles guided through structured questions

  • If parent/carer present, discussion of childhood development through a structured questionnaire

The patient will be asked to provide the following:

  • Completed questionnaires which will be emailed when appointment is confirmed

  • School/college reports

  • Any previous psychometric and psychological assessment reports

These can be emailed back or photocopies to be returned on the day of the appointment. A comprehensive report outlining the results of the testing process, diagnosis and how the patient meets/does not meet criteria and treatment recommendations will be provided.



Specialist Treatment and Interventions

TFFCI specialises in treatments ADHD, ADD, ASD, Learning Difficulties and specially where there is a co morbid presentation. This includes both group interventions and one to one work. We normally set up an initial session with patients to ascertain their goals and offer both group and one to one options based on their needs. We have set up a monthly group towards ADHD and a separate one for ASD and provide series of workshops on the following:

  • Psychoeducation

  • Nutritional Interventions

  • Behavioural Interventions

  • Study or learning skills (Delivered by an Educational Psychologist specialising in Paediatric Neuropsychology)

To find out more or book an assessment, please contact FFCI administration. Email: info@ffci.org.uk or complete our contact form





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Eating Disorders 


Eating disorders can be characterised by an unhealthy attitude to food which can take over your life and make a person ill. An individual with an eating disorder tends to eat too much or too little, and is generally obsessed with their weight, body shape and size. As a result, they tend to supress their hunger or eat excessively, and make unhealthy choices to control their body weight. Men and women of any age can get an eating disorder, but they most commonly affect young women aged 13 to 17 years old.

Types of eating disorders

The most common eating disorders are:

  • TAnorexia nervosa – when an individual tries to keep their weight as low as possible and does not eat enough food as a result, or over-exercises beyond their body limits

  • Bulimia – when a person eats a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binging) and then deliberately make themselves sick, or use laxatives to control their weight

  • Binge eating disorder (BED) – when someone regularly loses control of their eating, eat large portions of food all at once until their feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty

  • Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) – when your symptoms do not exactly match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, but is often a mix of the above symptoms and conditions.





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Bipolar Depression and Mood Disorders 


Bipolar disorder, depression and mood disorders, are conditions that affect mental states, making the individual’s mood swing from one extreme to another. People suffering from these conditions usually go through phases of depression during which they feel sad and lethargic as well as episodes of hyperactivity, demonstrating bursts of manic behaviour.

Unlike simple mood swings, each extreme episode of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks (or even longer), and some people may not feel "normal" very often.

Patients may initially be diagnosed with clinical depression before they have a manic episode (sometimes years later), after which you may be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.





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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Anxiety 


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, often leading to an anxious state of mind. It affects men, women and children, and can develop at any age. Some people develop the condition early, often around puberty, but it typically develops during early adulthood. OCD can be distressing and significantly interfere with an individuals life, but treatment can help keep it under control.





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Addictions and Behavioural Disorders  


Addiction is defined by the NHS as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but there are other forms of addiction, including an addiction to work, screens, solvents and shopping among others. Managing an addiction can take a toll on a patient’s work, life and relationships. In the case of substance misuse (for example, drugs and alcohol), an addiction can have serious psychological and physical effects.



Treatment and Interventions:

At FFCI, a full clinical and psycho-social assessment is undertaken during the initial appointment, which will include discussion about behaviour and symptoms within the different domains of the person’s everyday life in order to recognise the triggers and signs of distress. We offer psychological therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT is intensive, but goal-oriented and time-limited treatment and therapy. Evidence-based treatment models are utilized in both individual and group therapy. CBT is reputable for the treatment of a wide spectrum of psychological conditions particularly, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD and eating disorders.





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