Early diagnosis and treatment has a massive psychological, social and educational impact.
If you first decide to visit a GP, your child will more than likely be referred to a child psychiatrist who, after an assessment will be able to diagnose the condition. It is often the child's teacher who will first speak to the parents about a possible problem. Providing the parent's give consent, the National Psychological Service (NEPS) will then be contacted. A psychologist will then be sent to the school to assess the child and determine a diagnosis. It is important to be aware that there are extensive waiting lists for this service and it is not available in secondary schools.