Getting started

Do you have ADHD or do you believe you have ADHD? First please check if you have the appropriate health insurance in order to receive treatment at ADHD City. You can then ask your GP for a referral. We can make a diagnosis and provide you with customised treatment. Our goal is to help you perform better and be happy. Together, we will take the next steps.

    Step 1: Writing Down Your Experiences

    Your GP or another referring physician will send your application to us. Subsequently, there are 2 scenarios:

    • We will put you on the waiting list, which we will notify you of by letter. As soon as we have a space, you will be notified again.

    • If there is no waiting list, and it is your turn, we will invite you to an admission interview and an introductory meeting.

    Step 2: Admission interview and introductory meeting

    When it is your turn, you will receive an invitation to an admission interview and an introductory meeting. We will send you a registration form by post. Please enter your general particulars in the form. We will go through the following items during the interview:

    • We will discuss your complaints.

    • We will take stock of your request for help: what you want to achieve, what change you are hoping for, how do you see the future and what do you expect from ADHD City. What can we do to achieve your goals? We are focused on finding solutions, which facilitates in making your request for help as specific as possible.

    • If you object to sharing certain medical details, a privacy statement can be signed during this interview. Learn more about Privacy.

    Step 3: Diagnosis

    If no diagnosis has been made yet, we will use your input from the first interview to make a diagnosis. Within our practice, a psychiatrist and psychologist are closely involved in the diagnosis: we analyse your problems over a broad spectrum. As a result, in addition to ADHD we may identify other problems. We will discuss the outcome of the diagnosis in an advisory meeting (step 4). 

    Step 4: Consultation

    The introductory interview will be followed by a consultation. During the consultation, we will let you know the diagnosis we have made, if a diagnosis has not yet been made. We will explain why we have diagnosed you with ADHD or whether we have arrived at other diagnoses. We will discuss the possible treatment based on your request for help. Together, we will consider what suits you. We will also want to create an environment that suits, supports and helps you. We believe it will be useful to invite people who are important to you to this consultation. For example, your partner, parents or a good friend. Of course, we will only do so with your permission. During this consultation, you will determine the goals you want to achieve.

    Step 5: Treatment

    You can now start your treatment. On average, a treatment process takes four to six months. In some situations it may take longer or shorter. Every three months, or earlier if you desire, we will evaluate the situation together. Treatment at ADHD City is based on scientific research. We also follow the mental health guidelines of the Trimbos Institute and the Dutch Psychiatric Association.

    Step 6: Final evaluation

    When treatment is complete, we will schedule a final interview. We will ask you how you perceived the treatment within ADHD City, as we like to adjust our care to the needs of our clients. It would therefore be really helpful if you could kindly write a review on Zorgkaart Nederland. (Search for 'ADHD City' and click on 'write a review'). After this evaluation, we will transfer the case back to the GP.

    If you feel that you have to wait too long, you can always contact us, or ask your healthcare insurer for waiting list mediation. With the support of your healthcare insurer, you will have an intake interview with your healthcare provider within 4 weeks after your first contact with them, and your treatment will start within 10 weeks after the intake interview. These are the maximum acceptable waiting times agreed upon by healthcare insurers and providers (Treek standards).