What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be defined by three subtypes – inattentive, hyperactive or a combination of both, whereby individuals with ADHD may experience difficulty with paying attention, impulse-control and sitting still. ADHD symptoms are often present at an early age and continue into adulthood.
Research shows that ADHD is often missed or misdiagnosed in childhood, and undiagnosed ADHD in adulthood may lead to problems such as poor work or school performance, low self-esteem and difficulties with interpersonal relationships. Diagnosis of ADHD is more difficult in females and adults.
Common signs of ADHD include:
Poor focus (easily distracted)
Always seems ‘on the go’
Interrupting or blurting things out in conversations
Poor listening and difficulty carrying out instructions
Unable to stay on boring tasks
Careless errors in work
Procrastination or bored easily
Forgetfulness or losing things
Experience emotional difficulties (e.g., poor emotion regulation, anxiety, depression
If you or your child exhibits one or more of these signs, it is recommended that you seek further professional medical advice. Early recognition of ADHD may aid in reducing and limiting symptoms while supporting the individual to meet their full potential.
Getting a Diagnosis
Gaining a diagnosis for ADHD involves comprehensive assessment by a multidisciplinary team (i.e., psychologist, paediatrician, and/or psychiatrist).
Here at the Mind Body Practice, an ADHD assessment with one of our qualified psychologists will typically include:
1. Initial clinical interview to gather comprehensive background information such as developmental, social, and educational history.
2. Administration of ADHD assessments and questionnaires by a trained psychologist, which typically includes:
Conners Comprehensive Behaviour Rating Scales (CBRS)
Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System - Third Edition (ABAS-3)
Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V)
3. Feedback session and comprehensive written report within four weeks of the assessment date.
Benefits of gaining an ADHD Diagnosis
Research has shown that failing to diagnose and treat ADHD can have significant consequences for future academic, work, financial, psychological and social relationship functioning and overall wellbeing.
Gaining a diagnosis may help a child to gain additional support at school to optimise learning. Additionally, a diagnosis can assist the child to access appropriate treatment. The gold standard treatment for ADHD is currently medication in combination with psychological therapy, which can help to reduce impulsivity and overactivity, and improve focus, organisation and academic learning.
How do I book in for an ADHD Assessment?
To book an assessment, or to simply discuss if an assessment is right for you, please contact our friendly reception on (02) 8091 7867 at The Mind Body Practice. We are located in Parramatta CBD & Bella Vista.
A GP referral is not required. For further information, contact us for prices and organise a complimentary 10-minute phone call with one of our friendly psychologists to answer any questions you may have.