Adult ADHD


Adult ADHD Assessment

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Background screening

Complete online standardised psychological questionnaires.

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Assessment Interview

Go through your developmental background to see whether you fulfil criteria for ADHD and rule out other issues creating your attention weaknesses.

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Assessment Testing

Where necessary in unclear cases we may need to do some formalised testing to see whether the issues is a primary attention weakness, or a different cognitive issue.

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Feedback

We will discuss our findings, areas that need treating, and follow-up recommendations.

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Therapy program/s

A complete therapy plan to address all areas of need including: psychological therapy, cognitive/mindfulness training, or other learning or skills training.

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Adult ADHD Program

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What is ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that makes the regulation of attention, behaviour and mental control difficult. Despite the common belief that ADHD is a childhood disorder, it often carries into adulthood where as many as 2/3 of children who currently have ADHD will still have it when they are adults.

ADHD in adults is often not noticed as the person may still be able to maintain relationships, stay organised, and hold a steady job. However, it is not unusual for a parent to dscover they have ADHD when their child is diagnosed with the disorder.

The key to the diagnosis of ADHD for an adult is the presence of some of the following symptoms before he or she was 12 years old.

Hyperactivity in adults is often seen as:

  • Fidgeting. Typically they swing their legs, shift in their seats, or tap their fingers.
  • Constant motion. They feel “revved up,” on the go, and show little or no ability to relax until exhausted
  • An inability to relax. They have difficulty trying to relax or to do quiet activities such as reading or watching television.

Inattention in adults is often seen as:

  • Difficulty completing tasks that they do not find interesting or easy.
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships.
  • Difficulty focusing their attention on conversations, reading materials, or jobs. They may frequently move from one job to another.
  • Forgetfulness, misplacement, or loss of things.
  • Distractibility.

Prognosis

Symptoms of ADHD may affect an adult in their:

  • Job performance. Their work performance may be inconsistent because they have problems organizing their work, managing their time, and concentrating on one task at a time. They may be forgetful and misplace or lose things. They may quit their jobs out of boredom.
  • Personal relationships. Relationships may suffer for adults who have problems focusing their attention on conversations and struggle to to analyse social situations without reacting impulsively.
  • Emotional Resilience. Becoming easily frustrated often is related to having difficulty tolerating stress. These adults may overreact and have a short, quick temper.
  • Problem-solving skills. Adults who have difficulty waiting for things they want may not be able to accurately foresee the consequences of their actions. As a result, they may engage in risky behaviors.

Diagnosing ADHD in Adults

The evaluation for ADHD includes a comprehensive clinical interview surveying past and present ADHD symptoms, developmental and medical history, school history, work history, psychiatric history, social adjustment and general day-to-day adaptive functioning. This comprehensive interview is intended first to identify evidence of core ADHD symptoms and then to ensure that the history of these symptoms is both chronic and pervasive. This assessment usually requires one or two hours at. Ideally, the assessment relies on several informants, such as a parent or significant others, and surveys behavior from multiple settings (i.e., school, work, home).

Since many adults are long unaware that they may have ADHD, an adult evaluation also reviews any available past objective records such as report cards, transcripts or prior testing/evaluation reports.

In addition formal attention testing may also be conducted where thought appropriate to determine the specific types of core cognitive issues the adult is having difficulties with. This may include visual sustained attention, auditory sustained attention, divided attention and impulsivity.

A comprehensive evaluation is needed in diagnosing adult ADHD for three reasons: to establish an accurate diagnosis, to evaluate for the presence of coexisting medical or educationally disabling conditions, and to rule out alternative explanations for behaviors and/or relationship, occupational or academic difficulties.

HighQ Adult ADHD: Program Outline

At the SCDC, our HighQ Adult ADHD program is one of the most comprehensive Adult ADHD programs available in N.S.W, and has helped many people all over Australia, and even Overseas.