ADHD Testing for adults
About adult ADHD
In Australia, it is estimated that about 815,000 people are living with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and unfortunately, it is poorly recognised, underdiagnosed and undertreated in adulthood. Why is this concerning? Because ADHD can have such an adverse impact on nearly every aspect of our lives.
Interestingly, it presents differently in adults than it does in children. In adults, it’s more subtle and means that mechanisms of coping and or overcompensating are quickly created. So while to others, it can seem that a person is functional and organised, mentally there can be a constant feeling of ‘having 1,000 browser tabs open’ at all times.
Adult ADHD symptoms
ADHD in adults can be presented in many ways such as:
– Struggle with short-term memory
– Feeling trapped
– Sleeping difficulties
– Inability to focus or multi-task even without distractions
– Low frustration tolerance
– Poor time management skills
How does ADHD testing work?
Step 1: The Referral:
If you believe you might suffer from adult ADHD, we recommend discussing this with your General Practitioner first as it’s always beneficial to have your GP involved in your health concerns.
Note: A GP referral is NOT required to commence your ADHD testing.
Step 2: Contact Us
Contact our friendly team here for a detailed explanation of the assessment process, costs and time frames.
Step 3: Clinical Interview
Following best practice guidelines, all of our ADHD testing for adults starts with a clinical interview. In this session, our psychologist will explore your concerns, abilities, strengths, difficulties, challenges and developmental history. You should allow 1.5 – 2 hours for this.
Step 4: ADHD testing
Next is the assessment process which involves several questionnaires. You’ll be able to complete some of these assessments online prior to your clinical interview. The number and type of assessments required will be specific to your individual concerns and needs and will be informed by the initial clinical interview.
Step 5: The Deep Dive
Your psychologist will then take a deep dive and spend many hours reviewing your assessments and sessions. They’ll formulate a written report, recommendations and a feedback session.
Step 6: Feedback session
A feedback session can be scheduled around 4 weeks after you complete the assessment. The first feedback session will be around 30 – 50 minutes and an optional second feedback session will be around 50 minutes.
Across these two sessions, your psychologist will provide you with a written report and verbal explanation of the assessment results and recommendations. Our priority is providing comprehensive reports and feedback in simple language to help you understand what the results really mean. The emphasis of our reports is on recommendations and suggestions. We provide practical, easy-to-adopt strategies for you to use, to make immediate improvements in the quality of your life.
Why do we split the feedback into 2 sessions?
We understand that it can be overwhelming to absorb a large sum of information at once. Our client-centred decision to break out these sessions was made to ensure you feel safe, understood and empowered with this new knowledge. It gives you the time to think and comfortably respond to your results and the important recommendations your psychologist needs to walk you through.
Ongoing therapy for adult ADHD
To help manage the symptoms of adult ADHD, we offer ongoing therapy. Evidence-based treatment for ADHD includes a combination of medication and therapy. If the ADHD is mild, we may only use therapy.
Evidence-based therapies for ADHD include:
– Cognitive Behaviour Therapy therapy: help with problem-solving, self-control and self-talk
– Anger Management
– Interpersonal skills: improving self-esteem and social interaction with peers
– Marriage and/or Family Counselling: helps all family members to understand and cope
– Time Management and Organisational Skills: learning skills that are tailored to adults with ADHD.