Clinical Psychologist Melbourne Services: ADHD Assessment and Support

Group-615

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder that effects 6-7% of children 2-3% of all adults (Wilcutt, 2012). ADHD is characterised by difficulties with concentration, attention, and impulse control, which can impact a person’s day-to-day life in areas such as school, work, and relationships.

Research shows that ADHD is often missed, misdiagnosed in childhood or under diagnosed in adulthood which can negatively impact work or school performance, lead to low-self-esteem, and difficulties with relationships. 

Symptoms

They key signs and symptoms of ADHD are identified in two main areas of difficulty: inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. 

Inattention criteria for diagnosing ADHD

An individual with symptoms of inattention may, on a regular basis: 

Hyperactivity-impulsivity criteria for diagnosing ADHD

An individual with symptoms of hyperactivity may often: 

There are three types of ADHD

So, what causes ADHD?

No one knows for certain what causes ADHD, and it is possible that a number of factors including genetics, neurobiology, and environment can increase the individual’s chance of developing ADHD. 

Getting a Diagnosis

Getting a diagnosis for ADHD involved a comprehensive assessment by a multidisciplinary team including a psychologist, paediatrician and/or psychiatrist. At Cova psychology an ADHD assessment with our qualified psychologist Victor Quek will typically include:

Treatment