ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; previously known as Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. It is characterised by a long-term pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

ADHD is common and it can have a significant impact on daily life. But with the right support and strategies, individuals with ADHD can lead successful and fulfilling lives

Symptoms

Individuals with ADHD often have difficulty with:

Ignoring distractions
Paying attention to the task they are doing
Starting tasks (appearing like procrastination)
Misplacing their belongings
Acting without thinking things through (impulsivity)
Remembering to do things
Maintaining the mental effort to complete tasks
Organisation and planning
Keeping track of time
Managing emotions such as frustration and boredom
Following rules
Motivating themselves

Depression
Depression

Different types of ADHD

ADHD begins at birth and in most cases persists (to some degree) throughout life. ADHD can present as a number of different behaviours described as hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive. Some individuals may have greater difficulties in the area of hyperactivity and others may have greater difficulty sustaining attention. Furthermore, some individuals may have a combination of both behaviours and these individuals will require the most the support.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of ADHD should involve the input of multiple sources of information including parents and teachers. A Psychologist can gather information and undertake a series of psychological assessment tasks to clarify the nature of the difficulties. As a result they will be able to see if there are any other factors which may be leading to these problems. Psychologists can also be part of the management plan for the symptoms.

Next Steps

If you think your child may have ADHD and would like further assessment, contact us at Your Psych Centre via phone, email or drop in to our office to arrange to meet with one of our trained psychologists for a confidential discussion.

No referral needed!

No referral is needed to make an appointment. However, you can arrange for an appointment with your GP to discuss your mental health and the support which is available. If you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan, your GP can provide this to you to bring along to your session which will allow you to access a rebate through Medicare.