ADHD Assessments for Adults

Our adult ADHD assessments involve the following:

(1) Clinical intake interview: A clinical intake interview by our intake officer to find out the main areas of concern to make sure referral to our clinic for a specific adult ADHD assessment is valid. Based upon this intake interview an ADHD assessment may be booked, or alternatively a broader assessment to potentially make a differential diagnosis with another disorder may be booked (depending on the report symptoms).

(2) Deposit: To confirm an appointment a deposit of $200 is taken. From this deposit $50 is the cost of administrating the standardised Adult ADHD questionnaires completed prior to attendance (or $100 if 2 sets of forms are needed to include an observer form), and $150 (or $100) is a deposit for the actual assessment day, and this $150 ($50) will be taken off the final cost on the day. Please note this deposit is non-refundable if you decide not to go ahead with the appointment. We have this deposit as ADHD is a disorder that can result in poor time management and decision making, hence we will only agree to set aside time for an assessment for someone who is happy to commit to the assessment and take responsibility to get themselves to the assessment on time.

(3) Standardised questionnaires: Links to 3 questionnaires will be e-mailed to the patient, which are to be completed prior to the assessment.

(4) The actual assessment:Clinical interview

Clinical interview: During the clinical interview information is gathered in the following areas: developmental history, medical history, school history, employment history, social history, childhood and present behaviour patterns, alcohol/drug history, and psychiatric history. Where possible, information will also be obtained from a close family member. During this interview other processing, emotional and medical disorders that may account for the ADHD symptoms will be explored to make sure that there is no other underlying factor behind the symptoms.

Formal cognitive testing: Formal cognitive testing formally measuring intellectual skills, working memory, processing speed, visual sustained attention and auditory sustained attention will be administered. Should additional concerns be reported regarding learning (reading, writing, numeracy) these additional tests can also be added. If issues with aspects of visual or auditory testing are also noted, these will also be investigated in more detail to understand how they may be interplaying with possible ADHD symptoms.

(5) Follow-up:

Report: Reports will be prepared and are usually available in approximately 3 weeks from the date of assessment. If you require a report by a specific date or if you need specific forms completed please let us know at the initial consultation.

Therapy: Depending on the outcome of the assessment we may recommend specific types of therapy to help manage your issues. We offer a broad range of therapies that are targeted at both ADHD symptoms (inattention, distractibility, procrastination, disorganisation, impulsivity etc.), as well as other emotional, social and behavioural issues that often co-present in ADHD.