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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterised by difficulties with concentration, attention and impulse control which impact a person’s day-to-day life. People with ADHD often have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time, are easily distracted, or might act or speak before thinking things through. ADHD is the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder in Australia, affecting 1 in every 20 children. In Australia ADHD is currently under-diagnosed, particularly in girls and the adult population.
Clinical diagnosis of ADHD involves multimodal assessment, including a full clinical and psychosocial assessment, a detailed developmental, medical and psychiatric history, and consideration of other evidence (e.g., previous records, rating scales, and mental state). Assessment typically comprises:
- Completion of a diagnostic informed questionnaire by multiple informants across multiple contexts (e.g., work, school, social)
- Clinical Interview
- Cognitive assessment for profile interpretation
Please be aware that a paediatrician or psychiatrist may wish to engage in their own ADHD assessment process in addition to psychological assessment. Paediatricians and/or psychiatrists provision medication.
Medicare rebates do not apply to ADHD Assessment fees. Payment is due on the date of service.
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