Our psychologists adopt a strength-based approach with clients, viewing ADHD as a natural variation of the brain rather than a disorder or disability. However, we also understand that when the environment doesn’t align well with an individual due to symptoms of ADHD, it can sometimes affect their ability to thrive or, in certain situations, prompt the recognition of challenges that need support and accommodation. Our psychologists primary focus is to address mental health concerns, support the development of a positive self-identity, and foster the acquisition of self-advocacy skills, and provide ADHD assessments for adults.
An ADHD assessment is a thorough evaluation designed to diagnose ADHD, a condition formally known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This process entails a battery of standardised tests aimed at determining whether an individual meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Our Melbourne psychology practice has a special in ADHD assessment and diagnosis in adults.
What are the 5 main benefits of pursuing an ADHD assessment?
What is involved in an assessment for ADHD at our Melbourne psychology practice?
At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our assessment includes psychological testing to determine the individual’s cognitive profile including a visual graph in the diagnostic report. This is important as it determines the need for specific therapy goals post-assessment.
Specifically, in our assessment of ADHD in adults, our psychologists utilise a number of scales including the Brown’s Executive Function/Attention Scale to better understand the individuals cognitive management system. Brown EF/AS Scale assesses the six executive function clusters that are found to be associated with ADHD, which include: activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory, and action.
What happens after completing the rating scales?
After the individual completes of all rating scales, informant reports, and psychological testing, you will meet with one of our psychologists for the clinical interview. Your psychologist will meticulously review the results of the rating scales and psychological testing prior to your clinical interview, and provide a diagnosis impression and treatment options.
We encourage individuals and their families to schedule an additional consultation with the assessor for further discussions or to delve deeper into the report’s details when desired.
The first step in the assessment process is an initial screening to determine whether the individual has symptoms that may indicate ADHD.
Rating scales are used to assess the severity of symptoms and to evaluate the individual’s functioning in various areas of life, such as home, school, and work. The self-report scales are also useful in differential diagnosis to rule out a range of common presenting difficulties such as anxiety and depression. You will be asked to complete a number of self-report rating scales including the DIVA-5 (Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in Adults, Fifth Edition).
The ADHD informant report is a crucial tool in diagnosing and assessing ADHD. It gathers insights from individuals close to the person being evaluated, such as parents, caregivers, teachers, or friends, to comprehensively understand their ADHD-related challenges. This report is vital for clinicians to make an accurate assessment and create a tailored treatment plan.
Psychological testing may be conducted to evaluate the individual’s cognitive abilities, attention, memory, and other aspects of psychological functioning. The Brown’s Executive Function/Attention Scale is utilised to measure cognitive function.
Medical and Relevant Background History:
Your psychologist will gather information about your medical history, visual, auditory, motor, sensory and development to gauge any medical conditions to be examined prior to diagnosis. A medical exam may be recommended to rule out other medical conditions that may be causing the individual’s symptoms. This would be completed by your GP, as this would involve a medical practitioner.
Clinical Interview (1-hour):
A detailed clinical interview is conducted by a psychologists that has undergone additional training in assessment and intervention for ADHD specifically in adults. The clinical interview gathers information about the individual’s symptoms, verifies the medical history, family history, and other relevant factors.
A comprehensive diagnostic report, referencing the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. The report will also include recommendations, test results, and support you in arranging the next steps.
ADHD Information Kit:
Our clinic has prepared an information kit to provide to the individual and their families, which allows a full understanding of the presentation and strategies to better manage symptoms including strategies to manage specific executive function difficulties. It is really important to read information from a credible source when learning about your recent adult diagnosis of ADHD.
At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our experienced Melbourne psychology practice specializes in working with clients who face challenges related to attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, executive function, and self-management skills. We utilise evidence-based standardised assessment tools and evidence-based approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
ADHD symptoms can change and may be concealed in adulthood, often making them harder to assess. We recommend consulting an experienced psychologist for ADHD assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based therapy.
At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, we offer flexible appointments with our psychologists during the day, evening, or weekends, both in-person at our Melbourne psychology practice or online via telehealth.
Our team of psychologists hold full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to ethical guidelines as mandated by the Psychologists Registration Board and Australian Psychological Society. Our clinical practice is grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches and utilisation of standardised assessment tools for conducting our ADHD assessment process in Melbourne, ensuring comprehensive support for ADHD testing in adults, accurate diagnosis, and effective therapy to successfully manage ADHD symptoms.