Adult ADHD Treatment With a Melbourne Psychologist

What to expect from a Melbourne psychologist at Positive Wellbeing Psychology with a special interest in the treatment and management of ADHD?


Firstly, it is important to note that almost everyone experiences some symptoms similar to ADHD at some point in their lives. Whether it be characterised by hyperactivity and impulsivity such as:

> overlooking details

> task inattention

> fails to finish tasks

> easily distracted

> fidgets

> struggles to take turns


One of the keys to identifying ADHD is assessment using the biopsychosocial model to determine inconsistencies with usual developmental milestones.


ADHD is also assessed in terms of the symptoms and cause of disruption to more than one area in life. ADHD symptoms are persistent and disruptive and have been shown to influence individuals in early childhood years.


Often children diagnosed with ADHD, in younger primary years at school have been identified to experience struggle to maintain focus and/or keeping up with the schoolwork compared to their peers. It is evident that struggles can go under the radar and be assumed to be misbehaviour or often described as ‘misbehaviour within the classroom’ environment that causes disruption to other peers. It is important to note that all individuals experience symptoms of ADHD slightly different, therefore one individuals’ difficulty may not be the exact same, as we have found that people adapt to their environments. As a result, we highly recommend reaching out to a highly skilled psychologist at Positive Wellbeing Psychology to explore treatment options. Our local Melbourne based psychologist are here to help you better manage symptoms.

What is ADHD?

According to ‘The New England Journal of Medicine’ (2020), ADHD is characterized by hyperactivity and impulsivity, by inattention or by a combination of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention that is inconsistent with developmental level and impairs daily function (Cortese, 2020).

What are the common symptoms of ADHD?

ADHD is usually identified and diagnosed in children. In up to 70% of childhood cases, the symptoms persist into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until adulthood. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue.


The diagnosis of ADHD in adults has also been shown to be a little more difficult because certain symptoms of ADHD are similar to symptoms caused by other conditions such as anxiety or mood disorders. Many adults with ADHD have also been found to present with anxiety and/or depression. Talk to a warm and compassionate psychologist experienced in screening for ADHD symptoms.

Adult ADHD symptoms may include:

> Impulsiveness
> Disorganization and problems prioritizing
> Poor time management skills
> Problems focusing on a task
> Trouble multitasking
> Excessive activity or restlessness
> Poor planning
> Low frustration tolerance
> Frequent mood swings
> Problems following through and completing tasks
> Hot temper
> Trouble coping with stress

If any of the symptoms listed above continually disrupt your life, we recommend talking to your doctor about whether you might benefit from a referral for further assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based intervention to manage symptoms. It is important to highlight different types of health care professionals may diagnose and supervise treatment for ADHD. Seek a provider who has training and experience in caring for adults with ADHD. Our Melbourne team consist of psychologists with a special interest in ADHD, therefore we are able to recommend other specialist supports such as general practitioners and psychiatrists also with a special interest in ADHD treatment.

How does ADHD impact daily life?

ADHD in adulthood often leads to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, among other difficulties in daily life. ADHD has been found to impact a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties in individuals.

These challenges may present in the following ways:

> Poor school or work performance
> Unemployment
> Financial problems
> Trouble with the law
> Alcohol or other substance misuse
> Frequent car accidents or other accidents
> Unstable relationships
> Poor physical and mental health
> Poor self-image
> Suicide attempts
> Risk taking behaviours

ADHD Treatment:

For children, young people, and adults the first-line treatment is pharmacological treatment. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is the psychotherapy approach that has been recommended usually adjunct to medication (Read Full Article: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, 2018), specifically in the instance that psychological treatment is preferred, or where pharmacotherapy has proven to be only partially effective, or ineffective.



Treatment for Adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD. Treatment can include a combination of:

1. Pharmacological treatment

2. Psychotherapy

3. Education and/or training

4. Treatment for any mental health conditions that occurs along side ADHD


Pharmacological Treatment:

The New England Journal of Medicine (2020) provided insightful findings on the pharmacological treatment for ADHD. Research shows medication helps by decreasing the severity of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. This study indicated that within periods during which individuals diagnosed with ADHD were receiving medication, a significant improvement in academic functioning and decrease in the following negative outcomes:

> Unintentional physical injuries
> Motor vehicle accidents (among male patients)
> Substance use disorder
> Criminal acts

How can Positive Wellbeing Psychology Help?

At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our psychologists have a special interest in ADHD. We are trained in evidence-based treatment approaches for Adult ADHD. You can feel comfortable working together to help improve, understand, and manage symptoms of ADHD with a warm and compassionate psychologist.


We recommended discussing your individual assessment, diagnosis and treatment needs with your trusted general practitioner as a first point of call. Should you need additional guidance you can request an appointment with one of our psychologists at Positive Wellbeing Psychology, as we can provide guidance on accessing necessary and holistic supports. This is important as effective treatment usually adopts a combination of medication and psychotherapy with a registered psychologist.


To enquire about an appointment with Positive Wellbeing Psychology, please complete our Online Contact Form for new clients (click here). We’ll be in touch shortly to answer any of your questions.

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