What is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental difference and can fall into the category of ‘neurodiversity’, which is a term used to consider the natural differences in brain functioning in the human population.
It is estimated that 1.5% of the adult population meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD. The 3 core traits of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Adults with ADHD can struggle in areas such as education, the workplace, personal relationships, managing finances and general day-to-day organisation.
These functional difficulties can have a significant impact on daily life, however with the correct supports and an understanding of how ADHD links to differences in functioning, there are ways to learn to manage.
What is an Adult ADHD Assessment?
An adult ADHD assessment is designed to determine if an individual meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Who should attend the Adult ADHD Assessment?
This service is for adults aged 18 and over. A partner, parent or family member may also be required to attend the assessment session to provide collateral information in order to complete a more comprehensive assessment for you.
How does the ADHD Assessment work?
This ADHD assessment will be completed by a qualified psychologist and will include the following:
· A set of online questionnaires by email for you to complete in advance of the assessment
· A 3 hour assessment session (inclusive of breaks) with you and your chosen informant (partner, parent, family member)*
· A 30 minute one-to-one follow-up feedback session
*An informant is required to attend the assessment session with you to provide collateral information in order to complete a more comprehensive assessment for you. The clinician will request that a parent and/or partner will attend for a portion of the face-to-face assessment, and to complete some questionnaires sent via email. This is considered best practice, to attain detailed understanding of the individual’s earlier years (i.e., under 12 years).
What will I get from the Assessment?
On completion of the assessment, you will be provided with a psychological report which will either rule in or out a diagnosis of ADHD. Within this report you will also be provided with tailored suggestions to improve well-being based around your own strengths and additional resources and/or services.
What is not included in the Assessment:
1. Access to medication
2. Access to a psychiatrist
How much does the Adult ADHD Assessment cost?
An adult ADHD Assessment for persons aged 18 plus is €1250.