Focus Neuropsychology specialises in the assessment and diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for adults and adolescents aged 16 years and over.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that can make it difficult to pay attention, control impulsivity or manage excitable behaviour. There are in fact a wide range of symptoms. Not everybody with ADHD will experience all the possible symptoms, and the severity of symptoms can vary from person to person, as well as change over time. Three kinds of ADHD are currently recognised:
Inattentive type: People with this type of ADHD may have significant trouble sustaining their attention, are easily distracted, can have poor memory, be disorganised, have trouble finishing tasks they begin and use their time inefficiently.
Hyperactive/impulsive type: People with this type of ADHD may be hyperactive or restless, and may show impulsive behaviour with reduced self-control, such as interrupting others, talking constantly or low frustration tolerance.
Combined type: People with combined type ADHD have a mix of both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive behaviours that significantly interfere with their functioning.
Around 5% of adolescents and adults are thought to have ADHD, although the actual figure may be higher. This is because many adults with ADHD may remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, as the presentation of symptoms can change and be less obvious when compared to childhood.
What is involved in an ADHD assessment?
At Focus Neuropsychology, we can assist clients and referrers who want to diagnose and understand potential ADHD.
Focus Neuropsychology accepts self-referrals for ADHD assessment. However, a referral from a GP, psychiatrist or psychologist is recommended to assist with differential diagnosis.
Where possible, it is recommended you bring in copies of school reports, previous psychometric assessments and/or medical reports for review.
Our comprehensive assessment process includes a thorough clinical interview exploring cognitive, behavioural and emotional symptoms, as well as childhood history.
This interview is followed by standardised objective testing looking to identify personal strengths and any weaknesses. You may also be asked to complete standardised questionnaires. The assessment looks to consider all possible reasons for presenting symptoms, since there are many causes other than ADHD of problems with attention, concentration, memory, organisation, planning and behavioural regulation.
Following the assessment, you will return for a detailed feedback session, where we will review results with you and provide a full written report along with tailored cognitive rehabilitation strategies.
Please note: Focus Neuropsychology is not able to prescribe medication for ADHD.