Attentention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects your:
- impulse control
- activity levels and
- your ability to get a good nights sleep.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2016 that approximately 6.1 million children in the United States suffered with ADHD (that’s almost 9.4% of the population, or 2 in 20 children). The data also shows the boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls (12.9% compared to 5.6%). In Australia, It’s estimated one in 20 children in Australia have ADHD.
Signs and Symptoms of Adult ADHD
You may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) if you:
- Behavioural: impulsive, hyperactivity, aggression, excitability, fidgeting, irritability, lack of restraint, repetition of words or actions, may appear to “zone out” as someone is speaking with you
- Cognitive: learning issues, problems focusing on a task, lack of concentration, memory issues or forgetful, problems paying attention, short attention span, absent-minded
- Mood: anxiety, high stress, boredom, depression, excitement, mood swings, easy to anger
If you notice these warning signs in yourself or in others, it is important to seek help and learn how to manage ADHD. Having it under control can lead to improved relationships and being able to solve problems more effectively. As well as other physical and emotional health benefits, as the body’s response to ADHD is similar to that of being under high stress levels, with increased heart rate, muscular tension and being unable to concentrate clearly.
At Brain Training Australia, we provide assessment for Adults ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Our assessment scores are analysed and reported by experienced clinicians for formal diagnosis.
How do I get assessed for Adult ADHD
Step 1: Connect with your GP (optional)
We always recommend that you connect with your General Practitioner if you have any health related concerns. However, a GP referral is NOT required to book an ADHD Assessment.
Step 2: Contact Us:
Contact our team by completing a contact form on this page of our website. We are happy to send out a complimentary ‘screener’ questionnaire that will help determine whether going ahead with a formal assessment is advisable. There is no cost for the provision of this questionnaire, and its a really god place to start exploring formal diagnosis.
Step 3: Clinical Interview Session
If the complimentary screener questionnaire indicates that you have symptoms of ADHD, we can then organise an assessment for you. In the first part of this assessment, your psychologist will use a structured evidence-based interview to go through your concerns, abilities, strengths, difficulties/challenges and developmental history.
Step 4: Assessment
Following the interview, your psychologist will email two clinical assessments for you to complete in your own time, at your own pace.
We will also need the name and email of someone who knows you well to also complete the assessment (ie., a parent, sibling or partner). This is also sent to you via email.
Step 5: The Report & Feedback
Your psychologist will then go through the assessment results and write a report, ready for the feedback session.
The feedback session will be scheduled approximately 2-3 weeks after completion of the assessment. In this session, your psychologist goes through the assessment results and recommendations. At Brain Training Australia we use easy to understand language so you can understand what the results mean for you. Following this appointment, we will email you a copy of the report.
Formal Diagnosis of ADHD
To have a formal diagnosis of Adult ADHD you need a multidisciplinary approach. This includes your GP, Psychologist and or Psychiatrist.
Your assessment at Brain Training Australia will provide you with a report which identifies whether you meet the DSM5 criteria for Adult ADHD diagnosis.
Clients can then take their report to be reviewed by a Psychiatrist who may confirm diagnosis and discuss medication where appropriate.
We do find, that often adults are looking for an ADHD Assessment to help them understand themselves and make sense of what’s going on. Our team of psychologists can continue to support clients therapeutically to learn how to make the changes to improve performance and success in their daily lives.
This service is currently provided by our Psychology Team, registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Rebates are not available for diagnostic services. Fees for the provision of this service are as follows:
Step 2: ‘Screener’ Questionnaire Consultation – $0
– to determine whether going ahead with a formal assessment is advisable.
Step 3: Clinical Interview Session – Initial Consultation – $250
– if screener questionnaire indicates symptoms of ADHD, we can organise an Clinical Interview Session
– 50 min initial appointment
– structured evidence-based interview to go through your concerns, abilities, strengths, difficulties/challenges and developmental history
– Assessment Planning
Step 4 and Step 5: Assessment & Reporting – $1500
– Review of client’s 2 x clinical assessments
– Review of parent/ sibling/ partner assessment
– Review of standardised questionnaires
-Assessment results, interpretation and report writing
Step 6 – Feedback Session – $250
– 2-3 weeks after completion of the assessment
– 50 min Feedback session
Total Assessment and Diagnosis Cost: $2000
Additional Multidisciplinary Interaction Time (if required) – $250 per hour (billed in 15 min intervals as required)
Additional Report Writing Time (if required) – $250 per hour (billed in 15 min intervals as required)
I need to speak with someone about my needs. How do I get started?
Simply fill out the online inquiry form on this page, and one of our Clinicians will contact you within 24 hours to help you with your inquiry.
How do I pay for my Session?
To start your Assessment and Diagnosis process, full payment must be made before we can commence the Assessment and Diagnosis process due to the time involved in analysis and reporting.
Full payment of Total Assessment and Diagnosis Cost: $2000 is required at the end of your first appointment with us – your Clinical Interview Session – to commence your Adult ADHD diagnosis.
Your Clinician will process this payment for you.
We recognise the unique qualities of all our clients and will work closely with you to personalise your support so that you can achieve your goals of optimal mental processes.
We are ready to help clients work through their challenges. We look forward to helping you live a much richer, happier, healthier life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a GP diagnose ADHD in adults?
General practitioners (GPs) and other front-line health providers may have helpful information and experience in identifying ADHD symptoms. However, to have a formal diagnosis of Adult ADHD you need a multidisciplinary approach. This includes your GP, Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist (for medication treatment options).
Your assessment at Brain Training Australia will provide you with a report identifying whether you meet the DSM5 criteria for Adult ADHD diagnosis.
Clients can then take their report to be reviewed by a Psychiatrist who may confirm the diagnosis and discuss medication if appropriate.
Diagnosis of ADHD on its own is generally not covered under the NDIS. The reason for this is that it may be hard for someone with ADHD to meet the NDIS eligibility criteria as a severe and permanent disability. If you have ADHD and are likely to overcome the issue you are seeking financial help for, or are being successfully treated with medications, then you are unlikely to be eligible for NDIS.
ADHD does not appear on the list of disabilities supported by the NDIS, which means that unless there is another disability which could be a primary disability, the ADHD cannot be considered by the NDIS.
However, supports that may be considered for funding by NDIS relate to capacity building that assist with social skills, being active in the community, self-management and communication. Some positive behavioural support and assistance with daily routines and household task. Some cognitive therapy treatments may be supported by NDIS.
What are the three main symptoms of ADHD?
ADHD, combined type. This, the most common type of ADHD, is characterised by impulsive and hyperactive behaviours, inattention, and distractibility.
ADHD, impulsive/hyperactive type. This, the least common type of ADHD, is characterised by impulsive and hyperactive behaviours without inattention and distractibility.
ADHD, inattentive and distractible type. This type of ADHD is characterised predominately by inattention and distractibility without hyperactivity.
How much does an Adult ADHD Diagnosis cost?
The total cost of our Adult ADHD Assessment is $2,000 and broken down as follows:
- Screener Testing to determine whether going ahead with a formal assessment is advisable ($0)
- Clinical Interview Session – structured evidence-based 50-minute interview to go through your concerns, abilities, strengths, difficulties/challenges and developmental history, assessment planning ($250)
- Assessment & Reporting – review of clinical interview, review of client’s 2 x clinical assessments, review of parent/ sibling/ partner assessment, review of standardised questionnaires, assessment results, interpretation and report writing ($1500)
- Feedback Session 50-minute clinical appointment, 2-3 weeks after completion of the assessment ($250)
Unfortunately, Medicare does not provide rebates for diagnostic assessments.
But in fact, autism and ADHD often coincide. An estimated 30 to 80 percent of children with autism also meet the criteria for ADHD and, conversely, 20 to 50 percent of children with ADHD for autism.
– Rusting, R., 2018,Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD, available on https://doi.org/10.53053/KCZY8213
A learning disability makes it difficult to acquire specific skills such as reading skills or math skills. By contrast, ADHD impacts more global skills and executive functions like the ability to focus, the ability to control emotions, and the ability to control impulsive behaviour.
A popular misconception is that all children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are naturally smarter and have a higher IQ than children without ADHD. However, there is no correlation between this condition and intelligence.
What is the coping mechanism for ADHD adults?
Set a regular time and place for sorting boring things like bills. Please put it in your diary/schedule and stick to it. Break big tasks down into manageable steps, ensure they’re realistic, and give yourself deadlines.
What does untreated ADHD look like in adults?
Untreated ADHD in adults can lead to mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. ADHD symptoms can lead to focus, concentration, and impulsivity problems. When these problems are not managed effectively, they can lead to feelings of frustration, irritability, and low self-esteem.
Estimates suggest that about 4% to 12% of children have ADHD. Boys are 2 to 3 times more likely to have ADHD of the hyperactive or combined type than girls.
Many parents of children with ADHD experienced symptoms of ADHD when they were younger. ADHD is commonly found in brothers and sisters within the same family. Most families seek help when their child’s symptoms interfere with learning and adjustment to school expectations and age-appropriate activities.
What are the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder?
The following are the most common symptoms of ADHD. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. The 3 categories of symptoms of ADHD include the following:
Short attention span for age (difficulty sustaining attention)
Difficulty listening to others
Difficulty attending to details
Poor organisational skills for age
Poor study skills for age
Often interrupts others
Has difficulty waiting for his or her turn in school and/or social games
Tends to blurt out answers instead of waiting to be called upon
Takes frequent risks, and often without thinking before acting
Seems to be in constant motion; runs or climbs, at times with no apparent goal except motion
Has difficulty remaining in his/her seat even when it is expected
Fidgets with hands or squirms when in his or her seat; fidgeting excessively
Has difficulty engaging in quiet activities
Loses or forgets things repeatedly and often
Inability to stay on task; shifts from one task to another without bringing any to completion
The symptoms of ADHD may resemble other medical conditions or behaviour problems. Therefore, your psychologist will assess for these during clinical interview and diagnosis often requires a multidisciplinary approach.
Is ADHD inherited from mother or father?
You can inherit genes that boost risk for ADHD from your mother, from your father or from both parents. In a recent Norwegian study, inherited risk was somewhat higher when a child’s mother had ADHD compared to their father, but researchers weren’t certain why that would be.
Does ADHD get worse with age?
ADHD is a developmental disorder that’s typically diagnosed during childhood. While the symptoms of ADHD may change with age, this condition often persists into adulthood. Rather than intensifying with age, ADHD tends to improve, especially with ongoing treatment and management.
Is ADHD a form of autism?
ADHD is not on the autism spectrum, but they have some of the same symptoms. And having one of these conditions increases the chances of having the other. Experts have changed the way they think about how autism and ADHD are related.
What foods make ADHD worse?
Some of the common foods that can cause ADHD reactions to include milk, chocolate, soy, wheat, eggs, beans, corn, tomatoes, grapes, and oranges. If you suspect a food sensitivity may contribute to your ADHD symptoms, talk to your ADHD dietitian or doctor about trying an elimination diet.
Caffeine doesn’t target ADHD symptoms as effectively as proven prescriptions. And caffeine plus medication “can result in dangerously acute jitteriness or out-of-control impulsivity,” according to CHADD, a national resource for children and adults with ADHD.
- Sugar. Eating sugary foods can cause blood glucose spikes and crashes, affecting energy levels. …
- Other simple carbohydrates. Sugar is a simple — or refined —carbohydrate. …
- Caffeine. …
- Artificial additives. …
The NDIS may cover ADHD if you meet the eligibility and disability requirements. In addition to general criteria such as age, you must be able to prove that you have a disability causing an impairment that: Is permanent or likely to be permanent.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought).
Although anxiety and ADHD may occur together, ADHD is not an anxiety disorder. Sometimes, anxiety can occur independently of ADHD. Other times, it can be as a result of living with ADHD. A person who has ADHD and misses a work deadline or forgets to study for an important exam can become stressed and worried.
Do adults with ADHD sleep a lot?
Many people with ADHD experience daytime sleepiness and difficulty waking up due to poor sleep. Others experience restless, non-refreshing sleep with multiple nighttime.
What are the top 5 foods to help Adults with ADHD?
Foods rich in protein — lean beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, soy, and low-fat dairy products — can help support ADHD symptoms. The body uses protein-rich foods to make neurotransmitters, the chemicals released by brain cells to communicate with each other.
What personality type do people with ADHD have?
A recent review of findings on ADHD and FFM personality suggests that, in general, ADHD has associations with the FFM traits of Neuroticism (positive), Agreeableness (negative) and Conscientiousness (negative).
What do adults with ADHD struggle with most?
Adults with ADHD may find it challenging to focus and prioritise, leading to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social plans. The inability to control impulses can range from impatience in waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger.
Most common triggers of ADHD: stress, poor sleep, certain foods (milk, chocolate, soy, wheat, eggs, beans, corn, tomatoes, grapes, and oranges) and additives.
The entire process can take approximately four weeks from start to finish, depending on your Psychologist’s availability and how soon you can secure an appointment. This includes an initial screener, clinical interview, client assessments, sibling/ parent/partner assessments, assessment and reporting and feedback interview.
What does ADHD burnout feel like?
The symptoms of ADHD and burnout can be very similar. People with ADHD may experience fatigue, difficulty concentrating and feeling overwhelmed. People experiencing burnout may also feel fatigued, stressed, and overwhelmed. There may also be physical symptoms such as headaches, chest pain, or feeling tense.
Stimming can take many different forms: visual: staring off into space, drawing, spinning things like pens or coins. verbal/auditory: repeating sounds, excessive giggling, constantly clearing throat. tactile: rubbing fingers, chewing/biting nails, chewing the inside of cheeks.
What is the most effective treatment for ADHD in adults?
Standard treatments for ADHD in adults typically involve medication, education, skills training and psychological counselling. A combination of these is often the most effective treatment. These treatments can help manage many symptoms of ADHD, but they don’t cure it.
How do I get started?
Simply fill out the online inquiry form on this page, and one of our Clinicians will contact you within 24 hours to help you get started with your Adult ADHD disgnosis.