Examples of areas we assess:
- Learning disorders
- Intellectual disability
Assessing ADHD in adults.
ADHD tends to be a condition typically associated with children but it can also continue to affect adults. Many adults were not diagnosed as children.
In order to be considered for ADHD diagnosis we need to establish that your symptoms:
- Began in childhood and have been ongoing since. This is important as adults cannot be confirmed with a diagnosis unless there were symptoms present during childhood. It is currently understood that ADHD cannot develop for the first time in adulthood.
- Cannot be explained by another mental health condition
- Are significantly affecting your day to day life. You may be finding you are underachieving at work or find your close relationships difficult.
How do we diagnose?
It can be more difficult in adults as they may find it harder to remember whether they had such problems as a child. It may be helpful for the clinician with your permission to view old school reports/records or interview your parents or old teacher.
In order to be diagnosed, ADHD should be effecting different areas of your life, such as under achieving in education or work, driving dangerously, having difficulties with friends or close relationships.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (which includes a condition that was known as Aspergers Syndrome)