A psychiatrist can prescribe stimulant medications such as methylphenidate to help manage symptoms of ADHD in adults. Non-stimulant medications, such as atomoxetine and guanfacine, may also be prescribed.
ADHD symptoms vary depending on the individual and the type of ADHD they present with. Common symptoms of ADHD are:
There are three types of ADHD, depending on the main difficulties the person is experiencing.
The person has symptoms of inattention, such as difficulty staying focused, forgetfulness, and poor organisation skills.
Hyperactivity symptoms include excessive movement such as fidgeting, excessive energy, inability to still, interrupting others, and difficulty waiting their turn. Impulsivity refers to decisions or actions taken without thinking through the consequences. A person with this type of ADHD may have fewer symptoms of inattention.
A combination of both types. For example, a person may struggle with staying focused, forgetfulness, poor organisation skills, restlessness, interrupting others, and difficulty waiting their turn.
A person with ADHD may not fit neatly into one of the types above. A psychologist or psychiatrist can assess ADHD and provide a diagnosis based on your specific symptoms and circumstances.
Diagnosing ADHD in adults can be challenging, as the symptoms may be attributed to other conditions or dismissed as personality traits. Therefore, an ADHD assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist with training in ADHD is necessary to diagnose ADHD in adults properly.
An ADHD assessment typically involves thoroughly evaluating an individual’s medical, developmental, psychological, and behavioural history, clinical examination and psychological testing. The psychologist or psychiatrist will also consider the patient’s self-reported symptoms and experiences.
ADHD can be diagnosed at any age. However, the disorder begins in childhood. Therefore, when considering an ADHD diagnosis, the symptoms must be present before the individual is 12 years old and must have caused difficulties in more than one setting. For instance, the symptoms can not only occur at home.
ADHD assessment and treatment are available in Brisbane and offered by qualified therapists in private practice.
ADHD assessment and symptom management are delivered through individual counselling sessions and can be tailored to meet your needs. Many therapists in Brisbane who offer ADHD-related services also have experience working with co-existing presentations, including anxiety and self-esteem issues.
You can find an ADHD psychologist online and call or send them an online booking request to learn about their experience, qualifications, fees and availability. It is essential to ensure that the psychologist you choose is trained and experienced in conducting ADHD assessments or ADHD treatment and understands the condition well.