I offer assessment for adult ADHD as well as psychotherapy and behaviour strategies for management of ADHD in adults. I do not prescribe medications for ADHD. This has to be done by a psychiatrist.
Explore the drop-down boxes below to see what I offer in adult ADHD assessment and treatment, as well as additional information about ADHD itself and treatment for ADHD.
ADULT ADHD AND ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that first presents in early childhood (sometimes from as early as two years old). Over more recent years researchers have found that ADHD persists into adulthood far more than it was intially believed to. Around 70% of children or adolescents diagnosed with ADHD will persist with clinically significant symptoms into adulthood. ADHD affects one of our most important grouping of brain functions, broadly described as executive functions. You can think of executive functions as forming the chief executive of your brain, whose job it is to coordinate information from lower brain regions to form organised and sustained responses to the tasks of daily living.
ADULT ADHD ASSESSMENT
USEFUL EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Taking Charge of Adult ADHD
When an Adult You Love Has ADHD: Professional Advice for Parents, Partners, and Siblings.
Dr Ned Hallowell also has several user-friendly books on adult ADHD. He is a well-respected psychiatrist who has ADHD and dyslexia himself. His website lists his available books and again his books are available on places like Amazon. He and fellow psychiatrist John Ratey (also with ADHD himself) have just released a new book to update their popular title Driven to Distraction. The new book is written for people with ADHD and is highly readable and gives a good overview of ADHD:
ADHD 2.0: New science and essential strategies for thriving with distraction – from childhood through adulthood
ADHD often presents differently in girls and women than it does for boys and men. I recommend the following book for addressing feelings of guilt and shame about ADHD, and how to accept and even embrace differences to have a better life:
- A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers, by psychologists Sari Solden and Michelle frank (both with ADHD themselves) - Amazon
PSYCHOLOGIST OR PSYCHIATRIST?
Both clincial psychologists and psychiatrists can diagnose adult ADHD. Only psychiatrists can prescribe stimulant medication. Stimulant medications are controlled substances and must receive a special authority code from a psychiatrist. A GP can not obtain this code.. Psychologists can perform an assessment and provide a report that can be used to provide evidence for prescription by a psychiatrist.