Adult ADHD Assessments in Melbourne

Personalised ADHD Assessments: Gain Clarity, Understand Yourself and Access Expert Support in Melbourne

About Adult ADHD

Over the past few years, mental health professionals have seen a rise in people referred for ADHD assessment and subsequent diagnosis in adults. Some suggest it is becoming more common or over-diagnosed. However, the increase is more likely due to improved access to mental healthcare; greater awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms of ADHD and a decrease in stigmatisation about mental health and treatment.
Furthermore, with advancements in medical research, there’s a broader perspective on ADHD’s impact on adult lives. Many who might’ve previously been overlooked are now getting the attention and support they require. Education and advocacy efforts are playing a pivotal role, ensuring that everyone has the chance to understand and manage their condition optimally.

Common Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Do you experience the following common signs and symptoms?
  • Difficulty concentrating on what people are saying
  • Difficulty keeping your life in order and losing track of time
  • Missing important details and struggling to complete tasks
  • Waiting until the very last minute to do things
  • Intense feelings in response to feedback or mistakes
  • Forgetfulness – often having to return home to collect important items
  • Frequent daydreaming, fantasising or catastrophising
  • An ever-growing to-do list running around your head
  • Jumping in to finish people’s sentences
  • Intense feelings of laziness
Hyperactivity, inattention, and/or impulsive thoughts, feelings or behaviours can be common challenges experienced by those with ADHD. However, not everyone with these symptoms will meet the requirements for an ADHD diagnosis.
This is because, it is completely natural for all people to sometimes jump from one task to another, interrupt conversations, say things without thinking, forget things or become disorganised. Therefore, to determine whether symptoms qualify for an ADHD diagnosis, a person should undergo a thorough assessment by a qualified practitioner.

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Why Choose Fortitude Wellbeing For ADHD Assessments in Melbourne?

  • Expert Analysis
Our experienced professionals utilise evidence-based methods to deliver precise ADHD assessments.
  • Personalised Approach
Every assessment is tailored to the individual, ensuring a deep understanding of one’s unique experiences.
  • Comprehensive Support
Beyond assessments, we offer ongoing guidance, helping you navigate ADHD with proven strategies.
  • Latest Research
We constantly update our methods and knowledge based on the newest findings in the field of ADHD.
  • Comfortable Environment
Our Melbourne clinic is designed to make you feel at ease, fostering open communication.
  • Community Reputation
With years of dedicated service, we’re a trusted name in ADHD assessments in Melbourne.

The ADHD Assessment Process

Holistic Understanding
Our ADHD assessment delves into your developmental history, family background, health, education and social contexts to offer a well-rounded insight.
Thorough Analysis
Utilising interviews, tests, and specialised assessments, we identify the complete spectrum of symptoms and their influence on your daily life.

Accurate Comparisons

The information gathered is meticulously matched against the criteria from the DSM-5, the leading diagnostic manual in mental health.

At Fortitude Wellbeing, our evaluations align with the Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines, encompassing semi-structured clinical interviews, standardised scales and psychometric tests over multiple consultations.

In-depth Exploration
Beyond an ADHD diagnosis, our process illuminates the need for specialised assessments, involving family insights and medical data, to craft an effective treatment plan.
Please be advised, that participation in an assessment does not guarantee you will achieve your desired outcome.

The Importance of Psychological Testing

Psychological tests are developed over many years. They undergo rigorous standards to make sure the diagnosis is consistent and authentic. In Australia psychologists are trained to administer, interpret, and prepare reports based on the data collected within the psychological tests.
Participating in an evidence-based psychological assessment can establish whether a diagnosis of a psychiatric condition is warranted. Receiving an appropriate diagnosis also determines the most suitable treatment supports and interventions.
The Adult ADHD assessment includes:
  • 3 x 1-hour clinical consultations
  • Administration of ADHD validated measures
  • Full clinical and psychosocial assessment
  • Full developmental, mental health and medical history (school reports or doctors’ referral letters can be useful)
  • Observer reports of the person’s symptoms or mental state
  • Assessment Report
  • Recommendations for treatment and support

Multimodal Treatment and Support

Research shows that combined pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment is better than each alone. Furthermore, non-pharmacological treatments are effective for improving functional outcomes (e.g., time management, emotional regulation, mood management, self-esteem, etc.) for people with ADHD, while pharmacological treatment is more effective at reducing core ADHD symptoms (e.g., inattention, hyperactivity). Both forms of treatment can be done concurrently.

Pharmacological (Medication) Treatment

If you are diagnosed with ADHD you may require medication. In Australia, this medication is a restricted medication. Consequently, it can ONLY be prescribed by a GP following an assessment by a psychiatrist. An appointment with a psychiatrist will be an additional out-of-pocket expense. With an eligible GP referral, a Medicare rebate is available.

Nonpharmacological (Psychology) Treatment

Many people choose to manage ADHD symptoms without medication via non-pharmacological treatment.
Psychotherapy/counselling will typically include elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sessions concentrate on your personal areas of difficulty.
Examples include:
  • Building self-awareness
  • Increasing self-esteem and self-worth
  • Attention and concentration
  • Time management
  • Mindfulness based strategies for mood management, anxiety, depression, etc
  • Positive self-talk and mindset strategies
  • Distress tolerance strategies
  • Physical activity and a healthy diet

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an ADHD assessment typically take?

The duration can vary based on individual needs. Typically, it involves an initial consultation followed by two or more assessment sessions. In total, you might expect it to take a few hours spread over several appointments.

Do I need a referral from my GP to get assessed at Fortitude Wellbeing?

While a referral can be helpful, it’s not always necessary. We recommend reaching out to our clinic directly to discuss your specific situation and any prerequisites.

What happens after the assessment?

After the assessment, we provide detailed feedback on the findings. If a diagnosis is made, we’ll discuss potential treatment options, resources, and strategies to support you in managing ADHD.

Can adults also be diagnosed with ADHD at Fortitude Wellbeing?

Absolutely. ADHD isn’t just a childhood condition. At Fortitude Wellbeing, we specialise in ADHD assessments for adults, recognizing that many adults have gone undiagnosed in the past.

Will my insurance cover the ADHD assessment?

Coverage varies depending on your insurance provider and plan. We recommend checking with your insurer directly. Additionally, our team at Fortitude Wellbeing can provide guidance on potential costs and payment options.

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