Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessments
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD) / Attention Deficit Disorder (or ADD) is a neurodevelopmental condition. That is, it is a condition that affects the development of the brain. In fact, studies show that at least 5 different regions of the brain are impacted by ADHD. These
include areas to do with emotional regulation, motivation, and reward processing.
Signs of ADHD in boys
Boys with ADHD tend to be physical, and active. They are known to externalise behaviours, thoughts, and feelings. They struggle to sit still in situations where sitting is required, and often need to fidget. At times, they demonstrate a strong ability to hyper focus, whilst at other times, they find it difficult to pay attention (E.g., doing homework or chores). Children with ADHD tend to talk a lot, and often seem to talk “at” people, rather than “with” them. They can seem unaware of other people.
Signs of ADHD in girls
Girls with ADHD tend to internalise their behaviours, thoughts, and feelings. They are generally less impulsive or hyperactive than boys. They may seem forgetful, disorganised, and scattered. They may have difficulty staying focused and indulge a tendency to daydream or “zone out”. Girls with ADHD can often experience anxiety, become withdrawn, and have a low self esteem. At times, they will lash out verbally with teasing or taunting.
Signs of ADHD in Adults
Studies show that the brain differences found in ADHD lessen with age, but that the characteristic difficulties with inattentiveness and distractibility remain. Often adults with ADHD have a poor sense of time and struggle to prioritise. Women in particular tend to be scattered, forgetful, and disorganised.
Why should I have an ADHD assessment for my child?
ADHD impacts a child’s social, emotional, and academic development. ADHD behaviours impact how a family functions, and relationships within a family. If you suspect your child may have ADHD, seek help so that their future, and the future of your family, can be strong.
Why should I have an assessment for me?
ADHD impacts many areas of an adult’s social and daily functioning. Adults often have problems with close relationships, the management of day to day responsibilities, and, at work, often feel as though they have been overlooked in their careers. If you suspect you may have ADHD, seek help so that you can have the future you want.
Assessments at Premier Psychology
Premier Psychology offers ADHD assessments for children and adults. All ADHD assessments are conducted by psychologists experienced in identifying ADHD across the age span and between genders. An assessment involves identifying strengths and challenges, and identifying goals and strategies to help address concerns.
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