Is your child hyperactive or inattentive? Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can present in many ways including with anxiety and depression. More commonly they present as being distracted at school or with oppositional behaviours. ADHD can run in families and is also associated with other mental illness in the family. ADHD symptoms can also be part of other mental disorders eg. Major Depressive Episodes, Borderline Personality Disorder or PTSD.
ADHD can occur as Hyperactive, Inattentive or mixed types. The diagnosis of ADHD requires symptoms of inattention and focus that occurs in at least two settings (eg. home and school).
The assessment will begin with a clinician taking a mental health assessment history to understand the factors that have contributed to your child’s developmental progress and neurological development. Then we will collect information from another setting, for example your child’s school. We do this by using standardised tests (e.g. SNAP-IV).
If your child meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, your clinician will recommend an appointment with our psychiatrist to discuss treatment recommendations. Medication treatment has been shown to be effective in treating ADHD symptoms but non medication strategies are always important.
Contact us to learn more about our assessment and treatment of ADHD.
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