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Comprehensive Evaluation for ADHD

Comprehensive Evaluation for ADHD

This ADHD diagnosis intervention involves a comprehensive assessment by a clinical psychologist to evaluate symptoms, rule out other possible causes, and discuss some effective strategies or possible treatments to address specific challenges in attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

The goal is to enhance overall functioning and quality of life by taking this essential first step of getting a diagnosis. 

Conducted by a Psychiatrist

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Session duration is 45 minutes

Online | Via Video

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When should you seek an ADHD diagnosis?

1. Personal Distress: If you feel distressed, frustrated, or overwhelmed due to difficulties with focus, organisation, or impulsivity.

2. Persistent Challenges: When these behaviours have been present for an extended period, typically since childhood, and continue into adolescence or adulthood

3. Impact on Daily Life: When these challenges significantly interfere with academic, occupational, or personal responsibilities.

4. Concerns from Others: If family members, teachers, or peers express concerns about behaviour patterns indicative of ADHD

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What are the steps of an ADHD diagnosis?

1. Clinical Assessment: A clinical psychologist conducts a thorough clinical assessment, gathering information from the individual.This involves discussions about the
individual's behaviour, history, and any relevant symptoms.

2. Behavioural Observations: Conduct virtual behavioural observations by discussing real-life situations and challenges to observe how the individual responds. This can provide additional insights into ADHD-related behaviours.

3. Diagnostic Criteria: The clinician references the criteria outlined in diagnostic manuals, such as the DSM-5, to determine if the individual's symptoms align with the criteria for ADHD. Criteria include specific patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, considering their duration and impact on daily life.

4. Rule Out Other Conditions: The clinician assesses whether the observed symptoms are not better explained by other mental health conditions, medical issues, or external factors.

5. Feedback and Recommendations: Provide feedback on the assessment findings, discuss the diagnosis, and offer recommendations on possible interventions

How does getting an ADHD diagnosis help?

1. Understanding Challenges: A diagnosis provides clarity on why specific attention and impulse control challenges may be occurring.

2. Tailored Interventions: With a diagnosis, professionals can recommend personalised strategies and interventions to address your unique needs and strengths.

3. Reducing Stigma: Acknowledging and understanding ADHD through a diagnosis can help diminish stigma, encouraging empathy from peers, family, educators, and/or employers.

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FAQ

How to Prepare for an Initial Evaluation?

Before your appointment, it’s helpful to prepare by making a list of:

  • Any symptoms you or those close to you have observed, and their duration.
  • Key personal information, such as past traumatic events and current major stressors.
  • Your medical history, including other physical or mental health conditions.
  • All medications you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements, along with their doses.
  • Questions you want to ask to make the most of your appointment.

Can an Online Psychiatrist Diagnose?

Yes, online psychiatrists can diagnose mental health conditions and create treatment plans, just like in-person providers. Schedule a video assessment to meet with a mental health professional from anywhere, at any time. After signing up, SoulUp connects you with your chosen psychiatrist within a week for an evaluation, prescription, and ongoing care for conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more.

What is the Difference Between Therapy and Psychiatry?

Both therapy and psychiatry play vital roles in mental health treatment. In therapy, licensed therapists help you address personal challenges and develop coping skills and healthy habits, but they cannot prescribe medication. Psychiatry, on the other hand, involves prescribing and monitoring medication to manage mental health symptoms. Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners are licensed medical providers specializing in mental health treatment and medication management.