What does attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) look like?
Characteristics of ADHD include the following:
What is ADHD?
There are three forms of attention deficit disorder:
|1.||Combined presentation||Criteria for both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity are met.|
|2.||Predominantly inattentive presentation||Criteria for inattention but not hyperactivity-impulsivity are met.|
|3.||Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation||Criteria for hyperactivity-impulsivity but not inattention are met.|
As you can see, you do not have to be hyperactive to have ADHD.
What does an assessment involve?
- Information is gathered from:
- Screening questionnaires (completed by the client and someone who knew them in childhood).
- A client’s GP.
- School reports if available.
- A decision is then made about whether to conduct a diagnostic interview.
- The diagnostic interview involves the collection of further background information and the completion of the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in Adults (DIVA).
- It is usually possible to determine whether or not a client has ADHD on the day of an assessment.
- A detailed report is produced explaining the findings of the assessment and providing recommendations.
Louise Hilliar is a Chartered Psychologist who provides assessments for ADHD. She is based in Bristol. Please contact her if you feel that you would benefit from an assessment.
Phone: 07702 797 484