We offer a variety of assessment services, including:
What is ADHD?
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a disorder that typically begins in childhood and involves psychological and behavioral features that can negatively affect all aspects of life, including school, work and relationships.
ADD/ADHD is characterised by symptoms of
Between childhood and adulthood the hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms tend to decrease and inattention symptoms become predominant.
Approximately 1 in 20 adults are affected by ADHD, with many undiagnosed and untreated.
At the Nelson Clinic, we can undertake a comprehensive assessment of adults to address questions about the existence and diagnosis of ADD and ADHD.
Appropriate diagnosis involves identifying symptoms, understanding how the symptoms are exhibited in the person’s life, and excluding other conditions that may look like ADD/ADHD.
Observation and the use of psychological tests and questionnaires are important in determining if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD.
To assess for ADD/ADHD, information gathered includes:
- Developmental History
- Educational History
- Family History
Assessments are currently being conducted via telehealth only.
A series of questionnaires and psychological tests are administered which address different aspects of functioning.
If a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is made, a medication consultation can be booked with our psychiatry team.
The Nelson Clinic can provide psychological testing to meet the needs of a wide range of referral questions. Clients may need psychometric assessment for a particular agency, employer, or for their own self-knowledge. Testing can be used to clarfiy diagnostic questions and can be used to increase and person's understand of themselves and factors that affect their thought, feelings and behaviours. Psychological assessments are also routinely provided in treatment planning, medico-legal process, ACC-related capacity assessments, ACC mental injury claims, and sensitive claims-related supported assessments. We do not provide Family Court assessment reports, though some of our contracted clinical psychologists may be available to do so in their independent practises.
Neuropsychological Consultation and Intervention Services
Difficulties with brain functioning often impact patients, their families, and performance in work, leisure, and educational environments.
Clinical neuropsychologists can work with patients and families to address a variety of needs including:
- Developing strategies to approach demands at home, work, and school that takes advantage of a person’s strengths.
- Providing treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety, challenging behavioral changes, and relationship distress – especially for those who experience cognitive difficulties (e.g., memory impairment) that may make traditional therapy challenging.
- Consulting with teachers and employers to inform academic and vocational planning.
- Implementing programs to manage fatigue and other symptoms – to promote rehabilitation and recovery.