ADHD IN WOMEN AND GIRLS
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in women and girls can be characterised by a unique profile of symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention and/or impulsivity which impact on functioning.
In society, ADHD symptoms have been less likely to be diagnosed in women and girls, compared to men. At Eleos Clinic, we have an interest and passion in assessment and supporting women and girls in their neurodiversity assessments.
ADHD can also present with other issues which can be impairing and challenging. Emotional difficulties can sometimes be the first symptom of underlying ADHD. This can include depression, anxiety, self esteem, learning problems, mood changes, relationship issues and elevated anxiety.
We also work with other agencies and charities to ensure that we are united together in supporting women and girls to live their best lives when they have ADHD.
IN SUMMARY AN ADHD ASSESSMENT WILL INCLUDE:
Screening questionnaires sent out for the patient, to complete. Review of forms and also any previous school, psychology or medical reports.
A detailed interview about the problems as well as any other problems.
A full clinical assessment with the referred person.
Questionnaires will be completed by people who know the referred person well.
A comprehensive ADHD assessment report, provided to the person having the assessment, and the referrer.
A feedback session, providing psychoeducation and information regarding recommendations. Post diagnostic support includes psychoeducation, lifestyle management, parenting/individual sessions, occupational therapy, psychological sessions and medication, if indicated.
With prescribing, this is always in addition to other recommendations and strategies. Eleos Clinic empowers people to find the best skills to manage their symptoms and through our experience, we recognise that medication can unlock the potential for many people however this should be alongside other helpful tools - taking a more holistic approach to treatment.
Prescribing involves understanding the medical history, taking in consideration the symptoms profile and discussing the various options available. A physical exam and/or physical health monitoring will be required before prescribing takes place and will be discussed in the review session. This is to ensure that safe prescribing takes place and treatment is optimised for the benefit of the patient.
We provide comprehensive ADHD assessments which includes information from school/work and home settings. If there have been previous assessments or interventions, we would like to understand these further and review this as part of the assessment process. We also provide second opinions. We complete assessments using a strengths based approach.
We can book in a one stop clinical assessment and provide a treatment plan on the same day for most people. We use a variety of questionnaires and validated tools to help in the diagnostic assessment..
This conversation can be completed virtually or in person. Our ADHD assessment process is detailed and usually takes 95 minutes of a clinical interview, and taking a collateral history via questionnaires when possible from family members/partners.
After the assessment, an ADHD report with recommendations will be completed. It will be shared via a secure link. Eleos Clinic recommends that this report is shared with the GP and other people in the person's life to help them understand more about the difficulties and help implement the strategies. A full diagnosis, whether this confirms ADHD or any other problem, instead or as well as, is discussed in the follow up appointment. This appointment is important as there will be discussion regarding evidence based treatments and interventions for ADHD (if this confirmed) and also about any other issues which have been identified through the assessment.
We provide a formulation which is a shared understanding of the strengths and difficulties being experienced.
This will lead to recommendations which are tailored and bespoke for the patient. We appreciate and value that everyone has their own unique differences and lifestyle.
Our aim is to help people understand how their brain works and what they can do to help improve their lives and shine their light. There is an emphasis on practical strategies which can be implemented at home, work and in the education setting.