ADHD Screening based on the DIVA 5.0 Assessment
ADHD is a disorder that affects attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
It is one of the very common mental health disorders in children and adolescents, and it can continue into adulthood. Many adults are concerned about symptoms suggestive of the disorder but have never been diagnosed in their earlier life.
The DIVA 5.0 ADHD assessment is a comprehensive assessment tool used for children, adolescents, and adults. If an assessment suggests a diagnosis of ADHD, a referral to a psychiatrist is necessary for definitive treatment.
Dr Kate Schilling offers ADHD assessments using the DIVA 5.0 assessment for patients aged seven and above. If you are concerned that you or your child may have ADHD, we can provide you with an assessment and an appropriate referral to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Here are some of the benefits of having an ADHD screening with Dr Kate Schilling:
- Dr Schilling is a qualified and experienced GP who is skilled in the screening of ADHD.
- She uses the DIVA 5.0 assessment, which is a comprehensive and reliable assessment tool.
- She will take the time to understand your individual needs and ensure an appropriate referral to a specialist to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
- If you are interested in having an ADHD screening with Dr Kate Schilling, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
What to expect during an ADHD screening
Why is it important to get an ADHD screening?
Early diagnosis and treatment of ADHD is important because it can help to improve a student’s academic performance, social functioning, and overall quality of life.
If you are concerned that you or your child may have ADHD, please contact us to schedule an appointment for an ADHD preliminary appointment first.
ADHD Preliminary Appointment = $125.00 – Medicare rebate $41.20
ADHD Screening = $200.00 – Medicare rebate $117.40 (separate appointment on another day)
ADHD Frequently Asked Questions
The DIVA 5 ADHD assessments tool has changed in a few ways in the last 5 years:
- Updated to reflect the DSM-5 criteria for ADHD.
The DSM-5 is the diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental disorders. The DIVA 5 has been updated to reflect the latest criteria for ADHD Assessments, which were revised in the DSM-5 in 2013.
- New versions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
In 2019, the DIVA Foundation released new versions of the DIVA 5 for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These versions are adapted to the specific needs of these populations.
- Online access.
The DIVA 5 is now available for online administration. This makes it easier for mental health professionals to use the tool and for people wanting ADHD Assessments.
In addition to these changes, the DIVA 5 has also been translated into more languages in the last 5 years. This makes it more accessible to people around the world.
The following medications are often prescribed for ADHD:
Stimulants are the most commonly prescribed medication for ADHD. They work by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which are neurotransmitters that play a role in attention and focus.
Atomoxetine is a non-stimulant drug that is also effective for treating ADHD. It works by increasing levels of norepinephrine in the brain.
Guanfacine is a non-stimulant drug that is sometimes used to treat ADHD. It works by increasing levels of norepinephrine and reducing levels of dopamine in the brain.
Stimulants are the most commonly prescribed drugs for ADHD because they are very effective at improving symptoms. However, they can also cause side effects, such as loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, crankiness, and tics.
Atomoxetine and guanfacine are less likely to cause side effects than stimulants, but they may not be as effective for some people.
The best drug for ADHD will vary depending on the individual. Your doctor will consider your symptoms, age, and other medical conditions when choosing a medication for you.
The severity of ADHD symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people may have mild symptoms that do not interfere with their daily life, while others may have severe symptoms that make it difficult to function at work, school, or home.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) recognizes three severity levels of ADHD: mild, moderate, and severe.
- Mild ADHD:
People with mild ADHD may have some difficulty paying attention or controlling their impulses, but these symptoms do not cause significant problems in their daily life.
- Moderate ADHD:
People with moderate ADHD have more difficulty paying attention and controlling their impulses, and these symptoms do cause some problems in their daily life.
- Severe ADHD:
People with severe ADHD have significant difficulty paying attention and controlling their impulses, and these symptoms cause major problems in their daily life.
It is important to note that the severity of ADHD can change over time. For example, a child with mild ADHD may experience more severe symptoms as they become a teenager or adult.
If you are concerned that you or your child may have ADHD, it is important to see a doctor or mental health professional for a diagnosis. They can assess your symptoms and determine the severity of your ADHD. Once you have a diagnosis, you can work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Treatment for ADHD may include medication, therapy, or a combination of both. Medication can help to improve symptoms of attention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Therapy can help people with ADHD develop coping skills and strategies to manage their symptoms.
If you have ADHD, it is important to remember that you are not alone. ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of people around the world. There are effective treatments available, and with the right support, you can live a full and productive life.
Here are some tips for managing ADHD and other ailments:
- Take your medication as prescribed.
If you are taking medication for ADHD, it is important to take it as prescribed by your doctor. This will help to ensure that you are getting the full benefit of the medication.
- Get regular exercise.
Exercise is a great way to improve your mood and reduce stress. It can also help to improve your attention and focus.
- Get enough sleep.
When you are well-rested, you are better able to manage your ADHD symptoms. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
- Eat a healthy diet.
Eating a healthy diet can help to improve your overall mood and energy levels. Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods, and focus on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Seek professional help.
If you are struggling to manage your ADHD or other ailments, seek professional help from a therapist or counselor. They can help you to develop coping skills and strategies to manage your symptoms.
It is also important to remember that you are not alone. Millions of people around the world have ADHD and other ailments. There are effective treatments available, and with the right support, you can live a full and productive life.