It's okay; the decision isn't always clear. We suggest that you first arrange a visit with your GP, ideally one with experience in mental health issues. Your GP can guide you based on your unique symptoms and concerns, plus you will need a referral from them to see a specialist.
If you're considering an ADHD assessment, it's likely because something in your life doesn't feel quite right. It might be helpful to educate yourself about ADHD – research, read articles, and consider taking an ADHD screener.
Remember, ADHD can be tricky to diagnose. Its symptoms are behaviours that everyone displays from time to time. Everyone at some point will interrupt or fidget, teenagers may say inappropriate things or seem disorganized, and adults may forget things or put off tasks. Therefore, it's crucial not to mistake everyday behaviors for ADHD.
Also, keep in mind that other issues can cause ADHD-like symptoms. For instance, you may be dealing with something else that's the primary concern, and not ADHD. Hence, an accurate diagnosis is critical to ensure you receive the right treatment and support.
The demand for psychiatrists for ADHD assessments has been growing in the ACT, with some patients facing wait times of up to 6 months for an appointment. Without diagnosis and treatment, ADHD can disrupt many areas of a person's life, affecting work, education, and personal relationships.
However, at Epsychiatry, we have a team of two psychiatrists who conduct ADHD assessments and prescribe medication for ACT residents. Our service strives to reduce these lengthy wait times, with most of our patients able to secure an appointment within 6 weeks.
If you suspect you have ADHD and it is impacting your quality of life, you may obtain a referral from your general practitioner (GP). Your GP can send the referral to us either via email at [email protected] or by fax.
To ensure your referral reaches us, we recommend asking your GP for a copy. Sometimes referrals from GPs don't make it to our inbox. To prevent any delay in your treatment, get in touch with us the day after your GP sends the referral to confirm we've received it.
We see patients for ADHD assessments on a first-come, first-serve basis. So confirming that we've got your referral increases your chances of being seen sooner. Similarly delays in getting back to our SMS and email may push back your initial appointment.
Usually, ADHD assessments are carried out in a single session. To support the evaluation, we advise that you request a thorough letter from your GP that explains your current symptoms and worries. In addition, we request that you fill out the questionnaires we send to you and send us any psychologist reports you might have before your appointment. Note, you do not need to see a psychologist before your assessment with our psychiatrists.
The first appointment comes at a cost of $875. The out-of-pocket costs, also known as the gap costs, can range from $125 to $629. This range is dependent on whether you've reached the Medicare Safety Net Threshold.
If you're unsure about whether you've hit your Medicare safety net threshold, give us a call or click the link on our homepage for more information.
Our goal is to make your journey into our services as rapid and seamless as possible. Once we've received your referral, we'll confirm the expenses with you, match you with one of our psychiatrists who accepts ADHD referrals in the ACT, and ask you to fill out a registration form and have an online call with us.
We provide support to our patients solely through telehealth. The beauty of this is that it saves you both money and travel time, and offers more flexibility when it comes to scheduling appointments. We offer Saturday and Sunday morning appointments, plus weekday evenings.
If you have a partner or significant other, we strongly recommend their attendance at the initial session. Evaluating ADHD entails gathering insights into your behavior, so it's beneficial to include input from those who know you well (provided you find this suitable). ADHD medications can have considerable side effects, and it's often advisable for someone living with you to be aware of these. They can then promptly bring it to attention if necessary.
Here are some specific suggestions to ensure your psychiatrist appointment goes smoothly:
Once we receive your referral, one of our onboarding coordinators will manage it. As stated earlier, we aim to make your onboarding process as quick and seamless as possible. Our onboarding coordinators have experience with hundreds of clients and are well-versed with the process of arranging ADHD assessments for our clients in ACT.
Neuropsychological testing for ADHD can provide valuable information about a person's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, but it isn't always necessary or helpful in diagnosing ADHD.
Remember, while neuropsychological testing can certainly be valuable. But it's not always necessary or the most effective approach when diagnosing ADHD. Each individual is unique, and the assessment approach at Epsychiatry is tailored to their needs.