Child & adolescent – ADHD

At Re-centre, our mental health specialists are here to help you through our Child and Adolescent Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) services. Our mental health specialists provide ADHD and ASD assessments and diagnosis.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common neurodevelopmental disorder. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought). ADHD is considered a chronic and debilitating disorder and is known to impact the individual in many aspects of their life including academic and professional achievements, interpersonal relationships, and daily functioning. ADHD can lead to poor self-esteem and social function in children when not appropriately treated. Adults with ADHD may experience poor self-worth, sensitivity towards criticism, and increased self-criticism possibly stemming from higher levels of criticism throughout life. Of note, ADHD presentation and assessment in adults differs to children.

ADHD is mainly diagnosed in children and teenagers, with accurate assessments able to be made from five years of age. However, before an assessment, you may already see common symptoms of ADHD in your child’s early years.

What you can expect when your child is referred for an ADHD assessment

Assessments for ADHD are available for children up to the age of 18 years. A Child Psychologist specialising in ADHD assessments, a Child Psychiatrist, or a Paediatrician can undertake your child’s assessment.

We have designed specialised support for your child to help build a pathway forward and collaboratively support your child’s well-being and the whole whānau.

At Re-centre, we welcome parents to contact us directly for an appointment for their child’s ADHD or ASD/C assessment. See our enquiries page to fill out an enquiry form or complete a self-referral form. We also welcome phone call enquiries on +64 09 884 8350.

How we can help

A consultation with one of our specialist psychiatrists is a great place to start. More text here about the assessment, the process etc.

 

How can I access this service?

Access to our child and adolescent ADHD and ASD/C services is available through direct enquiry, or referral from your General Practitioner.

 

External resources

The New Zealand Mental Health Foundation website has up-to-date information about ADHD in children. Read more about them here.

Kidshealth website has information ADHD in children, including signs and symptoms, and other disorders which may be found in children with ADHD.
Read more about them here.

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