View Full Version : ADHD specialist in Sydney or NSW?

09-02-09, 08:31 PM
Hi- I am new to this forum so I hope this is an appropriate question. I have a 6 year old and her teacher just told me she has ADHD. I have been reading up about it and it does describe her pretty well but I don't think a teacher can diagnosis it- can they???
Anyway I wan to take her to a specialist for diagnosis and was wondering if anyone knew anyone good in Sydney- or even further as we are prepared to travel. I have also been tearing my hair out with her behaviour so I know I'm going to be fixed on this site for a while- looks wonderful!!!! Unhappy to be here but happy to find such a good resource.

09-02-09, 08:42 PM
No I teacher cannot diagnose ADHD.

09-03-09, 02:24 AM
Thanks for the link- I actually found this link and another link I have spoken to both and one set are pediatricians and the others are psychologists. Any opinions on who is the best person to diagnose? The doctors look like they mainly give medication but the psychologicsts look like they do lots of different types of therapies. Although I would rather end up with psychologists I am not sure if they will diagnose as well as a pediatrcian. Any thoughts????

09-03-09, 03:18 AM
Psychologists cannot prescribe drugs as they're not medical doctors. Otherwise I cannot comment of the efficacy of diagnosis between a psychologist and a paeditrician.

I suggest you talk to both facilities and use the one you're more comfortable with.

09-03-09, 12:29 PM
Of course teachers can not diagnose ADHD, but they are a good resource since they are able to compare the behaviors of your child with other children in the classroom. Often parents get really offended when teachers suggest their child may have ADHD. To me it is their job to indicate that the child might have a problem to the child.

Anyway, I think it is best to get a diagnosis from an MD vs a psychologist. After the diagnosis you can still decide what type of treatment to pursue. Although any behavior modification treatment without medication, probably wont be too effective.