Adult ADHD Screening Test for Symptoms of ADHD
Many Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder don't know they have it. Imagine the frustration of dealing with something that could cause you a lot of problems in life, but you don't know what it is, so you don't know how to deal with it.
Here are some real world examples of common problems many adults with ADHD have.
90% of Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are undiagnosed and untreated. Dr. Russell Barkley, Monitor on Psychology March 2012, page 70
This doesn't fit with some prevailing ADHD stigma narratives in the media, but science often doesn't:)
No adrenaline addict, stimulated by controversy, fast paced news and chaos, impulsive, insatiably curious, allergic to boredom, multitasking, and deadline driven creating hyperfocus reporters could have ADHD? Or could they?
Here's a simple Adult ADHD 5 minute Screening Test that
you can complete in 5 minutes, from Harvard University, New York University and the W.H.O.
World Health Organization (Used with permission).
It's not designed to diagnose if you have ADHD, for that you
need a clinical diagnosis. The purpose of the Adult ADD screening test is simply to see if you have enough symptoms (and severity of symptoms) of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that you should seek a proper diagnosis for Adult ADHD.
Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS-v1.1) Symptom Checklist.
Where Can I get a Diagnosis of Adult ADHD?
Make sure the person you see for the diagnosis is
knowledgeable and experienced enough to actually diagnose
ADHD in Adults. Do NOT assume this is always so. Many have little to no training in ADHD.
Contact your local ADHD support group to find out who knows enought about ADHD to be able to diagnose you in your area. Check my list of Canadian ADHD support groups, try my list of US ADHD support groups or International ADHD support groups. If you live in the Vancouver BC area, I have a list of Vancouver area medical professionals known to diagnose ADHD.
If you do have Adult ADHD, you might consider Adult ADHD Coaching to deal with the practical day to day challenges of dealing with ADHD at work, home and in relationships. The ADHD pills are useful, but pills don't teach skills.
If you do have Adult ADHD, here are the Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD
Show the flat earth people who tell you ADHD doesn't exist this page
lost track of how many people I've personally known who have
told their health care professional they "thought they
might have ADD" and were quickly dismissed (often rudely
so) and later (sometimes 10 years later) saw an experienced
professional and got diagnosed with ADD.
Most of the medical professionals that do know ADHD have usually gone out of their way in time and money to learn about ADHD to their credit and hopefully our gratitude.
This test is designed to do is to let you know if you have some of
the symptoms of ADHD. If you do, then you could go to your
family doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist to get a proper
clinical diagnosis, since there are other conditions that
can be similar to ADHD.
you suspect you have Attention Deficit Disorder, or you know
someone that might have it, taking this test would be a good
way to start finding out.
Adult ADHD Symptom Checklist
"The questions are designed to stimulate dialogue between
you and your patients and to help confirm if they may be suffering
from the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD)". It's free.
Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS-v1.1) Symptom Checklist
was developed in conjunction with the World Health Organization
(WHO), and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD that included the following
team of psychiatrists and researchers:
• Lenard Adler, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry
and Neurology New York University Medical School
• Ronald C. Kessler, PhD Professor, Department of Health
Care Policy Harvard Medical School
• Thomas Spencer, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School"
a healthcare professional, you can use the ASRS v1.1 as a
tool to help screen for ADHD in adult patients. Insights gained
through this screening may suggest the need for a more in-depth
The questions in the ASRS v1.1 are consistent with DSM-IV
criteria and address the manifestations of ADHD symptoms in
adults. Content of the questionnaire also reflects the importance
that DSM-IV places on symptoms, impairments, and history for
a correct diagnosis.
The checklist takes about 5 minutes to complete and
can provide information that is critical to supplement the
diagnostic process. "
Value of Screening for Adults With ADHD
"Research suggests that the symptoms of ADHD can persist
into adulthood, having a significant impact on the relationships,
careers, and even the personal safety of your patients who
may suffer from it.
Because this disorder is often misunderstood, many people
who have it do not receive appropriate treatment and, as a
result, may never reach their full potential. Part of the
problem is that it can be difficult to diagnose, particularly
Unfortunately, there are many
medical professionals that should know enough about ADD to
diagnose and treat it but don't. In some cases they may deny
that ADD exists in adults or they may believe myths about
ADD i.e., if you did well in school you can't have ADD. I
personally know people that have gone to their doctor, psychiatrist
or psychologist believing they might have ADD, seeking help
only to be ignored or dismissed because they were ignorant
about what ADD was and acted on ignorance assuming to be knowledge.
These people were later diagnosed with ADD by people who were
knowledgeable and had experience with it.
How many years of needless suffering did they endure as a
result of someone else's ignorance and denial of their ignorance?
Why does this still continue to this day?
So when you do see someone for a diagnosis make sure it's
someone that know's enough about ADD and possible associated comorbid conditions and has enough experience with ADD to do so. There are
other condition that may look like ADD but are not so a
good diagnosis is critical.
The following 2 paragraphs are from the University of Delaware's
DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR THE DIAGNOSING PROFESSIONAL
The following professionals are generally considered qualified
to evaluate and diagnose ADHD as long as they have comprehensive
training in the differential diagnosis of ADHD and direct
experience with an adolescent or adult ADHD population:
· Licensed/certified psychologist;
· Certified school psychologist in the student’s
· Qualified medical specialist (e.g., psychiatrist,
neuropsychiatrist, developmental pediatrician, neurologist
or other relevantly trained medical doctor
(ie your family doctor);
· Licensed Clinical Social Worker
If you do have Adult ADHD, check out what the ADHD experts say about coaching for adults with ADHD