Do you or someone you know have a problem sitting still or staying on task? Are things like paying attention, following directions, or listening closely an everyday struggle? Is blurting out inappropriate comments and having difficulty with relationships a common occurrence? How about forgetting important things, having problems with organization or getting upset over little things? By themselves, none of these are unusual behaviors, but if they happen often and to the point that they interfere with daily life, they could be symptoms of ADHD.
ADHD is a serious but treatable childhood disorder that often continues into adolescence and adulthood. It affects every aspect of life and can have serious negative consequences for both the individual and their family. Getting a diagnosis can be a relief. Having difficulties with day-to-day tasks, things that seem to come easily to other people, is often interpreted as laziness, a lack of intelligence or a character flaw. But these problems may be caused by ADHD, a neurological disorder that you can do something about. If you suspect ADHD is responsible for the constant frustration of being unable to meet expectations, seek help to stop the cycle of shame and blame.
The following ADHD Screeners are reputable and based on the official listing of ADHD Diagnostic Criteria: DSMV. Most use everyday language and provide examples of how the symptoms might be expressed. Screeners are meant to be informative rather than definitive. Choose one or two tests that are most appropriate for your situation. We urge you to consult a doctor or other experienced health professional if you are concerned about test results. Our Find treatment and support section can help you with that process.
It’s important to note that a diagnosis of ADHD requires much more than meeting the criteria set forth in a certain set of symptoms. You need to see a mental health professional who will take a complete history using personal questionnaires and interviews with the person, their family, or teachers. This process will help them assess your symptoms and see if your story “fits” what they might expect from ADHD. Your symptoms may be better explained by another disorder or complicated by other factors that signal co-morbidity. Ruling out other disorders may call for a physical exam as well. Diagnosis also requires a determination of impairment present in two or more life settings: at school or work, in your home life, and/or in social situations. See Diagnosis and Treatment Concerns: The Ideal versus Reality for more information on the diagnostic process.
To learn more about ADHD and how we can you deal with it effectively, see what we offer at Welcome to our World. We have a good selection of articles as well as audio and video sources available to further your understanding and ability to manage ADHD successfully.
Evaluation Forms (Print out and score yourself)
For Parents and Teachers
SNAP IV – 18 questions – Teacher and Parent Rating Scale by James Swanson, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt Assessment Scale
- Parent Informant – 55 questions
- Teacher Informant – 55 questions
- NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Follow-up For teachers – Fill out on-line and email results – Use Zero as a circle. 18 questions plus 8 questions evaluating performance.
Is it ADHD? Center for Disease Control – 18 questions – Print out to discuss with your doctor
ADD (ADHD) Checklist for Girls – 11 questions by Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D. and Patricia Quinn, M.D.
ADD (ADHD) Self-report Questionnaire for Teenage Girls – 35 questions – Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D. and Patricia Quinn, M.D.
Symptom Tracker – Discussion Guide for Children and Adults – 18 questions – Vyvanse
Evaluation Forms For Adults (Print out)
Adult ADHD Self-Report Scales (ASRS-V 1.1) Printable 6 question Screener Printable 18 Question version. Developed in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD at Harvard University – Quick and easy tests screen for ADHD symptoms in adults. The ASRS-V Screeners are also available in over 20 languages through Harvard’s website. *Adult ADHD Self-Report – 6 Questions with on-line scoring * On-line 18 question version with scoring
Russell Barkley’s Proposed Adult Checklist – Page 10 from a Sample Chapter from Barkley’s “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD” (2007) See pages 5 and 6 for additional symptoms.
Dr. Daniel Amen’s Adult ADHD Symptom Checklist – 100 questions
Online ADHD Tests
Tests for both Parents and Children from WebMD Copy and paste – http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/adhd-health-check/default.htm – For you and your child – Online questions, includes short videos to inform you. Provides screening for symptoms and also accesses how well you’re doing with your current treatment.
Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale – Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Harvard University – 6 Questions with on-line scoring
Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale – AARS 1.1 Online 18 question version with scoring
ADHD 10 Question Screener – ADHDCentral.com
The Virtual Doctor (test) – Simple and entertaining tool developed by Dr. Umesh Jain and Totally ADD!
Dr. Daniel Amen’s Adult ADHD Symptom Checklist Online version with scoring. Includes Amen’s proposed 7 subtypes of ADHD. After determining your type, you will receive a full, comprehensive report including an ADD Action Plan with natural and targeted treatments that you can start from home.
Structured Adult ADHD Self-Test (SAAST): Test Yourself for ADHD – 22-question self-test differentiates between two distinct components of ADHD diagnosis (namely, inattention together with hyperactivity-impulsivity) and is also sensitive to factors which typically preclude a diagnosis of ADHD.
Adult ADHD Spectrum Self-Test is designed it to help you assess the full spectrum of ADHD traits, including both strengths and challenges. 55 yes or no questions. Informal assessment designed by therapist Don Baker.
Screening Test for Women – Sari Solden on ADD Journeys
ADHD Self-Test for Women – 15 Questions – ADDitude Mag
23 Signs you Don’t have ADHD – A humorous ADHD test. – From the always entertaining Rick Green of TotallyADD
Totally ADD’s Unofficial ADHD Test – 30-minute video – Find out if you might have ADHD. And have fun at the same time. (If you make it to the end, you deserve a prize.)
Real-life measures of the effectiveness of ADHD treatment – From “Talking Trash: Targeting ADHD Challenges by Gina Pera
Professional ADHD Assessment Forms – Free
ADHD Forms for clinicians from CADDRA – For educators, children, adolescents and adults Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance
CADDRA ADHD Assessment Toolkit 2011 – 48 page PDF with recommended assessment forms, screeners and rating scales
The Disruptive Behavior Rating Scale can be completed by parents and/or teachers to report the presence and frequency of symptoms of ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder (Pelham, Gnagy, Greenslade & Milich, 1992).
The Impairment Rating Scale is a form that can be used by parents and teachers to indicate the impact of ADHD symptoms on important functional domains. (Fabiano et al., 2006)
Which tests did you like or find helpful? Any others you’d recommend?
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