ADHD Screening Tests

Could it be ADHD? Online ADHD Tests of all kinds. For children, adults, and women. Includes behavior rating forms and professional screening tools.

 

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

Child and Teen ADHD rating scale IV (home version)
• ADHD rating scale IV (school version)
• ADHD rating scale IV (self-report version) – All have 18 questions

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

Symptom Tracker – Discussion Guide for Children and Adults – Vyvanse

 

Online ADHD Tests

 

For Parents

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.

For Adults

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!

Jasper/Goldberg Adult ADD/ADHD Screening Quiz (2006)

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.)

Medication Effects Rating ScalesChildren and Adolescents  or Adults – Record changes observed and any negative side effect.s  – Arlington Center for ADD

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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8 thoughts on “ADHD Screening Tests

  1. Dr Charles Parker

    Joan,
    Excellent work out here! Anything I can do to help you along, please drop me a line. I would welcome you as a guest author for a short article at CorePsych on your insights, mission, postings, and will send it out to our list – to connect others to your excellent work?

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    Thanks again,
    On the Path,
    Together we can make a difference,
    Chuck

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  2. Joan Jager Post author

    Dr. Parker,

    Thank you so much. I’d be honored to share my story with the community of friends you’ve built through the years. A short bio is something I could use on this site as well.

    By the way, one of your short videos, “Reality- ADHD in Context,” once changed my life. It states that ADHD is NOT 24/7! Instead, ADHD symptoms interfere only in specific situations when increased variables and decreased structure leads to an absence of focus. Limiting the variables within a defined platform is the answer to getting things done. Perhaps that’s why Pinterest has been such a good platform for me. To watch, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-H6NRPh8Ww&feature=channel&list=UL

    Thank you for the energy you expend sharing information about ADHD Treatment across so many mediums.

    Enjoy using Pinterest and feel free to “mine” my Boards for content anytime.

    Take care,
    Joan

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  3. Andy Harrison

    You are right that with ADHD, it can be treated successfully. Now if I had it, or ADD, I would want to get help with it as best I could. The main reason for that is because I’d want to be able to focus on things and not lose track. Like you said, there are multiple assessments that you can do to determine if you have it or not.

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  4. Nash Rich

    I grew up thinking I was dumb because I wasn’t doing well in school. I tried hard, but people just thought I was lazy and undisciplined. It wasn’t till college that we discovered that I have ADHD. I went to a professionals and they gave a pretty thorough diagnosis of it and gave me lots of info. I tried a number of medications and when I found the one that was best for me, staying on task and sitting for a long time became easier. I’ve now finished all the movies that I couldn’t sit through before!

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    1. joanjager@live.com Post author

      I had a similar experience. What a relief it was to get diagnosed and finally have a reason for why I had struggled. Life has certainly changed for the better in the years since I first found out! Never stop learning what works for you.

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  5. van hemp

    my assistant was requiring NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Follow up a few weeks ago and was told about a web service that hosts a ton of fillable forms . If people are wanting NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Follow up as well , here’s a https://goo.gl/6ARgRV

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