Do you or someone you know have a problem staying on task or sitting still? 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 overly upset when you get your feelings hurt? Maybe you do well at work, but can’t deal with housework, keep up with paperwork, paying bills, or making meals? 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.
- Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. Everyone will have some of these behaviors at some time, but for children and adults with ADHD, they occur frequently, are evident in more than one setting and must actually impair everyday functioning. Please see the ADHD Diagnostic Criteria: DSMV 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.
Find links to over 20 Screeners,
Professional evaluation forms,
and Response to Treatment scales below.
Most of the questions in the screeners are in everyday language and provide examples of how the symptoms might be expressed in real life. It’s important to realize that these Tests or Screeners are meant to be informative rather than definitive. The simplest yet is reported by Neil Petersen for Psych Central. Researchers from Brown University recently screened for ADHD in 1,000 patients in a clinical setting using just two sentences.
“Do you often have difficulty concentrating?” and “Are you fidgety a lot?”
Clinicians can screen for ADHD in adults by inquiring about 2 features of the disorder (ie, difficulty sustaining attention and fidgeting), the presence of which captures most patients with the disorder and the absence of which rules out the disorder. “This is far from a comprehensive diagnostic tool… More testing that needs to be done to figure out how accurate this questionnaire is in different groups of people.” ~ Screening for ADHD with just Two Questions
ADHD SCREENING TESTS
Printable Screening Evaluation Forms (Print out and score yourself) (If this will not link: Copy and paste https://addfreesources.net/screening-evaluation-forms/
- For Parents
- For adults
Response to Treatment Rating Scales – Children and adults
FREE Professional ADHD Assessment Forms – Children and adults
Choose one or two of the 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. Diagnosis and Treatment Concerns: The Ideal versus Reality has more information on the diagnostic process.
If you fear that you or your child would be “labeled” by a diagnosis, check out this 3-minute video from Rick Green of Totally ADD The Terror of the ADHD Diagnosis. He interviews dozens of adults whose stories reflect relief rather than terror or shame of “being labeled.” A diagnosis explains so much of their life experience. They feel that just knowing offers an explanation for the past as well as hope for a better future.
Which tests did you like or find helpful? Any others you’d recommend?
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