Are you living with Adult ADHD?
The questions below can help you find out.
" I didn't mean to interrupt you while you were talking but I had to let everyone know my thought right now or else I could forget what I wanted to say later!"
"I'm not talking too fast! I'm just excited"
"I cant believe I forgot that was today! I remembered about it all the other days but today I just had a lot on my mind."
If any of these phrases seem like something you would say, it may be helpful to take our 6 question screening to see if pursuing help for Adult ADHD is right for you.
Many adults have been living with Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Adult ADHD) and don’t recognize it. Why? Because its symptoms are often mistaken for a stressful life. If you’ve felt this type of frustration most of your life, you may have Adult ADHD – a condition your doctor can help diagnose and treat.
The following questionnaire can be used as a starting point to help you recognize the signs/symptoms of Adult ADHD but is not meant to replace consultation with a trained healthcare professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through a clinical evaluation. Regardless of the questionnaire results, if you have concerns about diagnosis and treatment of Adult ADHD, please discuss your concerns by setting up an appointment with our office.
This Adult ADHD Self-Report Screening Scale for DSM-5 (ASRS-5) is intended for people aged 18 years or older.
Adult ADHD Self-Report Screening Scale for DSM-5 (ASRS-5)
© New York University and President and Fellows of Harvard College from Composite International Diagnostic Interview for DSM-5 (CIDI-5.0) © President and Fellows of Harvard College
How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people are saying to you even when they are speaking to you directly?
How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentences of the people you are talking to before they can finish them themselves?
How often do you put things off until the last minute?
How often do you depend on others to keep your life in order and attend to details?
Add the number of checkmarks that appear in the darkly shaded area. Four (4) or more checkmarks indicate that your symptoms may be consistent with Adult ADHD. It may be beneficial for you to talk with your healthcare provider about an evaluation.
This will allow for proper clinical assessment by a licensed provider who can determine if a clinical diagnosis and treatment plan is warranted.
Check the box that best describes how you have felt and conducted yourself over the past 6 months.
Please give the completed questionnaire to your healthcare professional during your next appointment to discuss the results.
Updates based on the DSM-5 version of the screening scale
The above updates were made based on the Ustun et al. 2017 work to develop a DSM-5 version of the ASRS screening scale:
Ustun, B., Adler, L.A., Rudin, C., Faraone, S.V., Spencer, T.J., Berglund, P., Gruber, M.J., Kessler, R.C. (2017). The World Health Organization Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Self-Report Screening Scale for DSM-5. JAMA Psychiatry, 74(5), 520-526.