Proper ADHD assessment is a multistep process that involves a clinical interview, personal history inventory, and testing. The assessment process for adults and children with possible ADHD should be comprehensive and structured. However, many people first explore assessment for ADHD on the internet, making the following tool from the World Health Organization helpful. This brief tool allows you to get a quick snap look at the presence of ADHD symptoms.
For each question assign a number for your response:
1=Never, 2=Rarely, 3=Sometimes, 4=Often, 5=Very Often
When you are done, add up all of your responses and follow this criteria:
0-16 Unlikely to have ADHD
17-23 Likely to have ADHD
24 ^ Highly likely to have ADHD
*It is important to note that the symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and other disorders can effect focus and attention, making proper assessment by a trained clinician critical to accurate diagnosis. This tool is not designed or intended to provide a diagnosis of ADHD or any other disorder.
- How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
- How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
- When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?
- How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?
- How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?
- How often do you make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring or difficult project?
- How often do you have difficulty keeping your attention when you are doing boring or repetitive work?
- How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
- How often do you misplace or have difficulty finding things at home or at work?
- How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you?
- How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
- How often do you feel restless or fidgety?
- How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
- How often do you find yourself talking too much when you are in social situations?
- 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 have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when turn taking is required?
- How often do you interrupt others when they are busy?
Please contact Phil Boissiere, MFT if you would like to explore an assessment for ADHD in San Francisco or Menlo Park. The process is comprehensive and uses research based assessment methods.