If you’re wondering if you have Adult ADHD, a good first step is to complete this Adult ADHD questionnaire. The ADHD Self-Reporting Scale, or ASRS, is an Adult ADHD questionnaire that provides you with an idea of whether or not you should seek diagnosis. However, be aware that it is not meant to replace proper diagnosis.
Other conditions can sometimes resemble ADHD, so it is important to work with a professional who is able to rule out these other conditions and make the appropriate diagnosis. Many psychologists, psychiatrists and some general practice physicians are trained to diagnose adult ADHD. When you complete this Adult ADHD questionnaire, if the results seem to indicate you might have ADHD (that is, four or more of your answers in Part A are located in the grey boxes), then bring a copy of the questionnaire with you when you seek diagnosis to help with the diagnostic process.
Download the Adult ADHD Questionnaire. This link will download a PDF containing the adult ASRS questionnaire, which you can print and complete by following the instructions.
You will need Adobe Reader in order to open and read PDF files including the ASRS. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download and install it without leaving this page). To open the file in your browser window, simply click on the link. However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or “Save File As.” Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.
Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open it. To print the ASRS, select the “Print” option from the menu.
I Might Have ADHD! What Next?
So, the Adult ADHD questionnaire indicates you may have ADHD. Now what should you do?
The Adult ADHD questionnaire (Adult ASRS or ADHD Self-Reporting Scale) does not replace a comprehensive diagnosis done by a health professional with expertise in Adult ADHD diagnosis. It is merely a tool to help you determine if you should seek a diagnosis.
Adult ADHD Diagnosis
A comprehensive diagnosis includes a history of the patient’s behavior as a child. Questionnaires and/or interviews with family members or close friends may also be included. ADHDers are notoriously poor self-observers and so the help of people close to you in your environment may help shed some light regarding behaviors.
Educational and psychological tests are also given to identify co-morbid conditions that might be present. ADHD can be accompanied by, and sometimes the symptoms can be confused with learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, affective disorders and other conditions with symptoms similar to ADHD.
A physical examination by your physician may be required to rule out physical causes for ADHD-like symptoms such as thyroid problems.
The Value of an Accurate Diagnosis
Many adults with ADHD tell me they most often experience a feeling of relief following an accurate ADHD diagnosis; now they have a reason for feeling the way they do. Many of them have always known something wasn’t quite right but they couldn’t put a finger on it. Unfortunately, being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult means that they might have faced more difficult challenges and school failures than their peers, which can lead to low self-esteem.