This screening test is a symptoms checklist for adult ADHD and not a diagnostic test. A full assessment and potential diagnosis of ADHD is not accomplished using an online test or during a quick doctor’s appointment. A thorough evaluation usually takes more than one visit, and must be done by a professional who is trained in ADHD*.
For adults, an ADHD diagnostic evaluation should be conducted by a licensed mental health professional or a physician. These professionals include clinical psychologists, physicians (psychiatrist, neurologist, family doctor or other type of physician) or clinical social workers.
As a healthcare professional, you can use the ASRS v1.1 as a tool to help screen for ADHD in adult patients. Insights gained through this screening may suggest the need for a more in-depth clinician interview. The questions in the ASRS v1.1 are consistent with DSM-IV criteria and address the manifestations of ADHD symptoms in adults.
Use this scientific test to help determine if you need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity.
ADD is an old term that is typically used to described inattentive-type ADHD which include symptoms of lack of focus, disorganization, and forgetfulness. When evaluating for ADHD, we are simultaneously evaluating and ruling out other medical and psychological issues that can cause attention issues.