ADHD Screeners for Professionals and the Public

Is there an ADHD Test?

The Bad News: The short answer is NO.  There is no ADHD test for adults, no ADHD test for kids, no ADHD test for women, and no ADHD test for men.  There is no ADHD test that determines whether you have ADHD or not.  There are almost 150,000 searches per month for this on Google, so we know this is an important question for many.  Don’t let anyone misguide you.  There is NO TEST.

How is ADHD Diagnosed?  ADHD can be screened for with the ASRS V1.1 Screener, in the primary care office, or from a downloaded screener online.  The 6-Question Screener is very reliable in predicting the presence of ADHD.  This is followed up with the ASRS V1.1 18 Symptom Checklist, which delineates the degree to which the 18 symptoms of ADHD are experienced by the individual.  The screening and the checklist are followed with a detailed clinician interview in which the patient’s history is taken, historical records and family/teacher testimonials are taken, the severity of ADHD symptoms is assessed, and the degrees of functional impairments are determined.  With all this input, a diagnosis is made carefully by the clinician.  Again, there is no ADHD test, as demonstrated by this description of diagnosis.  Following diagnosis, a treatment regimen is designed, which may include ADHD medications, ADHD therapy, and lifestyle modification recommendations.

The Good News:  We have very helpful resources on this website, including the 6 Question Screener, the 18 Symptom Checklist, and accredited free ADHD CME online which professionals can take to improve their screening, diagnosis, and care for ADHD patients and their familes.

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ASRS V1.1 Screener and Checklist for Health Care clinic use

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Organizations that can help you

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CHADD

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt (Section 501(c)(3)) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. These materials include Attention magazine and a free electronically mailed informational newsletter, as well as other publications of specific interest to educators, professionals, adults with ADHD, and parents.

www.chadd.org.

European Network

The European Network Adult ADHD was founded in 2003 as a membership organization for psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists or neurologists who want to be active in increasing awareness of ADHD as a lifelong condition, and improving diagnostic assessments and treatments.

www.eunetworkadultadhd.com.

CADDRA

CADDRA is a Canadian non-profit, multi-disciplinary alliance of healthcare professionals working in the field of ADHD. CADDRA produces the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines – now in its 3rd edition – and assessment toolkits. CADDRA provides education, training and support on ADHD for healthcare clinicians through our annual national conference, training courses and eLearning portal.

www.caddra.ca

ADHD Fund

ADHD Fund is a global initiative to fund ADHD research via crowd-funding. The public completes a Survey asking about preferences for studies in ADHD. Researchers submit proposals to the ADHD Fund Review Board, which approves and posts projects which are relevant to Crowd interests. The Crowd funds the research studies and the studies moves forward.

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CADDRA

The ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) is an internationally recognized coach training program with students participating from North & South America, Europe, Australia, Asia & Africa. ADDCA is the first and only comprehensive ADHD coach training program fully accredited (ACTP) by the International Coach Federation, (ICF), the governing body for the entire coaching profession, the Center for Credentialing & Education, (CCE), and the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches, (PAAC), the organization responsible for establishing and maintaining global standards of excellence for credentialing ADHD coaches and accrediting qualified ADHD coach training schools and programs.

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