I have had a number of questions lately surrounding self diagnostic tools. This is primarily due to the fact that finding a doctor or ideally a psychologist who focuses on ADHD is not only rare but if you do find one there can be lengthy waiting lists to get in.
A Psycho-educational (aka a Psych-ED) is the best ADHD diagnosis you can get. This is an 8-10 hour process which costs upwards of $1200-$1500 and includes:
- Psycho-educational testing
- DSM-IV-TR Criteria
- Childhood Symptoms
- Family History
- Psychiatric / Neurological Assessment
- Screening Questionnaires & Rating Scales
- Response to Pharmicological Intervention
However, there are some FREE self screening tools that you can use as well if you suspect that you or someone you know has ADHD:
- Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) **most commonly used by healthcare professionals**
- Wender-Utah Rating Scale
- Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale
- Brown ADD Rating Scale for Adults
- ADHD Rating Scale IV (Children)
- Current Symptoms Scale ADHD (Children)
Most are available online or you can print off a PDF copy.
I hope these help!