ADHD Self Diagnostic Tools

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:

  1. Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) **most commonly used by healthcare professionals**
  2. Wender-Utah Rating Scale
  3. Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale
  4. Brown ADD Rating Scale for Adults
  5. ADHD Rating Scale IV (Children)
  6. Current Symptoms Scale ADHD (Children)

Most are available online or you can print off a PDF copy.

I hope these help!