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Adult Self-Report Scale (ASRS) Screener

Am I at Risk for Adult ADHD?

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Updated January 12, 2010

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Adult ADHD is a very common, yet too often unrecognized condition. Many adults have been living with impairing symptoms of ADHD without accurately identifying the cause. Instead, difficulties may be attributed to stress or other concerns. As a result, many adults continue to live life undiagnosed, untreated -- and unhappy.

It is estimated that roughly eight million adults in the United States have ADHD, and a large majority of these adults are unaware that they have it.

If you think you may be living with adult ADHD but are unsure, there is a self-screening questionnaire that you can use to determine your risk. The Adult Self-Report Scale (ASRS) Screener can be used as a starting point to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of adult ADHD. The ASRS is comprised of 6 questions that are ranked on a scale of 0 to 4. If you have at least 4 of these 6 symptoms significantly, you may be at risk for ADHD.

The screener is intended for adults age 18 years and older. The ASRS is only a screening tool, not a diagnostic test. It is not meant to replace consultation with your doctor. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through a comprehensive clinical evaluation with a trained health care provider. If you screen positive, it is important to follow through with your doctor to determine the accurate cause of your symptoms.

You can take the ASRS Adult Self Report Screener (6 Questions; PDF), created by the World Health Organization, at the Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy website.

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