Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most well-recognized childhood developmental problems. This condition is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. These symptoms continue into adulthood for about 60% of children with ADHD. That translates into 4% of the US adult population, or 8 million adults. However, few adults are identified or treated for ADHD.
In adults, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder often looks quite different than it does in children, and its symptoms are unique for each individual. An adult with ADHD may feel that it is impossible to get organized, stick to a job, or remember and keep appointments. Daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to leave the house for work, arriving at work on time, and being productive on the job can be especially challenging for adults with ADHD.
These adults may have a history of failure at school, problems at work, or difficult or failed relationships. Many have had multiple traffic accidents. Like teens, adults with ADHD may seem restless and may try to do several things at once, most of them unsuccessfully. They also tend to prefer “quick fixes,” rather than taking the steps needed to achieve greater rewards.
Common Behaviors for adults with ADHD
The following behaviors and problems may stem directly from ADHD or may be the result of related adjustment difficulties:
- Chronic lateness and forgetfulness.
- Low self-esteem.
- Employment problems.
- Difficulty controlling anger.
- Substance abuse or addiction.
- Poor organization skills.
- Low frustration tolerance.
- Chronic boredom.
- Difficulty concentrating when reading.
- Mood swings.
- Relationship problems.
Successful treatment of Adult ADHD is usually based on a combination of medication, behavior therapy, and cognitive therapy. That’s why it’s important to be diagnosed as soon as possible.
The 24 question assessment that follows is designed to determine whether or not you may be suffering with Adult ADHD.
Instructions for ADHD Assessment: The 24 items refer to how you have behaved and felt DURING MOST OF YOUR ADULT LIFE. If you have usually been one way and recently have changed, your responses should reflect HOW YOU HAVE USUALLY BEEN. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true by checking the appropriate box next to the item. A score of 70 or more indicates that you are most likely suffering with Adult ADHD. Scores less than 24 mean there are no signs of Adult ADHD.
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S C O R I N G K E Y
If you scored…You may have…
70 & up Adult ADHD
50 – 69 Moderate ADHD
35 – 49 Mild ADHD
25 – 34 Borderline ADHD
0 – 24 No ADHD
Source material: psychcentral.com, webmd, wikipedia