A comprehensive study conducted at Harvard Medical School found that individuals screening positive on what they called the ASRSv1.1 ( Adult Self Report Scale Version 1.1 to be specific) had a 93% chance of actually having ADHD.
As you may or may not know, there is no blood test or brain scan we can take to confirm a diagnosis of adult ADHD. It is based on chronic, pervasive and persistent behavioral challenges that exist both at home and at work.
I think that this screener is particularly interesting. Why? Because it is very simple.
6 Questions That Might Give a Clue You Have ADD:
(You need to answer with NEVER, RARELY, SOMETIMES, OFTEN, VERY OFTEN in terms of what best describes how you have felt and conducted yourself over the past 6 months).
- How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?
- How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
- How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
- When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?
- How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit for a long time?
- How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?
So ... if (4) or more of your answers are a combination of SOMETIMES, OFTEN OR VERY OFTEN, it might indicate that your behaviors are consistent with adult ADHD and beneficial for you to talk with your healthcare provider about an evaluation.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
What we do know is that 4-5% of the US adult population (conservatively 12-15 million people) are ADHD and to date 80% of them are undiagnosed and untreated. Of course, ADD has become like a household word today...even sometimes a "joke." The deal is that it isn't necessarily about having a diagnosis; it is about dealing with the behavioral challenges around distraction, overwhelm, FOCUS, disorganization and once and for all, doing something about it if it bothers you.
No stigma necessary!
Have a productive day, and be sure to reach out to me if you have any questions.
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