ADHD

ADHD QuizAttention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder affecting about 3-5% of the world's population. It typically presents during childhood, and is characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness and inattention, with or without a component of hyperactivity. ADHD occurs twice as commonly in boys as in girls. ADHD is generally a chronic disorder with 5 to 12% of individuals diagnosed in childhood continuing to meet diagnostic criteria in adulthood. As they mature, adolescents and adults with ADHD are likely to develop coping mechanisms to compensate for their impairment.

This is the original questionnaire that led onto all the rest of these tools. It is based on the DSM-IV classification of ADHD. The reason I first developed this questionnaire was an observation that many people and even some health professionals were using the DSM-IV as a check-list to diagnose ADHD – however it is made clear in the classification that diagnosis requires more stringent use of the criteria. The benefit of the regularity and severity columns that I developed were to help to differentiate kids who had severe symptoms, but only occasionally; versus kids who had mild symptoms all the time; versus kid’s who actually did demonstrate significant symptoms all the time – there are large clinical and lifestyle differences between each scenario.

The DSM-IV classification requires that to be classified as ADD the person must display at least six of the inattention check-list – therefore the person should score three or more on regularity and severity for at least six of the item list. To be classified as impulsive/hyperactive the person must display at least six of the impulsive/hyperactive check-list – therefore the person should score three or more on regularity and severity for at least six of the item list. To be classified as ADHD, the person needs six of the inattention and six of the impulsive/hyperactive list. But wait there is more – these should be displayed in at least two separate social environments – for example school and home.

If the person is a child, the parent should complete the questionnaire, and also request that a teacher or carer completes the tool. If you are an adult then complete the questionnaire but also ask for someone close to you to complete the tool.

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These tools are not designed or intended for use as diagnostic tools. Regardless of the results of these questionnaires it is recommend that you consult a registered primary care health professional who can assist you with diagnosis and management of your health concern. No responsibility is taken for any actions that you may choose to take after completing any of these tools as no therapeutic recommendations are expressed or implied. Any concerns, questions or fears that should arise after completing these questionnaires should be discussed with your health care provider.

 

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