Taking a self-administered ADHD self-test allows you to gain insight into something you may have never suspected as contributing to problems in your life--attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, specifically ADHD. Many adults who suffered with ADHD in childhood, but were misdiagnosed or simply labeled as slow, are just now currently being identified as having some form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, thanks in part to these self-tests.
These self tests really are screeners which are meant to identify specific symptoms that may be related to ADHD. For an accurate diagnosis an experienced doctor can review these with you to identify the degree to which these symptoms may be interfering with your every day activities and responsibilities. Based on this discussion and a complete history, and the degree of severity and dysfunction of these symptoms the doctor will better be able to discuss with you whether the cluster of symptoms and impact on life might be classified as ADHD. See DSM-IV ADHD Criteriaand/or Diagnosing ADHD. These clinicians have the experience to take a patient history, review the symptoms in question, and rule in or out a variety of possible potential causes.
Because professional clinicians practicing today have additional knowledge regarding ADHD, they can now more readily diagnose a case of ADHD early in childhood. A child who had difficulty concentrating, completing homework, remembering details or being identified as someone who wasn't trying to do their best may have been thought of as a "troublemaker" who simply did not want to follow the rules. By taking an ADHD self-test, an individual may gain quicker insight into exactly what his or her symptoms indicate, along with facilitating the discussion that can lead to a diagnosis given by a professional.
Questions on an ADHD Self-Test will help identify specific behaviors or symptoms which are commonly associated in a person with ADHD. Even if you answer "Yes" to all of these questions, that does not necessarily mean that you have ADHD. Rather, you need to discuss these results with your healt care provider. Some of these questions will include:
This ASRS Adult ADHD 18 Question Screener v:1.1has been validated by the WHO (World Health Organization). Not diagnostic rather intended to create a dialogue between you and a clinician who will talk to you about your answers to gain better insight into the difficulties you indicated you had on the test. This is also a good way to get someone with ADHD to talk about their feelings, since many of them have trouble expressing what they are thinking. There are many other possible causes of these symptoms that must be discussed as well.
Individuals who are not familiar with a neurobehavioral disorder, such as ADHD, tend to assume someone suffering from ADHD is deliberately acting in a negative manner. The ADHD self-test will help address and resolve some of these common misnomers concerning someone who has ADHD, which include:
While the ADHD sufferer may exhibit these behaviors, they are not doing any of these things on purpose and may not realize how they must seem to others. A self-test can help an individual suffering from ADHD, who is obviously having very complicated problems in his or her life, to understand why they are having so much difficulty in life, such as dealing with ADHD interfering in relationships, with problems finishing college, with being repeatedly fired from jobs and dealing with the world in general.
Correlating with behavioral problems are emotional issues which further intensify ADHD. One of the questions on a professional ADHD self-test will concern whether you think you have received unintentional but negative feedback from others due to your ADHD. The constant stress of being misinterpreted as someone who is a "troublemaker" or someone who doesn't put forth any effort to succeed can adversely deregulate the immune system and allow chronic illnesses to develop, such as ulcers and high blood pressure. By answering the questions on an ADHD self-test, a diagnosis can be facilitated and these problems can be more immediately addressed.
The most important thing you can do after taking an ADHD self-test and being officially diagnosed with ADHD is to get help immediately. Your doctor will explain the basic neurochemistry of ADHD and suggest you begin taking ADHD medication such as Adderall, or an antidepressant such as Wellbutrin to assist in alleviating some of the more severe aspects of your disorder. Talking with a counselor will also help you understand more about ADHD and equip you with the cognitive skills necessary to successfully manage your ADHD. With the help of a cognitive behavioral therapist, you will learn how to prioritize your life so that you can better manage your time and feel motivated to get things done.
ADHD is a manageable disorder and by seeking professional help, you can learn to take control of your life by focusing on your strengths and modifying your weaknesses.
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