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Adult ADHD Self Report Scale (18-Question ASRS)

The following is the ADHD Self-Report Scale adapted without alteration from the ASRS posted by the World Health Organization's comorbidity study at Harvard. The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) is an 18-item self-report screening tool for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults. It was developed in conjunction with a revision of the WHO Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI). The The first six questions assess DSM-IV Criterion A symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and perform well in sensitivity analyses (65% - 70%) and in specificity analyses (99.5%). The ASRS has been well-validated for a number of different adult populations, and remains one of the most popular measures for assessing ADHD in adults worldwide. Each question asks how often a symptom has occurred over the past 6 months on a 0–4 scale, with responses of never (0), rarely (1), sometimes (2), often (3), and very often (4). The items identify the common symptoms of ADHD. It takes between 1 and 5 minutes to complete. This scale is intended for research or educational purposes. Data from the study's clinical validation sub-sample of the NCSR dataset were used to generate cutoff scores. The test takes between 3-5 minutes to complete. Please answer the questions below, rating yourself on each of the criteria shown using the scale below. As you answer each question, check the button that best describes how you have felt and conducted yourself over the past 6 months.

Sources: Kessler, R.C., Adler, L., Ames, M., Demler, O., Faraone, S., Hiripi, E., Howes, M.J., Jin, R., Secnik, K., Spencer, T., Ustun, T.B., Walters, E.E. (2005). The World Health Organization Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS). Psychological Medicine, 35(2), 245-256

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1. How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?
2. How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
3. How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
4. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?
5. How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?
6. How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?
7. How often do you make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring or difficult project?
8. How often do you have difficulty keeping your attention when you are doing boring or repetitive work?
9. How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
10. How often do you misplace or have difficulty finding things at home or at work?
11. How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you?
12. How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
13. How often do you feel restless or fidgety?
14. How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
15. How often do you find yourself talking too much when you are in social situations?
16. When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentences of the people you are talking to, before they can finish them themselves?
17. How often do you have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when turn taking is required?
18. How often do you interrupt others when they are busy?



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