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Resource of the Week: Adult ADHD Screener



ADHD in Adults

Most people associate attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with children, which leads many of us to believe that the condition only affects children; but this is not true.


ADHD affects at least 5% of adults in America, but because many adults have undiagnosed ADHD, that number could be much higher.


More often than not, adults who have symptoms of ADHD associate it with stress rather than the neurobiological condition; and there are some dangerous consequences if ADHD is left undiagnosed.


Adults with undiagnosed ADHD can experience many problems as a result of their condition, including:

  • Mood disorders

  • Extreme sadness

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trouble with focus

  • Problems at work

  • Difficulties with confidence and drive


Finding Help for ADHD

To combat the number of adults who live with undiagnosed ADHD, the World Health Organization created a self screener that can be used as a starting point to help individuals recognize signs and symptoms of adult ADHD so that they can begin pursuing treatment options.


While Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale Screener can’t replace a consultation with a healthcare professional and clinical evaluation, it can help adults take that first step towards treatment.


If you do take the self-screener, you should contact a physician. And regardless of the results, if you still have concerns about your potential symptoms, you should still contact a professional to learn more.

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