YES, ADULTS CAN HAVE ADHD, TOO

Nearly 10.5 million* adults in the US are estimated to be affected by ADHD. While some adults with ADHD are diagnosed as children, some are not.

*Based on a survey of 3,199 adults ages 18 to 44 conducted from 2001-2003 and applied to the full US population ages 18 and over.

ADHD has three core symptoms — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Here’s what ADHD symptoms may look like in an adult.

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INATTENTION

  • Losing your keys frequently
  • Trouble staying focused at work
  • Difficulty finishing what you start at home

 

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HYPERACTIVITY

  • Constantly feeling restless
  • Frequently talking too much at social events

 

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Impulsivity

  • Interrupting co-workers a lot
  • Finishing other people's sentences
  • Difficulty standing in check-out lines at stores

 

Having some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have ADHD. Only a health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.


SEE ALL THE SYMPTOMS OF ADHD

INATTENTIVE SYMPTOMS
  • Difficulty paying attention to details/makes careless mistakes
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Often unable to follow through on tasks
  • Trouble with organization
  • Avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Often loses things necessary for completing tasks
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful in daily activities
HYPERACTIVE / IMPULSIVE SYMPTOMS
  • Fidgets/squirms
  • Has trouble staying seated
  • Excessive running/climbing or restlessness
  • Trouble with quiet activities
  • Needs to be “on the go”
  • Often talks too much
  • Blurts out answers
  • Difficulty awaiting turn
  • Interrupts conversations or intrudes on others

NEARLY 10.5M US ADULTS HAVE ADHD.*

*Based on a survey of 3,199 adults ages 18 to 44 conducted from 2001-2003 and applied to the full US population ages 18 and over.

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Approx. 50-66% of children diagnosed with ADHD in childhood may continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults.

COMPLETE THE ADHD CHECKLIST

People of different ages can show the same symptoms in different ways. 

The following checklist can be used as a starting point to help you recognize the symptoms of ADHD, but is not meant to replace talking to a trained health care professional. An accurate diagnosis can be made only with a thorough clinical evaluation. Take a few minutes to complete this checklist. It can help provide a high level description of some of your symptoms for a health care provider. Regardless of your responses, if you are concerned about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults, talk with your doctor.

MOVE THE SLIDER TO SELECT THE ANSWER THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS OVER THE PAST 6 MONTHS. BE SURE TO CONSIDER HOME, WORK, AND SOCIAL SETTINGS.

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  • n = never
  • r = rarely
  • s = sometimes
  • o = often
  • v = very often

How often do you have trouble wrapping up the fine details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?

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How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to perform a task that requires organization?

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How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?

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When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?

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How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?

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How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?

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The 6-question Adult Self-Report Scale – V 1.1 (ASRS – V 1.1) Screener is a subset of the WHO’s 18-question ASRS – V 1.1 Symptom Checklist. ASRS – V 1.1 Screener COPYRIGHT © 2003 World Health Organization (WHO). Used with permission of WHO. All rights reserved. 

If you’re concerned about ADHD, please talk with your doctor

This Adult Self-Report Scale (ASRS) Screener is intended for people ages 18 years or older. 

Please note: 
This checklist is not intended to take the place of talking to a health care professional about your ADHD symptoms.

YOUR RESPONSES
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You have successfully completed The ADHD Symptom Checklist. Please remember to bring the checklist with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

E-mail your ADHD symptom responses

*E-mail must be in the form of someone@example.com

Send a copy of your responses to your e-mail and share them with your doctor.

Please keep in mind, we’ll never give out your name or e-mail address without your permission.

Your ADHD Symptom Checklist has been sent.

TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR

The next step could be talking with your doctor. These are not the only criteria used to diagnose ADHD. Diagnosis should be based on a complete history and evaluation by the health care provider.

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Adults must have at least 5 inattentive and/or 5 hyperactive/impulsive symptoms for at least 6 months

ADHD-Symptoms

Several ADHD symptoms before age 12

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Several ADHD symptoms in 2 or more places, like work or school, home, or social events

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Symptoms that clearly interfere with or reduce the quality of the things you do while at work, in social situations, or at school

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Symptoms that aren’t better explained by another cause