Adult ADD Screen
ADD Screening Examination - Version 5.0
N.B. This document carries a copyright notice
This is a screening examination for Adult ADD. It is not
a diagnostic test. Scores over 70 are associated with a high
probability of ADD. The diagnosis of ADD can only be made on the
basis of a detailed history and mental status examination. High
scores on this examination may result from anxiety, depression or
mania. These conditions must be ruled out before a diagnosis of
Adult ADD can be made.
The items below refer to how you have behaved and felt during
most of your adult life. If you have usually been one way and
recently have changed, your responses should reflect how you
have usually been. Check one of the numbers that follows each
item using the following scale:
- 0 = Not at all
- 1 = Just a little
- 2 = Somewhat
- 3 = Moderately
- 4 = Quite a lot
- 5 = Very much
and then total your score.
- At home, work, or school, I find my mind wandering from
tasks that are uninteresting or difficult.
- I find it difficult to read written material unless it is
very interesting or very easy.
- Especially in groups, I find it hard to stay focused on
what is being said in conversations.
- I have a quick temper...a short fuse.
- I am irritable, and get upset by minor annoyances.
- I say things without thinking, and later regret having
- I make quick decisions without thinking enough about
their possible bad results.
- My relationships with people are made difficult by my
tendency to talk first and think later.
- My moods have highs and lows.
- I have trouble planning in what order to do a series of
tasks or activities.
- I easily become upset.
- I seem to be thin skinned and many things upset me.
- I almost always am on the go.
- I am more comfortable when moving than when sitting
- In conversations, I start to answer questions before the
questions have been fully asked.
- I usually work on more than one project at a time, and
fail to finish many of them.
- There is a lot of "static" or
"chatter" in my head.
- Even when sitting quietly, I am usually moving my hands
- In group activities it is hard for me to wait my turn.
- My mind gets so cluttered that it is hard for it to
- My thoughts bounce around as if my mind were a pinball
- My brain feels as if it were a television set with all
the channels going at once.
- I am unable to stop daydreaming.
- I am distressed by the disorganized way my brain works.
Copyright (c) 1993, 1994 by Larry Jasper & Ivan
Modified january 9, 2003