ADHD Assessment Tools
The purpose of assessment is not to label people with a "condition", but to help yourself/somebody/ADHD families to better understand an ADHD affected person.
If this "self-diagnosis" is positive, it is of utmost importance that a professional diagnosis be made. There are many associated behaviours that need to be ruled out before a positive diagnosis can be made, which only a professional diagnosis can do. If you think that you or someone might have ADHD/ADD, please refer yourself or them to a qualified psychiatrist and preferably, someone knowledgeable in the field of ADHD.
The following are checklists which have been developed by some of the specialists in the field of ADHD/ADD.
- Central Georgia Institute For Developmental Medicine : Copeland Symptom Checklist For ADD/ADHD, developed by Edna Copeland. (Usefull for Adults). You can follow the link to complete the checklist.
- Suggested Diagnostic Criteria For ADD In Adults, developed by Drs. Edward Hallowell and John Ratey
- The Psychiatry Association's Criteria for Diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (DSM-IV 1994)
- ADHD Rating Scales by Barkley & DuPaul (for children)
- Edelbrock Child Attention Problems (for children)
- Conners’ Adult ADHD Diagnostic Interview for DSM-IV™