Learn more about Attention Deficit Problems

Assessment Tools

If you suspect that you or your child has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD), the following tools are a great way to see if it is worth getting a formal assessment by a doctor, mental health professional, or at your child’s school.

The ADHD Test for Children: A Symptom Checklist for Kids

The Adult ADHD Test

Next SectionOverview of “ADD/ADHD” from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

  1. I enjoyed reading this, thank you.

    There is another important differential diagnosis well worth mentioning. Symptoms resulting from traumatic experiences can overlap with ADHD symptoms. Point being, trauma may be an underlying cause of symptoms and should be assessed – this could change the treatment approach considerably. To learn more, check out the following: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23561240

    … and for a list of symptoms common to both PTSD and ADHD, please see:
    http://untappedbrilliance.com/ptsd-vs-adhd/

    Also, if you want to learn more deeply about ADHD, I recommend the book “Scattered: how ADHD originates and what you can do about it” by Gabor Mate. This book is informed by years of personal and clinical experience, and provides some of the best explanations I have found for explaining how the “disorder” works.

    I am hopeful that ADHD treatment is advancing in a positive direction. Certainly I have seen that stimulant meds can help, but personally I am interested in incorporating non-pharmaceutical treatment approaches such as meditation and nature time.

    Do others have thoughts/opinions/experiences on the topic?

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