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The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale

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Therapy and medication can be valuable resources to treat symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, assessment tools can also be helpful tools to learn more about the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This article will focus on the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale. It will describe the questions on the assessment tool as well as the purpose for using this specific tool.

What Is The Purpose Of Using The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale?

The Adult Self-Report Scale can be used for Adults who have ADHD. It can be used to determine whether or not a more in-depth clinical interview needs to conducted. According to, the following information can be stated about this assessment tool:

As a healthcare professional, you can use the ASRS v1.1 as a tool to help screen for ADHD in adult patients. Insights gained through this screening may suggest the need for a more in-depth clinician interview. The questions in the ASRS v1.1 are consistent with DSM-IV criteria and address the manifestations of ADHD symptoms as they appear in adults. Content of the questionnaire also reflects the importance that DSM-IV places on symptoms, impairments, and life-time history to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

What Types Of Questions Are Asked On The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale?

According to, the following questions are asked on the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale:

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

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

3. How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?

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

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

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

7. How often do you make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring or difficult project?

8.How often do you have difficulty keeping your attention when you are doing boring or repetitive work?

9. How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?

10. How often do you misplace or have difficulty finding things at home or at work?

11. How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you?

12. How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?

13. How often do you feel restless or fidgety?

14. How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?

15. How often do you find yourself talking too much when you are in social situations?

16. When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentences of the people you are talking to, before they can finish them themselves?

17. How often do you have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when turn taking is required?

18. How often do you interrupt others when they are busy?

How Is The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale Scored?

The questions on the Adult Self-Report Scale are answered based on the following criteria: never, rarely, sometimes, often, and very often. In addition, the first 6 questions on the questionnaire are part A, while the remainder of the questions are part B. Sometimes, often, and very often are considered darkly shaded boxes. If four or more boxes are marked, further testing should be conducted.

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The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). The Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from


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