The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. Although the diagnosis is usually made in childhood, symptoms may persist as the child gets older and reaches adulthood.
The core symptoms of ADHD are difficulty paying attention, difficulty controlling impulses, and being very active. Adults with ADHD may have problems with employment instability, lower levels of educational and occupational achievement, substance abuse, and antisocial behavior (Barkley et al, 1996; Weiss et al, 1993). According to CHADD, 10 million adults have ADHD in the U.S.
According to the DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association - 2013)
A person with inattention often:
Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes at work or during other activities.
Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks, such as during lectures or lengthy reading.
Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish chores or duties in the workplace.
Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities—for example, is messy and has poor time management.
Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort.
Loses things necessary for tasks or activities, such as keys, wallets, and mobile phones.
Is easily distracted by unrelated thoughts or stimuli.
Is forgetful in daily activities, such as paying bills, keeping appointments, or returning calls.
A person with hyperactivity-impulsivity often:
Fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat.
Leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
Feels restless or is unable to be still for extended periods of time.
Is unable to engage in leisure activities quietly.
Blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
Has difficulty waiting his or her turn, such as when waiting in line.
Interrupts or intrudes on others.
CAARS™ Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scales ( Multi-Health Systems (MHS) authored by C. Keith Conners, Ph.D., Drew Erhardt, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Sparrow, Ph.D is designed for use in persons 18 years and older. The use of this single instrument alone should not be used to make a diagnosis of ADHD or other disorders and/or therapeutic decisions. It is a screening test and must be followed up by further consultation and testing with the person’s licensed qualified provider(s).
The reliability scores for the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scales (CAARS) are as follows:Long version are as follows: Internal Reliability (87-90%) for Inattention, Hyperactivity, Self concept, and Impulsivity, and 80-88% for the same measures in the Short version. The Test-Retest Reliability for the Self-Report CAARS Measures at a 1 month interval is 88 - 91%.
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