The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed six questions which can help diagnose Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
These are the questions, to which the answers are “never,” “rarely,” “sometimes,” “often” or “very often”.
- How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
- How often do you leave your seat in meetings and other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
- How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
- 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?
- How often do you put things off until the last minute?
- How often do you depend on others to keep your life in order and attend to details?
If you answered “sometimes,” “often” or “very often” to four of the six questions, you may have adult ADHD.
The test, however, does not give a diagnosis – so always visit your doctor for professional support.
Around four to five per cent of adults have ADHD, which can cause difficulties following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organising and finishing work on time.