Frequently I am asked by a mother of a pediatric patient if it is possible that the father also has ADHD, like the son or daughter with the diagnosis of ADHD.
Or, less often, the father asks the same question about his wife. “Do you think my wife has ADHD?”
Is there a screening tool to see if an adult has ADHD? (Attention Deficit)
There is one developed by the World Health Organization.
It involves asking 6 questions and then rating each one as
Here are the 6 questions
- How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project?
- How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
- How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
- When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?
- How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?
- How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were “driven by a motor?”
Try going through this list with your spouse and if there are a number of often or very often responses maybe it is a good idea to seek help from someone skilled in looking at things in more detail