Do you find yourself easily distracted? Do you find it difficult to stay in your seat in meetings?
These are two questions in a new test designed to diagnose adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Adult ADHD is surprisingly common – with recent University of Barcelona research suggesting that up to two-thirds of young ADHD sufferers find that their disorder persists into adulthod.
But many sufferers go untreated, despite the fact the University of Barcelona researchers say that as many as 3-4% of adults may suffer from ADHD.
New research from JAMA psychiatry came up with a list of questions to help doctors diagnose adult ADHD, IFLScience reports.
The questions are designed to be used by doctors – assigning a numerical score to patients based on how they answer each question (with possible answers being ‘never, rarely, sometimes, often, and very often’).
1. How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
2. How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
3. How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
4. 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?
5. How often do you put things off until the last minute?
6. How often do you depend on others to keep your life in order and attend to details?