In 2017, Healthline reported that many people are unaware that nearly 4% of American adults (as many as 9 million people) are affected by one of the three ADHD disorders.

Adult ADHD, which impacts brain functioning, presents in ways that may affect decision-making, memory, academic achievement, relationship stability, general social interactions, and substance abuse. Healthline reported that “if left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD and its frequent companions, depression and low self-esteem, can prevent the sufferer from reaching his or her full potential.”

Various characteristic behaviors can reveal an adult ADHD diagnosis. Some of them are when a person is unable to stop being late or cannot stop themselves from losing focus, has unusual character traits, or often demonstrates nervous behavior.

Should anyone want to see if a possibility exists that they may have adult ADHD, go to The Mainstream Facebook page to download a direct link to an ADHD Self-Reporting Scale. Please note that the document is not intended for self-diagnosis. A clinical diagnosis requires a licensed physician.

Sample questions from 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 appoint- ments or obligations?
  4. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do 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?
    For additional screening information, see the Attention Deficit Disorder Association website.