The OAD Clinic
Online Triage for ADHD
Online test for identifying potential symptoms of ADHD
There is no definitive set of 10 key questions to identify ADHD. Our diagnostic process usually involves a comprehensive evaluation that considers multiple factors, including symptoms, medical history, two ADHD questionnaires, TOVA (test of variables of attention) computerized test and functional impairment.
With that being said, the following ten questions may be useful in identifying potential symptoms of ADHD:
Do you often have trouble staying focused on tasks or activities, even when they are important or interesting to you?
2. Do you frequently lose or misplace things, like your keys, wallet, or phone?
3. Do you tend to avoid or put off tasks that require sustained mental effort or focus, such as studying,
paying bills, or doing paperwork?
4. Do you find it hard to follow through on instructions, even when they are simple or straightforward?
5. Do you feel restless or fidgety, especially in situations where you are expected to sit still or be quiet,
like during meetings or in class?
6. Do you often interrupt others or blurt out answers before they have finished asking a question?
7. Do you tend to take risks or act impulsively, without thinking through the consequences, such as
driving too fast or spending too much money?
8. Have you experienced these symptoms since childhood, and have they caused significant problems
in your life or relationships?
9. Have you tried other strategies to improve your focus or organization, such as setting reminders or
using a planner, but still struggle to stay on track?
10. Have you had any medical or mental health conditions that could contribute to these symptoms, such
as sleep disorders or anxiety?
It is important to note that a proper diagnosis of ADHD requires a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, who can take into account all relevant factors and use standardized assessment tools to determine if ADHD is present and to what degree.
At what age does ADHD appear?
ADHD knows no age: Spotting the signs from childhood to adulthood.
ADHD can occur at any age, but it is most commonly diagnosed in childhood, with symptoms typically emerging before the age of 12 and noticed by caregivers. However, ADHD can also be diagnosed later in life, due to milder symptoms or an individual's ability to compensate for their symptoms.
Symptoms of ADHD can change over time, and may be more or less noticeable depending on an individual's age and life circumstances. It's important to undergo a comprehensive evaluation to receive a proper diagnosis of ADHD.
How do we treat ADHD?
A winning combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
ADHD is usually treated with a combination of medication, behavioural therapy, and lifestyle changes to reduce symptoms and improve daily functioning.
Stimulant medications are commonly prescribed to improve attention and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity, while behavioural therapy like CBT can teach skills to manage ADHD symptoms and develop coping skills.
Lifestyle changes like exercise, improved sleep habits, and organization systems can also be effective. Treatment for ADHD is individualized and requires a comprehensive evaluation by a specialized team.
Is ADHD curable?
With the right tools and support, success is always within reach.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that currently has no known cure, but with proper treatment, individuals can learn to manage their symptoms effectively and improve daily functioning.
The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and improve functioning, rather than to cure the condition. Medication and behavioural therapy are often effective in reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life for individuals with ADHD.
While symptoms may change over time, it's possible for them to persist into adulthood and affect daily functioning.
Managing ADHD requires ongoing effort and commitment, and individuals should work closely with a specialized team to develop a treatment plan that works for them.
With the right support and treatment, individuals with ADHD can lead fulfilling and successful lives.