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Self-Assessment Tools

Self-assessment forms for ADHD

You may use these rating scales as part of a screening that assesses symptoms associated with Attention-Deficit Disorder. The contents are similar to the symptom descriptions contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV TR of the American Psychiatric Association. The purpose of providing these is not for diagnosis. We have our clients and patients complete these to provide baseline data when we consider cognitive working memory training as ADHD treatment for children or adult ADHD treatment. We complete another scale about a month following training to see what symptoms may have responded to the training. Identifying five or more items on Inattention or Hyperactivity/Impulsivity as “Applies Fairly Closely” in the 7- to 17-year-old rating scale or “Often” in the 18+ rating scale may indicate the presence of ADHD. Symptoms can have many causes and in order to determine if a diagnosis is warranted, a full evaluation by a qualified professional is needed.

Rating scale 7-17 form

Rating scale 18+ form

Self-assessment form for stress

Developing the skill of maintaining emotional control in the face of normal, stressful, demanding, or even crisis situations begins with a personal assessment and continuous monitoring. With our patients, we recommend utilizing a stress log and a measure of relative stress, subjective units of discomfort (SUD).

Stress Log

Self-assessment form for OCD treatment

Complete the form following the instructions. The resulting score will provide an idea as to how much distress or interference obsessions and compulsions may be affecting your well-being. To help you think about how to answer the screening questions, here are some definitions:
Obsessions are unwelcome and distressing ideas, thoughts, images or impulses that repeatedly enter your mind. They may cause uncomfortable feelings intruding on your thinking for no apparent reason. They may make no sense to you and go against your basic beliefs and ideals.
Compulsions are behaviors, thoughts, or acts that you feel the urge to perform although you may consider them excessive or ridiculous. You may experience a decrease in anxiety or discomfort after you perform them. Sometimes, you may try to resist the compulsions but feel you can’t get the discomfort to go away until you do it.

A Screening Test for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Automated help with identifying cognitive distortions

A while ago I ran across a tool available on the Internet. Its name is “thoughthelper.” If you keep a journal, stress log, or write “worst-case scenarios” for exposure practice, you can type or paste your entries into thoughthelper for analysis.

Thoughthelper does an automated analysis to help you identify common cognitive distortions. This is not therapy, but an educational tool. I’ve had clients try it out, and generally they have found it useful, especially in real time. You can try it for free on their website. If you find it helpful, want to use it regularly, and track your progress, you can register. 

If you decide to register, enter the code BSAI5 to receive a 5% discount. Behavioral Sciences will also receive some compensation. Here is the URL to give it a try: https://thoughthelper.com/cbt/default.aspx.

Let me know what you think. david.barnhart@trinitycounseling.com

Behavioral Sciences of Alabama is your solution for ADHD, anxiety and life’s many problems. Come and visit us in Huntsville, AL (southeast Huntsville, near Parkway Place Mall). Call 256.883.3231 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us. We also provide our services to residents of Madison, Decatur, Athens, and Guntersville,AL.