Self-reported symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

rate of endorsement and association with neuropsychological performance in an adult psychiatric sample

Brooke C. Schneider*, Teresa Thoering, Barbara Cludius, Steffen Moritz

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The lack of specificity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms represents a diagnostic challenge, especially when assessing psychiatric patients reporting a wide range of complaints. Rate of endorsement of ADHD symptoms, and their association with neuropsychological performance, was examined in a psychiatric sample of 71 adults, who had been referred for a neuropsychological evaluation. Patients completed two self-report measures of ADHD symptoms, the ADHD Self-Report Scale (ADHD-SR) and the Wender Utah Rating Scale-Short Form, as well as measures of attention, executive functioning, visuoconstructional ability, and verbal learning and memory. On the ADHD-SR, 74.6% of the sample met the cutoff for inattention or hyperactivity, while 81.7% met the cutoff for impulsivity. Neuropsychological performance was weakly associated with self-reported symptoms. Our results suggest that psychiatric patients commonly report symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Assessment utilizing multiple sources is necessary to confirm whether self-reported symptoms are indicative of ADHD or reflect other causes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-191
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • ADHD
  • Assessment
  • Comorbidity
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Prevalence

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