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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Tools and resources

Primary care providers

Rapid assessment for adults

An adult with the following experiences may have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):

  • having a child or any first-degree family member diagnosed with ADHD
  • being diagnosed with ADHD as a child or adolescent
  • feeling calm and focused after using a psychostimulant, cannabis or cocaine
  • undergoing psychometric testing as a child, which suggests that the person had a learning disability and a problem with working memory
  • believing or having a loved one who believes the person has ADHD.

If your client has had any of these experiences, administer the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale. It is available as a free download in the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines.


The Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines offer assessment toolkits with the following:

Clients and families

The Centre for ADHD Awareness offers information for students, parents, teachers and doctors, including a guide to classroom accommodations.

Watch educational videos produced by CADDRA for parents. The videos explain medications, sleep management and parenting challenges.

Totally ADD is a useful website where people with ADHD can learn more about the disorder.