A simple tool to help you differentiate between ADHD and the most common overlapping comorbidities in children
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ADHD Rating Scale-V (ADHD-RS-V)5,6: An 18-item scale for use by parents and teachers, which takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. The ADHD-RS-V was recently modified to include more information on 6 important functional domains. Three symptom scores (Inattention, Hyperactivity—Impulsivity, and Total) are derived from each version.
Conners Rating Scales5,6: A group of short scales (<30 questions) for use by parents, teachers, and adolescents (self reporting).
Weiss Functional Impairment Rating Scale-
Parent Form (WFIRS-P)7:
A 50-item scale completed by parents or caregivers, who rate impairment across a number of domains clinically relevant to ADHD.
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