Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Laurie Hopper

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Rebecca Luebbert


adult ADHD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD self-report scale


Less than 20% of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are adequately treated due to overlapping symptomology of comorbid psychiatric conditions. Anxiety and depression are the most common comorbid psychiatric conditions in adults with ADHD. Diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of adults with ADHD are impacted due to inadequate screening. The setting for this project occurred in a Veteran Affairs mental health outpatient clinic in central Illinois. The process was implemented by screening adults diagnosed with depression or anxiety using the adult ADHD self-report scale (ASRS). Of the 150 participants, 90 scored higher than 17 on the self-report scale, indicating further ADHD evaluation. Incorporating screening for ADHD in adults with comorbid psychiatric conditions will improve diagnosis and treatment, leading to improved mental health outcomes.

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