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Screening Tools

Screening tools are just that, a tool to help start talking points for the provider and you to figure out what is going on and the best approach to help soften or correct your symptoms. Many online screening tools exist but without the interview or interpretation from your provider, you are likely to get a false positive screen.  Many conditions (like ADHD) can share similar symptoms which requires a skilled provider to rule out narrow down the likely cause of the symptoms. Once that is done, then a treatment plan can be determined. Bottom line: one screen or brief interview will not likely diagnose your condition.

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This screen helps evaluate the degree of depression and sadness that an individual is struggling with. 


This tool helps identify the degree of worry or anxiety  intrusion an individual is impacted by in their life.  


This screen helps identify shifts in mood, energy, impulsivity, and behavior changes. Some individuals will have had previous evaluations for cycling moods and/or have family members with these symptoms. 


Acute childhood early events impact an individual's mood and temperament in their life. It helps the clinician know how chaotic early childhood was and how it contributes to their current mood.


This screen helps identify how early on an individual was impacted by intrusive moods, distractibility, behavioral issues, and difficulty in school. This is helpful in assessing for focus and concentration problems. 


This is a screening tool that helps an individual describe the degree of current problems with focus, concentration, hyperactivity, and impatience to their provider. 


This is a helpful tool that describes and communicates an individual's attitudes about their patterns of eating, thinking about their body, and behavior to control and manage their weight.

Dr. Amen's ADHD-Type Screen

Developed by Dr. Amen as one tool for evaluating individuals having trouble focusing, difficulty with follow through, disorganization, or distraction to evaluate for possible Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This simple, confidential 4-minute test points for signs of possible Attention Deficit Disorder.  Created by the Amen Clinics, it can identify 7 unique ADD types that may be causing difficulty in all aspects of your life.

Adult Learning Challenges/Dyslexia Symptoms

Many adults have learning issues that were never undetected. It can cause a dislike for reading, misunderstanding what is read, not seeing words in a paragraph, reading words in a different order, eye fatigue, headaches, or ADHD like symptoms. This Adult Reading History Questionnaire (ARHQ) is a self-report screening tool designed to measure risk of reading disability (i.e. dyslexia) in adults (Lefly & Pennington, 2000). The ARHQ asks adults about their own reading history and current reading habits in order to estimate the risk that they may have a reading disability.

Mood Shifts/BSDS Screen

This screen helps describe the shifts in moods and energy an individual is impacted with in their life. We all have ups and downs and with that our energy will fluctuate. This gets a sense of how strong the ups and downs are and what the quality of the energy is like with the mood shifts. It is a tool to be interpreted by a clinician.

Auditory Processing

This tool helps communicate any difficulties a person is struggling with in interpretation of what they hear, understand, and interpret was said. It is not a hearing screen but helps in the assessment of an individual who is seeking help for ADHD like symptoms. 

Borderline Traits Screen

Borderline Personality Traits often occur as a result of severe trauma. Persons often feel highly sensitive and suspect and often react strongly and rapidly to situations. They tend to view their world as good-bad, black-white, positive-negative.  Relationships are a struggle as their mood swings are inflammatory. They tend to attach and detach quickly making sustained healthy relationships difficult. Identifying these traits can help the individual and therapist target ways to manage it. DBT skills is often very helpful. 

Sleep Pattern/Behavior Screen

This screen assesses for sleep dysregulation, restlessness, narcolepsy, and apnea. Anyone of these issues can cause persistent or chronic daytime fatigue and inattention. Click on the photo to be taken to screen.

Sensory Processing Issues

This is a screen that is often used with assessing a person's reaction to their environment. Some people are described as extremely sensitive or under sensitive. These individuals may have reactive behavior or difficulty adjusting in life to changing circumstances. This can help the provider determine how to stabilize their mood.

Autism Quotient Symptom Initial Screen

This is a preliminary screen that may suggest why a client is struggling to manage their communication, relationships, and work. It helps the provider start a conversation with the client to determine if more comprehensive assessment for Autism should be sought out. Symptoms of a screen do not diagnose autism but may help identify appropriate referrals to specialists.


Do you have repetitive thoughts or behaviors? Are you bothered by violent or recurring disturbing images and worry what is wrong with you? Do you doubt your relationships? If so, taking this screen and discussing with your provider may help provide insight into ways to treat you therapeutically. 

Post Betrayal Syndrome?

Post betrayal syndrome bleeds into all aspects of an individual's life beyond relationships. This quiz can highlight if you are struggling with this and has links to help for addressing this issue. Click on the photo for the screening PDF.

Highly Sensitive Person Screen

Do you struggle with the intensity of your emotions?  Are sudden sounds, bright lights, loud voices, or surprises causing you anxiety and emotional upheaval?  Do you struggle with tastes, textures, smells, and sights of foods?  Do you find that it is hard to "get over" your intense feelings or responses even if you think they are "ridiculous"? Perhaps you are a highly sensitive individual. Understanding this can help you and your provider learn to manage your emotions, reactions, and sense of overwhelm.