What is the WFIRS?
The WFIRS was developed to measure how ADHD impacts your life. This is different from your symptoms: a person may only have few symptoms of ADHD, but be really impacted by those symptoms. The WFIRS therefore looks at common struggles associated with ADHD across the following categories:
How do I interpret my score?
A higher score indicates higher impairment in any given area. If you score more than 1.5 in any given category, this would indicate that you struggle in that area. It is always important to reflect on the personal meaning of your score. For example, many people have issues with their family that are unrelated to ADHD. Those people are likely to score as highly impaired in the ‘family’ area on the WFIRS. This does not mean that your ADHD symptoms caused issues with your family. As such, take your scores with a grain of salt, and reflect on what they mean to you. The WFIRS is a tool, not an authority.
What can I do with my score?
Does a high score mean I have ADHD?
The WFIRS is not validated for use in diagnosing ADHD. There are better diagnostic questionnaires like the ASRS V1.1, however, a diagnosis can only be made by a qualified clinician.
Is the WFIRS a well-respected test?
The WFIRS is a widely used and well respected test.
Weiss, M. D., Wasdell, M. B., & Bomben, M. M. (2005, May). Weiss Functional Impairment Scale-Parent Report (WFIRS-P): a new measure of impairment associated with ADHD. In 158th annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
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