By J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Research Updates
For a long time, at least for this writer, knowledge about the relationship of ADHD and the military was based on a lot of hearsay, rumor, and second- and third-hand accounts. However, a recent peer-reviewed article provides data on estimated prevalence rates of ADHD in the United States Army using the Adult ADHD Symptom Self-Report Scale Screener (ASRS-S)1. The ASRS-S was administered to over 21,000 active duty soldiers as part of the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STAARS). The larger STAARS assessment battery included experiential and psychological measures and included the 6-item ASRS-S.