DIVA 2.0 is a semi structured Diagnostic Interview for Adult ADHD, second edition.
In 2007 the DIVA was developed in Dutch by J.J.S. Kooij, MD PhD, psychiatrist, and her team. Since October 2010 slightly adjusted version with an improved introduction of the DIVA is available (DIVA 2.0) in Dutch and English. The DIVA was developed because there is a need for a semi structured diagnostic instrument in the field that is easily available at low costs, in many different languages, for research and clinical assessment purposes.
The DIVA investigates the DSM-IV criteria of ADHD in childhood and adulthood, as well as impairment in five areas of functioning in both life periods. In order to facilitate understanding of the criteria in daily life in both childhood and adulthood, every DSM-IV criterion is accompanied by several examples that can be probed. The same is true for the five areas of impairment: education, work, social relationships, social activities/leisure time, partner/family relationships and self-esteem.
The threshold for patients to get proper assessment for ADHD in adulthood is still very high in most countries due to a lack of knowledge and experience of professionals, due to myths and stigma around a childhood disorder that is not outgrown, and due to a fear of treatment with stimulants. However, ADHD has been shown to be a frequent disorder in adults with a prevalence rate of 3-5%. ADHD is a chronic and impairing disorder that can be effectively treated. In order to lower at least one barrier to diagnostic assessment, we found that the instrument should be freely available via internet for those who need it. We hope the DIVA will serve patients, clinicians, and researchers to have easy access to the careful diagnostic assessment of ADHD in adults.