Self Test for Women: Do I Have ADD?

A handy checklist of common ADD symptoms in women - consult this list before seeking an ADHD diagnosis for yourself or your child.

ADD symptoms in women look different than they do in men

Are you spending most of your time coping, looking for things, catching up, or covering up?

Do you have signs of attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)? Does your daughter? Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure, but completing a do-it-yourself symptom checklist of common ADD symptoms in women will give you an idea of whether you have adult ADHD.

NOTE: This test is not intended to diagnose or to replace the care of a health care professional.

The more questions you answer in the affirmative, the more likely you are to have ADD. Be sure to share your completed checklist with a doctor.

  • Do you feel overwhelmed in stores, at the office, or at parties? Is it impossible for you to shut out sounds and distractions that don't bother others?
  • Is time, money, paper, or "stuff" dominating your life and hampering your ability to achieve your goals?
  • Do you often shut down in the middle of the day feeling assaulted? Do requests for "one more thing" put you over the top emotionally?
  • Are you spending most of your time coping, looking for things, catching up, or covering up? Do you avoid people because of this?
  • Have you stopped having people over to your house because of your shame at the mess?
  • Do you have trouble balancing your checkbook?
  • Do you often feel as if life is out of control, that it's impossible to meet demands?
  • Do you feel like you're always at one end of a deregulated activity spectrum -- either a couch potato or a tornado?
  • Do you feel that you have better ideas than other people but are unable to organize them or act on them?
  • Have you watched others of equal intelligence and education pass you by?
  • Do you despair of ever fulfilling your potential and meeting your goals?
  • Have you ever been thought of as selfish because you don't write thank-you notes or send birthday cards?
  • Are you clueless as to how others manage to lead consistent, regular lives?
  • Are you called "a slob" or "spacey?" Are you "passing for normal?" Do you feel as if you are an impostor?
  • Is all your time and energy taken up with coping, staying organized, and holding it together, with no time for fun or relaxation?

For more information, check out ADDvance's ADD/ADHD Checklist for Girls, ADD/ADHD Self-report Questionnaire for Teenage Girls, and Sari Solden's Checklist for Women with ADHD, the list on which this article is based.


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