Symptom Tests for Adults

[Self-Test] Do I Have ADD?

Symptoms of ADD in adults can show up as lack of motivation, procrastination, and difficulty sustaining attention. Inattentive ADHD can cause problems with relationships, finances, and work. And it is absolutely worth diagnosing — and treating — at any age. Start with this free online ADD symptom test.

Do I Have ADD (aka Inattentive ADHD)?

Symptoms of inattentive attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD) — particularly in women — can go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years, even decades. Many adults are finally evaluated for ADD symptoms after their children get diagnosed — and they realize that they struggled with the same symptoms all their lives. ADD can show up as lack of motivation, procrastination, and difficulty sustaining attention. It can cause problems with relationships, finances, and work. And it is absolutely worth diagnosing — and treating — at any age.

Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure whether symptoms are severe, frequent, and pervasive enough to suggest a positive ADD diagnosis. But this self-test may provide some behavior clues and suggestions about next steps.

This questionnaire is designed to determine whether you demonstrate symptoms similar to those of attention deficit disorder (ADD) — and the inattentive sub-type in particular. If you answer 'Very Often' or 'Frequently' to a significant number of these questions, consult a licensed mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This screener is based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association.

I am easily distracted by activity around me at work. I work better in quiet, private environments.
I start a chore or project at home and then move on to a different task, leaving many chores and projects partially complete. I have a variety of unfinished tasks laying around my house.
I procrastinate, especially when the project I need to do will require a sustained mental effort, such as paying bills, balancing the checking account, or doing taxes.
I seem unprepared because I forget or lose things like my keys, cell phone, and wallet.
My spouse complains that I don’t remember things he or she told me or that I don’t seem like I am listening when he or she talks to me.
When given similar tasks at work, I take longer than my coworkers do to complete assignments.
People in my life – parents, teachers, and bosses – describe me as an underachiever. They may say I lack drive, call me a couch potato, or say that I am lazy.
I have lost jobs because of chronic tardiness.
I get hit with late fees on my credit cards and/or utility payments more often than I would like to admit.
I change jobs — either because I become bored with the job or because I am fired due to tardiness or not completing tasks.
My boss or coworkers have commented that I seem disinterested in the work I am doing and am staring into space when I should be working.
I forget doctor’s appointments, meetings for work, or plans with friends. I have been told that if it is important, I will remember, but that doesn’t seem to be true.
When involved in something that I find interesting, I lose track of time or have a hard time pulling myself away, even when I have other obligations.
My mind drifts when I am talking to someone, and I find that I have missed parts of the conversation.
My friends have told me an artificially early time for dinner reservations or lunch dates because I am typically late.

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ADD in Adults: Next Steps

1. Take this Test: Full ADHD Symptom Test for Adults
2. Take This Test: ADHD Symptoms in Women and Girls
3. Take This Test: Do You Have Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria?
4. Take This Test: Do You Have Emotional Hyperarousal?
5. Take This Test: Do You Have Adult Autism?
6. Read Learn About Inattentive ADHD in Everyday Life
7. Download Your Free, In-Depth Guide to Inattentive ADHD

Updated on November 8, 2019

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