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 generally feel restless, as if I need to be perpetually doing something or going somewhere.

1 out of 15

I fidget whenever I need to sit still and concentrate. I tap a pencil, move my feet, or play with my hair, even when in meetings for work and often without consciously doing so.

2 out of 15

I finish sentences for other people, even though I know that is inappropriate and sometimes rude.

3 out of 15

I tend to get bored quickly and crave excitement.

4 out of 15

My friends or family members have asked me not to monopolize conversations, saying that I talk excessively when we are together.

5 out of 15

I find it difficult to control my emotions. I can anger quickly but the feeling quickly subsides and I may not even remember why I was mad the next day.

6 out of 15

I have poor driving skills. I drive too fast, make sudden moves without signaling, get lost, and/or have received tickets for speeding.

7 out of 15

I have a difficult time waiting in lines. For example, I try going to the grocery store at off times, such as late at night, when there won’t be a line at the check-out.

8 out of 15

I seem unprepared because I forget or lose things like my keys, cell phone, and wallet.

9 out of 15

I become physically uncomfortable when I need to sit still for extended times during long work meetings, day-long seminars, and even movies or church. I try to avoid situations where I will need to be still for extended periods.

10 out of 15

On a whim, I have purchased items I don’t need, even when I can’t afford the items or am watching my money.

11 out of 15

When doing chores at home, I move from task to task, without finishing anything. Chores are more like a burst of whirlwind activity — things get moved around but rarely cleared off my to-do list totally.

12 out of 15

I have trouble sleeping. My mind races and I find it hard to turn off my thoughts to relax and fall asleep.

13 out of 15

I feel compelled to move around. For example, when watching a movie, I feel driven to get up and move around after only a few minutes.

14 out of 15

I blurt out things without thinking, hurting other people’s feelings by sharing opinions that would be better unsaid.

15 out of 15

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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 Adult Autism?
5. Take This Test: Do You Have Emotional Hyperarousal?
6. ReadLearn About Inattentive ADHD in Everyday Life

Updated on September 17, 2020

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