Symptom Tests for Adults

[Self-Test] Could You Have Adult ADHD / ADD?

Habitually disorganized? Always running late? Struggle to manage money and relationships? Take this test to learn more about the symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), and then take the results to a mental health care professional for evaluation.

Adapted from the ASRS Screener developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD

What Are the ADHD Symptoms In Adults? Could You Have ADD?

Could your impulsivity and distractibility be a sign of attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD)? Is ADD behind your feelings of inadequacy or poor working memory? Take this self-test to learn more about the symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder, and then take what you learn to a mental health care professional for evaluation.

[Related Self-Test: ADHD in Women and Girls]
[Related Self-Test: Could You Have a Working Memory Deficit?]

This questionnaire is designed to determine whether you demonstrate symptoms similar to those of adults with ADHD and is intended for adults ages 18 and older. If you answer yes to a significant number of these questions, consult a mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation by a trained mental health professional.

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What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test: Emotional Hyperarousal in Adults
2. Take This Test: Executive Function Disorder in Adults
3. Download 6 Steps to a Thorough ADHD Evaluation
4. Research Your ADHD Treatment Options
5. Listen to “ADHD in Adults vs. Children” — a Free Webinar with Dr. William Dodson
6. Consult Our Post-Diagnosis Guide for Adults

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  1. If ur taking this test I think u almost positively think u have ADD or ADHD. I wouldn’t take a schizophrenic test if I wasn’t almost 100 percent sure lol.

    Never thought I did until I realized yelling off an urge to need to was not normal. But whats normal? I have ADD FOR SURE, slight ADHD, social/ general anxiety, depression, insomnia, and I LOVE STIMMING!!! LOL plus i have addicting personality issues. Anger problems, might be bipolar, might slightly be a sociopath. Lol

    1. I wouldn’t be worried about the cannabis because it can help both if he does really have ADHD or if he has Aspergers because it calms your mind if you have ADHD and calms the anxiety often associated with Aspergers but if you really want to get him to take a test ask him the questions or related questions if it’s too obvious randomly throughout the day and write his answers and complete the test. It’s kind of manipulative but if you are seriously worried than this may be a good option, anyways best of luck!

  2. Unfortunately, we as a society are not given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to topics such as ADHD. I somewhat agree and understand the reasoning behind it. However, who really suffers at the end…the patient who needs the medication but is given the ring around when wants to be prescribed ADHD medicine. After doing research on this topic with the help of my girlfriend, I have mustered up enough courage to finally set an appointment with a doctor in San Francisco. I have taken multiple exams online and in each exam I was honest in each answer; it does indicate that I have ADHD. I am truly hoping that the doctor I have made an appointment with see’s it the same way, does not send me on different tests and multiple appointments (all of which requires multiple copays, time off work, and other aspects of my life) just to end up being prescribed something I do not need.

    I am 35 years old, not a junkie, AND JUST WANT A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. (also been in the community college system for over 15 years without getting a degree, been told I have no discipline by my ex wife, and have extreme difficulty finish various tasks in all aspects of my life)

  3. I took the test twice. First result was 87%. The second result was 90%. I returned to school this fall with an online program. I’m in my second course and am finding it very difficult to do research for my essay. I am also a becoming more aware that when I read. I get to a point don’t know what I just read because I drifted off thinking about something else. So I end up rereading what I just read. I want to get help but I don’t want to take drugs. Help!

    1. Jerod, I’m right there, just went back to school myself. It’s near impossible to answer the simplest questions if anyone is at home. I have a planner that dictates what I do every half hour. I plan out my weeks worth of studies, give myself lots of breaks and make sure to go out for a walk or get some sort of exercise. I often play light classical music in the background because dead silence means my head is anything but. I grew up in a place and time where girls ‘didn’t get learning disabilities’ so I ended up learning a bunch of positive coping mechanisms along the way. This is what works for me, you just have to find what works for you. Make sure to have someone to talk to. You can totally do this. You’ve got it!

    2. I also struggle with having to reread things multiple times because I randomly will start thinking of something else. It is so frustrating.

      One thing that helps me is using essential oils like peppermint and Vetiver. They are both great for focus.

      Getting enough sleep is crutial for me.

      Also, practicing yoga, mindfulness and meditation will carry over into your life.

      I am currently also on medication but for a different & possibly incorrect diagnosis. Medicine is trial & error a lot of time and side effects can be intense. I don’t blame you for not wanting to go down that road.

  4. I have struggled all my life. It wasn’t until my first time in college taking an intro to study of disease class that it hit me. When every symptom fit like a glove. I’m now reading “Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained world” and I could cry because so many of the stories are my stories. I also have 2 of my 3 children who I think fit this as well but it’s hard for me to see anything ‘wrong’ because their normal is my normal. I’ve been scared to be tested for years, I’m not sure what good it would do me now. Depending on my stress level I have enough coping tools to lead a fairly productive life. But when things crash they crash hard. I don’t know what I should do. I just want to be a good mother and provider. (My spouse doesn’t believe in ADHD, so that adds to the drama.)

  5. I used to be “normal”. That is until I suffered a concussion/TBI that resulted from falling down a flight of stairs and knocking me out for an unknown amount of time (greater than 2min, less than 10). I have noticed a great difference in my mindset, ability to “stay on target”, have sudden “rushes” of energy when supposed to be working on usually monotonous activities and tent to try to make regular and “normal” activities that are plenty exciting for others even MORE exciting so that I can enjoy them. I have to give my wife my paycheck now because otherwise I’ll piss it away, I can’t sit motionless more than 5min, and can’t sit and focus on necessary but mundane topics like bills and making a shopping list and must constantly leave & return to them (IF I can remember to return). This all began after my head injury. Can ADD begin after a head injury (TBI, concussion, etc.)? I scored 90% on this test to no surprise, but worry that it may be something more serious if ADD can/does not appear after an injury in adults with no previous symptoms. Please respond if you have any similar stories/symptoms or can answer with confidence and assurance. My only Doc is at VA and I am trying to narrow down all possibilities before going there. As expected, 9/10 docs in my VA are quacks and I must do most of the work for them if I want it done correctly. Any advice or attached sources/links to further my learning would be GREATLY appreciated, THANK YOU!!

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