Symptom Tests for Adults

[Self-Test] Do I Have ADHD? Symptom Test for Adults

Do I have ADD? Take this free ADHD test to assess whether attention deficit hyperactivity disorder explains your symptoms of disorganization, hypersensitivity, lack of productivity, poor memory, emotional dysregulation, bad time management, and struggles with money and with work. Share the results with a mental health care professional for evaluation.

Do I Have ADHD? What Are Common ADD and ADHD Symptoms In Adults?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts the prefrontal cortex of the brain — the area responsible for executive functions, emotional regulation, and impulse control, among other things. Most children with ADHD become adults with ADHD because, though symptoms shift and change with age, they rarely go away all together.

ADHD in adults looks and acts different than ADHD in children, but clinicians’ diagnostic criteria — as outlined in the DSM-5 — does not differentiate adult vs. childhood symptoms, which sacrifices the accuracy of assessments. Take this self-test to learn more about the ADHD and ADD symptoms in adults, and then take what you learn to a mental health care professional for evaluation.

Adult ADHD Test

This ADHD symptom test was adapted from the ASRS Screener developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD

How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?

How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?

How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?

When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentence of the people you are talking to before they can finish it themselves?

How often do you put things off until the last minute?

How often do you depend on others to keep your life in order and attend to details?

(Optional) Would you like to receive your ADHD symptom test results — plus more helpful resources — via email from ADDitude?

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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ADHD Test for Adults: Next Steps

ADD is often hereditary; many children with ADHD have a parent with the condition. However, not all parents are diagnosed because ADHD was not well understood (particularly symptoms in women) 20, 30, or 40 years ago. As scientific research grows and our understanding of symptoms such as rejection sensitive dysphoria grows, more adults are pursuing an ADHD diagnosis and treatment. Treatment, with a stimulant medication like amphetamine (i.e. Adderall) or methylphenidate (i.e. Concerta or Ritalin) — and with an ADHD food plan, brain training, exercise, and therapy — can be transformative at any age.

1. Take This Test: The ADHD Test for Women
2. Take This Test: Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria in Adults
3. Take This Test: Do I Have ADD? Inattentive Symptom Test
4. Learn More: About ADHD in Adults
5. Download 6 Steps to a Thorough ADHD Evaluation
6. Take This Test: The WebMD ADHD Test
7. Research Your ADHD Treatment Options
8. Consult Our Post-Diagnosis Guide for Adults
9. Find ADHD Specialists Near You

91 Comments & Reviews

  1. I always score 100% on these and doctors who meet me for the first time think I’m bipolar rather than a.d.h.d! They drive me nuts because they try pushing the wrong meds on me! Now I’ve got my doctor who I’ve seen for about 10 years suggesttomg I try coming off my adderall for a little while to see how I do! Pfftt!

  2. I scored 90% and I just was diagnosed with ADHD a year ago at the age 35. My ego is in the floor I cannot seem to be able to finish anything or accomplish anything, it is hard for me to find balance, I feel like an idiot and adderall alleviates the symptoms.

    My therapist told me that I have a really high intellect, that I am in the vein of Leonardo Da vinci, this sounds awesome but how come I cannot accomplish anything that I set myself to do, who cares about synaptic pruning or the fact that a gram Zettabyte of information in physical DNA information is the equivalent to a 165 pounds of an actual computer architecture or how to achieve a good shape of the mayor and minor trochanter in the femur for a sculpture of the human body or how the sense of smell has more of an impact in the female than in the male due to a larger Limbic system and what would be the best cologne to use when I cannot remember to take the damn trash out or focus in printing my job’s daily reports or cook without burning the unburnable or at least have some peace of mind, I will love to be able to tell my brain to shut up for a minute. I am exhausted man and I all of this thought mean nothing if I am financially struggling or having a hard time getting my assignments on time at school (by the way this is the fifth school that I have been through).ADHD if one heck of a cross to bear.

    By the way I am 90% in the test, what is the meaning of that.

    1. Same here. My doc told me, like, “you need to be glad you’re a genius”. A genius, huh. Can I be a happy idiot instead, please… Drugs make my life easier, but I can’t make ends meet. Lately I started to consider the suicide because it’s more like euthanasia for me. And I’m just 84%. Hard to imagine how people with more effects exist in such conditions…

      1. Please don’t have those thoughts! Seek help if you already haven’t. There is solace and it can get better!

  3. You really have to learn not to sweat the small stuff that it only took me to my 70s to learn plus some SNRI that .Ups my seratomim and norepinephrine. Mindfulness is a wonderful tool And has helped me slow down and smell the roses as well. We cant be all things as much as we try ,,,,us people pleasers. The things we have in common with all those greats from the past and present is Low frustration tolerance… think edison einstein and steve jobs and dare i put him in there Don Trump…..yes he does share a lot of characteristics with us…. And the thing they shared was failing to complete their education in the traditional way. Wonder how far behind they were in handing in their papers.

  4. hello..whats my name again?.. Actually it doesn’t matter. I have been in denial for a long time thinking that I could possibly have AADD but maybe I do, although I have not had a professional diagnosis..ran out of time..will come back..

  5. Can’t find my score, but I can do the math myself. I’m 64. Diagnosed about 8 years ago – 2 years after being diagnosed with Bipolar type II. Great revelations – made sense of my past – but wish I had known back then. Now that I’m retired I’m getting some help and learning things. Utilizing mindfulness has been very helpful. I always felt I was smarter – or at least more perceptive – than average (ego or not, I still believe it). I dropped out of High School, then went back and did 3 years in 2. Then dropped out of college mid-junior year. Never completed, but had a good enough career anyway… in spite of innumerable failures to begin or complete… others jumping in at the last minute to save a project. Once I finally knew what was going on, things began to improve… a little too late for some aspects. Get help. Get therapy. Get coaching! Take medicine.

    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!

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.)

    1. Only in the last few months have I started to recognize I very well may suffer from ADHD. I am just beginning this journey and reading stories like yours is so comforting. For so long i hated myself because i was stupid, or lazy or one of the other words i used to shame myself. I hope I can find a way to finish my degree after 16 years of trying. Thank you for your point of view.

  9. I feel very similar. I have never been overly hyper or fidgety but my brain goes off into left field and dances through the flowers regularly. I remember when I was little my teacher would write a note home that said I was not mentally in class today. Not that it did anybody any good. By the way, according to the and a few other science journals I’ve looked in ADHD is the new official term that also refers to ADD. ” ADHD used to be called Attention-Deficit Disorder or ADD”. I only got a 71% and ya many of the questions that I didn’t score with where the hyperactivity ones. No, I don’t interrupt people, I’m too scared to talk half the time. I overthink things to such a crazy level that I just keep it all to myself most of the time. I hate attention of any kind.

  10. 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!!

  11. Hi all, this question is aim at someone who already has been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD.
    i am 22 old male, student of the university, employed in 2 jobs both part time, doing weightlifting and taking box classes… as a child i went to psychologist due to my attention problems and hyperactivity and bad grades…, (i was 11), i had and have problems keeping up even when i tried to do my best all the time, but as my father was not OK with me going to psychologist ( he said that i am just badly raised up, i think he was raising me good…) i quit and never been there again. i had and still have bit problems and have low social skills, problem completing tasks, doing hundred thinks at once, i can t even sit while eating, always shaking my leg while siting. even my ex-girlfriend said that i am always like nervous and not listening to her and can t relax for a moment always moving etc. in high school i often went to walk to the hall without any reason also was told that i never paid attention during classes teachers also said that many times (friends noticed that).few month ago i found psychologist report that were made when i was a child. in summary it says that i am “endangered in development” due to health problems (i had meningitis) also it says that i have behavioral problems and low attention, next report (official statement from my teacher) says that it is hard to keep my attention i behave wrong during breaks, also Very “ACTIVE” sometimes childish, and i most of the time forget my homeworks… grades getting worse and lot more of other bla.. bla.. stuff. i think of myself that i am very diligent i never hated school also, when i am trying to concentrate i am just not able to do that even when i am trying to motive myself as much as i can, constantly thinking about everything, getting distracted by everything…
    my question is: is it probable that i have adhd ? what is your opinion ? t

    1. Yes I believe so and bad grades is not a factor I was straight A student but ohh just read the text book k couldn’t pay attention to the teacher for the life of me plus the noises n distractions. I have all your symptoms and then some my doc prescribed adderall, its the best worked wonders for me, good luck I hope you can get the help you need adhd doesn’t mean that others are better then us it just means God made only a select few of his favorites =D

  12. I’m 15, I havnt been diagnosed with ADHD but for a couple months I’ve had a feeling that I do have it and need to visit a doctor about it. I continuously avoid any homework task that I am given I miss all deadlines and tell myself that I will complete it but I just never do and when I start it I just loose interest instantly or don’t have the “energy” to do it when I’m not tired at all or I just find it all “boring”. I’m constantly restless in all my lessons and feel like walking out to mess about or to just be able to do something instead of sitting down not being able to concentrate on a thing the teacher says. The teacher can be talking to me and not a word will be listened to I don’t do this intentionally my mind is just always wondering off. I find myself not letting people get a word in when I’m speaking aswell I will speak excessive amounts in a conversation without even taking a breath without realising at the time. Even at home I will be told to do something and a minute later I will completely go off track and not remember what I was supposed to be doing at all. When out with my friends I have found myself complaining that I’m bored or that I want to go to a different place after 5 minutes and just wanting to go off on my own when they aren’t willing to do something that is more “fun” to me haha. Any1 got any opinions I’m not sure if I’m just believing I had ADHD or that I may actually have it but I have done numerous different online test that tell me I do ?

    1. The only way to know is to see a professional who specializes in ADHD. Although, I find that we ADHDers are very intuitive, having to juggle 10 thoughts at once, but make one decision, and often it’s the right one. We naturally develop a strong intuitive sense. So, go with your gut and see a professional. I asked so many times in my life, and finally someone listened to me, the best therapist I’ve ever had. He sent me to a psychiatrist who specializes in adult ADHD and said he was 100% sure I had ADHD. I’m still working on finding the right medication, but knowing why you behave the way you do is incredibly helpful in itself. Good luck.

    1. Why won’t you ever know? When I took the right medication, I could literally feel my brain changing, and becoming more clearly focused. I wrote it all down as it was happening, as I knew I wouldn’t remember the extremity of it as I got used to the medication. See a professional.

  13. First time I’ve posted a comment on anything!! I scored 84%. Two of our three children have ADHD and go to a specialized school for it. I have brought up the fact that I think I have ADHD to many professionals, including in the psychiatric field, and after questioning me about my education (Masters level at University of Chicago – graduated with honors), they dismiss it. Finally a therapist recognized that I am practically the poster child (adult) for the disorder, I was sent to a specialist who said he knew within 10 minutes that I have it. I am 52. So, I’d just like to be on this and discuss the disorder with other adults who have been diagnosed as an adult. Also, the disorder seems to be getting worse, and I don’t know if that is because of the medication I am on or because of menopause, which I have heard can cause an increase in symptoms. I’d love anyone’s thoughts. That is if you’ve read this far. Haha.

    1. I have adult ADHD pretty bad lol I would advise adderall the instant release not extended release. It really helps I would not know how to do anything without its help and my opinion adult adhd is worse cause not many people understand it and judge you and can be ignorant so maybe talk to your doc I’m 29 been using it for about 6 years now, no complaints just drink alot of water throughout the day lol. I wish they knew more about adhd when I was younger, I had awesome grades my mom just thought I was too high strong n needed more discipline. People just don’t get it but the doc can help

  14. Well I got 100% lol go figure I’m really glad to know its adhd cause I’m si CV k of asshole people calling me ditzy or dumb blonde cause I would sometimes space out when being talked to or forgetful even have issues with talking over ppl or answer questions for them before they answer, ppl tend to get pissy about that too. Plus I can’t sit still always twitching and I have zero patience but so m.h e ppl I swear take forever to do anything especially in lines but this is how I’ve been living =-/

  15. By the way it took me almost 20 minutes to even set up an account for this site! Anyone have advice I’m 29 and this all started when I was 25. What meds will fix this

  16. I now test at 85% but tested at 100% in my 50’s when
    not properly medicated. I was diagnosed with
    ADHD at age 6 followed by bipolar and then both
    10 years ago. So I have compensated some for
    those questions I no longer test positive for.

    It is a long road but adhd folks are very bright and
    creative. Don’t ever stop learning and never
    give up

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