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, 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.

Take this self-test to learn more about the symptoms of ADHD in adulthood, and then take what you learn to a mental health care professional for evaluation.

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 in women) 20, 30, or 40 years ago. As scientific research 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 diet, brain training, exercise, and therapy — can be transformative at any age.

1. Take This Test: The ADHD Test for Women
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4. Learn More: About ADHD in Adults
5. Download 6 Steps to a Thorough ADHD Evaluation
6. Research Your ADHD Treatment Options
7. Understand the Difference Between ADD and ADHD
8. Consult Our Post-Diagnosis Guide for Adults
9. Find ADHD Specialists Near You

Updated on October 1, 2020

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  1. I recognize myself in nearly 100 percent of these articles especially sensory processing and emotional sensitivity as well as time anxiety has been and continues to be a painful aspect of life with ADHD. Have been diagnosed with ADHD for close to 20 years and take the maximum dose of generic adderall. Would love some suggestions that could help these issues. I didn’t realize until reading this that what was wrong with me had anything to do with my lack of focus..

    1. I was diagnosed ADHD years ago but didn’t believe it so I put off seeking treatment til recently. I am not hyper, I’m hoghly organized and can stay on task well (unless it’s boring to me) so I thought “no way” to the diagnosis but understand it better now and recognize the need for treatment. Adderall did nothing for me-I currently take Vyvanse, up to 60mg now, and even that’s not quite enough. My doc offers genetic testing to see how your liver metabolizes different ADHD meds so I can get a list of what would work best for me based on my liver function. You should look into that-might be a better med option for you.

    1. I got the same score and I was diagnosed ADHD. ADHD has many faces-I think ppl tend to assume if one symptom isn’t applicable to them then they mustn’t be ADHD but that’s not true. Best to see a psychiatrist. I finally accepted my diagnosis and am taking meds and tho I’m still trying to find the “right one”, it’s definitely still a positive change.

  2. I had 94% and am a raging Adhder. I am also lefthanded and had to become ambidextrous when i Broke my left arm around my 3rd birthday. Scored brilliantly on IQ tests as did my lefthanded sister who was forced at school to write right handed. There is speculation that lefthanders and ambidextrous persons have increased corpus collossum area for transmitting all those messages to different parts of the brain. Although i only completed grade 9 and parts of grade 10 and 11 successful mensa tests and worked very successfully as an Actuarial and Benefit consultant and Entrepreneur. Once answered a complex pension negotiation cost question while driving back to our office. No Didnt pull over…. did calc in my head then tested it using another method. Answer was prohibitively expensive saving the company a 7 figure embarassment. Later actuary from another firm did the calculation and for a mere $25,000 came up with a similar answer to mine. Actuary charged 100 hours, mine was 20 minutes of highway driving.
    As other ADHDers with this phenonoma include Albert Einstein.Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Paul McArtney, Leonardo Da Vinci and MichealAngelo i wonder if any research longtitudinal studies have been done particularly about ambidexterity and right handers.

      1. You don’t have to sign up dewd, you can get your results without an email address. But if you’ve got ADHD u probs should tbh, it’s domdorting and nice to know other ppl are in the same boat

  3. 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!

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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..

  7. 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!

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

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