ADHD Symptoms

ADHD Symptom Test for Adults: ADD Checklist

Habitually disorganized? Always running late? Struggling to manage money and relationships? Take this adult ADHD test to learn more about your ADD symptoms.

Funny woman with ADHD
Funny woman with ADHD

Checklist of ADHD / ADD Symptoms in Adults

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurological condition defined by a consistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning in at least two settings — for example, at work and at home.

ADHD symptoms often look different in children than they do in adults. But this is universal: If you recognize the signs in yourself or your loved one on the following adult ADD test, and the symptoms persistently disrupt life for at least 6 months, you may be dealing with ADHD. If you suspect that you have adult ADHD, contact your medical health-care professional for a diagnosis.

[Self-Test: Could You Have Adult ADHD?]

Check each of the following statements that apply to you…

1. I have difficulty getting organized.

2. When given a task, I usually procrastinate rather than doing it right away.

3. I work on a lot of projects, but can’t seem to complete most of them.

4. I tend to make decisions and act on them impulsively — like spending money, getting sexually involved with someone, diving into new activities, and changing plans.

5. I get bored easily.

6. No matter how much I do or how hard I try, I just can’t seem to reach my goals.

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7. I often get distracted when people are talking; I just tune out or drift off.

8. I get so wrapped up in some things I do that I can hardly stop to take a break or switch to doing something else.

9. I tend to overdo things even when they’re not good for me — like compulsive shopping, drinking too much, overworking, and overeating.

10. I get frustrated easily and I get impatient when things are going too slowly.

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11. My self-esteem is not as high as that of others I know.

12. I need a lot of stimulation from things like action movies and video games, new purchases, being among lively friends, driving fast or engaging in extreme sports.

13. I tend to say or do things without thinking, and sometimes that gets me into trouble.

14. I’d rather do things my own way than follow the rules and procedures of others.

15. I often find myself tapping a pencil, swinging my leg, or doing something else to work off nervous energy.

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16. I can feel suddenly down when I’m separated from people, projects or things that I like to be involved with.

17. I see myself differently than others see me, and when someone gets angry with me for doing something that upset them I’m often very surprised.

18. Even though I worry a lot about dangerous things that are unlikely to happen to me, I tend to be careless and accident prone.

19. Even though I have a lot of fears, people would describe me as a risk taker.

20. I make a lot of careless mistakes.

21. I have blood relatives who suffer from ADHD, another neurological disorder, or substance abuse.

[You Think You’ve Got Adult ADHD — What To Know]

If you answered yes to 15 of these questions, it is likely that you have attention deficit disorder (ADHD). However, you can still have ADHD even if you answered yes to fewer than 15 of these questions. This informal test is intended as a general guide only. If you think your child might have ADHD, take the ADHD test for kids.

Adults who think they may have ADHD / ADD should consult with a physician or other licensed mental health practitioner, and ask about an adult ADHD test. Treatments are available that can help reduce substantially these symptoms.

What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test: ADHD / ADD Symptoms in Adults
2. Take This Test: Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria in Adults
3. Take This Test: Emotional Hyperarousal in Adults
4. Download 6 Steps to a Thorough ADHD Evaluation
5. Find an ADHD specialist nearby in our ADDitude Directory
6. Research Your ADHD Treatment Options
7. Listen to “ADHD in Adults vs. Children” — a Free Webinar with Dr. William Dodson
8. Consult Our Post-Diagnosis Guide for Adults

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  1. Ok, can someone please tell me where to go for help (in Australia) because I do 20 of those 21 questions, and I’ve been this way my whole life.
    I’m 48 years old and I’m female

  2. I’m 16 and I answered yes to 11 of these questions, no to 5, and (maybe)/(I don’t know)/(this is stressful: skip) to 5. For the most part. Some of the no’s may be maybes and the maybes may be no’s. Can someone please tell me the likelihood of me having ADHD?

  3. 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 and put down for most of my life, and have extreme difficulty finish various tasks in all aspects of my life)

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