ADHD Symptoms in Adults: ADD Checklist & Test
Do I have ADD? Adults with ADHD symptoms including distractibility, impulsivity, disorganization, poor time management, emotional sensitivity, relationship problems, and/or trouble managing money should take this adult ADHD test to learn more about the ways attention deficit shows up later in life.
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ADHD Symptoms in Adults: ADD Checklist
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurological condition defined by symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactive impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning in at least two settings — for example, at work and at home.
Roughly two-thirds of people who experienced ADHD symptoms as a child will continue to experience ADHD symptoms as an adult, though its manifestations tend to shift and change with age. But many people with attention deficit — particularly its inattentive symptoms — are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as children. They may suffer serious psychological consequences after a lifetime of blaming themselves for ADHD symptoms such as:
- Forgetting names and dates
- Missing deadlines and leaving projects unfinished
- Extreme emotionality and rejection sensitivity
- Becoming easily distracted and disorganized
- Suffering generalized anxiety disorder and depression
It’s never too late to benefit from ADHD treatment. If you recognize the signs of ADHD in yourself or your loved one after taking this ADHD test for adults, 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.
Check each of the following statements that apply to you or take the interactive ADHD symptom test here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you answered yes to 15 of these questions, you show signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). 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; share it with your doctor for further analysis. If you think your child might have ADHD, take the ADHD test for kids.
Adults who think they may have ADHD should consult with a physician or other licensed mental health practitioner, and ask about an adult ADHD evaluation. 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
Updated on July 1, 2019