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[Self-Test] Could You Have an Executive Function Deficit?

Executive function deficit is not synonymous with ADHD, but its symptoms overlap in significant ways. Take this self-test and share its results with a specialist to determine if you’re experiencing executive dysfunction.

Like those with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), people with executive function disorder (EFD) often experience time blindness, or an inability to plan for and keep in mind future events that aren’t in the near-term. They also have difficulty stringing together actions to meet long-term goals. This is not an attention problem in the present tense, but rather a sustained attention problem.

[Related Self-Test: ADHD in Adults]

When a person’s executive functions fail, he has trouble analyzing, planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks. People with executive dysfunction commonly lack the ability to handle frustration, start and finish tasks, recall and follow multi-step directions, stay on track, self monitor, and balance tasks (like sports and work demands). If this sounds familiar, take this self-test.

This self-test is designed to determine whether you show symptoms similar to those of an executive function disorder. If you have concerns about possible a executive function disorder see a health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This self-test is for personal use only.

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Updated on August 12, 2019

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  1. Wow. 100%. At 65, I have developed some work-arounds for some things. Easier now that I’m retired, but felt like an idiot loser for so much of my life until I was diagnosed about 10 years ago.

  2. This test needs some decent bounds checking.

    I ticked all the boxes but skipped the email address as I already have multiple emails from here…. so only got 80%.

    When I did it again and put my email in , it rose to 100%…. gee I’m getting worse….
    And after logging in, hit the “Show me my results” Button and it changed to 0%…. I’M CURED! Hallelujah!

  3. I started to develop EFD at 55 and certainly haven’t had it since Childhood. I was diagnosed by a clinical psych when reviewing my cognitive impairment – which has overwhelmed my life.
    I worked in accountancy, much detail and order in my every day working life. I was successful and popular for my expertise an forensic accounting. It just doesn’t fit.
    Where can I find information on this type of EFD

    1. Are you going through menopause? I have read that the hormonal fluctuation can cause great difficulties with focus, concentration, and executive functioning. Largely I have read about those with ADHD, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t also affect the general population to a lesser degree.

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