Symptom Tests

[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 have weak executive function.

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.

When a person’s executive functions fail, he has trouble analyzing, planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks. People with EFD 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.


  1. This is my sons 100%….and I don’t know what to do about it….I have ADHD myself, but it wasn’t devastating to my life until after giving birth to my sons….but my two sons…I used to describe it as a failure to want to thrive…still now…that’s how I describe it…and they are now 16 and 20!

    1. I scored a 93%! That’s crazy. But the questions made me think of myself and certain situations. Wow. I’d definitely mention this to their ADHD doctor. I’ve got to find a specialist.

      1. I got a 93% as well. I have adult ADD, OCD, GAD, SAD & suffer from depression. I have never even heard of Executive Function Deficit before. I take medication but it does not seem to really help. I don’t know what to do at this point anymore. I am scared I will lose my jpb and I cannot afford therapy or counseling. HELP!!!

  2. 87% — I guess the coping strategies I’ve learned have helped, but I can still see so much need for improvement. I’m excited that the mental health world is finally recognizing this as a separate area of challenge for some of us; hopefully future generations won’t have to struggle and be called “lazy” like my generation did.

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