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’re experiencing executive dysfunction.

Executive Dysfunction Test for Adults

Like those with ADHD, people with executive function disorder (EFD), or executive dysfunction, 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 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 an 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.

Do you forget things, even when they are important to you?

1 out of 16

Do you struggle to get a handle on clutter? Does your personal space get messy with piles of papers and miscellaneous items?

2 out of 16

Do you have trouble getting started or initiating tasks?

3 out of 16

Do you become frustrated when things don’t go as planned and can you quickly become angry?

4 out of 16

Are you easily distracted by things you see or hear?

5 out of 16

Do you let go of anger as quickly as it came?

6 out of 16

Do you say “I will do it later” and then forget all about it?

7 out of 16

Do you waste time trying to decide what to do first?

8 out of 16

Do you forget appointments and do you typically run late?

9 out of 16

Do you become absorbed in things or tasks that interest you—sometimes to the point of forgetting about people around you or other obligations?

10 out of 16

Do you start tasks with enthusiasm but lose interest quickly?

11 out of 16

Do you have trouble following conversations because you are distracted or because you are trying to remember what you wanted to say?

12 out of 16

At least once a day do you lose or misplace items—for example, keys, wallet, purse, or a cell phone?

13 out of 16

Do you have trouble completing multiple-step tasks and moving from one task to another?

14 out of 16

Do you have difficulty figuring out what is most important or what you should start with given a list of things to do?

15 out of 16

Do you find it hard to do things that aren't necessary or highly stimulating?

16 out of 16

(Optional) Would you like to receive your executive function disorder symptom test results — plus more helpful resources — via email from ADDitude?

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Executive Dysfunction in Adults: Next Steps

1. Take This Test: ADHD Symptoms in Adults
2. Take This Test: Do You Have a Working Memory Deficit?
3. Research Treatments for Executive Function Disorder
4. Read Executive Function Disorder, Explained!
5. Take This Test: Do You Have Emotional Hyperarousal?
6. Download Is It Executive Function Disorder?

Updated on January 31, 2020