Symptom Tests for Adults

[Self-Test] Hyperactive and Impulsive ADHD Symptoms in Adults

What do hyperactivity and impulsivity look like in an adult with ADHD? Could your feelings of restlessness, dissatisfaction, and shame be signs of attention deficit disorder? Take this symptom test to gauge whether your behaviors point to ADHD, and then share the results with an evaluating clinician.

Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association and reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., a member of the ADDitude ADHD Specialist Panel.

Do I Have Hyperactive Impulsive ADHD?

The hyperactive impulsive subtype of attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is relatively easy to identify in children. In adults, the symptoms are often more subtle and difficult to pinpoint — for example, hyperactivity sometimes settles into a general feeling of restlessness with age. However, while some childhood symptoms dissipate with time, others evolve and change and emerge. These symptoms can range from general annoyances to severe challenges that cause problems in relationships and at work.

Besides restlessness, adults with hyperactive impulsive ADHD may find it difficult to wait in line at the store, interrupt others while talking, monopolize conversations, and have poor driving histories. If this sounds like you, take this self-test.

Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure whether symptoms are severe, frequent, and pervasive enough to suggest a positive ADHD diagnosis. But this self-test may provide some behavior clues and suggestions about next steps.

This questionnaire is designed to determine whether you demonstrate symptoms similar to those of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) — and the hyperactive impulsive sub-type in particular. If you answer ‘Very Often’ or ‘Frequently’ to a significant number of these questions, consult a licensed mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation.


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What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test: Full ADHD Symptom Test For Adults
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3. Find an ADHD specialist nearby in our ADDitude Directory
4. Read Impulsivity Explained
5. Download How to Focus (When Your Brain Says ‘No!’)
6. Take This Test Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder In Adults
7. Consult You Free Guide To ADHD Coping Mechanisms

Updated on March 6, 2019

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