Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Test

Based upon the DSM-5 criteria
and other screening measures for ADD/ADHD
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Use this quiz to help determine if you need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of ADD or ADHD as an adult.

Instructions: Simply answer the questions on how you have behaved and felt during the past 6 months. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.

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I am a year old /

1. How often do you have difficulty sustaining your attention while doing something for work, school, a hobby, or fun activity (e.g., remaining focused during lectures, lengthy reading or conversations)?




2. How often are you easily distracted by external stimuli, like something in your environment or unrelated thoughts?




3. How often do you avoid, dislike, or are reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort or thought?




4. How often do you have trouble listening to someone, even when they are speaking directly to you, like your mind is somewhere else?




5. How often do you have difficulty in organizing an activity or task needing to get done (e.g., poor time management, fails to meet deadlines, difficulty managing sequential tasks)?




6. How often do you fail to give close attention to details, or make careless mistakes in things such as schoolwork, at work, or during other activities?




7. How often do you forget to do something you do all the time, such as missing an appointment or paying a bill?




8. How often do you lose, misplace or damage something that's necessary in order to get things done (e.g., your phone, eyeglasses, paperwork, wallet, keys, etc.)?




9. How often do you have trouble following through on instructions, or failing to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., you start a task but quickly lose focus and are easily sidetracked)?




 

 

 

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Based upon the DSM-5 ADHD criteria and informed by research such as Faraone, et al. (2005). What Is the Prevalence of Adult ADHD? Results of a Population Screen of 966 Adults. Journal of Attention Disorders, 9, Kumar, et al. (2011). Screening for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adult inpatients with psychiatric disorders. Psychological Reports, 108, and and the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale v1.1 Symptom Checklist by the World Health Organization.
 

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Aug 2013
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

 

 

A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the sky. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who charges them both rent.
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