This ADHD test is used to help determine if you might benefit from seeking out professional help for attention deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity) as an adult. It is based upon the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist, but adapted for online use. We also have a slightly longer ADD quiz, if you prefer (which provides a more accurate result).
This ADD quiz tests for common ADD and ADHD symptoms (that in most people may include difficulty concentrating, keeping organized, impulsivity, and for some, hyperactivity). It takes less than a minute to complete and you’ll be provided with an instant score.
Please answer the questions below, rating yourself on each of the criteria shown using the scale below each question. As you answer each question, choose the answer that best describes how you have felt and conducted yourself over the past 6 months.
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The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are characterized by concerns occurring in three main areas of thinking and behavior — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — experienced by a person consistently for at least six months.
For a person to be diagnosed with this disorder, they must have at least six (6) or more of the following: lack of close attention to details or makes careless mistakes; difficulty sustaining attention; doesn’t listen when spoken to; doesn’t follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, projects, or chores; difficulty organizing tasks; avoids tasks that require sustained attention; loses things necessary to complete a task; distracted by things around them; forgetful in daily activities; fidgets; leaves seat often for no reason; constantly restless; can’t engage in activities quietly; often on-the-go; talks excessively; blurts out answers; difficulty waiting their turn; and interrupts conversations with others.
Learn more: Symptoms of ADHD
Learn more: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Causes
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be treated, and is usually primarily treated with medications. However, a combined approach that incorporates both psychotherapy (or coaching) along side of medications will usually result in quicker, longer-lasting improvement. While medication is prescribed to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD, the skills learned in psychotherapy ensure a person has the tools necessary to lead the best life possible, despite the disorder.
Childhood ADHD is treated a little differently than the same condition in adults. You can learn more about childhood ADHD treatment here.
Adapted from the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist, which was developed in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD that included the following team of psychiatrists and researchers: Lenard Adler, MD, Ronald C. Kessler, PhD and Thomas Spencer, MD. Copyright World Health Organization. For personal use only; other use may be prohibited by law. Used here with permission. No advertiser or sponsor had any influence on the questions, algorithm or diagnostic outcome of the quiz.
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