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Cork ADD Test

This quick ADHD screening quiz is used to help determine if you might benefit from seeking out professional help for attention deficit disorder as an adult. We also have a slightly longer ADD quiz, if you prefer (that provides more accurate results).

People with ADHD symptoms often have difficulty concentrating, staying on task, not being impulsive, and some may suffer from hyperactivity. This ADHD quiz takes less than a minute to complete and you’ll be provided with an instant score.

Instructions: 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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I am a year old / /

1. In meetings or other situations in where you are expected to remain seated, how often do you leave your seat?




2. When you have a task that requires a lot of concentration or effort, how often do you avoid the task, or delay getting it started?




3. How often do you feel overly active, “on the go,” and compelled to do things (almost like you were “driven by a motor”)?




4. How often do you fail to follow through or complete a task or project (e.g., you can start a task, but then you become easily sidetracked)?




5. When you have to sit for a long period of time, how often do you find yourself fidgeting, tapping your hands or feet, or squirming in your seat?




6. How often do you find yourself forgetful in daily activities — like remembering to return calls, pay bills, keep appointments or obligations?




7. How often do you feel very restless?




8. How often do you have difficulty in organizing tasks or projects that you’re responsible for (e.g., failing to meet a deadline or poor time management skills)?




9. Do these symptoms cause significant distress and impairment in two (2) or more settings (like at work and at home)?



 

 

 

Learn More About ADHD

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

ADHD Treatment

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.

Learn more: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment

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. This version based upon combining two alternatives listed in the appendix. 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.

References

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Barkley, R.A., Murphy, K.R. & Fischer, M. (2010). ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says. New York: Guilford Press.

Hallowell, E.M. & Ratey, J.J. (2011). Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder. Anchor Press.

Millichap, J.G. (2011). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Handbook: A Physician’s Guide to ADHD (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2019). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml on April 24, 2020.

 

Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Cork ADD Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/cork-adhd-quiz/

 

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Last updated: 3 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Jun 2020
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