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Do You Have Adult ADHD? Answer These ADHD Questions

April 21, 2014 Elizabeth Prager

Here are some adult ADHD questions that may not tell you if you have adult ADHD or not, but you'll know more than you did before taking the adult ADHD quiz.

Hello again, everyone, my unmet friends with adult attention-deficity/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I have compiled a bunch of quizzes from around the Internet and have created my own adult ADHD diagnostic test to answer the question do I have adult ADHD. Like all online quizzes and psychological tests, though, please know that this is no way diagnosis you with anything - other than the potential 'enjoy online quizzes too much' pathology.

As usual, I'm struggling with my decision on what to write about this week. There are so many topics I have in mind that are not fully fleshed out. How do I pick just one? This is a constant adult ADHD problem - too many good ideas! What else are common adult ADHD problems? How do you know you have adult ADHD and not just a mind that's working fast and is occasionally distracted by cute cats online?

Oh Yes. Do You Have Adult ADHD? Try This Quiz

Directions:

  • To complete this quiz, you must read absolutely every word that is available to read.
  • You must read the question, all four to seven answers, and you might also do well to re-read the questions.
  • Do not skip from question one to eight and then back to two.
  • Do things in order and check your work. Before you move onto question two, finish question one.

Begin:

1. Did those directions make sense?

A. Yes
B. No.

2. If you answered B to the above question, please re-read the directions. Did you re-read the directions?

A. Yes
B. No.

3. Did you find it difficult to read the directions and follow my train of thought?

A. Yes
B. No.

4. Have you finished a novel or work of non-fiction within the past month?

A. Yes
B. No.

5. Have you ever finished a novel or work of non-fiction by choice?

A. Yes
B. No.

6. Read the following list and answer the question.

  • Banana
  • Carrot
  • Apple
  • Gingerbread
  • Feet

Question: Did you skip from "banana" to "feet"?

A. Yes
B. No.

7. Did you follow the directions listed and complete this quiz without skipping anything or reading ahead?

A. Yes
B. No.

8. Have you ever been diagnosed by a healthcare professional that you have adult ADHD?

A. Yes
B. No.

9. Do you or a loved one suspect you have adult ADHD?

A. Yes
B. No.

Results: If you answered "yes" to questions 1-7, neat. They don't have that much to do with adult ADHD. A question or series of questions by themselves often mean very little often.

When I'm working as a physical therapist, patients will undoubtedly come to me and let me know they have a torn rotator cuff muscle after having read the symptoms checklist online. They might have torn their muscle, but they also might have strained it. They also might have a whole ton of other things.

Really, the only two questions that matter are numbers eight and nine. Have you been diagnosed and do you think you have adult ADHD? If you think you do, please call your primary care physician for an appointment and see if they think a psychology referral is appropriate.

Do people with adult ADHD have difficulty completing tasks? You betcha. Do many other people without adult ADHD have difficulty completing tasks? You betcha. Feel free to try this ADHD screening test if it tickles your fancy, but my best advice is that if you don't know if you have ADHD, ask someone who can tell you.

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APA Reference
Prager, E. (2014, April 21). Do You Have Adult ADHD? Answer These ADHD Questions, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2014/04/adult-adhd-answer-adhd-questions



Author: Elizabeth Prager

Trace
says:
February, 4 2018 at 6:30 pm
I wish this testing had been available when I was a kid struggling with school. Though some how I passed. Didn't read my first book until my late 40's , cover to cover. I started a medication called Nuvigil for daytime sleepiness. I think that helped me focus more. But I feel cheated with life that I was considered wild, not paying attention, stupid, lazy and it may have just been ADD. *sigh* Now mix PTSD in with that and it's kind of hard to know where to start getting better.
Evangeline
says:
October, 5 2014 at 11:17 am
Ok for someone like me who is so ADHD it's off the charts, it made me mad to come to the end and realize that all my efforts to stay focused and not skip a question (minus having to go back and read the instructions cause I kinda skipped that right off the bat) where for some idiot to tell me his opinion on online tests. Next time start by saying ADHDers don't bother reading this if you are 100% sure.

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Elizabeth Prager
says:
November, 24 2014 at 8:11 am
I hear your frustration and I'm sorry the post was annoying. I wanted to make a point, though, that things like webMD etc are just not adept at telling you what's "wrong" - especially compared to trained professionals.
Pam Dickhaus
says:
April, 24 2014 at 10:58 am
Loved this one! Great article and oh-so-fitting. Yes, I have been diagnosed, but before I was, I suspected it as did my LCSW. A psych eval confirmed it. Now I just have to figure out how to deal with it. And about the myriad of ideas - always. Only problem is, if I actually DO get started on one of those ideas, my mind quickly changes to another one I should start on and the first one is cast aside for the second, the second for the third.....result, none get finished! I'm working on that, though, along with everything else that goes with this confounded illness!

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Elizabeth Prager
says:
April, 24 2014 at 2:05 pm
Congrats to you for getting your LCSW!!! My sister in law got hers last summer and she loves her career. My therapist recently suggested daydreaming as a way to feel less restless after i've completed a task - but, i find it SO HARD to daydream for more than 20 seconds at a time :)
Connor
says:
April, 24 2014 at 10:35 am
half of the awnsers i got was yes and the other half was no

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Elizabeth Prager
says:
April, 24 2014 at 2:04 pm
I think that means you're rather normal :)

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