The full form of ADHD is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder. According to DSM-5, published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, the key symptoms of ADHD are:
Those with ADHD feel restless and are unable to concentrate on activities like learning and working for long. The exact cause of the condition is not known but researchers have attributed inattention and hyperactivity to the following factors:
- Temperament: Some people are innately more reactive and distraction-prone.
- Differential developmental maturation: Differences among individuals in how the brain develops.
- Unreasonable parental and societal expectations for school-aged children in whom this condition is common.
Boys are three times more likely than girls to suffer from the condition. ADHD is also prevalent in adults.
The rise of internet use has paralleled a corresponding rise in ADHD. Research has shown a correlation a high degree of correlation between internet use and ADHD. For my own Master’s dissertation, I found a high degree of correlation between internet addiction and ADHD among working professionals.
Taking the test
For this test, we use the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale. Although this scale is used by professionals, it is not meant as a diagnosis. If you get a high score, you’re advised to talk to a professional for an in-depth assessment.
The test consists of 18 times with options ranging from Never to Very often on a 5-point scale. Adults above the age of 18 years can take this test. Your results will only be displayed to you and we don’t store them in our database.
Schweitzer, J. B., Cummins, T. K., & Kant, C. A. (2001). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Medical Clinics of North America, 85(3), 757-777.
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