Do I have ADHD? (Quiz)

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:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

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.

ADHD test

1. How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?
2. How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
3. How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
4. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?
5. How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?
6. How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?
7. How often do you make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring or difficult project?
8. How often do you have difficulty keeping your attention when you are doing boring or repetitive work?
9. How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
10. How often do you misplace or have difficulty finding things at home or at work?
11. How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you?
12. How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
13. How often do you feel restless or fidgety?
14. How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
15. How often do you find yourself talking too much when you are in social situations?
16. When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentences of the people you are talking to, before they can finish them themselves?
17. How often do you have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when turn-taking is required?
18. How often do you interrupt others when they are busy?

Reference

Schweitzer, J. B., Cummins, T. K., & Kant, C. A. (2001). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Medical Clinics of North America, 85(3), 757-777.