Determining ADD – ADHD

“Do I Have ADD?”

Only a diagnostic specialist can ultimately determine if a person has Attention Deficit Disorder, and can prescribe medication or medical treatment for it. However, before seeking treatment, this informal questionnaire can help you to determine if you have a significant number of typical Adult ADD – ADHD symptoms and traits.

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The traits listed below are typical of Adult ADD – ADHD. To strongly suspect ADD, a person should have at least 15 of these traits, and the symptoms should be:

  • PERSISTENTThe trait is present more often than not, from an early age.
  • PERVASIVE – The trait is present in many different areas of a person’s life.
  • PROHIBITING Quality of life– The trait interferes with several areas of life, including work success, relationships, and/or self-esteem.

Typical ADD – ADHD Traits in Adults

  • Constantly distracted by thoughts or stimuli that interrupt actions or conversations
  • Needing to change physical positions often, getting out of chair, moving; history of childhood hyperactivity
  • Spacey or daydreaming, trouble concentrating
  • Many thoughts and ideas, seemingly all at once
  • Multi-tasking, often doing several things at once (such as TV, e-mail, talking on phone, reading)
  • Focusing so avidly on an interest that everything else is forgotten
  • Tactless, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time
  • Missing social cues, behaving or speaking inappropriately
  • Needing to write or doodle in order to pay attention in meetings
  • Inability to concentrate or sustain focus on reading (not necessarily dyslexia)
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Chronic lateness, poor time judgment
  • Inability to work within the rules of a corporate or bureaucratic structure
  • Inability to work effectively without imposed structure
  • Chronic clutter and disorganization
  • Inability to prioritize
  • Inability to get started on tasks such as bill-paying, laundry, mundane paperwork
  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • Poor follow-through on completing projects, leaving “loose ends”
  • Inappropriate anger responses, defensiveness, placing blame on self or others
  • History of fractured relationships, misunderstandings
  • Thinking in black / white terms; things or people seem either all good or all bad
  • Often taking on more than can realistically be accomplished
  • Thrill-seeking behavior, or enjoyment of risk
  • Intolerance of boredom, changing jobs or hobbies often


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