Quiz: Do You Have Adult ADD/ADHD?
When you think of attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), your mind probably goes to hyperactive schoolchildren, but kids aren’t the only ones with this common condition. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles announced on Twitter that she has ADHD and has taken medication for the condition since she was a child. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine wrote in ADDitude Magazine that the ADHD he had as a child didn’t go away in adulthood. And “Dancing with the Stars” performer Karina Smirnoff told the Saturday Evening Post that she’s an adult with ADHD.
It is estimated that 4.4% of American adults currently have ADD/ADHD, but experts suggest the condition is underreported in adults, so the number could be much higher. This indicates that many adults are likely unaware that they have the condition and remain untreated, which can lead to consequences that lower your quality of life and can keep you from reaching your potential.
Adults with ADD/ADHD
Many adults with ADD/ADHD live lives of chronic frustration. Adults with the condition often seek help for the following concerns:
- Concerns about a child with ADD/ADHD. Most adults are only diagnosed after they bring one of their children in for evaluation. During a thorough history, the child psychiatrists ask about family history. Through these questions, the light goes on for many people.
- School problems/poor work performance caused by the following symptoms: poor sustained attention span to reading, paperwork, etc.; high susceptibility to boredom by tedious material; poor organization and planning; procrastination until deadlines are imminent; restlessness, trouble staying in a confined space (not a phobia); impulsive decision-making; inability to work well independently; failure to listen carefully to directions; frequent impulsive job changes; poor academic grades for ability; frequent lateness for work/appointments; or a tendency to misplace things frequently.
- Symptoms of trouble thinking clearly, generally poor self-discipline, moodiness, chronic anxiety, restlessness, substance abuse, uncontrolled anger, marital problems, sleep problems, financial problems, or impulsiveness.
Have you ever wondered if you might have ADD/ADHD?
Take the ADD/ADHD Quiz
Take this short quiz to see if you might have it. Rate yourself on each of the symptoms listed below using a scale of 0 – 4. If possible, have another person who knows you well (such as a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend) rate you too. This will give you the most complete picture.
Scale: 0 = Never, 1 = Rarely, 2 = Occasionally, 3 = Frequently, 4 = Very Frequently, N/A = Not Applicable
1. Trouble sustaining attention; easily distracted
2. Difficulty completing projects
3. Feeling overwhelmed by the tasks of everyday living
4. Trouble maintaining an organized work or living area
5. Inconsistent work performance
6. Lack of attention to detail
7. Make decisions impulsively
8. Have difficulty delaying what you want; must have your needs met immediately
9. Restless, fidgety
10. Make comments to others without considering the impact
11. Impatient, easily frustrated
12. Frequent traffic violations or near accidents
Tally your results. Having 2 or more symptoms with a score of 3 or 4 may indicate a problem that needs to be taken seriously.
Know Your ADD/ADHD Type
Once you know that you have ADD/ADHD, it’s critical to know which type you have. This disorder is not one thing. Brain imaging reveals that there are 7 types of ADD/ADHD:
Type 1. Classic ADD: Inattentive, distractible, disorganized, hyperactive, restless, and impulsive
Type 2. Inattentive ADD: Inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized, and often described as space cadets, daydreamers, and couch potatoes. Not hyperactive!
Type 3. Overfocused ADD: Inattentive, trouble shifting attention, frequently get stuck in loops of negative thoughts or behaviors, obsessive, excessive worrying, inflexible, frequent oppositional and argumentative behavior. May or may not be hyperactive.
Type 4. Temporal Lobe ADD: Inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized, irritable, short fuse, dark thoughts, mood instability, and may struggle with learning disabilities. May or may not be hyperactive.
Type 5. Limbic ADD: Inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized, chronic low-grade sadness or negativity, “glass half empty syndrome,” low energy, tends to be more isolated socially, and frequent feelings of hopelessness and Worthlessness. May or may not be hyperactive.
Type 6. Ring of Fire ADD: Inattentive, easily distracted, irritable, overly sensitive, cyclic moodiness, and oppositional. May or may not be hyperactive.
Type 7. Anxious ADD: Inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized, anxious, tense, nervous, predicts the worst, gets anxious with timed tests, social anxiety, and often has physical stress symptoms, such as headaches, and gastrointestinal symptoms. May or may not be hyperactive.
Knowing your type is critical to getting the right treatment. Be aware that although some people may require medication, many people see improvement with natural treatments for ADD/ADHD.
If you’re struggling with symptoms of ADD/ADHD, Amen Clinics can help. We perform brain SPECT imaging to help determine which type of the condition you have so you can get the right treatment plan. If you want to join the thousands of adults who have already enhanced their brain health to overcome ADD/ADHD symptoms at Amen Clinics, speak to a specialist today at 888-288-9834. If all our specialists are busy helping others, you can also schedule a time to talk.