Adult ADD Screen

Score each item as follows:

0 = never
1 = rarely
2 = occasionally
3 = frequently
4 = very frequently


  1. History of ADD symptoms in childhood
  2. Short attention span, unless very interested in something
  3. Easily distracted, tendency for thoughts to drift
  4. Starting projects but not finishing them, poor follow through
  5. Is easily bored (tunes out)
  6. History of not living up to potential in school or work
  7. Poor listening skills
  8. Lacks attention to detail
  9. Trouble listening carefully to directions
  10. Frequently misplaces things
  11. Enthusiastic beginnings but poor endings
  12. Difficulty learning new games; hard to stay on track during directions
  13. Easily distracted during sex, causing frequent breaks or turn-offs during lovemaking
  14. Family history of ADD, learning problems, mood disorders or substance abuse
  15. History of frequent behavior problems in school
  16. Restlessness, fidgetiness
  17. Has to be moving in order to think
  18. Trouble sitting still
  19. Sense of anxiety or nervousness
  20. Impulsive, in words or actions (spending)
  21. Say just what comes to mind without considering its impact (tactless)
  22. Trouble following procedure; “read the directions when all else fails”
  23. Impatient, low frustration tolerance
  24. A prisoner of the moment
  25. Frequent traffic violations
  26. Frequent, impulsive job changes
  27. Tendency to embarrass others
  28. Lying or stealing on impulse
  29. Poor organization and planning, trouble maintaining an organized work/living area
  30. Chronically late or in a hurry
  31. Often have piles of stuff
  32. Easily overwhelmed by tasks of daily living
  33. Poor financial management (late bills, check book a mess, late fees)
  34. Surrounding self with people who will organize
  35. Chronic procrastination or trouble getting started
  36. History of bed wetting past age 5
  37. Skips around while reading, or goes to the end first, trouble staying on track
  38. Spends excessive time at work because of inefficiencies
  39. Inconsistent work performance
  40. Feeling you should be much further along in your life than you are
  41. Chronic problems with self-esteem
  42. Sense of impending doom
  43. Mood swings
  44. Negativity
  45. Frequent feeling of demoralization or that things won’t work out
  46. Trouble sustaining friendships or intimate relationships, promiscuity
  47. Tendency to be immature
  48. Self-centered; immature interests
  49. Failure to see others’ needs or activities as important
  50. Lack of talking in a relationship
  51. Verbally abusive to others
  52. Proneness to hysterical outburst
  53. Avoids group activities
  54. Trouble with authority
  55. Quick responses to slights that are real or imagined
  56. Rage outbursts, short fuse
  57. Frequent search for high stimulation (e.g. bungee jumping, gambling, etc.)
  58. Tendency to seek conflict, be argumentative or to start disagreements
  59. Tendency to worry needlessly
  60. Switches around numbers, letters or words
  61. Turn words around in conversations
  62. Poor writing skills
  63. Coordination difficulties
  64. Performance becomes worse under pressure.
  65. Test anxiety, or during tests the mind tends to go blank
  66. The harder you try, the worse it gets
  67. Work or schoolwork deteriorates under pressure
  68. Tendency to turn off or become stuck when asked questions in social situations
  69. Falls asleep or becomes tired while reading
  70. Difficulties falling asleep, may be due to too many thoughts at night
  71. Difficulty awakening
  72. Periods of low energy, especially early in the morning and in the afternoon
  73. Frequently feeling tired
  74. Startles easily
  75. Sensitive to touch, clothes, noise and light


  1. Total Score: _____
  2. Total 3 & 4: _____
  3. Score #1: _____
  4. Score #2: _____
  5. Score #3: _____


  • The total score is greater than 160, or
  • There are 20+ answers with a score of 3 and 4, or
  • #1, #2, and #3 are all 4.