Symptom Tests for Adults

[Self-Test] Do I Have Adult Hyperactive and Impulsive ADHD?

What do hyperactivity and impulsivity look like in an adult with ADHD? Could your feelings of restlessness, dissatisfaction, and shame be signs of attention deficit disorder? Take this symptom test to gauge whether your behaviors point to ADHD, and then share the results with an evaluating clinician.

Do I Have Hyperactive Impulsive ADHD?

The hyperactive impulsive subtype of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is relatively easy to identify in children. In adults, the symptoms are often more subtle and difficult to pinpoint — for example, hyperactivity sometimes settles into a general feeling of restlessness with age. However, while some childhood symptoms dissipate with time, others evolve and change and emerge. These symptoms can range from general annoyances to severe challenges that cause problems in relationships and at work.

Besides restlessness, adults with hyperactive impulsive ADHD may find it difficult to wait in line at the store, interrupt others while talking, monopolize conversations, and have poor driving histories. If this sounds like you, take this self-test.

Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure whether symptoms are severe, frequent, and pervasive enough to suggest a positive ADHD diagnosis. But this self-test may provide some behavior clues and suggestions about next steps.

This questionnaire is designed to determine whether you demonstrate symptoms similar to those of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) — and the hyperactive impulsive sub-type in particular. If you answer ‘Very Often’ or ‘Frequently’ to a significant number of these questions, consult a licensed mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation.

Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association 

I generally feel restless, as if I need to be perpetually doing something or going somewhere.

I find it difficult to control my emotions. I can anger quickly but the feeling quickly subsides and I may not even remember why I was mad the next day.

When doing chores at home, I move from task to task, without finishing anything. Chores are more like a burst of whirlwind activity — things get moved around but rarely cleared off my to-do list totally.

I tend to get bored quickly and crave excitement.

I have trouble sleeping. My mind races and I find it hard to turn off my thoughts to relax and fall asleep.

I often blurt out things without thinking, sometimes hurting other people’s feelings by sharing opinions that would be better unsaid.

I have poor driving skills. I drive too fast, make sudden moves without signaling, get lost, and/or have received tickets for speeding.

I have a difficult time waiting in lines. For example, I try going to the grocery store at off times, such as late at night, when there won’t be a line at the check-out.

I feel compelled to move around. For example, when watching a movie, I feel driven to get up and move around after only a few minutes.

I become physically uncomfortable when I need to sit still for extended times during long work meetings, day-long seminars, and even movies or church. I try to avoid situations where I will need to be still for extended periods.

My friends or family members often ask me not to monopolize conversations, saying that I talk excessively when we are together.

I fidget whenever I need to sit still and concentrate. I tap a pencil, move my feet, or play with my hair, even when in meetings for work and often without consciously doing so.

I finish sentences for other people, even though I know that is inappropriate and sometimes rude.

I often purchase items I don’t need, even when I can’t afford the items or I am watching my money.

I am often involved in car crashes and fender benders.

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Hyperactive and Impulsive ADHD in Adults: Next Steps

1. Take this Test: Full ADHD Symptom Test for Adults
2. Take This Test: Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Adults
3. Read Impulsivity Explained
4. Take This Test: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Adults
5. Take This Test: Do You Have Emotional Hyperarousal?
6. Take This Test: Do You Have Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria?
7. Download How to Focus (When Your Brain Says ‘No!’)