Now you have your total score from taking the ADHD quiz… what might it all mean?
72 – 90 points
This is just a quiz, not an official diagnosis. But if the behaviours referenced in the quiz are this familiar to you, it is quite possible you have Adult ADHD. Do some research to learn more, such as reading our comprehensive guide to ADHD, and our articles:
- Adult ADHD – Are You suffering from it?
- Myths about adult ADHD – Are they stopping you from seeking help?
- Adult ADHD -Drug-free treatment options
If you feel it’s time to seek a diagnosis, you can quickly book an appointment with a private psychiatrist who specialises in adult ADHD. Do your research to make sure they are a health care professional with real long-term experience and a true focus on working with adults with the condition.
It is possible to see a specialist in the UK via the NHS, although this involves getting a referral via your GP. This can be difficult as adult ADHD is only beginning to be understood in Britain. You might want to go prepared, with proof of your symptoms, such as a weekly diary, and then information printouts on the condition plus a list of ADHD psychiatrists that take NHS referrals.
54 – 72 points
This is still a relatively high score, and could indicate possible adult ADHD. As per above, it’s wise to do some further research to see if the symptoms resonate.
Also look into other conditions that can present in similar ways to ADHD.
If your symptoms only developed recently, it is more likely that it is one of these other conditions with similar symptoms listed below. Adult ADHD is always present since childhood, it just manifests slightly differently when adulthood is reached.
Similar conditions can include:
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- emotional shock
- severe stress
- procrastination issues
- long-term concussion from head injury
36 – 54 points
There is less of a chance that you have ADHD and more of a chance that if you are highly distracted you are suffering from one of the above listed conditions of PTSD, emotional shock, stress, perfectionism, procrastination, or depression. You might appreciate our article, “Why am I so distracted all the time?”
18 – 36 points
Everyone experiences distraction now and then. It’s a natural by product of stress and emotional upset. It’s likely that your distraction will clear up in a few weeks when life evens out again.
If not, and your distraction continues for a month or more, you might want to consider talking to a counsellor. Long-term stress and emotional upset are both serious issues best dealt with sooner rather than later. Left unchecked they can roll into more serious issues like severe depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and low self-esteem.
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