Archive for ‘ADHD’

August 9, 2011

Do You Suffer From Attention Deficit Disorder? Take the Test to Find Out

by Dave P.

If you answer “often” to the majority of the questions below, you probably suffer from ADD/ADHD. There’s a link to a printable version of this test at the bottom.

1. How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?
2. How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
3. How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
4. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?
5. How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?
6. How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?
7. How often do you make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring or difficult project?
8. How often do you have difficulty keeping your attention when you are doing boring or repetitive work?
9. How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
10. How often do you misplace or have difficulty finding things at home or at work?
11. How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you?
12. How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?
13. How often do you feel restless or fidgety?
14. How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?
15. How often do you find yourself talking too much when you are in social situations?
16. When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentences of the people you are talking to, before they can finish them themselves?
17. How often do you have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when turn taking is required?
18. How often do you interrupt others when they are busy?

ADHD Questions

Full questionnaire

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June 12, 2011

Attention Deficit Disorder?

by Dave P.

I’ve scored high on every test for Attention Deficit Disorder, which explains why I don’t seem to be able to get anything done. I’m working on several projects right now but can’t seem to decide which one to focus on. I have too many interests. I study psychology, blog about politics, and have two inventions that I need to complete and get patents for. I want to learn how to write songs and improve my guitar playing. I want to create videos for public speaking. There’s my woodworking hobby and tangential areas for all my main interests. There’s programming, which is my source of revenue right now. And my office is in dire need of a good cleaning.

So rather than picking one thing in which to focus my attention, I dabble in a lot of different things and don’t really get much accomplished.

Below are some characteristics of ADD from Wikipedia.

  • Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
  • Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task
  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
  • Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning
    something new or trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things needed to complete tasks or activities
  • Not seem to listen when spoken to
  • Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
  • Struggle to follow instructions.

If I were to rate my level of difficulty with those characteristics of ADD on a scale of 1-10, they would all be close to 10. I don’t score high on the hyperactivity component of ADHD, though.

Here is a brief test for ADHD: http://psymed.info/default.aspx?m=Test&id=64&l=3

Here’s a slightly longer test: http://psychcentral.com/addquiz.htm

Someone who suffers from ADD would probably have trouble concentrating on a test longer than that. If you were able to complete a longer test, it would indicate that you didn’t suffer from ADD, so the test would be useless.

I’ve managed to deal with some of those problems without the use of drugs. Amphetamines have shown to be efficacious for the treatment of ADHD in many people. For me, the practice of mindfulness has improved my ability to concentrate when I’m trying to read or watch a movie.

I’ll be posting more about ADD and ADHD in the next few days.