adhd · Blog Challenges 2019 · Personal Writing

Quizzes and Self-Assessments

e1d57-atoz2019tenthannGuys, I am… pooped.  Just, worn out.  It’s been a pleasant break, and I’ve done a lot of enjoyable stuff — a museum trip, a night out at Dave and Buster’s, a Worst Bestsellers live show at Trident Books, several meals out, and a number of visits to my mom’s to hang out with her, my sister, and my niece and nephew.

But guys, this blogging and writing a poem everyday thing is just bananas.  I’m perpetually one day behind (which actually isn’t too bad for me, but still), and I’m starting to really stress about both entries and poetry inspiration as we near the end of the month, and it’s leading me to procrastinate.

Luckily, one of the ways I have historically procrastinated was by taking BS personality tests online.  You know, stuff like “Which of the Friends are You?” or “What Ice Cream Flavor Best Describes Your Personality?”  None of those are especially enlightening, but it did make me think about tests, and quizzes, and how they helped me realize ADHD was something I needed to look into more.

Here’s a disclaimer I shouldn’t need, but will provide anyway: no online test is a diagnosis.  No online test is a definitive answer for anything.  But it can make you aware of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of (for instance, one of the ADHD tests includes the question, “How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project,
once the challenging parts have been done?” and I had been lamenting that issue for 20+ years and never, ever realized it was a defining characteristic of ADHD), and can be cause for self-reflection, which is always the first step towards any kind of self-improvement.  But do not assume these to be a substitute for a professional diagnosis.

So, here are five ADHD quizzes from fairly reliable/knowledgeable/valid sources that are worth a look if you have ever wondered if maybe you had ADHD.

  1. From ADDitude Magazine
  2. Another from ADDitude, this one geared specifically toward female-aligned people
  3. From Totally ADD 
  4. From PsychCentral
  5. From ADDA, The Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Has any online quiz, or anything similar been your “eye-opening moment” into something about yourself?

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