Do you find yourself struggling to focus on tasks, constantly misplacing items, or feeling restless and impulsive in different scenarios? These are just a few common symptoms associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If you’ve been wondering whether you might have ADHD, you’re not alone. Many adults ask themselves this same question, and it’s essential to gain a better understanding of the condition. By doing so, you can take the next steps in managing your well-being and potentially seeking the help you need. If you suspect you may have ADHD, we have providers on staff who may be able to help you understand and navigate these symptoms effectively, offering guidance and support tailored to your unique needs.
Below is a quiz designed to provide you with some insights into whether you might exhibit symptoms of ADHD. As a reminder, symptoms of ADHD do not always indicate an ADHD diagnosis, as other mental health diagnoses present with similar symptoms. This quiz is not for diagnosing ADHD, but rather to provide you with more information before seeking treatment for your symptoms with a comprehensive evaluation by a mental health provider.
Let’s first take a look at what it means to have ADHD and how it can develop. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it develops during childhood. It primarily affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is the location of the brain that deals with attention, organization and control over behaviors. ADHD can develop due to genetic risks, which is why it is commonly seen in family members, as well as birth/childhood negative factors such as low birth weight and exposures to toxins.
Recently, cases of adults being diagnosed with ADHD have increased and it’s unclear if that’s due to more education about the disorder or alternative reasons. Current estimates of individuals with childhood ADHD persisting into adulthood can range from 20% to 60%. However, many other mental health diagnoses can present as ADHD, including mood and anxiety disorders, persistent symptoms after traumatic experiences, and substance/alcohol use disorders. Thus, individuals with symptoms of ADHD may first need to prioritize stabilizing their other mental health symptoms to see if ADHD symptoms are present on their own or were just a result of other diagnoses.
ADHD has three main categories, often referred to as subtypes, based on the predominant symptoms a person experiences:
Additionally, an ADHD diagnosis indicates symptoms have been persistent since childhood and lead to impairment in school, work and/or social functioning. It can also increase the likelihood of using alcohol or substances.
At Eleanor Health, we are committed to assisting you throughout your journey to understand and manage ADHD, especially if it pertains to alcohol and/or substance use. Our dedicated team, including experienced providers, nurses, therapists and peer support specialists, is here to provide expert guidance and personalized support tailored to your unique needs.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We offer comprehensive assessments, treatment options, and resources to help you gain better control over your symptoms, improve your daily life, and thrive despite the challenges ADHD may bring. Your well-being is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.