Suggested Diagnostic Criteria for AD/HD in Adults

If you have exhibited at least 12 of the following behaviors since childhood, and if these symptoms are not associated with any other medical or psychiatric condition, consider an evaluation by a team of AD/HD professionals:

  1. A sense of underachievement, of not meeting one’s goals (regardless of how much one has actually accomplished)
  2. Difficulty getting organized
  3. Chronic procrastination or trouble getting started
  4. Many projects going simultaneously; trouble with follow through
  5. A tendency to say what comes to mind without necessarily considering the timing or appropriateness of the remark
  6. A frequent search for high stimulation
  7. An intolerance of boredom
  8. Easy distractibility (trouble focusing attention, tendency to tune out or drift away in the middle of a page or conversation, often coupled with an inability to focus at times)
  9. Often creative, intuitive, highly intelligent
  10. Trouble in going through established channels and following proper procedure
  11. Impatient with low tolerance of frustration
  12. Impulsive, either verbally or in action (as an impulsive spending of money)
  13. Changing plans, enacting new schemes or career plans, and the like; hot-tempered
  14. A tendency to worry needlessly, endlessly; a tendency to scan the horizon looking for something to worry about, alternating with attention to or disregard for actual dangers
  15. A sense of insecurity
  16. Mood swings and mood lability, especially when disengaged from a person or a project
  17. Physical or cognitive restlessness
  18. A tendency toward addictive behavior
  19. Chronic problems with self-esteem
  20. Inaccurate self-observation
  21. Family history of AD/HD, manic-depressive illness, depression, substance abuse, or other disorders of impulse control or mood

Source: The Hallowell Center, Sudbury, MA. Web: