Executive function deficit is not synonymous with ADHD, but its symptoms overlap in significant ways. Take this self-test and share its results with a specialist to determine if you have weak executive function.

Like those with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), people with executive function disorder (EFD) often experience time blindness, or an inability to plan for and keep in mind future events that aren’t in the near-term. They also have difficulty stringing together actions to meet long-term goals. This is not an attention problem in the present tense, but rather a sustained attention problem.

When a person’s executive functions fail, he has trouble analyzing, planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks. People with EFD commonly lack the ability to handle frustration, start and finish tasks, recall and follow multi-step directions, stay on track, self monitor, and balance tasks (like sports and work demands). If this sounds familiar, take this self-test.

This self-test is designed to determine whether you show symptoms similar to those of an executive function disorder. If you have concerns about a possible executive function disorder see a health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This self-test is primarily for personal use, but we can review your answers and will be in touch.

Executive Function Self-Test

I have trouble getting started or initiating tasks.(Required)
I start tasks with enthusiasm but lose interest quickly.(Required)
I find it hard to do things that aren't necessary or highly stimulating.(Required)
I am easily distracted by things I see or hear.(Required)
I become absorbed in things or tasks that interest me—sometimes to the point of forgetting about people around me or other obligations.(Required)
I have trouble following conversations because I am distracted or because I am trying to remember what I wanted to say.(Required)
I forget things, even when they are important to me.(Required)
At least once a day I lose or misplace items—for example, keys, wallet, purse, or cell phone.(Required)
I consistently forget appointments and, when I do remember, I often am late.(Required)
I can’t seem to get a handle on clutter. My personal space is messy and has piles of papers and miscellaneous items.(Required)
I have difficulty figuring out what is most important or what I should start with given a list of things to do.(Required)
I waste time trying to decide what to do first.(Required)
I become frustrated when things don’t go as planned and can quickly become angry. I often let go of my anger as quickly as it came.(Required)
I have trouble completing multiple-step tasks and moving from one task to another.(Required)
I say “I will do it later” and then forget all about it.(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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