17 thoughts on “ADHD Diagnostic Quiz for Women*

  • May 5, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Zoe, uhm….

    All of the above. I’m a Chick-A-D-D with a Y chromosome.

    • May 5, 2011 at 7:28 am

      …and a thing for Liam Neeson? (Don’t answer that).
      Glad to have you on board, Rick!

  • May 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

    No matter how many times I am reminded of this fact, I still cannot wrap my mind around the existence of people who regularly get manicures and pedicures.

    (The last time I attempted to paint my own toenails, I did my left foot, but got bored of sitting around literally waiting for paint to dry and never got around to the right.)

    • May 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      You are so funny! My own experience of using nail polish is not much more successful. I did my fingernails once, and was so impatient to get moving again, I wrecked 3 or 4 nails immediately, smearing the noxious stuff all over my clothes and furniture. Yick. Next time I’ll use magic markers, quicker to do, quicker to dry. Ha ha…(trust me, there WON’T be a “next time”! Not if I can help it… !)

  • May 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

    13 “yes” answers in total, 14 if I can surf with Matthew McConaughey instead of Liam Neeson! Do I double my total score or only that one point for #26?

    • May 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Angel, TOO funny!
      Now I want to surf with both of them! I can’t believe you actually did the test – that’s so totally AWESOME!! As far as I’m concerned, you can surf with anyone you WANT! You deserve it!

      As for #26, geez, I dunno, I forgot to work out the scoring system…oops Let’s see… Aw, go ahead, double your entire score and put a gold star in the upper right hand corner of your test – or any damn place you please! And good for you!

      My goodness this was fun!
      Take care,

  • May 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    LOL! Yay! Gold star for me!
    Speaking of manicures and such- my husband treated me to a spa day once that included a facial, a manicure and a pedicure. I enjoyed it a lot, but I managed to screw up my beautifully painted finger *and* toe nails before I even left the salon! And if I do my own I inevitably have only my left hand painted, and if I do my toes I walk around for weeks with flaked chipped paint because I never get around to taking it off properly!

    • May 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Angel, that’s hysterical.
      I’m beginning to think that instead of a secret handshake, we grrrrl ADHDers can just glance at each other’s nails and give a slight nod of our heads and we will have our super-secret mutual acknowledgment. The only possible downside to this that I can see is I’ve noticed a lot of teenage girls with peeling nail polish. On the other hand, I’ve seen others with immaculate manicures – so maybe my theory holds? We can find our adolescent counterparts, too, maybe! lol! I feel like such an ADHD pioneer right now!!

      … ha ha… (but I don’t think I’ll be up for any Science awards any time soon…)

  • May 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    6)  Is Martha Stewart incomprehensible to you?

    She talks like her brain fizzles out every few seconds and she has to reboot.

    17)  Do you have trouble keeping up with the “Joneses”?

    What do they look like and I can tell you. No names please.

    24)  Is it just as likely you’ll find your keys in your breadbox as your bread?

    No bread box, but I have found them in the fridge more than I care to admit. Or the newest chosen place is the laundry basket under the dirty clothes. I have no idea……

    • May 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      I have good news for you:

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  • May 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Waving my chipped and glittery turquoise finger nails right now!

  • January 3, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Sometimes I think that saying I have ADD is judging me from someone else’s perspective.

    From my perspective, maybe they move too slowly?

    Is there any chance of a less judgmental name for ADD on the horizon that gives it a positive spin? 🙂

    • January 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

      Hi Jill:
      I’ll add your question to my list, but I haven’t heard of any suggestions for a new name that have come out of the revision process. On the bright side, at least it’s no longer called “Minimal Brain Dysfunction,” as it once was.

      Dr. Kenny Handelman, a Canadian psychiatrist who specializes in treating ADHD in adults and adolescents, released a book late in 2010 called, Attention Difference Disorder. (It’s a really good book, and I’d recommend it to adults whether or not they have kids with ADHD). I like that name better than Attention Deficit Order; it’s certainly more accurate in the sense that it’s not a deficit of attention we suffer, it’s the disregulation of attention (that is, we don’t focus when we should and we hyperfocus at times when it’s not helpful, etc.) I’m still not too happy about the word “disorder,” but that’s a conversation for another day.

  • October 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    OMG!! I am sitting here in the library distracted from studying for this really horrible exam I have to write to get into grad school and find myself reading Zoe’s blog because I have been wondering if I “got it” or not…

    I had my doubts since everyone who knows me goes on and on about how organized I am and how much I seem capable of doing in a day, week, year BUT… they have no idea about how much mental force it takes for me to quiet the buzz in my head and the jitter in my bones to focus and get stuff done… being a multitasking parent/student/volunteer/worker is perfect for me!! keeps my high energy focussed and my need for novelty fed…

    BUT, now that I am needing to sit and study MATH of all things, I am reminded of all that time in elementary and high school not able to get those numbers (or maybe me) to stay still long enough for me to work with them…

    So, I am trying to decide if I have ADHD… can I justify some meds to get me over the hump of this massive exam that requires HOURS on end of sitting…

    AND then I read Zoe’s blog and I am sooooo that woman!! That person with the energy that people sort of are in awe of, jealous of, but partly annoyed by… maybe?…

    At 45 my daughter tells me I look like (and probably act like) one of her 12 year old friends!! I used to think that these were kind of good aspects of myself- even though my husband gets kind of exhausted trying to keep up- but now I am lumping them in with having a disorder… that is going to be an adjustment… But, if I do go the route of formal diagnosis, I will also have a reason for all those “character flaws” I have branded myself with all these years…

    Gotta take the good with the bad??…

    Thanks Zoe!! I laughed out loud and in a highly energetic, socially inappropriate way in the library reading this post!! I love it!!

    Viva Janice Joplin at 8 am on the highway I say!


  • April 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I’m just now finding this? Well yea, what with all the other sparkly, shiny things that kept me distracted elsewhere. So maybe I wasn’t supposed to find it before now. Either way, thank you for the laughs – wry as they are – when reading this. It made me feel so much more “normal” than I do, so many other days. Looking forward to reading more…

    • April 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks, ADDWantsMe.

      So glad you were able to laugh and find some connection with others through my post.

      Welcome, and I look forward to hearing from you whenever you feel like adding your two cents’ worth.

      Great to meet you!

      Take care,


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