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That said, it’s also important to recognize that fluctuations in how your brain performs are OK.

Your failures and most frustrating moments are not a reflection of your capabilities as a whole.

As a result, some of the questions technically aren’t even asking about ADHD symptoms.

For example, question six, about depending on others to keep your life in order, doesn’t correspond to any of the DSM criteria for ADHD.

Having that knowledge somewhere in your brain and having your brain efficiently find that knowledge and apply it on command are two different things.

Of course, it’s not that people with ADHD are consistently unable to apply knowledge of how to do something either.

As a result, people with ADHD can fluctuate greatly in how they perform on the same task at different times.

Yes, theoretically I know how to sit down and read through a dry but straightforward document.

What d’you think – do a lot of these questions seem awfully familiar to you?

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This is partly where the sense of chronic underachievement that often accompanies ADHD comes from. The first is to recognize whether there are certain types of situations where your brain is more likely to work its best.

The classic example is the report card saying you have “potential:” your brain operates at full capacity enough to show that you have some capabilities, but not enough to turn those capabilities into effective results. With ADHD, you have a limited ability to tell your brain how to behave, but if you notice that there are certain settings that bring out your ability to focus and achieve results better than others, it’s worth trying to put yourself in those settings as much as possible.

I can say people with ADHD struggle to pay attention, but what about the moments when ADHDers experience hyperfocus?

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