A viral test claims to show if you have ADHD, and it’ll come as no surprise that it’s all down to concentration. Check it out:
For the uninitiated, ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and affects approximately 3-5 percent of children and 2 percent of adults in the UK, according to NHS statistics.
Symptoms include being restless and fidgeting, short attention span and acting without thinking. It can be managed through support, advice and medication if required.
Now, there’s a major difference between ADHD and simply having a short attention span, so it’s always best to seek out the advice of your GP or a medical professional for a proper diagnosis.
But if you want to see if you might have the condition or at the very least one of its main symptoms, a TikTok user who goes by the name Prof. AMX suggests taking this test.
In the clip, you’ll see a spinning square of red crosses alongside four strategically placed dots - three yellow dots and a flashing blue and green one in the centre.
As explained by the TikToker: “Start by focusing on the flashing blue and green dot in the middle of the screen.
“And as you stare at it, the surrounding yellow dots will gradually vanish from your consciousness one by one.
“But as soon as you let your eyes wander, the effect is broken, and the dots will reappear.”
Prof. AMX went on to say that if you can only make one or two of the yellow spots vanish, then it’s likely you’re easily distracted and you find it hard to focus, meaning you may have ADHD.
He continued: “If you can make them all vanish, then you probably have a normal attention span.
“And if you can make them all vanish for five to 10 seconds, which by the way less than one percent of people can do, then you likely have an extraordinary attention span.”
So, how did you do? If you struggled to make them disappear like I did, there’s no need to worry as it appears many people are in the same boat.
“None of them dots disappeared G,” wrote one in response to the clip, while another said: “This just confirmed I have ADHD.”
A third wrote: “Okay so for me none of them disappeared, the only things that changed was the direction of the way the square was turning.”
Others had no trouble focusing, including this person who said: “They all disappeared for me for a few seconds.”
Then there were those who weren’t entirely convinced by the test, with one writing, “This ain't no ADHD test,” and another who said: “I'm in the <1% with extraordinary attention span and I also have ADHD.”
Well, what have we learned? 1) You may or may not have ADHD and 2) It’s best not to take anything you get from TikTok as medical advice.