Hyperfixation, often associated with neurological conditions like ADHD, Autism, OCD, and bipolar disorder, is a compelling area of psychological research. We’ve used our experience as a former mental health nurse and support from a practicing psychiatrist to design a scientifically-informed, research-backed hyperfixation test to help identify signs of hyperfixation and offer insight into its impact on daily life. While our test can hopefully provide some useful guidance and validation, a professional evaluation is always recommended for accurate treatment.

While the term “hyperfixation” is often over-used informally across social media and in some clinical contexts to describe these behaviors, it’s not officially recognized as a specific condition or symptom in the professional psychiatrist manual (DSM-IV).

Hyperfixation test information

Welcome to our online Hyperfixation Test, developed to help you gain insights into potential patterns of intense focus or preoccupation. This test is designed by a former mental health professional in collaboration with a practicing psychiatrist, using insights informed by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Our user-friendly screening tool below aims to provide a preliminary understanding of your focus patterns and guide you towards professional assistance if needed. Please answer the following questions honestly and to the best of your ability without any personal biases from what you’ve seen on social media.

The Hyperfixation Test

Take our free, online hyperfixation test by answering the questions below. You don’t have to enter your personal email should you wish not to, but we do need a valid email address to send your results to. Visit www.temp-mail.org to quickly create a free, anonymous, temporary email address instead and input it below. Test responses are automatically deleted within 48 hours of receiving your diagnosis likelihood result.

About you

This can include student, parent, family carer, unemployed etc.

Symptom presentation

Any tasks like at home, at school or at work.
How often do you find yourself absorbed in a specific interest, hobby, or task for extended periods of time?
How often do you lose track of time or neglect daily tasks because you're engrossed in a specific interest?
How often do you feel anxious or frustrated if you can't engage with your intense interests or activities?
Are you able to easily switch between different tasks or topics, or do you prefer to stay with one until it's thoroughly completed?
Not at allA little bitSomewhatQuite a bitA lot
To what extent do these intense interests make it difficult for you to focus on your work, schoolwork, or other responsibilities?
Not at all
A little bit
Quite a bit
A lot
Strongly disagreeSomewhat diagreeNeither agree or disagreeSomewhat agreeStrongly agree
How much do you agree with this statement: "I feel a sense of relief or pleasure when I can focus on my intense interest."
Strongly disagree
Somewhat diagree
Neither agree or disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree

Final questions

Selected Value: 1
1 = Not at all… 7 = It’s disabling

Manage hyperfixation symptoms

Effectively managing hyperfixation often involves a combination of strategies tailored to the individual’s needs. Psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), can help identify triggers and develop effective coping strategies. For some, medication might be recommended to address underlying conditions associated with hyperfixation, such as ADHD or OCD. Lifestyle modifications, including structured routines, mindfulness exercises, and balanced leisure activities, can also play a vital role in managing hyperfixation and improving overall mental health and well-being.

Related reading: Hyperfixation: Explaining the Power of Obsessive Focus »

Did you know that hyperfixation is a common symptom of ADHD? To assess the likelihood of you experiencing ADHD, consider taking our High Functioning ADHD Screening Test.

Hyperfixation test FAQs

What is a Hyperfixation Test?

A Hyperfixation Test is a self-assessment tool designed to help you identify potential patterns of intense focus or preoccupation, often associated with conditions like ADHD, Autism, and OCD. This test can provide a preliminary understanding of your focus patterns, but it is not a substitute for a formal diagnosis by a mental health professional.

Who should take the Hyperfixation Test?

Anyone who has noticed that they often become intensely focused on a specific task, topic, or activity to the point where it may interfere with other aspects of life might find the Hyperfixation Test helpful. Remember, the test is not a diagnostic tool but can provide insights that might be useful when speaking with a mental health professional.

Is the Hyperfixation Test a diagnostic tool?

No, the Hyperfixation Test is not a diagnostic tool. While it can provide some insights into patterns of focus and interest, it should not be used to self-diagnose any mental health condition. Only a qualified mental health professional can provide a diagnosis.

What should I do if my Hyperfixation Test results indicate potential hyperfixation?

If your test results suggest potential hyperfixation, it’s recommended that you consult with a mental health professional. They can provide a comprehensive assessment, confirm a diagnosis if applicable, and discuss appropriate treatment or management strategies.

Are the results of the Hyperfixation Test confidential?

Typically, online self-assessment tools are designed to ensure user confidentiality. However, it’s always important to read the privacy policy of the website or platform hosting the test to ensure your responses and results are kept confidential.