What are executive functions and how are they related to ADHD?

Each Sunday during October 2020 we are answering a new question about ADHD in honor of ADHD Awareness Month. Week 1: What are executive functions and how are they related to ADHD?

Each Sunday during October 2020 we are answering a new question about ADHD in honor of ADHD Awareness Month.

Question 1: What are executive functions and how are they related to ADHD?

ADHD is not just a problem with attention and hyperactivity.

Some people can have sustained attention on things they enjoy despite struggling to maintain focus on the task at hand. Others don’t have hyperactivity at all.

The name ADHD can be misleading but it is a diagnosis that physicians and psychologists can diagnose. Executive functioning is a term used to describe how the brain manages tasks, not a diagnosis.

Understanding executive functioning can help us identify problem areas and use accommodations or other methods to minimize the problems that arise from them.

Learn what this is and what it may look like in this short video.

For more:

Understood.org

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Author: Kristen

Dr. Kristen Stuppy is a pediatrician who is passionate about sharing information to help others make informed decisions. She has a special interest in ADHD and has served on the board for ADHDKC.org since it began in 2012.

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