Noted Increase in Adults with ADHD and Executive Functioning WeaknessesThe number of Adults with ADHD and Executive Functioning Weaknesses is growing 4 times faster than the number of children currently being diagnosed with ADHD.
Carol Gignoux, M.Ed
Filed Under: Executive Functioning Weakness, Executive Dysfunction, ADD, ADHD
Noted Increase in Adults with ADHD and Executive Functioning Weaknesses
The number of adults being diagnosed with ADHD or Executive Functioning weaknesses negatively affecting everyday performance at work and home is growing 4 times faster than the number of children currently being diagnosed with ADHD. The number of undiagnosed adults showing ADHD and Executive Function symptoms is also observed to be on the rise.
There could be a number of reasons for this – the higher demands of 21st Century living on someone already working hard to manage their brain and control their behavior, the greater degree of education and understanding people have regarding Executive Function symptoms and behaviors,
and the willingness of affected people to self diagnose, get formally diagnosed, and to seek help. There are other theories of course but do they really matter?
The real question is what to do about it. If the tide continues to rise, there will need to be further accommodations made for the needs of neuro-atypical people in all areas of society. Organizations and workplaces are already beginning to acknowledge this is happening by bringing in professionals like ADHD Coaches who specialize in ADHD and Executive Functioning who can explain and train the different levels and departments of the organization.
While this could be good news to people with an atypical brain type, like any significant change it will likely be messy and there will be blow back. The important thing is to realize that the path to greater inclusion and acceptance that embraces all of our many differences is to ride the tide, play our own significant part and endure the challenges of today for a greater tomorrow.
Make Progress with the Right Executive Function Coach
As one of the 10+ million U.S. adults with ADD, I genuinely understand the challenges of living with ADHD as well as the positive results that can be achieved through coaching. With the help of a great executive functioning skills coach, adult ADHD treatment can change lives. With the right behaviors and coping mechanisms, it’s easier to overcome some of the worst symptoms. Those include distraction, lack of punctuality, untidiness, forgetfulness, failure to meet deadlines, and more.
By practicing these success strategies, performance at work can improve, too. Life at home will become more stable and relaxing. Enrich every important personal relationship. And most importantly, you’ll gain a new level of self-confidence.