ALERT: ADHD has Expanded to Include Executive Functioning Disorder or Weakness

Is it EFD or ADHD? Since ADHD has Expanded to Include Executive Functioning Disorder we are going to talk about the differences and commonality of the two.

Carol Gignoux, M.Ed

Filed Under: Executive Functioning Weakness, Executive Function Disorder, ADHD

ALERT: ADHD has Expanded to Include Executive Functioning Disorder or Weakness

ALERT: ADHD has Expanded to Include Executive Functioning Disorder or Weakness
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Executive Functioning is what people with ADHD have trouble with. However, you can have Executive Functioning issues without having ADHD. Telling the difference between the two comes about when someone does not fit the official profile of symptoms defining someone with ADHD. Since expanding the ADHD category to include those with Executive Functioning issues is new, we are going to talk about what that looks like now.
 
What are the executive functions? They constitute our ability to self-regulate. They allow our brain to focus on one thing at a time without getting distracted, manage tasks and time well, refrain from impulsive behaviors, and be consistently productive. They allow us to fit in well with others at home and at work because we are predictable and reliable. We can start and finish projects within a time frame and communicate as requested. They are commonly referred to as the Executive Functions of out brain’s Pre-Frontal Cortex.
 
People with Executive Function Weaknesses are unable to meet those demands in a way that’s collaborative and cooperative. Because they were never taught to understand and manage their brain, they fall short of the expectations around them. They will often have husbands or wives who are getting fed up with their erratic behavior. Their supervisors at work may be ready to fire them, giving up on believing they will ever overcome their issues. They have friends who don’t believe they care. They often have lower self-esteem and self-confidence; and may attempt to hide their issues from others. This often makes the situation worse. As a result, people with ADHD or Executive Functioning challenges suffer and struggle throughout their life. Yet many of these same people are capable of out-performing their counterparts in solving big problems and quickly advancing important projects.

Someone can have or develop Executive Function Weaknesses for a variety of reasons. In addition to ADHD, you can have Executive Function Weaknesses as a result of:
  • developmental delays due to poverty, lack of education or neurological brain disorders
  • physical or emotional trauma affecting brain functioning
  • extended untreated stress
  • specific learning disabilities
  • mental health disorders
  • age related cognitive decline
  • being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
  • having a stroke

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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.

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