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Executive Functioning Disorder and ADHD: (AKA, Blaming the secretary)

Executive Functioning Disorder and ADHD: (AKA, Blaming the secretary)

How many of you were simply told and expected to:

  • Be on time

  • Stay organized

  • Plan ahead

  • Keep track of time

  • Calm down

  • Think before you speak

  • Pay Attention!

  • Be Careful…

  • Stay on topic

  • Finish work on time

  • Ask for help

  • Wait to speak

If you have had specific instruction on 1 or all of these expectations growing up, you have had a rare and powerful education. Most people have not had this luxury but could use a direct lesson on Executive Functioning, even today!

What is this term and why does “Executive Functioning” sound like A trendy coffee shop for CEO’s?

Executive Functioning can be thought of as a secretary that organizes and execution tasks for our brain. This secretary is in charge off subconsciously multi-tasking your actions items and processing thoughts to provide “the boss” (your conscious brain) with the ability to have great ideas and creative flow. The problem is that in an ADHD brain, the secretary is a 13 yr old who is addicted to their phone and blasts music into their headphones at inappropriate times. This makes having Attention Deficit Disorder frustrating and at time, defeating.

Most studies show that ADHD is closely linked to Executive Functioning Disorder because the typical functioning and energy balance in the brain is associated with structural and chemical alterations in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

In a Japanese study, researchers found that:

“Since the prefrontal cortex contributes to higher cognitive functions such as anticipation, judgment, planning, and decision-making, the prefrontal cortex is an important brain structure for performing executive functions.”

These topics are the symptoms of EF disorder and ADD. These may not be a talent you were born with, but can be a skill that you build.

The Executive Functions

  • Impulse Control

  • Emotional Control

  • Flexible Thinking

  • Working memory

  • Self Monitoring

  • Planning

  • Prioritizing

  • Task Initiation

  • Organizing

We will be covering ways to work on these within the posts to follow. The trick is to create consciences and learn the skills that our talented brothers were born with. By learning our weaknesses, we can create a strength that empowers us!

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