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The ADHD Of The Future

Executive Function is highly over rated

The following is a quote from a colleague of mine. I find it to be a compelling statement that describes one aspect of ADHD, our difficulties with Executive Function, EF, very accurately. Please read on.

Many people […], (like me) experience executive dysfunction. This important self-regulatory system when in deficit, makes it difficult to take steps towards a goal while incorporating information and making adjustments along the way.

I liken the goal reaching issues to my sensory processing issues (and wonder if on some level in the frontal cortex of the brain they are related). My auditory system seems to be unable to filter out background noise, or hone in on a particular sound when required.

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The ADHD Of The Future

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  1. Thank you so much for the introducion. I wanted to add quickly that you are correct in that the DSM is always changing. In fact, when the DSM-V goes into effect in May of 2013, Asperger’s Syndrome will no longer be included as a diagnosis. Asperger’s has been absorbed and re-labeled as Autism Spectrum Disorder under the new criteria guidelines. I wrote about it here:

    New Diagnostic Criteria for ASD

    Additionally, prior to 1994, Asperger’s also did not exist, so as you can see the DSM is definitely fluid and ever changing. Also of note is that before my autism diagnosis, I was first diagnosed with ADD (amongst a host of other ailments in order to fully explain my issues), as was my Aspie son. I definitely agree that there are many overlapping traits.

    If ADHD will find its way onto the spectum at some point in the future remains to be seen. It is also possible that many are carrying an ADHD mis-diagnosis, when they should have been correctly diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as was the case with me and my oldest son.

    • Thank you, Aspie Writer, for allowing me to use your words. And thank you also for the additional information in your comment.

      As to misdiagnosis, I also have some thoughts. There are many people out there who are suffering the symptoms of a mental health issue without the benefit of a correct diagnosis. Whether they have ADHD and are not yet diagnosed or misdiagnosed, or whether they have been diagnosed with ADHD and have one of the many disorders that mimic ADHD instead, there are so many people who can do nothing less than benefit from progress in the areas of research and definition of mental health disorders.

      Thanks for dropping in and for the use of your words,

  2. I liked your comparison linking Asperger’s with ADD/ADHD. Calling them first cousins (I believe) really hit the mark.

    My wife has Asperger’s and I have AADD. Many times while discovering things about my wife’s Asperger’s I’ve been hit with the realization “Wow, I do that, or that sounds very close to what is going on with me”.

    Of course, it is nowhere near on the scope that my wife experiences it, but I think that a commonality between the two is certtainly prevelant enough to make the two being linked a serious consideration.

    Thank you for your blog, I’ve been enjoying reading it for the past two weeks.

    • Hi Mark, Your blog is a wonderful insight into the world of someone who lives with Asperger’s in their family, and your wife’s contribution to the blogging world is fast becoming legendary. I was honored to be allowed to use her words in my post and equally honored to share your views here.

      Keep up the good works you both are doing, and thanks for the comment,

  3. I have found myself on many occasions overwhelmed by this simultaneous and immediate need for functional action, but instead of succumbing to a feeling a inability at the time, I have surprised myself with amazing “later solutions” when I, at the time, took the role of an observer. Just observing without finding answers or solutions immediately. As time went by I realised afterwards that certain unconscious actions afterwards remedied the lack of functional action at the time it felt pressured to reveal itself. By not letting yourself and anxiety stand in the way, and bypassing it, has proven to me to be the perfect answer always! Just give your subconscious mind some time, without pressure…


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