Is it Executive Function Disorder (EFD) or ADHD?

Is it Executive Function Disorder (EFD) or ADHD?

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by Neurohealth Associates

Is It ADHD? Or Executive Functions? This is a question many people are now asking with EFD becoming a more popular topic under consideration. We feel this excerpt from a ADDitude article explains it best:

A child or an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be hyperactive, inattentive, and/or impulsive. Clinicians have always understood hyperactivity and impulsivity. The understanding of inattention, though, has shifted from primarily “the inability to stay on task” to a broader concept called executive function disorder (EFD), which involves a pattern of chronic difficulties in executing daily tasks.

What Is Executive Function?
Think of executive function as what the chief executive officer of a company must do — analyze, organize, decide, and execute. Around the time of puberty, the frontal part of the cortex of the brain matures, allowing individuals to perform higher-level tasks like these:

  1. Analyze a task
  2. Plan how to address the task
  3. Organize the steps needed to carry out the task
  4. Develop timelines for completing the task
  5. Adjust or shift the steps, if needed, to complete the task
  6. Complete the task in a timely way

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