Living with ADHD
ADHD is neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.(https://chadd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/aboutADHD.pdf)
ADHD is a congenital, hereditary, neurological condition, generally appears by age 7 and often continues into adulthood.
People with ADHD have inadequate levels of dopamine and/or norepinephrine which makes it difficult for messages to get from the control sections of the brain to relevant activation sections of the brain.
ADHD can be diagnosed by a medical professional, yet, often people are living with undiagnosed ADHD.
Typical signs of ADHD can include:
Poor organizational skills
Difficulty making and/or keeping friends
Challenges with goal setting, planning, and task completion
Tendency to hyperfocus
Executive Functioning Issues are often similar to ADHD but are not synonymous. Executive functions "is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation" (Cooper-Kahn, J.,& DIetzel, L. 2008).
Executive functioning skills include:
activation: organizing and prioritizing
focus: focusing, sustaining and shifting attention to tasks
effort: regulating alertness, processing speed
emotion: managing frustration and modulating emotions
memory: utilizing working memory and accessing recall
action: monitoring and self-regulating action
(Sleeper-Triplett, J., 2010).