focus treating adults executive functions April/May 2006 Issue of ADDitude Magazine

The Adult ADHD Mind: Executive Function Connections

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For decades, the syndrome now known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) was seen simply as a childhood behavior characterized by chronic restlessness, impulsivity, and an inability to sit still.

Not much more was known about ADHD or how it affected the brain.In the 1970s, the number of ADHD diagnoses rose when doctors recognized that hyperactive children also had significant problems paying attention to tasks or listening to their teachers.This discovery paved the way for changing the name of the disorder in 1980 from “hyperkinetic disorder” to “attention deficit disorder” and to recognizing that some children suffer from chronic inattention problems without significant hyperactivity.That change — from an exclusive

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