Your Executive Functions Are Weak. Here's Why.

ADHD and Executive Function Disorder (EFD) are tightly linked, but far from synonymous. They both make it exceedingly difficult to complete tasks and stay organized, but EFD impacts nearly all goal-directed behavior. How to tell the difference — and get it under control.

What Does EFD Look Like?

People with EFD often experience time blindness, or an inability to plan for and keep in mind future events. They also have difficulty stringing together actions to meet long-term goals. This is not an attention problem in the present tense, but rather a sustained attention problem.

Even if they try very hard, people with EFD will fall short and struggle to do the following:
  • Handle frustration
  • Start and finish tasks
  • Recall and follow multi-step directions
  • Stay on track
  • Plan, organize and self-monitor
  • Balance tasks (like sports and academic demands)
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