290. Executive Functioning & ADHD

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In today’s ADHD series episode, I’m taking a look at the relationship between ADHD and executive functioning. This is a complex topic, though I try to summarize the data succinctly. Here are a couple of topics that I cover:

  • What even is executive functioning?
  • What is the relationship between ADHD and executive functioning?
  • Does stimulant medication help with executive functioning challenges?

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I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

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Comments 1

  1. Podcast much appreciated!

    A comment:

    My experience in about 40 years of testing is that a lot of cases don’t fall into well defined categories.

    If someone has “EF” deficits, it is important to drill down as far as possible to identify what they are and determine if and how to treat them.

    Similarly with ADHD. It occurs in different ways. Even the DSMV criteria acknowledge this — you need a certain number of symptoms, but it doesn’t matter which ones.

    The point is (and this post is woefully inadequate to make this point) that all of this can be difficult to diagnose and treat, depending on the details of the individual patient. The definitions are amorphous, the assessment tools may not be adequately precise and the treatments can be blunt instruments.

    I think it might be interesting to look at the problem in reverse order. Start with the various treatments which can be relevant in ADHD and/or EF,defined broadly, and then work backwards towards determining what exam findings point in the direction of which treatment.

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