#21: Do I have ADHD and does it Impact Executive Functions?
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In this episode, Erica and Darius discuss the symptoms of ADHD from both the UK and US perspective. They also discuss how this relates to executive functioning and other diagnoses such as dyslexia.  Finally, they address how to acquire a diagnosis, as well as some solutions to ADHD.

Here is a combined symptoms list as defined by the United Kingdom NHS and the United States DSM5 criteria.

Symptoms of Inattentiveness (difficulty concentrating and focusing)

  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty sustaining attention or staying on task
  • Easily distracted (including unrelated thoughts)
  • Makes careless mistakes/lacks attention to detail
  • Fails to follow through on tasks and instructions
  • Forgetful in daily activities
  • Avoids/dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Difficulty listening to and carrying out instructions.Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Problems organizing tasks and managing time
  • Loses things necessary for tasks/activities

Hyperactivity and impulsivity

  • Problems sitting still and leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected
  • Constant fidgeting and excessive physical movement
  • Talks excessively
  • Difficulty waiting turn
  • Acting without thinking
  • Blurts out answers
  • Interrupts or intrudes on others
  • Experiences feelings of restlessness
  • Has difficulty engaging in quiet, leisurely activities
  • Is “on-the-go” or acts as if “driven by a motor”

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