By now, most of us know that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) isn’t just a “kid thing.”
Any person of any age can have this neurobiological disorder, which is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These three core symptoms may impact our overall “executive function,” which is the all-important regulator in our brain.
Our executive function determines how well we can concentrate on a given task (even a boring one!), how we figure out which item on our “to-do” list is most important, how we manage time, how appropriately we react to feedback, and how we review which processes haven’t worked for us in the past so we can correct them. It turns out that all these seemingly “little things” ruled by executive function can add up to plenty of big frustrations and misunderstandings in our daily lives! As a result, those with ADHD may be falsely and unfairly labeled as lazy, irresponsible, and disorganized or self-centered when in fact they have a very real – and very treatable – neurobiological disorder.