ADHD: Thinking and Mental Effort

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – November 7, 2022

As we learn more and more about attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), we find it’s more an issue of self-regulation rather than a deficit of attention. And our podcast, Attention Talk Radio, has highlighted the role working memory plays in ADD/ADHD.

With effortful thinking, the idea is to put a spotlight on understanding that it’s not always a problem of focusing, because, often, focusing on making the thinking part easier will make it easier to self-regulate. To gain further insight on the subject of thinking and mental effort, Jeff Copper talked with Dr. John D. Eastwood of the Department of Psychology at York University in Ontario.

If you have ADHD and struggle with executive functioning, please check out the podcast for this open and frank conversation about thinking, mental effort, and the challenges posed to those with ADHD. They also discuss the issue of the instinctive urge to escape thinking because the mental effort is too difficult. Here’s the link to the podcast:

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