Executive Functioning in Adults with ADHD: A New Construct

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – May 8, 2023

What is Executive Function Deficit Disorder (EFDD)? What does self-regulation have to do with EFDD, and what does all this have to do with ADHD? For answers to these questions and more, I reached out to Dr. Russell Barkley, the world-renowned ADHD expert, affectionately called “ADHD Genius.”

Executive functioning and its many components have been considered ambiguous concepts because of a lack of specificity or an agreed definition. However, Dr. Barkley is ready to change all that. He has constructed a new, more precise definition that acts metaphorically as a Swiss Army knife, cutting through the ambiguity, bringing clarity to what is and is not an executive function.

Dr. Barkley’s new model of executive functioning shows why adult ADHD is a disorder of executive function… even if most adults with ADHD are not shown to be impaired on neuropsychological tests of executive function. It has some very interesting implications for the assessment and management of executive function deficits in adults with ADHD.

If you are interested in what the future of ADHD diagnosis and treatment might be or how this new model might help you move forward, listen to my interview on Attention Talk Radio with Dr. Barkley, “Executive Functioning in Adults with ADHD: A New Construct.”  http://tobtr.com/2894555

2 thoughts on “Executive Functioning in Adults with ADHD: A New Construct

  1. Vicki St Jacques says:

    I really enjoyed this blog with Dr Barkley. The first time I listened to one of his videos I was convinced that he really understood my situation. I will be researching his new books . Thank you !

    1. Jeff Copper says:

      Dr. Barkley is brilliant! I wish he hadn’t retired. Enjoy the education as you read more on him. Thanks for your comment.

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