Many of you have heard or read about the term "Executive Function"; it may have been used if an evaluation for ADHD was done by a neuropsychologist. What is the relationship between problems with Executive Function and ADHD? Are they one in the same?
Executive function refers to a set of mental skills that includes the ability to:
As one can see, Executive Function problems are asociated with, or are a part of , the clinical syndrome known as ADHD. However, Executive Function problems are not limited only to ADHD; they may be seen with:
The simplest was to think about executive function, is that all patients diagnosed with ADHD have problems with Executive Function, but not all patient with Executive Function problems have ADHD.
I hope that clarifies the issue a little bit.
Mitchel Katz, MD
I often get asked by parents as to the efficacy of non-drug interventions in the treatment of their child’s ADHD.
A recent study in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry outlined the findings of a multinational team of experts, who found no positive effects from psychological treatments including mind exercises (cognitive training), neurofeedback, and behavioral modification training. The researched discovered only small benefits associated with certain dietary modifications (which is consistent with a recent review article that appeared in Pediatrics).
However, one of the coauthors of the study said that parents should not be discouraged and should talk with their child’s physician as “evidence is never a substitute for having a discussion about your own child and wheat is right for your child and your family.”
I remain available to talk to any patient or parent about treatment methods for ADHD.
Mitchel Katz, MD
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