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Executive Function

Understanding Executive Function Disorder

Executive Function Disorder (EFD) can make things like starting tasks, managing time, staying organized, and focusing on things that aren't immediately interesting quite challenging for individuals with ADHD.


It's like having a brain traffic jam – things that should feel smooth can become a bit chaotic. EFD can affect school, work, relationships, and even everyday routines, but with the right strategies and support, these challenges can be managed effectively. 

1. What is Executive Function Disorder? Executive Function Disorder (EFD) refers to a set of cognitive processes that help individuals manage and regulate their thoughts, actions, and behaviors. It's like the brain's control center, responsible for planning, organizing, initiating tasks, managing time, and maintaining focus.

2. The Connection between EFD and ADHD: Many individuals with ADHD, experience challenges related to executive function disorder. ADHD often coexists with EFD, amplifying difficulties in areas such as: TASK INITIATION: Starting tasks can be overwhelming, leading to procrastination and frustration. TIME MANAGEMENT: Grasping the concept of time and staying on schedule can be tricky. ORGANIZATION: Keeping track of belongings and managing clutter can be a struggle. IMPULSE CONTROL: Controlling impulses and considering consequences might be harder. FOCUS AND ATTENTION: Sustaining attention on tasks that aren't stimulating can be challenging. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Restlessness and an excess of energy can make it challenging to stay focused on tasks for extended periods. MENTAL HYPERACTIVITY: Racing and intrusive thoughts can make relaxing and/or sleeping extremely hard while also contributing to emotional overwhelm. (More information on Mental Hyperactivity below) WORKING MEMORY: Difficulty in holding and manipulating information in your mind, multitasking and following instructions. PERFECTIONISM: Striving for perfection can lead to a fear of failure and hinder task completion.

​3. Effects on Daily Life: ​Living with EFD can impact various aspects of life, such as: ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: Difficulties with planning and time management might affect schoolwork. WORKPLACE CHALLENGES: Meeting deadlines and staying organized at work can be tough. RELATIONSHIPS: Communication and planning might require extra effort. EVERYDAY TASKS: Simple routines like getting ready in the morning can be overwhelming.

​4. Coping Strategies and Support: ​As an ADHD coach, I am here to help. Here are some strategies to assist individuals with EFD: BREAK TASKS DOWN: Divide larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps. USE VISUAL, AUDITORY AND OTHER PROCESSING MODALITY AIDS: Calendars, to-do lists, alarms, prompts and reminders can enhance organization. ESTABLISH ROUTINES: Consistent routines provide structure and reduce decision-making stress. MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES: Practicing mindfulness can improve impulse control and attention. GOAL SETTING: Setting realistic goals and celebrating achievements boosts motivation.

5. ​My Approach: ​​At Impulsively Aware, I recognize the unique challenges of EFD.  As an ADHD coach, my approach feels like being on a journey with a trusted guide. I'm here to help you navigate the challenges that ADHD can bring to your life. Together, we'll create a customized map of strategies that fit your unique strengths and needs. Think of me as your partner in finding practical ways to stay organized, manage time, and tackle tasks. We'll celebrate every step forward, and I'll be by your side, offering support and encouragement as you develop new skills and build a more fulfilling life.

6. ​Our coaching sessions focus on: PERSONALIZED GUIDANCE: Tailoring strategies to individual needs and strengths. SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Building skills to enhance executive functions over time. POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT: Celebrating progress and fostering a supportive environment. COLLABORATION: Working together to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.

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Executive Function

Our ability to pause
to pay attention to,
what we are paying attention to,
so we can reflect
and discern our best choices
and actions in the present,
for an improved outcome
and quality of life in the future.

-ADD Coach Academy

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Mental Hyperactivity

Mental hyperactivity, often referred
to as "mental restlessness" or "cognitive hyperactivity," is a cognitive state characterized by a rapid and excessive flow of thoughts, ideas, and mental activity. This phenomenon is commonly associated with conditions like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and can impact various aspects of a person's daily functioning.

While mental hyperactivity isn't always explicitly linked to Executive Function Disorder (EFD), it significantly impacts cognitive processing. The rapid flow of thoughts and difficulty in focusing can disrupt tasks that rely on organized thinking, planning, and attention control – all of which are key components of executive functions.


Mental hyperactivity can sometimes lead to impulsive behavior, where actions are taken without much forethought due to the rush of thoughts and ideas.

Individuals experiencing mental hyperactivity may find it challenging to quiet their minds or focus on a single thought or task for an extended period. Their thoughts might jump from one topic to another rapidly, making it difficult to maintain concentration on a particular task or engage in deep thinking. This state of constant mental motion can sometimes lead to feelings of overwhelm and frustration.

Difficulty Relaxing:

The constant mental activity can make it challenging to relax or unwind, even during times when rest is needed.

Here are some key characteristics and effects of mental hyperactivity:

Intrusive Thoughts:

Intrusive thoughts, unrelated to the current task or situation, may frequently pop into the individual's mind, making it harder to stay focused.

Multitasking Challenges:

While multitasking might seem like a solution, it can be difficult to manage when thoughts are constantly shifting, potentially leading to errors or incomplete tasks.

Emotional Impact:

The overwhelming nature of mental hyperactivity can contribute to increased stress, anxiety, and even feelings of inadequacy.

Sleep Disturbances:

Mental hyperactivity can also affect sleep, causing difficulties in falling asleep or staying asleep due to the persistent thoughts.

Managing mental hyperactivity often involves strategies that help individuals regain a sense of control over their thoughts and enhance their ability to focus. Techniques such as mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and organizational tools can help mitigate the effects of mental hyperactivity. Additionally, ADHD coaching and support can provide guidance on managing mental restlessness and improving overall cognitive function.

Racing Thoughts:

People with mental hyperactivity often report that their thoughts race, making it challenging to concentrate on any one thing. This can lead to difficulties in following conversations, reading, or completing tasks.

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