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ADHD is about attention, right? So, what does ADHD have to do with effort?
In fact, ADHD has plenty to do with effort!
“ADHD is a poorly named condition” explains Mark Bertin, MD, author of The Family ADHD Solution. “The stereotypical symptoms –
“My son has trouble paying attention in class.” A common complaint with ADHD. After all, it’s “attention” deficit disorder, right?
But, what exactly is attention?
Attention is a concept describing how we actively process specific information present that is in our environment. Kendra Cherry, author of the Everything Psychology Book explains:
“Think of attention as a highlighter.
” I have a lot of trouble remembering the facts on a test, even if I have gone over them many times.”
” I understand the material but it is very hard for me to write about it in an essay. My mom always has to help me.”
Writing poses challenges for many individuals with ADHD and/or executive functioning (EF) challenges. One prior post on this blog discussed the many skills required for writing, all of which can be impacted by ADHD and EF issues. Another prior post outlined five strategies,
Writing can be particularly challenging for individuals with ADHD and/or executive functioning (EF) challenges for many reasons, as explained in a recent post on this blog.
“I hate writing!”
“It takes me forever to write!”
“I never write long enough papers!”
“My papers are always too long!”