Executive Function Part 2: Hacks and Workarounds

You have waited long enough. Part 1 covered definitions and causes of issues with executive function. Without further ado, here’s executive function part 2:  Executive Function Part 2: Hacks and Workarounds   I hesitated to use “hacks” here because I don’t want you to think I’m not taking executive function dysfunction lightly.  Finally decided that it was a short and plain way to say “stuff that works” and decided to keep it.  If you’ve been following along with this series, you know that I am relying heavily on the research of Adele Diamond to bring these ideas to you. All …

Executive Function Pt 1: What Is It?

Executive Function Pt 1: What Is It? As always, busy life and my own executive function issues prevent same-day article and video publication. First, watch the video. It comes complete with my standard fidgeting with my fingers and rambling as I wander off my outline and back on again. Let me know what you think in the comments here or on YouTube.  Executive Function: Definition and Explanation Executive function has a lot of definitions.  The best one I’ve found came from an article in Annual Review of Psychology written by Adele Diamond (click on the link to read the entire …

4 Ways To Handle Any Problem Pt 2: Community And Society

4 Ways To Handle Any Problem Pt 2 As promised, this is 4 Ways To Handle Any Problem Pt 2. The first half is here. The concept is taken from the orientation to DBT therapy from Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., and consists of four basic points:  Solve the problem Feel better about the problem Tolerate the problem Stay miserable One of the reasons I like this framing of the issue is that by identifying “stay miserable” as a decision instead of something that just happens, it allows you to consciously choose or reject it, and even use it strategically as part …

Do You Mind? (Tackling THE THING)

I mean, really. Do you spend your days spinning and your nights sleepless, realizing all of the things you could have done with your days? THE THING you could have been doing with your days? It could be you’re struggling with an executive function deficit. That means that because of injury or illness or exhaustion, the part of your brain that is supposed to help you make decisions isn’t doing its job properly. Tackling the thing feels extremely difficult or impossible.  THE THING is also commonly known as “the impossible task,” which is the task that your brain is telling you …