You most likely have never heard of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, inattentive presentation. When we hear AD/HD we think, hyperactive, impulsive, wild, reckless, and sensation seeking. What does not come to mind is someone who is quiet, withdrawn, spaced-out, immersed in thought, ruminative, or hyper-focused.
Inattentive presentation, is the most overlooked form of AD/HD in adults, specifically women.
Attention deficit disorder was once referred to as ADHD or ADD. This implied that if you had ADD without the "H", you were mildly hyperactive. Currently, although there are still different types of attention deficit disorders, but they are no longer distinguished between the presence of hyperactivity; if hyperactivity is or isn't present. AD/HD is a complex neurodevelopment disorder that impacts a person's functioning in every aspect of their life - work, relationships, friendships, relationship to ones self (e.g., low frustration tolerance, self-depreciation, low self-esteem), and even their sex life.
Attention deficit disorder is diagnosed by Neuropsychological Testing. Neuropsychological evaluations are completed by Psychologists who are trained in cognitive testing. The evaluation process is extensive and it is a deep dive into your cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, inattentive presentation
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, hyperactive presentation
AD/HD coaching and executive functions management is an effective way to learn to manage the areas of your life that are out-of-control due to your problems with attention.
Dr. Sara S. Schapiro was trained at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation in Neuropsychological Testing and Cognitive Remediation. She also completed an Executive Function Mastery course addressing evidence-based strategies to improve attention, memory, and self-regulation in adults and children.