Almost daily I encounter those who feel as though they are lazy, unmotivated and some believe they are worthless! With a little education many of these people could wake up to a whole new life and hope they never knew existed. It is my hope that this short article will be the key that opens the door for many of my readers.

In the book “The Disorganized Mind” by Nancy Ratey, Ed.M., M.C.C., S.C.A.C. one of the best short explanations of what goes on in the ADHD mind regarding procrastination is written by John J. Ratey, M.D.



     Impaired executive functions in the frontal lobes, in particular erratic working memory and a faulty attention system, contribute to procrastination. Working memory can be likened to the RAM of a computer. Without sufficient RAM, the brain moves on to the next issue or stimuli, completely wiping clean what was being considered before.

     Despite the awareness of the importance of getting started, the ability to procrastinate is often intertwined with the sometimes amazing ability of people with ADHD to forget, suppress, and repress their desired goals and “get busy” with some other activity, regardless of how meaningless it might be. Trapped in the moment, the person forgets even painfully catastrophic consequences paid in the past for their avoidance and procrastination. The double-edged sword of procrastination for the person with ADHD is that so often they are able to”pull it off at the nth hour.” By activating cortisol, the body’s stress response and stress hormone, dopamine, the primary neurotransmitter of the attention system, is released. This services to correct the lethargic attention system and “turn on” the frontal cortex, which improves RAM and all the other executive functions. The person then is able to become focused and sustain the effort and attention to start and complete tasks. This is why individuals with ADHD develop the false belief that they will always be able “to pull it off.” This work well until the complexity of their demands increased, and then they begin to fail.

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