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Executive Dysfunction

SK_7 Community member Posts: 2 Connected
edited March 2022 in Autism and neurodiversity
Hi I’m Sabena.  I have recently discovered that I suffer from executive dysfunction. I had never heard of this before and have done some research and reading on it.  
I wanted to know if there is any support/support groups  available for this condition?



  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 15,858 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @SK_7 - & welcome to the community. I wonder if Headway may be able to offer help. Please see: https://www.headway.org.uk/about-brain-injury/individuals/effects-of-brain-injury/executive-dysfunction/

  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @SK_7

    Welcome to the community, I hope you are well and it's nice to see you join us. 

    Thanks for making your opening post and telling us about your ED, and I hope that the link shared above can be useful for you. Have you discussed any questions or concerns you have about your condition with your GP / medical team?

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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @SK_7

    Welcome to Scope's forum. It is great to see you have joined us. How are you today? Thanks for finding the courage to reach out to us. I always appreciate how much courage it must take to reach out, especially the first time. How are you feeling about discovering you suffer from executive dysfunction? If you type into Google "executive dysfunction support" you should find quite a lot.

    Executive dysfunction is quite common for autistic people and people with ADHD, although it can of course occur by itself too. I am just wondering if there is any specific support you are looking for with this? I am sure quite a few people (including me!) would be more than happy to support you with this but we want to make sure it is relevant and appropriate for your experiences and wishes.

    Let us know if there's anything, in particular, we can do to support you  :)
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  • SK_7
    SK_7 Community member Posts: 2 Connected
    Thanks for your responses and for making me feel welcome.  I have not discussed my executive dysfunction with my G.P. yet.  I keep putting it off because I feel overwhelmed.  At first I struggled with the diagnosis and then I researched it and it made a lot of sense.  I  have had these issues all my life and it has only just come to my attention as my physical difficulties have always overshadowed my cognitive problems.  The other issue I have is that I have always masked my executive dysfunction and when my relatives are trying to help me, I can’t explain what help I need. Consequently my relatives  are frustrated and sometimes impatient with me. 
    The support I need is being able to speak with people in the same boat as me , so that I have some coping strategies as I feel very isolated, frustrated and overwhelmed.
    Thank you for the link to headway.org.uk - some useful information there and I think I will give the helpline a try as I am fed up of going round in circles.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 15,858 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @SK_7 - thank you for replying, & pleased you feel the Headway link seems promising. I hope you do indeed try their helpline. It's difficult when you get a diagnosis, yet good when it begins to make sense of the difficulties that may have been there all along. Just keep on researching; the more you understand, the easier it will be to talk to your GP when you feel ready. Kindly let us know how you get on.


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