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What causes problems with executive function?

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Some people are born with weak executive function. People with ADHD, depression, or learning disabilities often display executive function weaknesses.

An injury to the front of the brain, where the frontal lobe is, can harm your ability to stay on task. Damage from Alzheimer's disease or strokes may also cause problems.

SOURCES:

National Center for Learning Disabilities: "What is Executive Function?"

Chan, R. , 2008. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Elliot, R. , 2003. British Medical Bulletin

University of California, San Francisco: "Brain 101: Topics in Neuroscience: Executive Functions."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Learning Disabilities: "What is Executive Function?"

Chan, R. , 2008. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Elliot, R. , 2003. British Medical Bulletin

University of California, San Francisco: "Brain 101: Topics in Neuroscience: Executive Functions."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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