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(p. 86) Assessing Adaptive Functioning 

(p. 86) Assessing Adaptive Functioning
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(p. 86) Assessing Adaptive Functioning
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Jan Willer

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190256319.003.0008
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date: 05 July 2020

Adults have many complex roles and responsibilities, and they have to plan, organize, manage complex responsibilities, and prioritize constantly. Adults with ADHD are constantly struggling with these responsibilities, and they have increased risk of adaptive functioning problems. Their functioning problems can include problems with: academics, work, social functioning, lack of achievement, driving, finances and paperwork, self-management, poor health behaviors, and adverse health outcomes. In the most severe cases, criminality, violence, and suicidal behavior may be present. Yet some adults with ADHD cope fairly effectively, and only their close family and friends know that they are disorganized, distressed, doing most things at the last minute, and feeling like underachievers.

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