sluggish cognitive tempo


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sluggish cognitive tempo

A descriptive term for what some regard as a large (up to half) homogeneous subgroup of individuals diagnosed as ADHD predominantly inattentive (ADHD-PI), which has been proposed as a separate entity for the upcoming DSM V. In contrast to those with ADHD-PI, who are hyperactive, extroverted, obtrusive and risk takers, those with sluggish cognitive tempo are introspective, daydream and feel as if they are in the fog.
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Keith McBurnett, an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and co-author of several papers on sluggish cognitive tempo, said: "When you start talking about things like daydreaming, mind-wandering, those types of behaviors, someone who has a son or daughter who does this excessively says, 'I know about this from my own experience.
Although the concept of sluggish cognitive tempo, or SCT, has been researched sporadically since the 1980s, it has never been recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.