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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Sluggish cognitive tempo predicts a different pattern of impairment in the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, predominantly inattentive type.
Dimensions and correlates of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and sluggish cognitive tempo.
Evaluating the utility of sluggish cognitive tempo in discriminating among DSM-IV ADHD subtypes.
Called sluggish cognitive tempo, the condition is said to be characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing.
Experts pushing for more research into sluggish cognitive tempo say it is gaining momentum toward recognition as a legitimate disorder -- and, as such, a candidate for pharmacological treatment.
Psychologist Russell Barkley of the Medical University of South Carolina, for 30 years one of ADHD's most influential and visible proponents, has claimed in research papers and lectures that sluggish cognitive tempo "has become the new attention disorder.
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.
In the new edition of the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders book - the psychiatrists' bible - people are no longer lazy but suffering from Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder.