Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP
Virginia Salzer, Ph.D. , Chairperson
Bruce Zahn, Ed.D, ABPP
Dr. Karen Lindgren
James Brad Hale, Ph.D.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is typically characterized by impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity and often lasts into adulthood. Depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are often diagnosed as comorbid disorders with ADHD. Adults with ADHD may also display executive functioning deficits. The current study sought to identify whether symptoms of executive functioning were related to symptoms of ADHD in adults. It also identified comorbid disorders in the participants. Questionnaires assessing executive functioning, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and bipolar spectrum disorders were given to participants. Demographics were obtained regarding their own background and comorbid disorders in their first-degree relatives. Results indicated that symptoms of executive functioning and ADHD were significantly related. Both ADHD and executive functioning symptoms were associated with depression and anxiety.
Velez, Sara M. Sachjog, "Relationships between Executive Functions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Comorbid Disorders, and Familial History in a Nonclinical Population" (2009). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 143.