Executive function disorders arise from damage to brain areas mediating complex aspects of human behavior, including self-regulation, social cognition, planning, and organization. These functions are especially necessary to everyday adaptation, independence, and productivity. Executive function disorders have multiple causes and are expressed through different patterns of cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral impairment. Treatment approaches target specific symptoms, especially in attention, working memory, problem solving, social cognition, and self-control of behavior and emotions. Interventions draw upon behavioral training, compensatory processing techniques, self-awareness and metacognitive training, environmental aids, and medications along with family/caregiver education. The evidence base for identifying effective treatments is promising but remains limited with a need to broaden the focus on real world functional outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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