Book Excerpt: Lack of Motivation Due to Insufficient Skills and Negative Life Experiences

Problems with motivation for young people with ADHD begin in the brain—where an imbalance of neurotransmitters may rob the individual of any natural feelings of motivation or “get up and go”—but, unfortunately, these motivational challenges don’t end in the brain. Instead, they may carry over into other areas of the young person’s life, further complicating the young person’s ability to feel motivated. Insufficient skills. Over the course of the young person’s life, his or her imbalanced brain chemistry has led to weakened executive functioning skills, such that the young person may have trouble concentrating, focusing, organizing thoughts, sustaining effort, or utilizing working memory. As you can imagine, this kind of compromised brain functioning makes for a very challenging learning environment. Negative life experiences. A lack of skills can lead to a lack of motivation in young people with ADHD, but there’s even more contributing to challenges in motivation for these young people. Another source of non-motivation can be the demoralizing nature of many of the life experiences encountered by the young person so far in life.