Cognitive Disengagement Syndrome

Featuring Joseph Fredrick, PhD

What is cognitive disengagement syndrome, formerly known as sluggish cognitive tempo? How does being “internally distracted” affect a person’s daily life and activities? How is CDS identified in children and adolescents? Can it be treated?

Joseph Fredrick, PhD, describes CDS and contrasts its key differences from the difficulties typically seen with ADHD. As a researcher and clinical psychologist, he stresses the importance of comprehensive evaluations and evidence-based interventions. Dr. Fredrick discusses the links between CDS and other mental health conditions and shares information about treatment options.