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Friday, November 7, 2008

Environmental dependence syndrome

Environmental dependence syndrome is a syndrome where the affected individual relies on environmental cues to accomplish goals or tasks. It implies a disorder in personal autonomy where individual psychological traits influenced the way in which loss of autonomy was made manifest. As an example, adults diagnosed with ADHD rely on ADHD coaches to provide the necessary cues at the appropriate times for the individual. This helps the individual make decisions to prioritize and order tasks. Patients with focal unilateral frontal lobe lesions were observed in different environments such as a doctor's office, a lecture room, a car, a garden, while visiting an apartment where various activities were possible, and in a gift shop. Individuals with this syndrome exhibit striking behavior, it was as if implicit in the environment was an order to respond to the situation in which they found themselves.

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