Change The Name Sluggish Cognitive Tempo to anything else
We do know that people with this condition have slower reaction times when given information in certain sensory forms. Some folks with SCT have auditory sensory reception issues and some people have visual sensory reception slowness and some have both. We know that people with this condition can be trained and that their reaction times can improve.
Studies have shown that reaction times can be improved with appropriate training in the elderly and also in people with traumatic brain injuries. We do not know, because this group has not been tested, if people with SCT can be trained to improve their reaction time. Judging from what I have seen in my clinical and personal life, reaction time does improve with brain training and reaction time exercises in people with symptoms of SCT.
How can you give a name to a diagnosis that has not been studied? If we knew more, a mpre appropriate name might emerge. People with SCT must be studied to determine the characteristics of this diagnosis. This has yet to be complered. We need to know more about reaction times to various sensory stimuli, symptoms response to medications such as Wellbutrin, Strattera, Intuniv, the stimulants and potentially new pharmaceuticals, symptom response to non-medical interventions such as cognitive and brain training and we need to know about co-occurring conditions (we know that people with SCT are much more likely to have anxiety and this can worsen their symptoms, they have very little co-occurring conduct disorders or oppositional symptoms). We need studies performed with functional MRI and other diagnostic studies that will inform researchers of the neurological processes that are amiss in this condition. In short, much work is yet to be completed.
I am not certain that you can rename a condition that you know so little about but I do know that Sluggish Cognitive Tempo is a poor name for any condition, no matter what the primary symptoms or primary neurological deficits are. Can we name it something else? Maybe Sensory Processing Speed Disorder would be better. What do you think? Can we come up with a better name, given what we know?