Chronic Lateness: Is it a Medical Condition?

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Everyone knows somebody who is always late. That person who can never make it work, appointments, or a lunch date on time. 

More often than not, tardiness is something we accept albeit with complete frustration. But have you ever stopped for a second to think, there is something more to their lateness? Could it be an indication of a bigger problem?

A man in Scotland, Jim Dunbar, was diagnosed with chronic lateness as a medical condition. After hearing this, I asked doctors from our area for their expert opinion. They told me it's a misdiagnosis. 

"It would be rare to see chronic lateness, alone, in the absence of any other symptom being diagnosed as something related to a brain dysfunction" said Dr. Dan Blazer from Duke University. 

Both of my experts said chronic lateness as it's own standalone diagnosis would be rare. Lateness is usually a result of other diagnoses. "It can be associated with depression, anxiety disorders, social phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ADHD," says Dr. William McCann from Wake Forest University.

He also says being late can be a result of carelessness, poor time management, or a power grab to show their time is more important. 

Tomorrow on The Good Morning Show, I will share tips with you on how to be on time. 

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