ADHD: Health Outcomes, Life Expectancy, and Self-Regulation

As an ADHD and attention coach, I’ve known Dr. Russell Barkley for almost a decade. After listening to him and studying his lectures, I believe he is the foremost expert in the world on ADHD. His constructs have revolutionized my coaching and, as a result, have benefited almost everyone I’ve ever contacted in relation to ADHD.

It has been my pleasure to interview Dr. Barkley several times on Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video. Now, at the end of ADHD Awareness Month, I’m especially proud to release my most recent interview with him, the focus of which relates back to research he had published in November of 2019.

In a nutshell, his research suggests that the life expectancy of those with ADHD is eight to twenty years less than that of the general population. The revelation of his research is that there are significant variables that could greatly enhance the life expectancy of those with ADHD. Yet, underneath all of them lies what Dr. Barkley calls a second tier of variables, which is the need to self-regulate.

In the interview to be released October 28, 2020, we talk about the research — what those with ADHD can do to live a more fulfilling life and increase their life expectancy. We also talk about the role coaching plays and what the individual can do to reduce the impact of the variables.

While it’s unfortunate to hear that the life expectancy of those with ADHD can be somewhat shortened, it’s very hopeful news that it’s within the individual’s power to change that paradigm. Please join me in listening to the wisdom of Dr. Russell Barkley in our show being released this week entitled, “ADHD: Health Outcomes, Life Expectancy, and Self-Regulation.”


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