ADHD Coaching, the Evolution of the Intervention

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – Published October 3, 2022

In preparing for ADHD Awareness Month in 2014, I realized that ADHD coaching first appeared in print in the book Driven to Distraction by Dr. Ned Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey. This book has been the best-selling book on ADHD of all time.

To bring awareness to the public, I reached out to Dr. Ned Hallowell. Together, we did a podcast on Attention Talk Radio, acknowledging the 20th anniversary of the birth of ADHD coaching as an intervention. Interestingly, in 2004, ten years after the book, the ADHD Coaches Organization was formed. The focus of the group was to have coaches come together to share best practices and promote coaching.
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ADHD and Conflicts in Style

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – September 19, 2022

Working with those with ADHD, I find they have a certain processing style that varies by individual. While this is not ADHD specific, those with ADHD are more dependent on a more dominant style. It’s a common occurrence in those with ADHD, as they have a working memory issue in how they process things. Let me give you an example.

I like visual reminders, but when items are spread out on the counter, it becomes a burden; it’s visual clutter. It inhibits my ability to focus or concentrate. For others, it’s out of sight, out of mind. This can cause conflict in couples where one of them is very visual and the other is overwhelmed by what they see as clutter.
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Are My ADHD Stimulant Medications Addictive?

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – September 12, 2022

As an ADHD coach, I am asked almost daily whether ADHD stimulant medications are addictive, but the answer is vague, and I’m not so sure we have all the information. Yet, we do need to understand the pros and cons about ADHD treatment with medications.

While I don’t consider stimulants to be addictive if they are used properly, they are potentially addictive if used improperly, and that’s why they need to be monitored and are available only with a prescription. When carefully managed by a physician, I believe the medications are safe and likely will not cause a physical dependence. Continue reading “Are My ADHD Stimulant Medications Addictive?”

The Challenges of ADHD in Our Self-Centered World

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – September 5, 2022

If you’ve got ADHD and truly observe your behavior, you might come to realize that thinking is effortful. It’s very challenging for people with ADHD to actually pause and engage their thinking mind to override their automatic responses. There is value in doing that if you actually make that happen. Continue reading “The Challenges of ADHD in Our Self-Centered World”

The Impact of Pain on ADHD and Energy

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – Published August 22, 2022

Pain! Energy! ADHD! They just don’t seem compatible with each other, but yet, they go hand in hand for those who struggle with chronic pain, no energy, and ADHD.

Those with ADHD often have endless amounts of energy, but when they don’t, they may be suffering with chronic low-level pain that seems to suck their life away. It keeps them from doing what they want to do, and they beat themselves up and blame their ADHD. Continue reading “The Impact of Pain on ADHD and Energy”

ADHD and Hoarding

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – August 15, 2022

What is hoarding? TV shows have brought hoarding into the public so that people now know about it, but what is the difference between clutter and hoarding? Is there a connection between hoarding and ADHD?

First, it’s important to note that there is no direct relationship between ADHD and hoarding, but the disorganization in ADHD can easily ramp up after a trauma that could then move into hoarding. Continue reading “ADHD and Hoarding”

We Are Now Prime Time!

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – August 8, 2022


We’re happy to announce that Attention Talk Radio podcasts are now available on Amazon Music. Amazon Music provides streaming and downloading of music and podcasts for thousands of selections. You can search by playlist, artist, album, song, genres, or title.  You can even use your Alexa device to request a specific selection.

In addition to the subscriber-based version, there is also Amazon Music Free that provides access to all the content that is available to paying subscribers but without a subscription or a purchase. Continue reading “We Are Now Prime Time!”

ADHD: The Cloud Is Here to Set You Free

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – July 25, 2022

In the context of ADHD, do your eyes glaze over when you start talking about digital means and methods? If so, I’m here to say that the cloud can set you free. So, let’s talk about what I mean by “the cloud.”

With the explosion of technology and our need to manage home, cell, and work phones, as well as emails, texts, instant messages, and direct posts on Twitter or Facebook and other social media, it’s difficult to understand just how dramatically technology is growing. All this digital activity can create problems for those with ADHD who are already challenged with organization. Continue reading “ADHD: The Cloud Is Here to Set You Free”

Embrace Miscellaneous Organization for Your Ideas

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – July 11, 2022

Organizing ThoughtsOrganizing your miscellaneous thoughts and ideas? UGH!

The topic of getting organized comes up frequently in coaching, and I can relate to that personally. For instance, there’s a miscellaneous drawer in my kitchen. It’s the depository for things that don’t have a home. The top drawer of my bedroom chest serves the same purpose. Ditto my workbench in the garage.

If something is unique and I don’t know where it goes, I put it in the miscellaneous drawer. If I need something that doesn’t have a home, I rummage through that drawer. That’s well and good for organizing tangible items, but the question is, how do you organize thoughts? What do you do with them so you can find them later?

While I have my own challenges and theories of what such things look like, I’ve often wondered about others. So, I asked other ADHD thought leaders about their systems. I had a hunch that most of them have the same struggles, but I was hoping that maybe just one had a perfect system.

The responses were very similar, but one in particular caught my eye. It was so well articulated and seemed to communicate my exact system metaphorically that it just may be the universal system among creatives. That response was from Rick Green, CHADD Hall of Fame member and founder of RickWantsToKnow.com. With his permission, I’m sharing his response.

“How do I capture ideas?

“I have to admit, not well. I have so many ways to capture ideas. Too many. And it’s exhausting. I say that because retrieving them is a problem. Did I write it on a Post it? On a scrap of paper? Could I have I recorded it as a voice memo on my phone? Is it on one of the 12 lists that are piled on my desk? Or the 23 lists on the other desk. Is it on the bulletin board? Is it in a file folder? If so, which file drawer? One of the 6 in my office or the 12 in the basement? Could it be in a Word document on my computer? What was the title? What key words did I use? How can I find it again?

“It’s bad. How bad? I have come across a note with an idea for a video (or a document with six ideas) and one jumps out at me and so I start writing it. Only later, after I’ve finished a first draft, or a second, a third, or actually recorded it, do I find that I’d already written a script around this idea. And when I read it I’m either relieved, “Oh, what I recorded was much better than this,” or else I am disappointed because there are a couple of really great lines that I would love to include.

“That’s the worst case scenario. The best case?  I have an idea and I open a document and start writing. Throwing down a few ideas, capturing some thoughts, a funny line, a clever observation, and perhaps a couple of choice quotes from the 70 experts we’ve interviewed over the years. Just getting it down, basically bullet points. The key is to label the document so when I search for it it shows up. I used to create funny or clever titles that were intriguing. But had little or nothing to do with the content. “The Best Lesson I Learned From Mrs. Femson” doesn’t help me if I’m looking for the idea I had about finding a hobby that is complex enough to keep you intrigued.

“Now I have learned to label the documents with keywords only. The name of the document is not necessarily the title of the video, blog, or presentation.

“But for capturing ideas on the fly that come to me at odd times I definitely rely on the voice memo app on my phone. We also use an app (I think it’s an app?) called Trello where we can track all of the current projects and capture ideas for blogs, videos, etc. David Riddles, our one employee (You only need one when you have David), is great at capturing requests from our patrons and putting those into the appropriate column. Trello is like an online version of a huge bulletin board of 3×5 cards that you can capture anything on. Only each card can be expanded with all kinds of options to include references, descriptions, steps involved, deadlines, contacts, etc.

“The challenge is not that I need ways to capture ideas, it’s that I have too many and I don’t stick with them. Sound familiar?”

In October 2014, Attention Magazine printed an article I wrote, titled “Ugly Organizational Systems” The point of the article was to highlight that organized is knowing where things are. Something might look like a pile of clutter, but if you know where everything is in the pile, it is organized. All too often we associate organization with being aesthetically pleasing.

I wrote the article in the hope that many with ADHD would feel validated. That validation would give them permission to acknowledge they were in fact organized. Organization can be pretty, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if your system looks ugly, it doesn’t mean you are not organized. If you can find what you’re looking for, you are organized.

Rick Green’s narrative of his system echoes the ugliness of organizing one’s thoughts. I really identify with his description and have come to accept that, by definition, my system is all over the place because that’s what a miscellaneous idea organization system looks like. In that realization, I feel validated in accepting my system for what it is.

My thanks to Rick Green on behalf of so many who may read this article, identify with it, and find some peace in their miscellaneous system to organize thoughts.

[Published with permission: [Published with permission: https://chadd.org/attention-magazine/attention-magazine-april-2022/]]

Editor’s Note:  For more insight, check out my video, “Ugly Organizing Systems Are Not All Bad” (http://digcoaching.com/ugly-organizing-systems/).