Things That Make You Go, “Hmm…”

Since 2012, I’ve had the honor of being on the editorial board of Attention Magazine, published by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). At first, this might not be surprising, but once you realize I have dyslexia and a learning disability, you might understand the irony, as these have had an enormous impact in my life and have made writing one of my greatest weaknesses. You have to laugh at the idea though. Somebody who struggles to write is actually on the editorial board of a prominent magazine. Go figure.

Seriously, I had been invited onto the editorial board because of my special relationships with experts in the ADHD community and because of the content I had created for Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video. My asset is not the ability to write but, rather, my ability to network with people and find good content.

Here’s another tidbit. When COVID-19 hit and almost everyone was mandated to stay home, I immediately jumped on the idea of a radio show about working from home. Rarely are my shows done solo, but this time, I was compelled to do so based on my experience of working from home and coaching others. Ironically, the editor of Attention Magazine, after listening to the show, had asked me to write the article. I agreed.

Ultimately, the process meant I had to dictate a stream of consciousness with several proofs and edits by others. So, there you have it. The article, titled “ADHD, Productivity, and Working from Home,” was printed in the June edition of the magazine.

The good news is that, because of COVID-19, CHADD had made the decision to post the entire June edition of the magazine available online for public access. That’s why I’m sharing this link with you so you can access my article, along with articles included from other experts. I’m sure you’ll find information there that you will enjoy and that will inspire you.

Also, I encourage you to become a member of CHADD. You’ll get the magazine for free in both print or digital format, or you can just subscribe to the digital edition alone. In any case, here’s the link to subscribe:  https://chadd.org/get-attention-magazine/

Click here to read the article: https://digcoaching.com/PDF/ADHD-Productivity-Working-from-Home.pdf

Even though writing is very difficult for me, I am on the editorial board. Go figure. I think there’s a song, “Things That Make You Go Hmm.”

 

The Truth about ADHD and Working Independently

Work EnvironmentDr. Thomas E. Brown once said, “The more there is a need for independent work, the lower the grades and productivity of those with ADHD.”

In general, I’ve found this to be true in my experience as a coach. Although the peace and quiet of home or your office might increase productivity in some people, sadly, that is not always the case for those with ADHD. Continue reading “The Truth about ADHD and Working Independently”

ADHD, Productivity, Working from Home, and You

Our workplaces are formal, professional, and structured to accommodate business systems, interactions, frequency of direct communications, and access to human capital (or people knowledge) by being in the presence of others.

A workplace at home is more informal, more comfortable, and lacks the structure of the work environment, making it difficult for those with ADHD to self-regulate their attention. Gone are the face-to-face human interactions, the “buzz” of other busy bees getting work done with their work energy. Continue reading “ADHD, Productivity, Working from Home, and You”

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment: Art or Science?

Jeff Copper & Aha BobPeople are unique, individual, and infinitely complex. In the interest of maximizing efficiencies, our world and medical community focuses on commonalities to evaluate, label, and treat patients. This approach raises some key questions: Can something so complex be labeled? Is the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD a science or is it an art?  Let’s explore this system a bit deeper to understand how we get a diagnosis before answering these questions.

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Diagnosing ADHD With a Brain Scan: Yay or Nay?

Aha Bob BrainWithout a doubt, science is an amazing thing and strides in medicine are impressive. Many specialists turn to advanced tools to diagnose and better understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). By studying cerebral function, structure, and chemistry, specialists can discern biological differences in the ADHD brain. But seeing something different does not mean they understand it.
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ADHD: Foraging for Information

Our ancestors foraged for food because it was necessary. Today, food is in abundance, freeing up time for us to forage for information. Why are we… especially those with ADHD… prone to forage for information? Because it is pleasurable! You see, one of the key neurotransmitters that impacts the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder plight is dopamine, the reward neurotransmitter. It’s the reason we procreate, why we forage for food or seek anything pleasurable. Continue reading “ADHD: Foraging for Information”

ADHD: When Fixed Appears as Broken

We live in a society that fosters negativity and self-limiting beliefs. Just look at the daily news, the endless array of advertisements for things to “fix” us, or the fascination with the mishaps of celebrities as just a few examples. The ego loves weakness, and we feed into it by focusing on it; and for some, this focus invades every aspect of life. The result for many is staying “stuck” and not moving forward. To bring about real change, we must be willing to have a more open mindset.

Here’s a parable that I feel illustrates this point beautifully, and then I’ll share a lived ADHD experience to open your mind: Continue reading “ADHD: When Fixed Appears as Broken”

When Things Suddenly Make Sense

Making SenseDid you ever run into somebody who’s able to articulate something in such a way that all of a sudden it makes some sense? Years ago, I was coaching a woman who said, at the end of our first coaching session, that she wanted to work on her lists. We had learned during her discovery session that she is very visual. Knowing this, I asked what it would be like if she just drew a picture instead of writing words. After we got off the call, she gave it a shot. Continue reading “When Things Suddenly Make Sense”

Are Your ADHD Meds Working?

You might be wondering how you know if your ADHD stimulant medications are working? Do you get a buzz? Will you immediately be able to pay attention or automatically gain the skills you need to advance in your job and life? Unfortunately, meds don’t work like that. You’ll know that your ADHD meds are working when you can sustain focus on things longer than you normally would. For example, say, before you started taking meds, you could read only four pages of a book before your mind started to wander.  Then after taking meds, you could read four chapters.
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