If you have ADHD, are you more apt to suffer a concussion? Is there a relationship between ADHD and concussion? First, I think it’s important for us to understand what a concussion is, and it’s of particular significance for athletic coaches and parents of ADHD kids.Over the last decade, concussion has been a hot topic in the news because we’ve seen reports of several professional athletes who have suffered concussions. Many people often confuse traumatic brain injury with concussion, but there is a significant difference. Continue reading “ADHD and Concussion”
When we think of exercise and practicing, we think of athletics, maybe tennis players practicing their serve or basketball players shooting hoops. Those are exercises that we do to develop a skill. As an attention coach, I see that those with ADHD need to develop self-regulation skills, and exercise is one way to do that. Continue reading “ADHD and Minding Your Manners”
Sprawling! What an unusual word! But for those with ADHD, it can be an important word in planning and organizing! Sprawling just means laying out your work in front of you to see what you have before getting started. Many of those with ADHD are visual learners; they need to externalize what’s in their minds so they can see what they have to work with. Continue reading “ADHD: Go Ahead, Make a Mess”
Emotional regulation is challenging for many with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In fact, it can be paralyzing. Today, we want to look at what causes that and what we can do to manage it.
Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. David Nowell (www.drnowell.com) explains what it means when our emotions hijack the amygdala part of the brain that’s responsible for that automatic reaction.
In my coaching practice, I’m often faced with questions concerning ADHD medications, particularly stimulants and what they do. This is an important issue, because many individuals complain that the medications didn’t seem to work or caused negative side effects. But managing these medications is an art form. It requires time-tested dosing, and it requires the patient to communicate with the physician to help arrive at the right dose at the right time.
If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, you may be looking for solutions that don’t involve medications. Some time ago, Jeff Copper talked with ADHD coach Brett Thornhill (www.embraceyouradhd.ca) on the subject because there is so much conversation around stimulant medications.
With marijuana becoming more prevalent in use, whether medical or recreational, many people are talking about it helping their ADHD. But there is no current research showing a specific direct impact on ADHD.
Continue reading “ADHD, Marijuana, THC, Weed, Cannabis: Facts”
What is obvious for most is that those with ADHD struggle with organization. A couple of years ago, I interviewed Leslie Josel, an academic life coach, on Attention Talk Radio around the subject of getting organized, not just with physical clutter but also with mental clutter, which is a much deeper issue.
If you are like most adults with ADHD, there is a good chance you’re suffering needlessly from ignorance. Maybe you’re reluctant to take ADHD medications because of the stigma created by the media demonizing meds. Years ago I interviewed Rick Green of Totally ADD on aspects of ADHD medication. Rick admitted he wouldn’t want you to have to take medication, but after conducting research for his five-hour video series, it became clear that people’s fears about medication are misplaced. Continue reading “ADHD Medication: Straight Answers to Big Questions”
Here’s a dilemma! Your relationship is experiencing conflicts in behavior or values with the other person, whether friend, family, or business. But if ADHD is a factor, everything seems to be more difficult! So, what can you do when the ADHD behavior manifests or when values conflict with the values of the non-ADHD person? In a recent interview on Attention Talk Radio, host and ADHD coach Jeff Copper talked with ADHD expert Elaine Taylor-Klaus (www.impactparents.com) to discuss these challenges. Continue reading “ADHD Behavior and Values: What to Do When They Conflict”