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”
Could keeping things simple be the key to managing ADHD? Rather than be overwhelmed by choices and decisions, we might consider some helpful points from Peter Shankman, founder of HARO (Help A Reporter Out) and founder/CEO of The Geek Factory. In a podcast on Attention Talk Radio, Peter revealed his principle of limiting choices and keeping life simple by living outside the box. Continue reading “Is Limiting Choices the Key to Managing ADHD?”
Those with ADHD seem to struggle to cope with emotions. This would tell us that emotions play a significant role in ADHD even though emotions are not included as part of the diagnostic criteria. Researchers agree, however, that emotions have a large impact on executive functioning and on working memory. Continue reading “ADHD: Coping with Emotions Too Little or Too Much”
To understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and motivation, it’s important to recognize the connection between the two. Motivation is tied to a number of executive functioning issues. It takes much longer for those with ADHD to do ordinary tasks because of the deficits that come with ADHD. But what can be done about it? According to Dr. Russell Barkley, it is treatable. In my interview with him on Attention Talk Radio, he shared his insight concerning self-motivation and how to reduce the obstacles on the way to getting there.
The name “attention deficit disorder” has such a negative connotation because of the words “deficit” and “disorder.” Just saying those words gives an unfavorable impression and takes us to an undesirable mindset from the get-go. But what would it be like if we could change the label to something more positive or politically correct?