ADHD-ADD: The Gift or Curse Debate with Dr. Russell Barkley

There’s a lot of discussion, perspectives, and concepts concerning whether ADHD is a gift or a curse, and it comes with a great deal of polarization on both sides. In our interview on the topic, Dr. Russell Barkley shares his expert insight and defines a strategy to put the discussion in a context that may move toward destigmatizing ADHD. Continue reading “ADHD-ADD: The Gift or Curse Debate with Dr. Russell Barkley”

How ADHD Manifests Differently in Girls and Women

When you see one person with ADHD, you’ve seen one person with ADHD.  It comes in all forms and types. A few years ago, I interviewed Dr. Patricia Quinn who really illuminated my insight and helped me understand how ADHD manifests very differently in girls and women.  She was a pioneer in this area and this interview really does a great job of delineating the differences. Continue reading “How ADHD Manifests Differently in Girls and Women”

ADHD Meds: Straight Answers to Big Questions

Many individuals fear the long-term effects of taking stimulant medications. Question is are there long-term effects if you don’t take them? In this podcast, Rick Green of Totally ADD, shares his philosophy on the topic and offers insightful information to help people make an educated decision on taking medications. Rick is not pro-med, but he is anti-suffering. And we are both pro-education.
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ADHD: Emotional Self-Regulation – Live, Unplugged & Real

The hardest part of ADHD is managing emotional self-regulation. The first step is to notice you are in an emotional state. This is exceptionally hard because it requires self-awareness, which is a challenge for those with ADHD. Step two is to use your thinking brain to down-regulate your emotions, which also is hard because, when you are in a fight, flight, or freeze state, it is hard to remember what you know to do. Step three is to brainstorm and move forward. Years ago, I was able to record a powerful coaching call. Continue reading “ADHD: Emotional Self-Regulation – Live, Unplugged & Real”

The Impact of Exercise on ADHD with Dr. John Ratey

Dr. John Ratey co-wrote the book, Driven to Distraction, one of the most popular selling ADHD books of all time. He also wrote Spark: How exercise will improve the performance of your brain. Dr. Ratey has ADHD himself and dedicated a chapter in his book to the impact of exercise on ADHD.  In our conversation, he shares the science and his personal story. Continue reading “The Impact of Exercise on ADHD with Dr. John Ratey”

ADHD and High IQs, with Dr. Thomas E. Brown

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has nothing to do with intelligence or IQ.  If 2% of the general population are eligible for Mensa, then 2% of the ADHD population are eligible for Mensa. There is a difference between having knowledge and having the ability to apply knowledge. Those with ADHD know what to do; they struggle doing what they know to do. Continue reading “ADHD and High IQs, with Dr. Thomas E. Brown”

ADHD: How Exactly Did You Do That?

Got ADHD? Ever make it to an appointment on time? Ever complete a task or a group of tasks? Ever complete a project without procrastinating? If so, “How Exactly Did You Do That” (HEDYDT)? Seriously! Critics are quick to point out what those with ADHD are not doing, but what about the things they do right? Those with ADHD are so focused on what they do wrong that few recognize what they do right; but when they do, only a few realize how or what they did to achieve success. Continue reading “ADHD: How Exactly Did You Do That?”

ADHD and Observations: Basic Truths

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be very confusing and even more confusing if you’re attending to the wrong things. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, attention and ADHD coach Jeff Copper talks about basic observations and simple truths with ADHD parent coach Caroline Maguire ( In their discussion, they illuminate things observed that most others miss and obstruct progress of the ADHD crowd. If you realize that what you’re attending to isn’t impacting your ADHD struggles, listen to this interview.

ADHD Kids: Failing Forward at the School of Hard Knocks

You love your ADHD kids. You know they learn best from experience, but learning experiences can be painful, so you shield them from their natural consequences. Does that really help them? What is the value to your child if you put off the learning? The older they get, the higher the stakes get. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, guest host Caroline Maguire ( and ADHD parenting expert Elaine Taylor-Klaus ( discuss the parent’s dilemma: How many more years do you want to shield your ADHD child from the realities of life? How can you teach them to fail forward and learn from their consequences without feeling like you’re waiting for a train wreck? If you are a loving parent of an ADHD child, listen to this insightful interview.