ADHD and Sleep: Making Time For It

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – May 27, 2024

Those with ADHD are often challenged to maintain a regular sleep schedule due to the restless and overactive nature of their minds. There are just too many other more interesting things to do than sleep. Racing thoughts and an inability to switch off cognitive processes can make bedtime a frustrating ordeal, leading to inadequate and poor sleep. It’s like a roller coaster ride! Continue reading “ADHD and Sleep: Making Time For It”

Managing ADHD with Humor

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – March 18, 2024

“If we weren’t all crazy, we would go insane” ~ Jimmy Buffet.  That’s right; we’re all a little crazy in our own way, especially those with ADHD.  All too often, ADD-ers get caught up in the seriousness of life.  Most could use a little humor to lighten things up, and the ability to laugh at themselves is something we should aspire to just to take off some of the pressure. Continue reading “Managing ADHD with Humor”

How Stigma Impacts ADHD

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – February 19, 2024

What is stigma? How does it impact ADHD? Is it different from discrimination? How is it different and what are its properties? Does language play a role in stigma? How can we overcome stigma? In this blog post, I’m looking into the concept of stigma to unravel its layers and explore its implications… especially regarding its impact on ADHD. Continue reading “How Stigma Impacts ADHD”

How Teens Raise ADHD Parents

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – January 22, 2024

Bex Taylor-KlausLife in a family of five where they all have ADHD can be a unique and challenging experience. The dynamics in such a family are often characterized by high energy levels, impulsivity, and difficulty with focus and organization. With everyone sharing similar traits, there may be a sense of understanding and empathy within the family, as they can relate to each other’s struggles. But it can also lead to chaos and frustration, as it might be harder to maintain routines and responsibilities. Continue reading “How Teens Raise ADHD Parents”

ADHD: Control Your Attention with Attention Exercises

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – December 25, 2023

Have you ever meditated and noticed your mind wandering? Congratulations, you’re meditating correctly. You might be wondering, “What does meditation have to do with my ADHD?” The answer is in a paradigm shift, because meditation is all about paying attention to your attention! It’s like a workout for your mind, helping you become more aware of the present moment and improving your ability to control what you focus on.

If you’ve struggled with controlling your attention because of ADHD, don’t be surprised if this changes your perception of meditation and how it can work wonders for you! Continue reading “ADHD: Control Your Attention with Attention Exercises”

Unpacking ADHD, Stress, and Anxiety

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – November 27, 2023

Everyone can feel stress and anxiety, but those with ADHD probably experience it more than others. Stress at its core is a physiological response to perceived threats or anticipation of an event where you may or may not be prepared. Reactions may be triggered by situations where you feel you have no control; it may feel like you are being attacked by a lion. When stress ignites the limbic system, it’s like throwing gasoline on a fire. Continue reading “Unpacking ADHD, Stress, and Anxiety”

ADHD and Sensory Sensitivity: Managing Distractions

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – October 30, 2023

Many of those diagnosed with ADHD are sensitive to their senses, and this can create maddening distractions. It looks something like this. Imagine you have ADHD and are sensitive to light and you’re trying to write a paper. You’re focused, organizing your thoughts, and then there is a flash of light that grabs your attention. In that instant, everything in your working memory is erased and you have to start over… UGH! Continue reading “ADHD and Sensory Sensitivity: Managing Distractions”

ADHD, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – September 18, 2023

What is chronic fatigue? What is fibromyalgia? Are they related to attention deficit disorder? Although ADHD is not typically associated with either chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, it does seem to be an unusual combination of features that those with ADHD complain of. For answers, I interviewed Dr. Joel Young, a psychiatrist at the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine (https://rcbm.net), who has studied and treated ADHD through the life cycle for 20 years. Continue reading “ADHD, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia”

The Economic Impact of ADHD

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – August 21, 2023

The economic impact of ADHD is growing every year. It’s underestimated how much of an impact ADHD has on society in general, but especially adults and families, as well as on the workplace as shown by recent reports. ADHD is not a small thing, and it’s important to advocate for more investment in providing help and support.  But this is just one piece of the puzzle.

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The Power of the Pause in ADHD

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – July 24, 2023

One of the biggest challenges with ADHD is self-awareness. To learn self-awareness, you need to look in the mind’s mirror. With ADHD, executive functioning is impaired, and it’s very effortful to be self-aware so you can override the automatic brain.  That’s why the pause may be the most helpful tool to manage your ADHD.

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