ADHD: Health Outcomes, Life Expectancy, and Self-Regulation

As an ADHD and attention coach, I’ve known Dr. Russell Barkley for almost a decade. After listening to him and studying his lectures, I believe he is the foremost expert in the world on ADHD. His constructs have revolutionized my coaching and, as a result, have benefited almost everyone I’ve ever contacted in relation to ADHD.

It has been my pleasure to interview Dr. Barkley several times on Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video. Now, at the end of ADHD Awareness Month, I’m especially proud to release my most recent interview with him, the focus of which relates back to research he had published in November of 2019.

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Paying Attention to Attention and Attitude

On Attention Talk Radio, we pay a lot of attention to attention, particularly in relation to ADHD, and we talk a lot about mindfulness. When you think of mindfulness, you may see it as some intangible, nebulous thing that is hard to get your head around. Dr. Lidia Zylowska is an expert on the topic, and you can imagine how thrilled I was to interview her on the topic of mindfulness. In our interview we defined mindfulness and broke it down into two parts: the shift of attention and the shift of attitude. Continue reading “Paying Attention to Attention and Attitude”

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?”