ADHD reWired (general)

On this episode, Eric is joined by Dr. Miriam Reiss, a career and life strategist who is living with ADHD and working to help those with ADHD crush finding the right job for them. She shares information about her programs and the 5 stage process she puts all of her clients through for building their best career. You wont want to miss a minute of this great conversation.

Learn all about the 5 stages of Miriam’s job searching process. Each stage is designed to help you identify your core goals, the way your brain works, and how the two come together to influence your perfect job. She focuses heavily on figuring out the right environment for your brain and how there is no one job that is “best” for someone with ADHD.

Eric and Miriam also dig deep into the importance of preparing for your interviews. Just because you think you know exactly what to say in an interview and how you come off, does not mean that your interviewer’s perspective is the same. Learn some tips and tricks on how to crush the interview not only by impressing your potential company but by interviewing them as well.

Miriam leaves you with so many great tips and tricks for managing the job search. Listen in and listen close to glean all of the amazing nuggets she gives. What was your favorite takeaway? Let us know on your favorite podcast app by leaving a review and rating.

Your Resources

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:44] - Welcome back to the show! Today’s guest is Dr. Miriam Reiss.
  • [02:38] - Learn how Dr. Reiss got into the business of focusing on career coaching.
  • [06:23] - Where does Dr. Reiss start when she begins working with her clients? 
  • [10:02] - What are the 5 stages of Dr. Reiss’s program?
  • [21:22] - Miriam continues to discuss the 5 stages and the job search strategy.
  • [25:34] - How does Miriam help her clients overcome the barrier of the fear of networking?
  • [28:51] - What is her response to the person who asks her what the best job is for someone with ADHD?
  • [34:33] - What does it mean to create an ADHD friendly environment? 
  • [38:50] - How entering an interview from a place of self-respect alters the energy of the interaction.
  • [46:43] - Learn how Dr. Reiss helps her clients evaluate their work environment.
  • [49:05] - What is the process for taking stock of the things they hate in their jobs? 
  • [55:09] - Asking the right questions in the interview is key to loving your job!
  • [57:02] - How should a person with a spotty work history address that in their interview?
  • [1:02:10] - How to reach Miriam!
  • [1:03:37] - Hear Miriam’s final thoughts for you!
  • [1:04:31] If you’re a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and click on our Patreon button at www.ADHDreWired.com
Direct download: 279_The_Right_Job_for_you_w_Dr._Miriam_Reiss.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

It’s June’s Q&A epiosode on the podcast and I’m joined by Brendan to answer your questions. We chat about topics ranging from the effects and need for medication to how to manage and cope with various aspects of having ADHD. There were a ton of great questions this month and you won’t want to miss the responses.

What do sticky notes, note pads, and index cards have in common? Several of our questions had to do with accountability. Write things down! Put away the computer and put pen to paper, not only does this help keep you focused, you are also more likely to absorb the information. Learn more throughout the show. 

Need to dive deep into how manage family responsibilities and schedules when members are on different systems? Change your verbiage and you may be able to alter their response. We spend a good bit of time on this topic because keeping an ADHD family on track is very important.

There were so many fantastic questions this month that we didn’t get to them all. If you’re not already, consider becoming a Patron to access the full episode. Also, let us know what your questions are for next month’s episode.

Your Resources

Brene Brown: the Call to Courage
ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups
www.ADHDreWired.com/events

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] Welcome back to the podcast for June’s Q&A episode with Eric and Brendan.
  • [02:45] Our first question is from Shawn, asking about life hacks for feeling more functional.
  • [07:05] How to stay focused in meetings and not get flustered by questions.
  • [12:17] Learn how permission relates to accountability? 
  • [16:57] Eric asks Brendan what he tells clients who have issues taking responsibility for issues in their lives.
  • [24:15] Eric and Brendan take the first live question on how to engage family members in an ADHD household in awareness and proactivity.
  • [44:37] Learn about medications, long-term use of medications, and side effects.
  • [50:34] How to get written meeting notes into Evernote!
  • [52:30] Tips, tools, and insights for managing distractions to move forward in life.
  • [57:47] Why breaking chores down and writing them on index cards reduces overwhelm.
  • [1:00:39] How to cope with being gifted and ADHD.
  • [1:04:21] Any tips on becoming less sensitive about family member’s remarks on ADHD?
  • [1:09:59] Time ran out for the podcast episode. If you’re a Patron check out the unedited video for the full set of questions.
  • [1:11:27] If you’re a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and click on our Patreon button at www.ADHDreWired.com

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

Early registration for ADHD reWired’s Spring season of our online, video-based coaching and accountability group has ended, and the groups are full. Our next registration signups begin May 10th.  To sign up on the email list, which allows you to register on May 7th, visit http://coachingrewired.com.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

Encore packages of this amazing conference are available for only $97!  That includes audio and video downloads, as well as abridged transcripts. Learn more at http://adhdrewired.com/palooza

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 278_June_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

Today on the podcast I’m joined by Sharon Weinberg to discuss how ADHD affects the leadership role. We chat about how ADHD changes the dynamic between leaders and their team members and how best to approach different kinds of conversations to create strong bonds and positive environments.

As a leader with ADHD, it is important to understand and acknowledge how the condition affects your interactions with your team. It is also important for employees with ADHD to be open in conversation to elicit the most pertinent and usable feedback. Altering and realigning messaging helps create a positive environment for all. Sharon also shares in-depth about how evaluating processes and altering them to better match the capabilities of those with ADHD leads to more efficient and effective teams.

One of my goals for this year is to re-evaluate my leadership style and the ways that I lead. This conversation with Sharon was unbelievably enlightening and provided me with amazing insights into how I can change my own processes. If you are a leader with ADHD or you have ADHD and want to develop a better relationship with your leaders, this episode is for you.

Your Resources

Dare to Lead - Brene Brown
Leading with Emotional Courage - Peter Bregman
Ram Charan
ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups
www.ADHDreWired.com/events

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:14] - Welcome back to the show! Today I chat with Sharon Weinberg about ADHD and how it affects leadership roles.
  • [04:08] - Sharon has been developing leaders in the corporate world for many years and across two different careers.
  • [08:00] - Leadership is about communication, strategy, and implementation and Sharon reveals what that means and understanding leadership legacy.
  • [14:50] - Context is key when providing feedback to your colleagues and co-workers.
  • [16:13] - Proficiency and consistency are required for building behaviors both with ADHD and in leadership.
  • [18:05] - Sharon and I discuss the connection between ADHD and rejection-sensitive dysphoria and ways to address them in a team setting.
  • [34:25] - We return from the break and dig into collaborative decision making and how it helps people with ADHD to finalize decisions.
  • [41:54] - Before a final decision can be made, you have to move from divergence, through convergence, to a decision.
  • [44:01] - Being clear about expectations and how the final decision will be made.
  • [46:45] - Sharon gives pro-tips on how to create an agenda for a meeting.
  • [53:52] - Sharon provides some insights leaders listening to their intuition and developing their blind spots.
  • [1:06:41] - We discuss the difference between getting by and excelling or thriving.
  • [1:08:33] - There is an art and a science to leadership and you need to put both intention and attention together to be a successful leader.
  • [1:10:34] - Connect with Sharon: 

[1:11:32] If you’re a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and click on our Patreon button at www.ADHDreWired.com

Direct download: 277_Leadership_and_ADHD_with_Sharon_Weinberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Today on the podcast I’m joined by Susie Gutierrez a singer, songwriter, actor, and all-around creative soul. We talk about her journey to being diagnosed with ADHD, how being empathic has impacted her relationships, and how important sleep schedules are.

We talk about topics ranging from her short-lived career as a mascot to her songwriting journey. We also discuss the reasons she stopped seeing a therapist and instead started working with an ADHD coach. She also shares how important giving yourself permission to practice self-love is. 

Susie was a blast to have on the show! She has an amazing upbeat personality and sheds light on different facets of living with and managing ADHD. Check out our conversation to gain some insights on how ADHD may be affecting your life.

Your Resources

https://hsperson.com/ | Dr. Elaine Aron
https://tannergers.com/ | Tanner Gers
ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups
www.ADHDreWired.com/events

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:21] Welcome back! Susie Gutierrez and I chat all about HSP and related topics.
  • [05:18] Working as a mascot was a way of hiding for Susie, is she still hiding? 
  • [08:28] Susie describes what it means to be a highly sensitive person (HSP).
  • [11:50] HSP is not a DSM but it is something that we need to be careful about.
  • [16:08] Susie chats about her weird sensory triggers like whispering and baby talk.
  • [22:35] Back from the break and we move into stimulation seeking behaviors we have.
  • [26:07] Susie chats about how her high level of empathy and her ADHD diagnosis has affected personal relationships.
  • [33:30] Susie shares her sleep issues and her belief that they are related to her ADHD.
  • [39:38] Susie was diagnosed two years ago and is on her first round of medications. We chat about the changes in her life since introducing meds (when she takes them).
  • [52:36] Therapy and coaching help in completely different ways but both are valuable.
  • [55:29] Does being an empath connect with improv? 
  • [1:01:11] Self-love is so important, give yourself permission to take care of you.
  • [1:03:27] Check out Susie on Medium, Instagram, and YouTube
  • [1:05:11] If you’re a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and click on our Patreon button at www.ADHDreWired.com
Direct download: 276_HSP_Empaths_Sleep_and_ADHD_with_Susie_Guiterrez.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Today we are sitting in an ADHD mastermind session, where our group will chat about how clutter affects our lives, what we can do about the clutter on a day-to-day basis. How can you be proactive about not making the clutter, how to keep the house clean, and how you can get your family involved to work together to keep your place organized.

We talk about how you can get a hold of clutter by making decisions on the spot and taking a few minutes to take care of the mess, so the clutter doesn't pile up in the first place. What you need to do for the first "domino" to get your family started on a team effort for household chores. Tying one habit to a habit that's already in place can quickly transfer into more work done.

Your Resources
The One Thing Book | How you can make a difference on outcomes

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:39] Marisol shares her troubles with clutter and her family’s role in clearing clutter in the house.
  • [06:01] Does Marisol fulfill society’s role as a female who should do the housework even though she’s a full-time mom and she works full-time.
  • [07:39] The processes Marisol have tried to get her family to pitch in to clear the house.
  • [09:55] What can her children do that are 10 and 6 years of age?
  • [12:50] List of house chores and who has responsibility for different house chores
  • [16:34] What is the first domino of getting the family involved in household chores?
  • [20:52] Fit one thing here and there and add small items one at a time to achieve your goal.
  • [27:10] Atomic Habits is the book recommendation for this episode from Eric.
  • [27:54] Carrie talks about having goals for the month and to pick one goal at a time.
  • [32:51] What is the self-talk when you put something down where it doesn’t belong?
  • [39:09] How to use the two sticky note strategy for a reminder.
  • [42:44] How can we queue ourselves to remind us to do an activity when we don’t want to?
  • [54:07] Methods to make sure things have a “home” to place them repeatedly to keep track of items you can easily lose.
  • [58:40] The open loops we have created the anxiety which we feel on a daily basis.
  • [60:18] What Marisol can get rid of from her craft space to make her space a place she can craft with her kids.
  • [64:45] Is not giving things away Marisol isn’t using a way of not saying goodbye to her friend?
  • [65:56] What would Marisol’s friend say to her if she saw her craft table?
  • [67:03] Marisol decides to donate the art supplies she hasn’t used to her daughter’s preschool teacher, who her daughter is very fond of.
  • [70:13] Marisol’s teacher will be receiving the supplies by a certain date for a sense of urgency.
  • [74:45] Using pictures to show others what you would like them to do.

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Early registration for ADHD reWired’s Spring season of our online, video-based coaching and accountability group has ended, and the groups are full. Our next registration signups begin May 10th.  To sign up on the email list, which allows you to register on May 7th, visit http://coachingrewired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 275_Mastermind_Clutter_with_Marisol.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Welcome back to the monthly Q&A episode. Brendan Mahan and I take questions from the group about everything from setting boundaries to setting and accomplishing goals. Learn about finding your “Why” Q, and how setting S.M.A.R.T. goals helps you stay on track in the long-term.

We then move into ADHD medications, irritability, and the stigma surrounding the disease and its symptoms. Finding the right kind of medication and dosing is paramount to reducing symptoms of the medication. Brendan and I also help walk through post-school and work activities and how making minor tweaks helps with the medication crashes and over-stimulation.

Brendan and I also address the stigma surrounding medications. For most people, medications are safe and effective. Seeing your doctor and finding the right medication for you is the most important piece of that. Knowing that you are not alone in the symptoms you are experiencing is also helpful, but realize that the stigma surrounding ADHD is daily being debunked by science.

Join us as we chat about the good and bad of medication, overstimulation, and setting goals and boundaries. We cover so many topics in this episode and share so many great coping tips. You won't want to miss this epic Q&A session!

Your Resources

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups
www.ADHDreWired.com/events

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:51] Welcome back! Brendan Mahan helps in our monthly live Q&A.
  • [03:22] Nick asks about strategies for long term focus and motivation techniques.
  • [05:32] We dig into Nick’s current strategy and ways he can improve by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.
  • [11:55] Eric asks Nick to define his “Why”Q for language learning.
  • [13:33] Brendan and Eric provide tips on reinforcing long-term motivation and goals.
  • [15:07] Kerry asks about resisting the urge to blurt out every opinion, how do you overcome this?
  • [21:00] Use reflective listening to resist the urge to blurt and validate the thoughts the other person is sharing.
  • [27:31] What are some strategies to handle irritability with and without medications?
  • [35:23] Consider listening to the music you like in middle and high school. That music brings a great deal of comfort and helps set the emotional tone.
  • [39:25] Jacinto seeks out advice for being diagnosed and treated with ADHD because his mindset is affecting his family.
  • [49:03] Michael asks how to scale the wall of awful and Brendan shares more about the wall and how it’s built.
  • [54:18] Find your time wisdom. Figure out how long it takes to do things.
  • [57:36] Attention is not just about focus. Learn how to make smooth transitions.
  • [1:00:06] Create a monthly reminder to review the things you’ve learned and keep track of your “aha’s” and “re-ha’s.”
  • [1:02:16] Don’t feel disappointed when you looking to scale the walls of awful in your life. Just start fresh each time.
  • [1:03:47] This episode of ADHD reWired is brought to you by falafel waffles - just kidding… making sure you read to the bottom!
  • [1:05;54] If you’re a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and click on our Patreon button at www.ADHDreWired.com
Direct download: 274_May_Q__A_-_Update.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Today we are sitting in an ADHD mastermind session, where our group will ask Will Curb questions about different aspects of ADHD, how Will moves through and deals with certain obstacles. You can check out our panel guests on previous episodes of ADHD rewired.

We talk about the value of information, how to create habits after learning executive functioning skills, what ARC can do for you. Will talks about why he likes being an admin in the coaching group. Will’s mom recently passed away and we talk about how he is dealing with his grief and the steps he is taking to move through this emotional time. He talks about his podcast and his current and future plans.

Your Resources
The One Thing Book | How you can make a difference on outcomes

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:15] Will shares the mastermind schedule, starting with ARC.
  • [05:30] The why behind this type of learning.
  • [08:49] Marisol’s question for Will. Does Will want to keep his podcast a set number of episodes?
  • [12:12] Why sponsorship is difficult to do with ADHD podcast.
  • [13:10] Cary asks Will about his five Whys.
  • [19:03] Why Will feels validation is important.
  • [21:00] Carl suggests setting monetary goals.
  • [26:23] What kind of subject trees can Will create for his podcasts?
  • [29:32] Marisol asks how Will plans to keep up his interest throughout keeping up his podcasts, especially without immediate feedback.
  • [33:32] Carl suggests using his podcast as an open forum for creating a course on social media.
  • [37:49] Will called himself the “fraud police” and how covering everything isn’t a good idea.
  • [41:07] Eric asks Will to shoot him questions point blank.
  • [45:41] What subjects and ideas are important to an ADHD podcasting community.
  • [48:38] Do the podcast you would want to hear and be yourself.
  • [49:41] What charity would Will donate to if he could have used funding to give back to the community.
  • [51:55] Do you think your podcast would be able to extend the ADHD brand?
  • [56:30] What to do when someone in your classroom knows more than you do.
  • [57:13] Potential names for Will’s podcast

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Early registration for ADHD reWired’s Spring season of our online, video-based coaching and accountability group has ended, and the groups are full. Our next registration signups begin May 10th.  To sign up on the email list, which allows you to register on May 7th, visit http://coachingrewired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 273_Mastermind_Sessions-_A_new_ADHD_podcast_with_Will_Curb.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm CDT

Russell Barkley joins me for the fourth time as a guest on my podcast.  He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Board certified in three disciplines: clinical psychology, clinical child and adolescent psychology, and clinical neuropsychology. Russell is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner with 23 published books and 41 editions, more than 290 scientific articles and chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. He is the founder and editor of the newsletter “The ADHD Report”. He has spoken at over 800 events and has been recognized for his contributions.

ADHD and Russell’s work has sometimes been considered “over pathologizing”, however, his message is to get the science out for those with ADHD so these individuals can get proper treatment and lead healthy lives. Russell talks about why neuropsychological testing is inappropriate and misleading as a test for ADHD.

Russell is a proponent of discontinuing the use of neuropsychological testing for ADHD. We talk about a controversial device, recently approved by the FDA, for treating ADHD, and new, innovative, research using Virtual Reality for ADHD at the University of Berkley, California.

Your Resources

Russell Barkley | Dr. Barkley’s website
The One Thing Book | How you can make a difference on outcomes
When An Adult You Love Has ADHD | Russell’s book for those who live with adults who have ADHD

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:12] The misuse of neuropsychological testing for diagnosing ADHD.
  • [06:35] Comparing test group averages versus classifying individual people.
  • [09:15] Why neuropsychological tests are not accurate for testing for a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • [10:13] Why people with ADHD are passing neuropsychological tests.
  • [11:41] What categories are included in neuropsychological tests assessment.
  • [13:33] Test environments are not conducive to someone’s everyday normal environment.
  • [16:53] Neuropsychological testing may be useful for physical brain injury situations.
  • [19:45] How should a medical provider be evaluating ADHD, the timeframe and what conditions to rule in or out based on second or third disorders.
  • [23:50] What should you do if you are experiencing something else other than ADHD? Other testing which can assess ADHD and impairment.
  • [26:32] Russell’s definition of executive functioning skills.
  • [34:32] Device which has shown improvement for treating children with ADHD.
  • [41:16] New and novel research using Virtual Reality for possibly diagnosing ADHD.

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Early registration for ADHD reWired’s Spring season of our online, video-based coaching and accountability group has ended, and the groups are full. Our next registration signups begin May 10th.  To sign up on the email list, which allows you to register on May 7th, visit http://coachingrewired.com.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

Encore packages of this amazing conference are available for only $97!  That includes audio and video downloads, as well as abridged transcripts. Learn more at http://adhdrewired.com/palooza

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 272_Russell_Barkley_on_Life_Expectency_an_ADHD_part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm CDT

Russell Barkley joins me for the third time as a guest on my podcast.  He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Board certified in three disciplines: clinical psychology, clinical child and adolescent psychology, and clinical neuropsychology. Russell is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner with 23 published books and 41 editions, more than 290 scientific articles and chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. He is the founder and editor of the newsletter “The ADHD Report”. He has spoken at over 800 events and has been recognized for his contributions.

ADHD and Russell’s work has sometimes been considered “over pathologizing”, however, his message is to get the science out for those with ADHD so these individuals can get proper treatment and lead healthy lives.

Russell has learned how ADHD is a bigger factor in life expectancy than the big five killers put together. His goal is to get people to take ADHD more seriously to avoid negative outcomes which are correlated with not treating ADHD. Genes related to nicotine addiction and smoking, which are identified as ADHD genes, in and of themselves reduce life expectancy. Your lifestyle habits with ADHD are modifiable and, with positive changes, can expand your life expectancy. The higher the level of conscientiousness, the better lifestyle choices, and higher life expectancy.

Your Resources

Russell Barkley | Dr. Barkley’s website
The One Thing Book | How you can make a difference on outcomes
When An Adult You Love Has ADHD | Russell’s book for those who live with adults who have ADHD

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:02] Russell is welcomed to the show and explains his “why”.
  • [05:45] Why ADHD is considered the “diabetes of psychology”.
  • [07:15] How Russell conducted research for his book “ADHD for Adults” and why this led to his research on life expectancy and ADHD.
  • [10:35] Reduction in life expectancy based on time of diagnosis.
  • [12:41] Putting reduction in life expectancy in focus related to other health care factors.
  • [14:48] How ADHD genes reduce your life expectancy, outside of the other factors studied.
  • [23:30] Conscientiousness is stopping to contemplate the outcomes of your actions to effect and self-regulation as a factor of a healthy lifestyle.
  • [26:36] The best predictor of your lifespan is conscientiousness.
  • [27:38] Self-regulation and executive functioning measures and how this affects life expectancy.
  • [29:10] Creating cues in your environment for self-talk, self-imagery which creates self-regulation.
  • [31:12] Addressing the underlying problems of self-regulation and self-control to create the basis for change.
  • [32:22] Develop self-compassion in order to move forward and obtain your goals.
  • [33:33] Message which resulted from Dr. Barkley’s research.
  • [35:12] Primary care physicians need to understand the underlying problem and take a different approach to changing behavior.
  • [38:16] How you can bring this information to your primary care physician’s office.
  • [40:10] It’s OK to be vulnerable in disclosure and have the courage to talk to others about ADHD.

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 271_Russell_Barkley_on_Life_Expectency_an_ADHD_part_1_V2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Welcome to this month’s live Q&A episode! I’ll start off myself (as my co-host is either mid-interview or heading back to join me). Let’s dive in! First, Kimberly asks about ADHD and PTSD, since her doctor suggested that she might only have PTSD and seemed to completely discount the ADHD. She’s also curious about gut bacteria helping with executive function. We’ll dig into both topics, including the point that trauma is about how we perceive a situation.

Marisol then joins the episode. As a microbiologist, she has some insight into gut-brain connection and the role of gut flora. She recommends starting by looking into the NIH Human Microbiome Project and journal articles from the American Society for Microbiology. (Meanwhile, someone in chat recommends Heads Up Health.)

After the first break, Brendan is back! We then hear from Marisol about her question, which is about thinking your feelings instead of feeling your feelings. Sometimes, for example, someone can feel anxious about something without having the physical components.

Other questions we’ll address in today’s episode include how long after diagnosis it takes to start getting ADHD under control, whether imposter syndrome is linked to ADHD (and what to do about it), what to do when you’re tired of self-care, the role of exercise for people with mobility limitations, and more!

Your Resources

NIH Human Microbiome Project
American Society for Microbiology
Brené Brown
Fighting Imposter Syndrome | TED
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD | John F. Taylor
My Brain Still Needs Glasses | Annick Vincent

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:25] Eric welcomes listeners to the monthly Q&A.
  • [01:59] Kimberly shares a question about ADHD and PTSD.
  • [05:07] We hear about how Kimberly was first diagnosed with ADHD, and what led to her diagnosis.
  • [08:01] How does Kimberly see her difficult past experiences impacting her?
  • [10:48] Kimberly talks about her next steps in scheduling appointments with therapists (both where she is now, and where she’s moving to soon).
  • [11:53] I share my thoughts on the gut bacteria link to executive function.
  • [13:55] Marisol joins the episode, and starts off by talking about whether she has any insights into the gut-brain connection.
  • [18:40] Brendan is back! He talks about how his radio interview went, then we dig into Marisol’s question about thinking your feelings.
  • [23:21] We hear Brendan’s thoughts on the topic of thinking your feelings.
  • [25:34] How long after diagnosis does it take for you to start to get your ADHD symptoms under control?
  • [29:20] It’s really important to focus on permission when talking about self-care.
  • [32:16] What is Marsol’s support system around ADHD?
  • [35:25] The next round of coaching groups starts July 15th!
  • [36:00] Mimi asks whether imposter syndrome is a typical ADHD thing, and how to eradicate it.
  • [40:51] Brendan shares a story involving an event that he mistook the date for.
  • [43:41] What do you do when you’re tired of self-care?
  • [45:48] We compare productivity systems and performance.
  • [47:59] Sheila’s question involves suggestions about exercise for people with limited mobility.
  • [53:43] Mary wants to know how to catch herself when she starts spending too long on the wrong thing.
  • [57:52] We hear one more question, this time from Robert. He wants to know where to begin as an adult with an ADHD diagnosis.
  • [59:41] If you want your question to be guaranteed to be answered in the next Q&A, join the VIP line at the $15 level on Patreon!

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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Support the podcast on Patreon

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: ADHDRewired-270_April_QA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT

Kali’s father recently passed away: this podcast is dedicated in memory of her father.

Kali Stanton joins me on this episode of the podcast.  She lives in Minnesota and is a teacher, wife and mom. Her most recent hobby she enjoys are piano lessons. I previously interviewed Kali  in Season 6. She has had many changes in her life since then, including moving to a new town and a new job. Kali was diagnosed in 2015 with ADHD and has now been told she now does not have ADHD.

In the last three years, Kali has had many changes in her life, including having her ADHD “undiagnosed”. The new clinic which treated her sent her to a psychologist for a more accurate diagnosis of Kali’s situation. Kali wasn’t sure what to do, then decided that instead of focusing on a diagnosis, she would focus on how she felt and if the therapy and methods she was practicing were making her feel better or not.

Kali has learned how having empathy for other family members and assisting them when they are diagnosed can help the entire family be better together. She also realizes there are times you need to take a break with another who you are in a relationship with to preserve the relationship for the future.

Your Resources

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:02] Kali talks about her diagnosis and her “undiagnoses”.
  • [05:06] She was told her diagnosis of ADHD with the psychiatrist wasn’t valid.
  • [09:02] More adults are misdiagnosed with ADHD than are children.
  • [10:15] Using strategies and coaching group instead of looking for a diagnosis.
  • [12:10] His current wife and others in his family who held him accountable for his actions.
  • [13:07] DSM and the lack of validation for patients and getting help for ADHD.
  • [15:00] Being on time is a hard challenge, especially with a partner.
  • [23:35] Family history and how that plays into the diagnosis with ADHD.
  • [26:27] Obsessive, compulsive checking your activities, if you did or didn’t do something.
  • [31:44] Autism community, diagnosis and polarization and overlap with ADHD.
  • [37:10] Seeing ADHD symptoms in family members and having empathy for them.
  • [47:14] Kali’s mom diagnosis and why her diagnosis helped her to put things into perspective.
  • [52:04] Putting on “the translator” when trying to decipher what a family member is talking about.
  • [53:18] Having compassion and taking a break with others who you have a relationship with.
  • [55:40] Resources which helped Kali learn about ADHD and how to deal with symptoms.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 269_Family_Challenges_through_the_lense_of_ADHD_-_Kali_Stanton_V2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Todd Ellis joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Todd is 43, is a grandfather of one and works for Microsoft Corporation outside of Seattle for the past 18 years. He was diagnosed at age eight. He recalls being a “spark plug” for his parents. As the youngest of three and the only boy, his parents didn’t understand his behavior.  His parents moved around quite often because of his parent’s work, so he was often the “new kid” at school. He found school boring and dull, except for science classes. He skipped most of high school,

In the last few years, Todd has “discovered an inner joy in helping people realize and reach their potential. Through this crazy tenure I have found space to reflect and what I have discovered has shaken my core.” His fulfillment is expressed in more “humanistic ways” with CrossFit, cookies, mindfulness and service to others. His personal mission is “To inspire and cultivate within everyone I meet, the reality that we all can stretch and reach milestones which lay far beyond what we comprehend as our current limit.”

Todd has learned through trial and error that he doesn’t have to be pegged into a socially “normal” role. He gravitates towards others who will also “go deep” to solve a problem, find out more information as these are the people who will connect you to others in life.

Your Resources

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:02] Todd’s introduction and background.
  • [07:50] Todd learns that he doesn’t have to be the way everyone else wants him to be and gets off his medication.
  • [08:30] Todd chats about leaving high school before graduating and chasing his new girlfriend to Florida.
  • [10:12] Rebuilding after his relationship fails and moving back in with his parents.
  • [12:10] His current wife and others in his family who held him accountable for his actions.
  • [19:23] Todd’s family, including his four children and his wife’s family.
  • [20:50] Moving to Minnesota, his new job and the beginnings of his new family.
  • [23:37] Todd’s 21 jobs he had at 21 years of age.
  • [25:00] Todd falls in love with personal computing and his brother getting him into tech field.
  • [31:28] Todd’s typical day, driving 50 miles each way to work.
  • [38:40] What is going on now at Microsoft Corporation and the work culture.
  • [42:17] His engineering team switch and how that gave him a different perspective.
  • [44:35] The book “Hit Refresh” The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone.
  • [47:25] Workplaces and why they should make accommodations for their employees
  • [51:04] How does Todd “wear” his ADHD label in his work environment.

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 268_Neurodiversity_in_the_Workplace_with_Todd_Ellis_from_Microsoft.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Paul Phenix joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Paul, at the age of 75, has an extraordinary story of his journey with ADHD and is the oldest (and most wise) guest on my show to date. Paul has struggled with ADHD throughout his life, especially when attending medical school to be a veterinarian. Since his retirement, Paul has learned to enjoy life, leisurely activities and how to say, “Thank You.”  

Since his childhood, Paul has loved animals of all species: from the 500 frogs he brought into his mom’s parlor to the python he put under his new bride’s bed, he has been active with animal research and welfare since the age of 5. When he found out as a child he could take care of animals for a living, Paul knew what he wanted to do as an adult.

Paul has learned through research since being diagnosed at age 50 how to be a good problem solver, alternative therapies which work for lessening his anxiety and how to use different strategies to get through his day.

Your Resources

The Gift of Adult ADHD: How to Transform Your Child’s Problems into Strengths  | Lara Honos-Webb PhD

The Red Green Show - Adult ADHD, ADD Blog   | Totally ADD

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results  | Gary Keller

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:46] How Paul found out he had ADHD.
  • [05:00] When Paul learned he could be a veterinarian and the social negativity he experienced when he was young.
  • [07:50] Wild animals Paul brought into his home as a child.
  • [09:45] The size of the python Paul’s new bride found next to their bed!
  • [15:21] How Paul’s life changed after being diagnosed and treated with medication.
  • [17:35] Rejection sensitivity and other issues that changed when Paul started to manage his ADHD.
  • [19:19] Wellbutrin’s benefits for those with ADHD.
  • [21:07] Two times for those with ADHD: now and not now and hyperfocus.
  • [25:57] What Paul can do for enjoyment at this period in his life without feeling guilty for having fun.
  • [28:10] What advice Paul would give to his past self and learning how to say “Thank You”.
  • [35:49] Tapping your body meridians to relieve anxiety.
  • [38:20] Hypnosis and the benefits for those with ADHD.
  • [44:30] Paul was the first person in New Hampshire to bring a dog into a nursing home and the therapeutic power of dogs.
  • [50:35] How a golden retriever saved a family’s life.
  • [53:30] Releasing anxiety around daily activities.
  • [57:01] The more information we can get to kids, the better off they will be.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Adeola Sogbein joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Adeola is a listener of the podcast, and he has an inspiring story to share with us.  Over the last four years, he has lost the weight equivalent of two adults (330 lbs) and was diagnosed with ADHD at the same time.  He comes on the podcast to talk about the importance of having people on your side and not giving up.

In a way, Adeola’s journey started when he fell asleep in a job interview.  That led to a sleep apnea diagnosis, and once he was able to treat that, many things in his life started falling into place.  That diagnosis allowed him to lose an incredible amount of weight. Shortly after that, he was diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia.  In this conversation, he shares how he embraced education, and that allowed him to manage these things.

Connect with Adeola Sogbein:

Email - sogbeina@gmail.com

Your Resources

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:49] - Adeola explains his history with OCD and how he has worked to overcome some of those challenges.
  • [06:43] - Adeola describes what was going on in his life when he was diagnosed with ADHD.  Things started with a sleep apnea diagnosis.
  • [09:14] - A book on Adult ADHD changed Adeola’s life.
  • [11:07] - Three women came into Adeola's life and helped him through this period in his life.  He also shares some of the resources he accessed.
  • [13:24] - Adeola talks about receiving his ADHD diagnosis and describes his emotions following that diagnosis.  
  • [19:00] - I explain the idea of the domino effect.  Adeola identifies sleep apnea as that first domino.
  • [22:46] - Adeola shares how he started this journey through education.
  • [24:44] - We talk about how important it is for children with IEP’s to know what is on their IEP and why they receive certain accommodations.
  • [27:10] - Adeola was just recently diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia.  He expresses that he finds it difficult to explain this to neurotypical individuals.
  • [30:23] - Finding a proper support group has played a huge role in Adeola's success. This leads to him describing some of his exercise routines.
  • [33:44] - Adeola explained how moving to the right apartment for him helped him with his ADHD symptoms.  
  • [36:48] - As he worked through his ADHD symptoms, Adeola re-engineered his life.  He shares what he means by “re-engineering life” and explains how he did it.
  • [44:45] - Adeola has gone back to school and talks about his experience with online classes.
  • [48:11] - Adeola shares how he views himself now that he has lost a significant amount of weight.  
  • [51:40] - Adeola says that once his sleep apnea was under control, everything fell into place.  He also talks about the importance of drinking the right amount of water.
  • [56:28] - Adeola talks about the book he wrote on his journey.  

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 266_Losing_330_pounds_after_sleep_apnea_ADHD_dyslexia_diagnosis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of March’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.

We cover a variety of topics on this episode.  We talk about anxiety, impulsivity, consistency, resiliency, accommodations, and much more.  In this conversation, Brendan has many opportunities to point you to episodes of his podcast.  

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

Your Resources

ADHD Essentials Podcast

How to ADHD YouTube Channel

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:29] - Deborah asks what accommodations would be appropriate for someone who works a desk job.   We share several accommodations and tips on the timing of requesting accommodations.
  • [10:19] - Chelsea asks how to be more consistent.  She is having trouble keeping pace with her goals. I suggest focusing on resiliency instead of consistency.
  • [20:38] - Susan would like to find a good ADHD coach.  Because coaching is not covered by her insurance, she’d like to find good coaching that fits in her budget.
  • [26:24] - Meghan shares that she is impulsive with the things she says.  She asks how to slow her response to avoid saying hurtful things to her husband.  Brendan and I provide some strategies to try.
  • [35:56] - We answer a question from Facebook.  This person wants to know how ADHD medications impact Autism Spectrum Disorder.  
  • [39:28] - Theresa asks for events like this Q&A for youth.  Brendan points out that he does a podcast on/for this population.
  • [45:14] - Brendan talks about navigating anxiety and getting that in check before looking at the ADHD.  I talk about doing food experiments with a family. Certain foods impact how we feel.
  • [49:13] - Kate asks how to identify what is ADHD and what is anxiety.  Brendan shares some tips on this identification process. I take a more clinical approach to the topic.  
  • [53:43] - Rosa would like to know how to get a day back on a track after experiencing anxiety. I can relate to this, and I share how physical exercise helps me. Brendan also suggests social interaction.
  • [58:10] - Brendan goes through some important and useful episodes of his podcast.  

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 265_Q__A_March_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

My guest this week is Linda Donalds.  Linda was diagnosed with ADHD in her early 40s.  Like so many who were diagnosed later in life, the ADHD diagnosis helped explain so many of her struggles.  Professionally, Linda is a board-certified hypnotist.  She’s been an active member of the Guild of Hypnotists for over 20 years, and in recent years has shifted her focus to using her hypnosis for helping adults and teens struggling with ADHD and sleep-related issues with ADHD. 

Linda is an alumnus of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups and knows that I am somewhat skeptical of hypnosis.  In this discussion, I am setting aside my judgments, and I will be open and curious. 

Linda explains that hypnosis is a state where your brainwaves slow down, and it’s like being on the edge of sleep without actually falling asleep.  It allows you to harness your busy thoughts by exploring the past, present, and future.  In this episode, you will get the opportunity to participate in a guided hypnotic experience. 

Connect with Linda Donalds:

Website: http://newhorizonsinhypnosis.com

Bonus Gift from Linda: https://newhorizonsinhypnosis.com/adhdrewired/

Phone: 508-246-2721

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:56] - Linda talks about working in two spaces that have a lot of skepticism, hypnosis and ADHD. She shares some specific concerns
  • [07:22] - Linda says there is a fine line between using ADHD as an explanation and an excuse.
  • [09:28] - Linda gives a thorough an explanation of what hypnosis is. As a hypnotist who specializes in sleep, she puts things into context by comparing it to sleep stages.
  • [13:11] - Hypnosis has three characteristics, and when these characteristics exist together, you have a hypnotic state.
  • [23:17] - Linda lays the groundwork as she prepares to lead us through a hypnotic experience. This includes some safety disclaimers and suggestions.
  • [26:47] - Linda walks us through a guided hypnotic experience.
  • [37:08] - Linda brings us out of this hypnotic experience. She agrees with me that there are a lot of similarities between hypnosis and meditation.
  • [39:47] - I share my experience with meditation and explain that having a voice guiding me helps me significantly. Linda explains that hypnosis allows you to harness the busy thoughts.  We also discuss the role of memories.
  • [51:23] - Linda shares how hypnosis can help with sleep issues.
  • [57:10] - We end this discussion by talking about the evidence for hypnosis, and the lack of evidence of hypnosis as a treatment for ADHD.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 264_Hypnosis_-_this_is_different.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Dawn Nickel is my guest on this episode.  Dawn is a certified professional recover coach and holds a Ph.D. in Healthcare Policy with a focus on women who experience issues related to mental health, addiction, and intimate partner violence.  Dawn has taken her life experiences of being in recovery from substance abuse, domestic violence, cancer, codependency, grief, and workaholism and turned it into an empowerment movement called She Recovers. 

 

It is a fact that people with ADHD have higher rates of addiction.  Because of that, I’m excited to share this conversation with you.  You will hear Dawn share her incredible story that includes four overdoses by the time she was a 20-years-old, a pregnancy at that same age, struggling with workaholism, and defending her dissertation in recovery from surgery.  Dawn says that we are all recovering from something.

 

Connect with Dawn Nickel:

Email - Dawn@SheRecovers.co

Website - SheRecovers.co

Facebook - She Recovers

 

Your Resources

 

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:01] - Dawn shares her story and tells us how she got to where she is now.
  • [08:33] - When Dawn went back to school, she found herself addicted to the pace of school. She calls this “toxic productivity.”
  • [09:30] - Dawn describes the experience of her daughter falling into drug use.
  • [12:08] - Overachieving was a confirming experience for Dawn.
  • [12:33] - Dawn considers workaholism “the final frontier.” I share my struggles in this area of life.
  • [16:10] - By having nine retreats a year, Dawn is guaranteed periods of time away from work.
  • [18:04] - When I am working longer than I want to, I find myself getting annoyed. Dawn says this is a matter of being aware.
  • [20:01] - Dawn talks about identifying bottom-lines and high-lines and using healthy accountability to meet goals.
  • [29:20] - Dawn tells us the story surrounding her cancer diagnosis. She defended her dissertation from the hospital post-surgery.
  • [36:12] - “Everyone knows what addiction looks like. Nobody knows what recovery looks like.”
  • [43:08] - Dawn talks about working with Shelly, and witnessing the changing perspective with shame.
  • [52:16] - Dawn shares the story of She Recovers and describes their offerings.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 263_Recovery_and_Community.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

We have a different type of episode for you this week.  Brendan Mahan joins me for this episode. We’re talking about sleep!  Brendan and I had our monthly Q&A episode last week, and we ended the episode on the topic of sleep.  

Since the beginning of the year, my sleep has been incredible.  On the other hand, Brendan has struggled with sleep. He cites a number of changes in his weekly schedule as the primary reason for this.  Throughout this conversation, you will hear many of the changes in routine and strategies I have implemented that has led to a higher quality of sleep.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

Your Resources

Sleep with Me Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:31] - Brendan shares the reasons why his sleep has not been great recently.  
  • [05:32] - My wife and I sleep in separate bedrooms because of our differences in sleep.  
  • [06:52] - Brendan provides us with another reason why his quality of sleep has suffered.
  • [08:44] - I share my strategy behind using specific language with my goals to help me get my sleep on track.
  • [10:38] - Another goal I have for this year is on the topic of difficult conversations.
  • [14:07] - Brendan talks about how boundary-setting helps his sleep.
  • [20:55] - One of my goals was to have a deeper connection with myself.  A meditation class is helping me accomplish this. I’ve also started journaling.  I talk about how my writing strategy is soothing for me.
  • [29:24] - I have been participating in a meditation class, and explain my efforts to stomach the “woo woo.”  
  • [35:27] - Sleepytime tea has been a key addition to my evening routine.
  • [38:29] - Believe it or not, closing my closet doors helps me wind down and prepare for sleep.  If I’m going to look at a screen an hour or two before sleep, I put on Blublocker glasses. This leads to a discussion on boundaries around screen-time.
  • [46:21] - I talk about using supplements and medication to help with sleep.  
  • [49:53] - I have changed what I listen to at night.  I play a sample of what helps me go to sleep.
  • [55:04] - 9:15 is the tuck time.  9:45 is my next target-time, to get upstairs.
  • [58:56] - I use sleep notes in my Sleep Cycle app, and it indicates that when I stick to my strategies, my sleep benefits from it.
  • [1:08:05] - Warm showers and meditation have helped me the most with my sleep.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 262.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm CDT

This episode is the recording of February’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.

This week, we had several listeners join us on the podcast.  You will hear us talk with a couple of people who were diagnosed later, and are working through things like finding helpful therapists and being ready for coaching.  

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

Your Resources

CHADD

How to ADHD

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:18] - Brendan shares that he is filling in as principal for a school.
  • [06:50] - Brendan explains why he is no longer a fan of the concept of behavior management.  
  • [08:24] - Anna has a question about dyslexia.  Some of the characteristics of dyslexia are becoming apparent.  She wonders how dyslexia is displayed and diagnosed.
  • [13:48] - Amy joins the call and shares that she was diagnosed with ADHD at 41.  She doesn’t feel that the therapists she has encountered aren’t that helpful.
  • [18:32] - I ask Amy some follow-up questions and Brendan and I share some thoughts on her situation.  
  • [27:24] - Rob was just diagnosed with ADHD at 50.  He wonders where to start. We give him some resources.  
  • [31:52] - Juliet joins the call and is looking to manage anger and frustration she feels, specifically with her 8-year old who has ADHD.  This is an aspect of ADHD that is not discussed much. I share some of my thoughts on regulating these emotions.
  • [45:24] - Brett talks with us about being ready for coaching.  
  • [56:33] - Tina joins the call.  She brings up the idea of using a filter in interactions with others.  
  • [1:01:07] - Brendan and I talk about our current sleep habits and progress.

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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Support the podcast on Patreon

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 261_Feb_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Justin Classen returns to the podcast for this episode.  He previously appeared on Episode #195.  Justin learned that he has ADHD in April 2017.  Since then, he has been devoting himself to a journey of acceptance and developing a true sense of awareness.  Prior to his diagnosis, Justin would describe his life as a seemingly endless series of impulsive catastrophes.  Since he was last on the podcast, Justin continues to make tons of progress and positive changes in his life from improving his health, getting control of his finances, and being more organized.  Justin is here to share the message that if he can do it, so can you.

“You know you have ADHD when you set reminders to set reminders.”  The progress that Justin has made since our last discussion is impressive, and in this conversation, you will hear him describe the strategies he has implemented and the results he’s experienced.  One area that Justin is struggling with is readjusting to home life after a week away for work. We discuss some ways he could transition between those two worlds.

Your Resources

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones - James Clear

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:43] - Justin describes his life since he was on the podcast over a year ago.
  • [03:21] - Justin explains the type of work he does.
  • [05:15] - When discussing his progress, Justin emphasizes how vital medication is.
  • [06:34] - We all experience setbacks, and Justin describes how he recovers from these situations.
  • [07:32] - Justin tells us how he avoids misplacing his wallet, keys, and phone.
  • [08:36] - Having clocks and timers in various locations helps Justin stay on track with appointments and tasks.  
  • [09:56] - Justin talks about some of the pleasant surprises he’s experienced since his diagnosis. One is the repairing of relationships, and he explains how he fixed these.
  • [19:57] - Justin says these high-energy and impulsive tendencies are still there.  He shares how he keeps those things in check.
  • [22:32] - Justin talks about his self-care.  
  • [27:04] - Justin has a strange schedule with seven days away from home and then seven days at home.  He talks about his struggles with juggling those two different routines.
  • [29:46] - Audiobooks are something that Justin has been enjoying recently.  He shares how the books he is listening to are helping him work through things.
  • [33:14] - Justin talks about giving back to the ADHD community.  He would like to do something that’s more interactive and intuitive.
  • [41:28] - Meditation is something Justin is curious about.  I share some tips on meditation and mindfulness for Justin, who is a very physically active person.  
  • [45:12] - Justin talks about keeping track of the positive things he’s doing for himself.  
  • [47:58] - Justin asks about molding his home life and work life together.  

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 260_Progress_is_Power_with_Justin_Classen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

This episode is another mastermind group session!  This conversation is with ADHD reWired Addmin, who help with our coaching group.  This week, Juliet sits in the hot seat. Also in the mastermind call are Kat, Dave, Katie, and Roxy.

In this conversation, you will hear Juliet describe her situation and challenges.  Juliet feels that situations in her life go in circles. She’d like to change her outcomes by doing things differently instead of doing them the same ways, expecting different results.  Throughout this conversation, you will hear the other members of the group and me ask her questions, share our own experiences, and provide some action-items to help her get past these things that seem to be holding her back.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:05] - Juliet shares that she keeps going in circles with everything.  She provides a few examples of this happening in her life. This is what she’d like to mastermind.  
  • [04:21] - Juliet describes what is happening now in this area. 
  • [06:02] -  Working on this area of her life is important to Juliet.
  • [07:22] - Juliet is not sure how other people view her.  She feels this comes from her personality being extreme on both ends.
  • [10:10] - There is a fair amount of neurodiversity in Juliet’s family.  She talks about her self-concept as a person and mom on the spectrum.
  • [12:49] - Juliet describes her last job and why she lost interest in it.
  • [16:26] - I suggest Juliet come up with a more proactive self-care plan.  Kat asks Juliet about the difference between self-care and selfishness.
  • [18:31] - Dave points out that Juliet is navigating a lot of situations.  
  • [21:10] - Katie asks how long it takes Juliet to notice she’s getting burned out in a job.  We talk about preemptively handling this situation.
  • [28:03] - Katie encourages Juliet to consider taking “staycations” to avoid burnout from work.  She also suggests Katie find someone in the workplace to help her with honest feedback.
  • [30:00] - Juliet talks about the possibility of working with families of children on the spectrum.  I see the passion when she talks about this possibility, and encourage her to pursue this.
  • [33:02] - Juliet describes her ideal work day.
  • [37:28] - Roxy asks Juliet if there are things that work to bring her into the present.
  • [39:46] - Roxy wonders if there are things outside of her support group that she’s like to implement to help her regroup.  
  • [42:11] - Juliet talks about how she manages her calendar and tasks.  
  • [45:47] - I share an opinion on empathy with people on the spectrum.  
  • [47:30] - Kat talks about working with a client going through self-care guilt.  She shares her personal experience.
  • [50:56] - I share how I manage certain events on my calendar.
  • [51:57] - Roxy talks about giving herself a time-out can help in some interpersonal situations.
  • [56:05] - I share a situation where I lost my patience with my son.
  • [58:55] - Juliet shares the actions she would like to take.

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 259_Mastermind_-_Preventing_Burnout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

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Direct download: 259_SPECIAL_AD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm CDT

This episode is another mastermind group session.  This conversation is with ADHD reWired alumni from our 14th season.  This week, Katie returns to the podcast and is in the hot seat. We are joined by Kat, Roxy, Juliet, and Carrie.  

In this conversation, you will hear Katie describe her situation.  She would like to find her passion and potentially make a career out of it.  Katie enjoys creating content, specifically on YouTube. By the end of the conversation, Katie has an idea of what she wants to do, and she will have a timeline for herself to accomplish this goal.  

Connect with Katie:

https://www.youtube.com/user/katiecuppycakemakeup

Your Resources

The Art of Asking:  How I learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help - Amanda Palmer

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:19] - Katie shares that she is looking to mastermind finding her passion.  She has struggled with decisions, so figuring out what passion to focus on has been difficult.
  • [02:56] - Carrie asks about any limitations.  Katie would like to turn a passion into a career, but she’s having a hard time wrapping her head around that idea.
  • [03:47] - Roxy asks Katie to list some of her passions.  Katie explains why she is drawn to content creation via YouTube.  This leads to a discussion on the number of things Katie is good at.  
  • [08:11] - In the past, she got overwhelmed when she restricted her efforts to one thing.  She shared an example of this happening.
  • [09:53] - Kat suggests the idea of “seasons” with a podcast or YouTube channel, which would allow her to keep her interests in several areas, rather than focus on just one.
  • [12:26] - Juliet follows up on Katie’s earlier comment about being a Kindergarten teacher.
  • [14:55] - Carrie asks Katie to consider what she likes about each of her options.  
  • [22:03] - Katie describes “work.”  She describes what she finds fulfilling.  
  • [25:17] - Katie talks about how Jesse’s skills complement her own.  I talk with her about doing what you love and incorporating outsourcing.
  • [31:18] - Katie gives a few reasons why she is interested in moving toward following her passions.
  • [32:14] - We talk about talents and “gift.”  
  • [33:32] - Katie says a lack of action on other things in life and the fact she’s not on her medication is making moving towards her goal difficult.  I share that ADHD is a performance disorder.
  • [36:08] - Katie shares what she is doing to simplify things.
  • [41:15] - Katie tells us what her lifelong vision is, which is something that is happening soon!
  • [45:29] - Carrie asks if there are pain-points that might help Katie focus on specific things.  She admits that she does not ask for help enough.
  • [50:59] - Katie says she struggles with meal prep.
  • [53:48] - We discuss the idea of Katie having a YouTube Channel on being an ADHD mom.
  • [57:27] - Katie shares a recent epiphany.
  • [1:03:43] - Katie decides how and when she will take action.
  • [1:12:40] - Katie comes up with an impromptu song about her time on the hot seat.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 258_Mastermind_-_Asking_for_Help_and_Making_Decisions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of January’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A. On this episode, you will hear Brendan and me discuss a handful of listener questions on sleep, multitasking, anxiety from goals, and other topics.  

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

Your Resources

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:59] - The first question comes from Christian.  He has been struggling with sleep and finds himself waking up frustrated.  We try to figure out what could be causing his sleep issues, and we give him some tips.
  • [17:22] - Drew asks if it’s possible to have attention focused in multiple places at once.  Brendan and I explain why it’s not possible to be good at multitasking. Brendan shares his thoughts on this topic.
  • [28:20] - Sarah is looking for advice on how to show her husband that the behaviors of their daughter with ADHD are not a matter of “not caring.”  We talk about helping her husband see things from a different perspective and trying to create better habits for children (and ourselves).
  • [44:22] - Mike joins the call to ask about money.  Finances are something he struggles with but isn’t sure how to unload that responsibility.   Brendan and I talk with him about some solutions.
  • [55:58] - Kenya wonders why just thinking about writing goals down causes anxiety.  Brendan talks about how he plays with language, and sometimes ADHD wins. This question allows me to go on a rant.  
  • [1:04:47] - I share a new strategy to get to bed at a better time.  Brendan talks about a new snack that helps him avoid unhealthy snacks.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 257_Jan_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Eric Zimmer joins me on this episode of the podcast.  He is a serial entrepreneur, coach, and host of the podcast, The One You Feed.  Eric is endlessly inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live.  

At the age of 24, Eric was homeless, addicted to heroin, and facing long jail sentences.  In the years since, he has found a way how to recover from addiction, and build a life worth living.  While Eric doesn’t know if he has ADHD, he does know a lot about doing hard things in order to live the life you want to live.

In this conversation, you will hear Eric, and I talk about perfectionism, battling depression, and meditation and other forms of self-care.  We also discuss the balance of being content and striving for growth. We even get a little “woo woo” in this conversation!

Your Resources:

The Spirituality of Imperfection - Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham
Happiness is a Choice You Make - John Leland

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:37] - Eric explains where he got the name of his podcast, The One You Feed.
  • [05:05] - Half a lifetime ago, Eric was homeless.  He tells us his path to that point in life.
  • [09:15] - “The nature of addiction is that it’s chronic.”
  • [10:40] - We talk about recovering from failure.
  • [13:19] - Eric shares his thoughts on perfectionism.
  • [18:51] - Eric says you need to throw the kitchen sink at depression.  He shares what is in his kitchen sink.
  • [26:29] - Eric talks about trying to balance being content and striving for growth.
  • [32:17] - Eric describes why he feels that he is a spiritual person.
  • [39:23] - I share my recent experiences with meditation and journaling.
  • [45:18] - Eric describes his meditations, and says to try things and see what works for you.
  • [48:43] - Eric talks about open meditation.
  • [51:48] - Self-care is exhausting, but trying harder is even more exhausting.
  • [54:19] - Eric states that we aren’t built well for long-term rewards.  We share tips for people who are not in an exercise routine.
  • [1:00:30] - Eric explains how we figure out how to unlock the key to our mental health.
  • [1:05:22] - Eric says that learning life lessons like a spiral staircase.  
  • [1:07:46] - The more we do hard things, the easier it is to do hard things.

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Direct download: 256_The_One_You_Feed_with_Eric_Zimmer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Isaac Boutin joins me on this week’s episode of the podcast.  Isaac has been diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, and Tourette’s. He also might be the youngest guest we’ve had on this podcast, as he is finishing his senior year of high school.  When I talked with Isaac, his story and attitude were so positive and inspiring, I knew we needed to have him on.

Recently, an academic advisor suggested to Isaac that he appear on a podcast or radio show.  He reached out to me, and here’s his appearance! Throughout this conversation, you will hear Isaac talk about the impact ADHD, OCD, and Tourette’s have had on his academics, sports, and life in general.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:35] - Isaac shares the story of his education.  He describes how he pushes himself in his studies.
  • [05:46] - An academic advisor suggested to Isaac that he look for an opportunity to be a guest on a podcast or radio show.
  • [09:15] - When he was younger, Isaac felt ashamed of himself.  As he got older, he realized he’s happy with who he is and chose to no longer hide his diagnoses.
  • [14:39] - Isaac describes his study habits.  This includes studying while he runs.
  • [19:55] - OCD and Tourette’s are part of Isaac’s everyday life.  He describes their impact.
  • [24:34] - Isaac shares a recent example of his compulsions.
  • [27:03] - We talk about OCD and Exposure and Response Prevention.
  • [36:38] - I talk about Jia Jiang’s efforts to deal with the fear of rejection. Check out his book, Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection.
  • [43:23] - Isaac loves talking about sports, and he shares their role in his life.
  • [51:52] - Isaac explains how his medication has helped him.
  • [53:04] - Isaac believes that having ADHD helps him in hockey, specifically with being “clutch.”
  • [56:12] - We look ahead to the future, which includes attending university and Toastmasters.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 255_Exercise_Study_Habits_and_a_Healthy_Perspective_with_Isaac_Boutin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is another mastermind session.  Kat, Katie, Juliet, Dave, and Carrie join me in this discussion with Roxy, who is in the hot seat.  Roxy has decided that the theme for this episode is “aging out of opportunities.”

In this discussion, you will hear Roxy express a desire for a change, but she is a bit overwhelmed by the number of options she has.  Throughout the conversation, it becomes clear that Roxy feels drawn to the idea of being an ADHD coach.  We talk about what appeals to her about being an ADHD coach, and some of the reasons she feels some apprehension.  One thing that intimidates her is marketing, and I share my experience of overcoming this and other fears in my journey.  

Your Resources:

Building Your Ideal Practice

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:42] - Roxy shares that she’d like to mastermind the theme of aging out of opportunities.  She feels she has too many options and too little clarity. 
  • [02:23] - Juliet asks if there are areas with positive experiences that could help guide her. 
  • [04:07] - Katie asks a clarifying question about the theme “aging out of opportunities.” 
  • [05:35] - I share what I envision when I hear “aging out of opportunities,” and ask Katie to further explain it from her perspective.  This leads to a discussion on pursuing becoming an ADHD coach. 
  • [10:11] - Dave feels that Roxy discounts her career, and wonders if she doesn’t value it. She says that living in a college town impacts the way she views things.  
  • [18:22] - Carrie wonders how much satisfaction Roxy currently gets from helping people. 
  • [25:12] - Juliet suggests Roxy consider teaching/coaching hairdressers. 
  • [26:50] - Roxy shares what her future would look like after a coaching certification. 
  • [31:13] - We talk about changing our perspective on “starting late.” 
  • [36:48] - Roxy says her first action is to talk more with people to determine the next step. I push Roxy to set some decision dates. 
  • [41:12] - Kat asks Roxy what her word of the year, “courage” looks like to her. 
  • [45:04] - Roxy shares some of her fears about this change, but believes these fears are out of her control.  Marketing is something that intimidates her. 
  • [50:36] - Kat says that they were drawn to me because I am authentic, and Roxy needs to be herself in everything, including marketing. 
  • [54:00] - Katie addresses the fact that Roxy doesn’t see herself as consistent.  
  • [56:56] - We talk about acquiring testimonials, and learning marketing. 

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Direct download: 254_Mastermind_-_Cut_The_BS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

I’m joined on this episode by LeDerick Horne.  LeDerick is a poet, leader, speaker, and disability activist.  LeDerick was diagnosed with a learning disability in the third-grade.  A tireless advocate for people with all disabilities, he uses his gift of the spoken word as a gateway to larger discussions on equal opportunity, pride, and self-determination.  

LeDerick has appeared at the White House and the United Nations.  He co-authored the book, Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success. He has also released two spoken word poetry albums.  I met LeDerick and had the opportunity to see him speak at the CHADD Conference, and I’m excited to have him on the podcast.  

In this conversation, you will hear LeDerick share his personal educational story and explain how the help from different people helped him be successful.  As a poet and writer, he shares some useful tips on writing and he points out that “everybody edits.” LeDerick has a lot of great insight into disclosing disabilities, specifically in the workplace.  He shares how by sharing your strengths, weaknesses, and the accommodations you need and using resources and allies, you can set yourself on a path for success.

Connect with LeDerick Horne:

Website - http://lederick.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:00] - LeDerick shares his story.  He talks about his educational journey and explains how it lead to where he is now.
  • [06:49] - LeDerick talks about his decision to self-disclose on the job. He describes self-disclosure as a powerful set of skills.
  • [10:53] - There is a risk in self-disclosure, and LeDerick describes how he explains this situation.
  • [13:03] - LeDerick reads some poetry from his first album. It’s a piece entitled “Nina.”
  • [18:07] - A counselor encouraged LeDerick to forget about his spelling, but just focus on writing.  He explains how she helped him get past the things that tripped him up with writing.
  • [21:35] - LeDerick talks about his writing process.
  • [25:33] - I share that I have changed my internal dialogue about how I think about myself as a writer.  LeDerick shares some of his wisdom in this area.
  • [30:14] - As adults, relying on the people around us is something that can help us be successful.  
  • [42:13] - LeDerick shares his thoughts on self-disclosing without risking a loss of employment.  He shares a resource, the 411 on Disability Disclosure.
  • [44:12] - The understanding of our rights as people with disabilities is essential.  
  • [47:16] - We talk about using discretion in disclosing in the workplace.  
  • [49:40] - LeDerick ends out discussion with another poem, “An American Idea.”

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 253_Self-Advocacy_and_Disclosure_LeDerick_Horne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm CDT

This episode is the recording of December’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.

On this episode, you will hear Brendan, and me answer a handful of listener questions.  You will hear us answer questions on unstructured time, regulating emotions in the workplace, and the transition from high school to college.  You’ll also hear a story of a near-fight involving Brendan, and he has the ability to turn that situation into a learning opportunity.

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:26] - Juliet is struggling with finding time for herself.  She asks for suggestions on carving time out of a busy schedule.
  • [07:35] - Elliott asks about making the best of unstructured time.  I share some of my experience with unstructured time and the importance of accountability.
  • [19:09] - Brendan shares a question that came in ahead of time.  This person wants to know how to regulate their emotions at work.  Brendan shares why this scenario may not be a regulation of emotions issue.
  • [23:01] - Tracey is unsure how to identify rewards.  I explain that people with ADHD are less sensitive to rewards and need more of them.
  • [33:40] - Brendan shares his thoughts on his 2019 goals. He also tells a story that provides a good example to his philosophy “don’t get mad, get offended.”
  • [43:54] - Helen asks a question for son about homework and study habits as he prepares to enter college.  Brendan suggests checking out Episode 22 of ADHD Essentials Podcast for more information on the transition from high school to college.
  • [49:00] - David joins the call to update us on a question in a previous episode.  He is considering going back to college to study for a second career. He is searching for advice about the college process.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 252_Live_Q__A_-_Dec_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

The guest for this episode is Shelley Ann Morris.  Shelley is an administrative assistant receptionist who assists people who are blind.  She volunteers at CKCU FM and hosts the show Welcome to My World.  Shelley is a triathlete who does sprints and Olympic distance triathlons.  She was born with significant vision loss.

In this conversation, you will hear Shelley talk about being diagnosed at age 44, and she explains how being born with a vision disability gave her the skills and tools to cope with ADHD.  Shelley talks about coming out of the “dark days” and how connecting with a coach and counselor, she was able to find success in the workplace and life.

Connect with Shelley Ann Morris

Website: www.ckcufm.com/wtmw

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:32] - Shelley was diagnosed with ADHD at age 44.  She describes her vision loss.
  • [05:12] - Shelley explains why she sought a diagnosis.
  • [09:17] - She describes how being born with a vision disability gave her the skills and tools to cope with ADHD.  It comes down to decisions to be better or bitter.
  • [15:22] - Shelley talks about her dark days and challenges.
  • [21:43] - Taking positive steps and forgiving others in her dark days helped her find her way.
  • [24:36] - She explains how she connected with a coach and counselor, and what she worked on with them.
  • [26:46] - Shelley describes how she works best.
  • [30:35] - The variety of tasks and the energy from people helps Shelley succeed as an administrative assistant and receptionist.  She also talks about the benefit of having a good manager.
  • [32:01] - A listener of Shelley’s radio show was prompted to seek an evaluation for ADHD.  
  • [34:40] - Shelley explains that because she’s been hurt, she goes out her way to not hurt others.
  • [35:24] - While she was between jobs, she managed volunteers.  When she introduced herself via email, she encouraged people to communicate challenges with her.
  • [42:32] - Shelley describes some of the accommodations she receives to be successful at work.
  • [48:38] - Shelley says that ADHD is a bigger beast to deal with than low vision.
  • [52:50] - Listening to music helps inspire Shelley.  
  • [55:18] - Shelley explains why she sometimes feels like The Grinch, but not for a reason you’d expect.  This leads to a discussion on background noise and distractions.
  • [1:00:50] - Shelley says there are a lot of resources to help.  
  • [1:02:00] - Shelley talks about her athletic endeavors as a triathlete.

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The guest of this episode is Emily Parks.  Emily is a productivity consultant and the owner of Organize for Success.  She is an Evernote certified consultant. A lover of technology, Emily can help with prioritization, email, calendar management, and everything else that we could all use help with.  

In this conversation, you will hear Emily share a ton of super helpful tips and strategies.  This is a can’t-miss episode if you would like to become more efficient in areas of your life with things like digital clutter, time-blocking, and email.  At the end of the episode, you’ll even hear Emily share some tips specific to this holiday time of the year.

Connect with Emily Parks

Website - OrganizeForSuccess.biz

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:26] - “Our brain is made for thinking, not remembering.”
  • [03:28] -  Emily shares her answer to “What’s the best tool for remembering things?” She shares a few reasons she loves Evernote.
  • [05:36] - Emily says that she uses Evernote as her external brain.
  • [07:19] - When it comes to Evernote, Emily never recommends having too much of anything.  
  • [08:57] - Emily shares tips on naming folders in Evernote.
  • [10:54] - I describe my “1-2-3 Hack.”
  • [12:42] - If using the subject line is too overwhelming, you can rename your default notebook and use it as an inbox to hold items for processing.
  • [15:38] - “One is the most productive number” is Emily’s line of thinking behind having people do an audit
  • [24:57] - We tend to scatter our organization.  Emily talks about managing this clutter.
  • [27:27] - Emily addresses the issue of social media notifications.
  • [31:00] - It’s easy to get sucked into the neverending stream of videos on Facebook.  Emily shares how to keep yourself from falling into those traps.
  • [34:49] - Emily encourages me (and all of us) to do our daily wrap-up.
  • [43:11] - Daily planning is very important for people with ADHD, and Emily gives tips on staying on track.  
  • [51:20] - Emily talks more about time-blocking methods.
  • [57:26] - Emily and I share a hatred of email.  Emily shares some tips and tricks related to email.
  • [1:00:35] - Emily gives a few tips on keeping phone calls short in length.
  • [1:03:00] - Email: Checking vs. Processing
  • [1:07:24] - Emily talks about staying productive and on-task during the holidays.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 250_Best_Productivity_Episode_Yet_with_Emily_Parks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of November’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.

On this episode, you will hear Brendan and I recount our experiences at the CHADD conference.  We also dive in and answer a handful of listener-submitted questions on topics like digital minimalism, holiday stress, and time blindness.

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:36] - Brenan shares his most significant takeaway from the CHADD conference.
  • [09:00] - I talk about my takeaways from the conference.  
  • [18:39] - Gerald asks about digital minimalism regarding smartphones.  We talk about some of the apps we like to use, and how we manage our apps.
  • [28:47] - Lisa talks about having original plans derailed, and then failing to get back on track.
  • [33:59] - We talk about the stress that is induced by the holidays.  We share some ideas on how to simplify and redefine the holidays.
  • [44:26] - Lane feels overwhelmed by work email.  We both hate email and share some of our strategies to manage it effectively.
  • [55:14] - Someone asks about time blindness.  This person is having trouble with managing several calendars in one and struggling with isolating their important appointments.  During the discussion of this topic, I talk about FreakyAlarm, but Brendan shares why he wouldn’t use it.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 249_Nov_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

I am joined on this episode by Alex Hey.  Alex is a new ADHD coach from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  He is launching his new coaching practice, Reset ADHD. His mission is to help people hit the reset button on their ADHD.  Alex is turning his mess into his message. Alex has had to hit the reset button a fair number of times in his life.

In this conversation, you will hear Alex share some of his poetry, which is what made Alex stand out to me and invite him onto the podcast.  Alex provides us with some of his backstory, which includes a diagnosis about five years ago. Alex also talks about his coaching service, Reset ADHD, and the unique perspective he has.  

This episode does contain a conversation around suicide.  If you experiencing suicidal thoughts and you don’t know where to turn, here are resources for help:

United States - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Outside of the US - http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/Online

Connect with Alex Hey:

Website - http://ResetADHD.com
Twitter - @ResetADHD
Instagram - @ResetADHD
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/resetadhd/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/resetadhd

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:23] - Alex reads a poem he wrote.  I previously heard Alex read this, and it’s a big reason he’s on this episode.
  • [07:00] - Alex shares some of the background information behind this poem.  
  • [08:50] - Alex was diagnosed at the age of 20, and describes his history with depression.
  • [10:23] - Alex describes the role that his relationships have played in his breakthrough.
  • [11:57] - We talk about Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria.
  • [12:56] - Seeking support for yourself is vital, and Alex talks about his progress in this area.
  • [15:16] - Alex reads his love poem.  
  • [17:35] - Alex describes his poem-writing process, and we discuss the power of storytelling.
  • [20:55] - Alex shares some of the thoughts that he corrects, and he describes the process.
  • [29:36] - I share that when I’m in the moment of “the suck,” what is helpful for me is to stay curious about what I can gain from the experience.
  • [35:05] - Alex talks about the role of prayer and faith.
  • [37:59] - Alex shares some information on his business, Reset ADHD.  He also explains why he decided to become an ADHD coach.
  • [43:20] - We talk about the state of Christian-based ADHD coaching.
  • [45:45] - I explain how giving free talks can help grow a coaching business.
  • [51:09] - Alex has written a four-part blog post about the growth mindset.  
  • [53:20] - Live life in permanent beta.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 248_Reset_ADHD_-_Alex_Hey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode contains the second part of my discussion with Laurie Peterson.  Laurie is the owner and director of Diagnostic Learning Services in Plano, Texas.  Laurie and her group assess and diagnose students and adults with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.  Laurie was diagnosed with ADHD in her late 20s. 

In this conversation, Laurie and I discuss the steps following the diagnostic assessments she administers.  Medication plays a considerable role, but Laurie also shares how to work to improve skills in areas with lower scores. 

Connect with Laurie Peterson:

Website - http://Diagnostic-Learning.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:08] - Once we have the information from the testing, what do we do with the information? The first step is medication, but it is not the entire solution.
  • [06:20] - Laurie explains how to improve vocabulary skills by reading.
  • [07:57] - Laurie shares how to build your perceptual reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, and visual processing skills.
  • [11:53] - I share how an instructor used color overlays to help a student read.
  • [14:33] - Improving your problem-solving skills can be done by playing games.
  • [18:08] - Working memory can be improved, but there is a lot of technology to help.
  • [20:22] - Laurie explains how she uses Alexa to put together her shopping list.
  • [24:20] - I talk about a few of the benefits of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, including shame-free accountability.
  • [26:18] - Environmental modification is a large piece of ADHD management.
  • [28:34] - We discuss interactive metronome therapy, diet, and exercise.
  • [30:48] - Laurie shares information for those that believe they may have ADHD, but have not yet been diagnosed.
  • [33:19] - Laurie talks about the cost of this type of testing.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

On this episode, I am joined by Laurie Peterson.  Laurie is the owner and director of Diagnostic Learning Services in Plano, Texas.  Laurie and her group assess and diagnose students and adults with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.  Laurie was diagnosed with ADHD in her late 20s.

In this conversation, you will hear Laurie and I discuss the battery of diagnostic assessments she administered to me.  You will hear us discuss the verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, processing speed, and memory assessments I took.  We describe what these tests are, and what my results tell Laurie.

Connect with Laurie Peterson:

Website - http://Diagnostic-Learning.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:08] - Laurie shares her ADHD story.  
  • [06:37] - Laurie talks about how she views and approaches the diagnosis when she meets with people.  
  • [09:02] - I describe the battery of tests that Laurie did with me.
  • [09:56] - Laurie explains why she looks at verbal comprehension when assessing for ADHD.  This leads to a discussion on how I am more of an “audio reader.”
  • [14:23] - Laurie puts the scoring of these texts into context, and how scores can improve.
  • [17:14] - We discuss how “verbal regulation” is where impulsivity and the organizing of ideas meet.
  • [18:08] - Laurie talks about some vocational options for people who score higher in verbal comprehension testing.
  • [19:20] - I scored in the “very average” range of perceptual reasoning. I explain why this surprised me.  Laurie explains this realm of the testing.
  • [24:52] - Laurie talks about vision therapy, which retrains the muscles in your eyes.
  • [32:01] - The next domain we cover is “working memory.”
  • [37:43] - Processing speed is a domain in which I scored “below average.”  Laurie explains that score is common for people with ADHD.
  • [43:18] - Coding and symbol search were two subsets that I didn’t enjoy.  I explain why I struggled with these.
  • [46:42] - Laurie explains the adult memory test.
  • [51:00] - Laurie describes the kind of background information she gathers.
  • [53:00] - Laurie shares a few areas where my wife and I have different perceptions of my skills.
  • [57:07] - I confess I thought, “What if I don’t have ADHD?”  Laurie confirms that I do have ADHD.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: ADHD_246.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Natalie is sitting in the mastermind hot seat.  Natalie has recently experienced some pretty significant life changes.  This has allowed her to step back and determine what she wants to do with her life.  In this conversation, you will hear us walk through some of these things with Natalie.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:22] - We check in with Dan’s progress since his time in the hot seat.  
  • [05:57] - Dianna shares that she is making progress.  She has set up a sleep study.
  • [07:20] - Sandra says that she needs to listen to her hot seat session again because she had so many great things to work on.
  • [09:34] - Natalie provides us some backstory.  She has recently moved and is in a bit of a reset stage in life.  
  • [11:12] - Natalie finds herself overwhelmed by many tasks, and she lists a few things that aren’t overwhelming her.  She provides us with some examples of things she needs to do.
  • [13:05] - Natalie opens her routine app, Fabulous.  I encourage her to screenshot the app and then make that her home screen image to remind her to adjust things.
  • [14:52] - I ask Natalie if she could join a professional or networking group.  
  • [16:42] - Natalie explains that she’d like to hire a personal trainer and start working out in the mornings.
  • [21:21] - Natalie says she feels weird having a masters degree and living at home with her parents.
  • [22:43] - Dianna asks Natalie if she’s done a brain dump.
  • [25:06] - Natalie discusses one YouTube habit she would like to create.
  • [31:42] - We realize that Natalie’s morning routine is more like a morning menu.  I share with her that she needs to create habits, not routines.
  • [35:45] - I encourage Natalie to keep things basic, for the purpose of getting started.
  • [41:58] - Natalie talks about the first video she will be producing.  
  • [46:41] - Earlier in the conversation, Natalie said she would like to travel the country for four months.  She talks about the conflict between this and working a job, and the type of work she is considering.
  • [50:46] - Natalie says her lack of routine is what’s holding her back right now.  
  • [53:39] - Natalie talks about needing to find online work in order to accomplish her goal of being mobile.
  • [59:10] - Natalie shares that she is trying to find herself after the end of her marriage.
  • [1:03:48] - I suggest to Natalie that she write a letter.
  • [1:07:00] - Dan takes a few seconds to give Natalie some encouragement to get started.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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This episode is the recording of October’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A. On this episode, you will hear Brendan, and I talk with a few listeners and read some questions that had been submitted.  We talk about ADHD and substance abuse, a child with ADHD who becomes emotionally sensitive with redirection, and something we label, “procrastappointment.”

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [11:26] - Erica brings up the topic of ADHD and substance abuse.  Brenden and I share our experiences as smokers.
  • [24:04] - Sarah asks if there is a term for her type of procrastination.  We invent one called “procrastappointment.” We share some tips on getting out of this pattern, including not taking appointment cards!
  • [33:38] - Marisol recently had parent-teacher conferences.  The teacher asked about her daughter’s emotional sensitivity.  Brendan shares some of his expertise with this situation.
  • [40:49] - Marisol wonders how to teach her daughter that redirections are not a failure.
  • [47:20] - Rachel asks about self-guided learning and online classes with an ADHD brain.  I share that I consider this to be “registering for good intentions.” Brendan talks about how to create the structure to be successful in this type of endeavor.
  • [51:07] - Sarah asks if we have figured out how to slow down our lives.  I believe she has taken the first step by asking that question. I encourage anyone in this situation to decrease overwhelm by saying “no” like we are passing out candy on Halloween.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 244_Oct_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Dan sits in the hot seat.  In this conversation, you will hear Dan talk about over-committing.  He explains why he has a hard time saying “no,” but this results in sometimes not meeting the deadlines.  Dan has a major traveling project coming up, and this situation is the foundation of this discussion.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [8:48] - Dan sets up this conversation and shares that he struggles with overcommitment.
  • [11:44] - Diana asks if Dan has traveled in the trailer before. Dan also talks about setting expectations at work vs. expectations outside of work.
  • [15:14] - I ask Dan how often he ignores the little voice in his head. Dan believes he can be intentional about giving the little voice time to pop up.
  • [17:10] - I share that having a Plan B doesn’t take much time, and the reward is great. Dan talks about his Plan B.
  • [19:08] - Dan explains that he needs to learn how not to say “yes.”
  • [20:18] - Sandra wants to know what Dan has done with this RV project, and how he prioritizes the tasks.
  • [24:31] - Sandra asks more about contingency plans when working with the list.
  • [25:32] - Dan says that there are not hard-stops in their schedule unless it’s for a meeting.
  • [26:39] - Dan says that his list is written in a shared note-taking app that he and his wife can use.
  • [29:54] - Natalie asks Dan if he has considered getting an antenna to boost his cell phone signal. She also asks for examples of little things that need to be done in the house that overwhelm him.
  • [34:15] - I ask Dan for some time-frame dates. I challenge Dan to consider what he would do if he had no time or less time to prepare.
  • [38:58] - Natalie reminds Dan that friends will be coming into his house so that they will be more understanding than a customer.
  • [40:38] - After Dan talks about envisioning looking what “done” looks like. I talk about the difference between a due date and a done date.
  • [49:45] - I ask Dan what the situation would be if he had to tell someone he can’t do something or hit a deadline he committed to.
  • [51:50] - I ask Dan to consider what carries more weight, the current satisfaction of saying “yes,” or the future disappointment of not being able to meet the deadline.
  • [52:46] - Dan explains how it’s possible to build a reputation as the go-to guy, but then expectations can hurt your career.
  • [54:53] - Dan shares that he would be receptive to a suggestion that he seek assistance with a task. I draw a link between Dan’s perfectionism and self-worth.
  • [58:54] - Diana talks about her own personal experience in the area of self-worth. Dan shares what he wants to gain from this journey. 
  • [1:02:46] - I used to say “yes” to everything, and this brought me stress from being overwhelmed. I changed my default answer to “no.”
  • [1:07:22] - Natalie suggests bringing yourself back to the big picture and asking why you want to do something.
  • [1:10:37] - Natalie brings up Dan’s wife and kids. Dan shares an experience from his ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [1:14:33] - Dan admits that he is scared.
  • [1:17:12] - I share how I threatened myself with Workaholics Anonymous.
  • [1:18:55] - Dan shares his takeaways from this conversation. 

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 243_Mastermind_Navigating_Overwhelm_with_Dan_Johnson_3_of_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Sandra sits in the hot seat.  She explores a topic that a lot of us struggle with and we haven’t really discussed on the podcast.  Sandra feels that she struggles with communication and what she calls “verbal regulation.” In this conversation, you will hear us discuss the issues surrounding communication, and the participants share their experiences and the techniques they employ.

You’ll Learn:

  • [10:21] - Diana was in the hot seat on our last episode, and she committed to scheduling a sleep study.  She shares her progress.
  • [12:44] - Sandra lays the foundation for this discussion.  She would like to talk about what she is calling “verbal regulation.”  
  • [17:06] - Sandra says that neuro-typical people tend to make comments to her on this topic.  
  • [19:04] - Dan asks Sandra about her structure creation skills.  She shares a story about someone comparing her work as something similar to the movie “A Beautiful Mind.”
  • [23:52] - Dan asks a clarifying question about her reactions to compliments.
  • [24:46] - Natalie shares that she had similar situations.  She asks about Sandra’s processing characteristics.
  • [29:02] - Sandra talks about trying to communicate to her co-workers how her brain works without it sounding like an excuse.
  • [30:18] - Diana asks in what types of situations this becomes an issue, and she shares her experience in this area.
  • [34:18] - Diana suggests beta-blockers or alpha-blockers.  
  • [36:20] - Natalie suggests that Sandra talks to her friends about their perceptions of her.
  • [38:28] - We talk about fidgets and the advantage of having a more obvious fidget.
  • [40:23] - We put Sandra’s negative self-talk on trial through role-playing.  
  • [47:19] - I talk with Susan about processing speed and the role it plays in things like communication.
  • [55:05] - Natalie shares that she’s also a slow processor and intelligent person, and she talks about things she does in conversations to help this communication.  
  • [59:22] - Dan explains how he builds trust with people by preparing them for his communication style. He also suggests practicing conversation.
  • [1:01:11] - Sandra finds practicing conversation to be difficult because of other ADHD tendencies. Dan shares how he accomplishes this.
  • [1:03:57] - Sandra talks about a recent course she took on self-observation and self-coaching.  She says that a lot of feedback she got in this discussion reinforces what she learned from that.
  • [1:06:10] - I talk about acceptance being a gift to ourselves and other people.  I also share how slowing my speech has helped me.
  • [1:10:41] - Natalie reminds us that we need to start small.  
  • [1:13:36] - Sandra shares what she would like to learn and improve in the near-future.

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Our next registration event for the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is November 15th at 11am Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 242_Mastermind_Sandra_-_Communication_2_of_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Diana will sit in the hot seat, and we are joined by Natalie, Dan, and Sandra.  The morning routine on non-urgent days is what has Diana hung up right now. Throughout this conversation, you will hear us offer suggestions, tips, techniques, and strategies to help her make these mornings productive.  If you find it difficult to get started in the mornings, you should have plenty of things to try after listening to this episode.

You’ll Learn:

  • [11:02] - The members of this mastermind introduce themselves, including Diana who is sitting in the hot seat this week.
  • [13:57] - Diana shares that she’s been struggling with her morning routine on non-urgent days.
  • [15:30] - Diana talks about the things she’s implemented to try to create some consistency.  
  • [21:05] - Dan asks if Diana has experienced insomnia and what may have caused that lack of sleep.  This leads to a discussion on sleep.
  • [27:02] - Sandra asks about Diana’s medication.  
  • [29:55] - Sandra suggests Diana recall the last time she had a non-urgent morning and it didn’t work out the way she wanted.  
  • [33:16] - I ask Sandra if she’s ok with choosing comfort over courage.
  • [34:47] - Dan shares that when he thinks about data and analyzing what’s working and not working, his mind gets stirred up.  Diana talks about what the pebbles are. These are the small things that seem to trip her up.
  • [37:19] - Natalie shares that this conversation is speaking to her because she shares some of these issues.  She finds herself wasting entire mornings by hitting the snooze button. The Fabulous app is something that has helped her.
  • [40:00] - We discuss the individual steps that could help with her morning routine.
  • [43:38] - Natalie says that the inside of her refrigerator makes for a good dry erase board.
  • [47:26] - I suggest the app, Wake and Shake Alarm and the clocks Clocky and Tocky. I also talk about the Pavlok, which I don’t wholly endorse.
  • [54:30] - Dan asks, “What’s important to you?” when trying to find the motivation to get up and get the day going.  He also suggests finding the areas where other people are depending on her.
  • [57:09] - Natalie explains how she has benefitted from this conversation and the strategies she is going to implement to help her with these areas where she is having trouble.
  • [58:30] - I explain why sleep hygiene is more important than the number of hours of sleep.
  • [1:02:54] - Sandra shares that this discussion reminds her a lot of her own mastermind.  She shares some advice I gave her in that mastermind.
  • [1:08:09] - We talk about using music to motivate in the morning.
  • [1:09:12] - Dan suggests that Diana’s husband helps get her going in the morning.  
  • [1:13:13] - We talk about vitamins, specifically Vitamin B.
  • [1:14:52] - Diana has resisted undergoing a sleep study.  We convince her to make an appointment for a sleep study.
  • [1:16:57] - I suggest morning errands and exercise classes to help Dianna get moving in the mornings.
  • [1:20:28] - Diana shares what she would like to commit to.

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

If you’d like to secure an early spot and an early registration price for our winter session of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, RSVP for our registration event on October 25th at 3 pm Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 241_Mastermind_-_Morning_Routines_-_Diana_in_the_Hot_Seat_1_of_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Do you say that you “are ADHD” or say that you “have ADHD?”  Through people-first language, we show that people are more than their diagnosis.  However, over time, I’ve come to appreciate how nuanced language is, and how important it is to let people express their identity.  Living with ADHD is a story.  As we change, so does our relationship with ADHD.   

One way I’ve helped people capture their relationship with ADHD is an exercise I’ve been doing with my coaching groups.  I call this exercise, “Dear ADHD.”  I encourage members to write letters to their ADHD.  Since this is ADHD Awareness Month, I invited members of our alumni membership community to write another letter to their ADHD.  What you will hear on this episode is some of those members reading their “Dear ADHD” letters. 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

If you’d like to secure an early spot and an early registration price for our winter session of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, RSVP for our registration event on October 25th at 3 pm Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired 

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 240_Dear_ADHD_-_Special_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of September’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A. This month, our conversation keeps looping back around to play and planning.  

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:48] - Erica asks about planning fun.  We talk about the struggles of prioritizing, initiating, and planning.
  • [18:10] - Marisol asks how to stay in motion when there’s nothing to react to.  This continues our conversation on planning. Brendan shares how he uses motion to get back on track.
  • [24:47] - Marisol sat in the hot seat in May and talked about diet and exercise.  She gives us an update on her progress.
  • [26:45] - Gerald asks if we have any rules to help us be productive.  We share some of our “guiding principles” to stay on track throughout the day.
  • [32:45] - We talk about trying to diligent about phone usage, specifically between the hours of 9 pm and 9 am.   
  • [36:50] - I share how staying up too late will impact my ability to function with my family.  “It’s about what I want most vs. what I want now.” This leads to a discussion on parenting.
  • [45:35] - Dianna asks Brendan and me what podcasts we enjoy.
  • [52:16] - AJ asks for strategies for making phone calls.  
  • [57:09] - Alyssa wonders how to make yourself do something that seems unbearably boring.   We share our own experiences and share what does and doesn’t work for us.

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

If you’d like to secure an early spot and an early registration price for our winter session of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, RSVP for our registration event on October 25th at 3 pm Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 239_September_Live_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm CDT

I have two guests joining me in the studio for this episode.  Alex is a proud husband of eight years and is a father to two children.  He teaches special education at the middle school level. His daily practice of mindfulness and meditation has had a profound effect on his life. His ADHD witness story comes into focus in 2008.  The most recent stage of his ADHD journey began with the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. Alison joins Alex (her husband) on this episode. They have known each other since 2008, and she is a mental health nurse.

In this conversation, you will hear Alex and Alison share how they have navigated the obstacle course that is a marriage or relationship with one person who has ADHD and one person who does not.  Alex and Alison discuss their challenges and explain how they resolve conflict.

Connect with Alex:

Email: aganderson1@gmail.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [09:45] - Alex shares how the two met.  He explains why he saw her as mysterious.
  • [12:30] - Alison talks about the impact diagnosis, and medication had on their conversations.
  • [13:46] - Alison was once brought to tears by Alex having a spotlessly clean living area.
  • [16:06] - We talk about our memories from before we started medication.
  • [22:30] - Alison talks about one of their challenges with parenting. Alex describes his feelings when he’s frustrated with his son, who displays some ADHD characteristics.
  • [26:12] - Alison shares how she allows Alex space in some of these difficult situations.
  • [27:47] - Alex struggles with sharing what is happening in his brain.
  • [30:06] - When Alex’s ADHD is winning, Alison takes his reactions personally.
  • [31:55] - I share that non-ADHD spouses can understand ADHD by listening to these conversations.
  • [33:11] - Alex explains how they engage in constructive problem-solving.
  • [37:38] - Alex considers himself lucky to have someone like Allison, who understands his situation.
  • [39:17] - Alison says that she’s needed to explain Alex’s characteristics with her family.
  • [41:10] - We talk about the dance between accommodating and enabling.
  • [50:54] - Alex talks about why he made the decision to join the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  Alison chimes in with developments she’s seen.
  • [55:22] - The two talk about changes they’ve seen since Alex joined the group.
  • [59:20] - Alison shares what she has learned about ADHD since meeting Alex.
  • [1:02:30] - We talk about the long-term aspect of marriage, which involves things like apologizing, and the process of resolving conflict.
  • [1:11:24] - Alex shares his experience with mindfulness.

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin on September 24th, and the group is now full.  If you’d like to secure an early spot and an early registration price for our winter session of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, RSVP for our registration event on October 4th at 2pm Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 238_A_mixed_marriage_Alex_and_Alison.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Shawn Smith joins me on the podcast this week.  Shawn has his Master’s in Education and Counseling.  He is the proud founder and CEO of Don’t dis-my-ability Consultation Services, an innovative, multi-faceted coming specializing in the emerging field of neurodiversity.  He is a counselor, psychotherapist, and national award-winning entrepreneur.   

Diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type at age 30, Shawn struggle through every level of the public education system prior to his diagnosis.  It took Shawn 32 attempts to earn the 18 credits required to graduate high school.  Medication gave Shawn’s brain a jump start it needed to wake from 30 years of slumber, taking his thought process from dial-up to fiber-op.  

In this conversation, you will hear Shawn talk about his company and the services he provides.  He explains why his company being located in a cooperative creates a constructive environment for his work.  Shawn discusses his background, his struggles in school, his diagnosis, and why the entrepreneurial life fits him well.   

Connect with Shawn Smith

Website - Don’t Dis My Ability 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:45] - Shawn describes the Villa cooperative, where his business is located.   
  • [09:41] - Shawn provides some details on the services Don’t dis-my-ability provides, and shares how this environment fits him.   
  • [10:47] - Keynotes and workshops are things that Shawn frequently does, and he describes the content of these offerings. 
  • [11:54] - Shawn describes his life before diagnosis as “hell.” 
  • [12:28] - We discuss the idea of being “lazy.” 
  • [14:07] - Shawn describes some of the strategies he uses to stay organized and productive. 
  • [15:47] - Shawn talks about growing up and seeing people around him making changes he wasn’t making. 
  • [18:23] - A labor dispute is what led to Shawn’s diagnosis. 
  • [22:07] - Shawn describes the changes in his life after diagnosis, and he started medication. 
  • [24:06] - Shawn talks about being “snuck in” to college. 
  • [25:26] - We talk about trying to filter out background noise, and I share my technique for accomplishing this.   
  • [28:45] - Shawn shares more specific information on the services Don’t dis-my-ability provides. 
  • [30:35] - Shawn talks about being a social entrepreneur and describes some of the challenges he faces in this role.  We also talk about being drawn to entrepreneurship out of boredom and resentment. 
  • [34:42] - Shawn says the name of his business came from a rap beat he had in his head. 
  • [40:06] - Shawn lists some of the things he does with his company.   
  • [42:50] - Shawn shares how he plans projects. I talk about using Miranda to help with time zones.  We also talk about the challenge of writing checks and addressing envelopes as “macro thinkers.” 
  • [45:49] - Shawn describes how to make context matter. 
  • [48:37] - Shawn talks about his podcasting experience, including his upcoming video podcast, Don’t dis-my-ability Podcast.  
  • [52:50] - Shawn speaks about the term neurodiversity and why it’s being used. 
  • [1:00:05] - I talk about the book Rocket Fuel, and understanding the unique skills we as people with ADHD have. 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th, and the group is now full.  If you’d like to secure an early spot and an early registration price for our winter session by RSVPing for our registration event on October 4th at 2pm Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 237_Dont_Dis-My-Ability_with_Shawn_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Maria Luisa Ruiz Luna joins me on this episode. She is the founder of Wellways, a venture whose goal is to promote a way of living that prioritizes our nature, wellbeing, and peace.  She creates experiences that provide the tools and space for modern humans to thrive by honoring and networking against their individual and biological nature.   

Maria Luisa moved from Peru to Arizona fifteen years ago to attend grad school.  She obtained her degree in neuroscience at the University of Arizona.  Currently, she offers coaching to individuals and workshops to crowds. Focus subjects are related to wellbeing.   

In this conversation, you will hear Maria’s insight into how ADHD impacts her, and how she lives her life.  She points out that we live in a fast-paced society, which is challenging for those of us with ADHD.  She shares some strategies for slowing down, embracing silence, and overcome this busy lifestyle we all live.  

Connect with Maria Luisa Ruiz Luna: 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mruizluna 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:18] - Maria starts this conversation by talking about what she trusts, and is in situations that other people view as “crazy.”  
  • [07:15] - According to Maria, having ADHD causes you to constantly try to be someone else.  
  • [09:36] - Maria explains how mindfulness blends with her academic studies involving neuroscience and biology. 
  • [16:17] - Our modern, fast-paced culture can be difficult for us.  Maria shares that we urgently need to be comfortable in our own skin.  
  • [19:12] - Leaving space between activities helps Maria overcome our fast-paced society.   
  • [22:47] - Maria explains what has led her down this path of mindfulness. 
  • [25:25] - It’s easier to be positive when things are going well.  Maria explains how to find gratitude when things are rough. 
  • [32:33] - Maria talks shares how to practice mindfulness when you have ADHD. 
  • [42:18] - Silence is something we desperately need! 
  • [44:40] - Maria says that she always thinks that she doesn’t deserve a break.  But that keeps her from experiencing the clarity of silence.  
  • [45:50] - I walk in the evening, and I’ve been trying to let my mind wander instead of taking in information.  
  • [47:33] - Maria explains why she sees everything as being sacred. 
  • [52:00] - Maria talks about an upcoming trip to Africa, and she explains that she has no plan for this trip.   
  • [55:30] - Our fast-paced society makes things more challenging for those of us with ADHD.  Maria talks about simplifying.   
  • [1:02:12] - Maria and I talk about the idea of “work less, live more.” 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th, and the group is now full.  If you’d like to secure an early spot and an early registration price for our winter session by RSVPing for our registration event on October 4th at 2pm Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 236_Honoring_Your_Nature_with_Maria_Luisa_Ruiz_Luna.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of August’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.   

This month, we have a few questions on careers.  We talk about exploring careers and finding the one that best suits us and our strengths and weaknesses, and we talk about being successful with a manager or in a workplace that is not necessarily ADHD-friendly.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to September’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:09] - Jennifer starts with a question about working for a manager or in an organizational structure that is not friendly to techniques people with ADHD use to thrive.  She also asks about disclosing ADHD.   
  • [18:13] - Nick asks about using rewards to manufacture a habit.   
  • [23:30] - Madeline admits to starting a lot of things, and finishing few of them because of “choice paralysis.”  She asks how to overcome this.  
  • [30:40] - Christian shares a dilemma with us.  He believes he is in the career field he wants to do, but now he’s not sure.  He’s having trouble with blending his passions with his abilities, which are impacted by ADHD.  This leads to a discussion on self-awareness and strengths.   
  • [44:45] - We answer another question about accomplishing career goals.  Brendan and I share our thoughts on satisfaction in careers. 
  • [49:05] - Sheila is worried about being overwhelmed and stressed with her daughter visiting.  She wonders how to get her emotions under control.  We share some ideas with her. 
  • [1:00:30] - Brendan shares how the heat and humidity have impacted his productivity.  
  • [1:03:10] - Brendan asks me how I transition from one minor task to another minor task.  I share my strategy with these situations. 
  • [1:04:45] - Brendan asks how I avoid being derailed by infrequent appointments. This leads to a discussion on cars. 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  If you’d like to try to snag one of the last two spots, RSVP for the last registration event. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 235_ADHD_August_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Today’s guest is Bob LeVitus.  Bob is the author of more than 80 technical books and has been a columnist for the Houston Chronicle since 1996.  He’s known about his ADHD for almost 20 years, and he says at this point, he considers it “kind of a blessing.”  Bob has a company called Working Smarter for Productions.

Bob is a Mac aficionado, and he’s going to help us understand how he uses different Mac products to improve his productivity, and hopefully help your productivity.  If you don’t have a Mac product, I would encourage you to still listen to this conversation.  Bob says that most of his information is applicable across other platforms.

In this conversation, Bob shares a ton of great tips for organization and time management. You will hear us discuss lots of apps and services. If you would like to take Bob’s course, you can get it 50% off!  The coupon code is ADHD reWired.

Connect with "Dr. Mac":

Website - http://WorkingSmarterForMacUsers.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:50] - Bob shares his ADHD story.
  • [09:46] - Being in a group for adults with ADHD was more beneficial for Bob than individual therapy.
  • [11:17] - Bob explains that he tried several strategies for organization and time management.
  • [12:40] - Bob describes the Pomodoro Technique.
  • [14:33] - Not a single one of David Allen’s suggestions worked for Bob.
  • [15:56] - Bob talks about time-blocking and keeping himself in the chair.
  • [17:16] - I talk about one of the oldest documented descriptions of ADHD.
  • [18:41] - We talk about predicting the amount of time a task should take you and comparing that to the amount of time it actually takes.
  • [20:17] - Bob talks about typing speed, and suggests TypingTest.com to test yourself and improve your typing speed.
  • [22:35] - Most thinner keyboards actually slow your typing speed down.  Bob talks about keyboards built in a manner that helps your typing.
  • [25:44] - We talk about using dictation and enhanced dictation.  Bob compares Dragon to the built-in dictation on Mac.
  • [28:40] - Bob shares how he uses voice with his iOS devices.
  • [33:53] - I share that I wish location reminders were able to be micro-location reminders.
  • [35:36] - When Bob was writing an article, he discovered weird things you can get Siri to answer.  This leads us to a rabbit hole and a beat-boxing Siri.
  • [39:56] - Bob talks about how you can create snippets or shortcuts on Mac and iOS.
  • [48:00] - Bob suggests not obsessively checking email. He shares ways to pry yourself away from the inbox.
  • [49:52] - Bob doesn’t pay for many services, but he pays for Sanebox.
  • [52:03] - Turn off your notifications!
  • [52:40] - Bob used to believe he was great at multitasking. He now realizes he CAN’T multitask.
  • [54:53] - We talk about the amount of time it takes to create or break a habit.
  • [56:16] - Bob talks about the Pomodoro Technique app he likes to use, Zonebox.
  • [56:55] - I talk about one of my favorite apps, NextMeeting.
  • [58:35] - I share how I use AutoSilent.
  • [1:00:06] - Focus At Will is a paid service that we have both used in the past.
  • [1:01:52] - I share that Bose headphones have helped my focus.
  • [1:03:07] - Bob talks about how he organizes the apps on his iPhone.
  • [1:05:03] - Bob attributes almost all of his weight loss to the Apple Watch.
  • [1:08:00] - I share a usage monitoring tool for the iPhone, which leads to a confession.

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 21st.  Registration ends this week! To learn more or RSVP for a registration event, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 234_Tech_Tools_with_Dr._Mac.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Katie Schonwit joins me on this episode.  Katie is a 30-year old Brooklyn, NY native who is a Senior Office Manager and an Executive Assistant, a gamer, and a nerd extraordinaire.  After her mother passed away when she was 18, she was forced to grow up and struggled for years until she was finally diagnosed with ADHD a year ago.  She is now on a path of self-discovery.   

In this conversation, you will hear Katie’s story.  Katie has experienced a lot in life, but you will hear that she has the perseverance to get past any barrier she encounters.  She talks about her childhood, the early and sudden death of her mother, an abusive relationship, and multiple miscarriages.   

Connect with Katie Schonwit: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KatieCuppyCakeMakeUp 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:47] - Katie describes her life pre-diagnosis.   
  • [09:53] - Katie shares her family situation growing up, including her mother’s sudden death.  Now, Katie can appreciate her even more. 
  • [13:55] - Katie talks about working retail and her work history.  She explains why she has stayed at her current job.   
  • [17:51] - Katie shares her experience in an abusive relationship.  
  • [21:03] - Katie talks about her relationship with her fiance.  
  • [22:44] - Katie was prompted to seek an evaluation because of a subway sign.  
  • [26:20] - Katie describes the grieving process around her evaluation.   
  • [28:06] - In the last year, Katie has gone on a path of self-discovery, and she explains her growth.   
  • [31:20] - Katie shares a message for anyone who is recently diagnosed.    
  • [35:55] - I talk about my past experience with Minecraft.  
  • [42:59] - Katie talks about some of the hardships she’s faced recently.  
  • [53:40] - Katie describes how it felt to “come clean” about what she has been going through with her accountability group.   
  • [56:11] - Katie talks about her action steps regarding pregnancy.  
  • [58:44] - Katie talks about her YouTube channel. 
  • [59:50] - There is a profound underrepresentation of women in gaming. 
  • [1:05:30] - Katie shares that she’d like to cover the miscarriage experiences on her YouTube channel.  
  • [1:09:36] - Katie dedicates to start working on her YouTube channel this weekend.   

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 233_We_Fall_So_We_Can_Rise_with_Katie_Schonwit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Today’s episode is the final installment of our special series of mastermind sessions we recorded with a small group of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group alumni.   

This episode is Tina’s turn in the hot seat.  When you listen, think about what questions you would have asked and what ideas you would have shared.  Then, share them with us in the comments section of this episode, or tweet at me @EricTivers

In this conversation, we are going to help Tina address some challenges she’s having in her business. If you struggle with emotional flooding, overwhelm, or decision-making, you will like this episode.  If you are an entrepreneur, I think you’ll love this episode.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:14] - Tina describes the issue she would like to mastermind in this conversation. 
  • [07:11] - Tina shares what her career is, and where these situations tend to arise.  
  • [10:54] - Tina identifies which situations trigger these emotional responses. 
  • [13:18] - Marisol asks Tina if she could have her lawyer involved in some of these conversations from the beginning. 
  • [14:58] - Natalie asks some detailed financial questions to put things into context.  
  • [18:56] - Erica asks if Tina could start conversations earlier to avoid some issues. 
  • [22:35] - Will asks if there is any sign that a client could cause problems, and if there’s a way to prepare for that.   
  • [25:19] - Tina shares some insight into the nature of her business.  She also explains that she has no qualms evicting people.  I talk about the importance of bending the world to us, and not spending time working in areas that are not our strengths. 
  • [26:54] - Natalie talks about using intuition and identifying problem clients.  
  • [29:24] - I ask a general question about real estate on renting vs. selling.  
  • [31:26] - Will brings up the fact that Tina has been considering moving.  
  • [34:29] - Erica comments that Tina is very professional and straight-forward, so when she’s faced with people who don’t operate in the same manner, it is upsetting. 
  • [35:55] - Will shares his techniques for handling specific situations.  I share the STOPP method. 
  • [43:39] - Marisol asks Tina about meditation or mindfulness practices. 
  • [47:22] - Will talks about anxiety, how it impacts him, and how he works through it. 
  • [50:38] - Tina dives a little deeper into her current position.  
  • [54:00] - I ask Tina, “What is the one thing you can do to make this easier?” 
  • [57:48] - Natalie goes over some organizational structure with Tina.  
  • [1:01:23] - Tina shares her takeaways from this conversation. 
  • [1:02:33] - We check in on progress from previous discussions. 

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 232_Mastermind_Tena_-_Overcoming_Emotional_Storms_in_Business.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of July’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.  In this conversation, you will hear us discuss perfectionism, procrastination, and many other topics.  You will even hear what prompted me to request a medication change.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to August’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:13] - Brendan launched his coaching group the day this was recorded.  Brendan talks about making structure and systems successful, which he covered with this group. 
  • [09:33] - I explain why I recently requested a medication change. 
  • [12:25] - Brendan puts on his coaching hat with me. 
  • [13:52] - Erica asks why perfectionism has such an effect on people with ADHD.  We share our personal thoughts and experiences on this topic. 
  • [22:12] - Sara weighs in from the chat and says, “Procrastination is my out from perfectionism.”  This can be a good strategy. 
  • [22:50] - Marisol asks how to stop the drive of perfectionism when you recognize it. 
  • [25:37] - Marisol has a follow-up question.  She says that at the moment, she acknowledges she’s overdoing it, but it’s hard to stop.  
  • [28:40] - Brendan talks about disconnecting physically, but struggling to disconnect mentally.  
  • [36:05] - Sara says that when her students use fidgets, it’s distracting for others.  Brendan explains that her students need to understand it’s a fidget, not a toy.  I also share my feelings on this topic. 
  • [41:35] - Gina asks the difference between rejection sensitive dysmorphia and regular rejection feeling bad.    
  • [45:59] - Carl joins the call.  His husband has done a lot of research about ADHD, but at times, he sees Carl’s ADHD as work.  He would like his husband to understand his struggles.   

Your Resources: 

Procrastination on Purpose: 5 Permissions on Multiply Your Time - Rory Vaden 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 231_July_Q_and_A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This week, we have another special episode for you.  This is the next installment in a series of mastermind sessions that I did with a few members of the coaching group alum. 

This episode is Natalie’s turn in the hot seat.  You may remember Natalie from Episode 223. When you listen, think about what questions you would have asked and what ideas you would have shared.  Then, share them with us in the comments section of this episode, or tweet at me @EricTivers

In this conversation, we talk with Natalie about her business.  The bulk of the conversation is on figuring out how she can narrow her focus and building her website. These are the two things that we determine will lead to immediate income.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [09:49] - Natalie lays the groundwork for this conversation.  She launched her business ten years ago, but feels overwhelmed and is looking for guidance.  
  • [11:08] - Natalie shares what she is doing with her business right now.  
  • [14:45] - Will asks Natalie about her business’ social media presence.  
  • [15:38] - Erica wonders how Natalie would like to divide and spend her time.  
  • [18:52] - Tina brings up the topic of blogging.  Natalie explains that she has a few written, but she has not published them yet. She also explains how she will produce the blog as a video. 
  • [21:26] - Marisol asks Natalie if she’s able to devote her entire work day to her business.  She talks about the distractions she faces during the day and explains how her medication helps with this.  
  • [23:15] - Erica talks about the paralyzation we can feel with the number of social media outlets.  She asks Natalie if she can focus on her specific platforms because that’s where her audience is.  
  • [28:50] - I ask Natalie which medium she could develop to make posting on social media easier or unnecessary.  This leads to a discussion on how she can show people that she’s good at what she does. 
  • [33:07] - Tina gives Natalie an idea for video, focusing on the emotional aspect of organization. 
  • [37:30] - Erica compliments Natalie’s “hot box” strategy for desks.   
  • [38:36] - Will suggests that Natalie raise her prices, without even knowing where her pricing is.  He explains the thought process behind this.  
  • [43:45] - I ask Natalie what the one thing is that she could finish that would make everything else easier or unnecessary.  
  • [45:23] - Because Natalie also speaks French, she would like to market to the French-speaking community. We talk about the practicality of doing this.  
  • [51:00] - Marisol asks if Natalie should break down information so that she can get it out more quickly in a manner that would be better suited for people with ADHD.  
  • [52:53] - Erica asks Natalie how she markets the ADHD component of her business. 
  • [58:18] - Marisol suggests partnering with someone to share ideas. 
  • [59:44] - Erica asks Natalie if she is connected with therapists and psychologists. 
  • [1:01:55] - Marisol brings up something she heard on The Jordan Harbinger Show on networking.  
  • [1:03:16] - Will reminds Natalie (and everyone) that you should network before you need it.  
  • [1:04:30] - Tina suggests writing hand-written notes.  
  • [1:05:05] - Erica reminds Natalie that therapists protect their clients, so she needs to show that she is trustworthy, and this could take some time. 
  • [1:07:04] - Natalie shares the commitments she would like to make, going forward.  This leads to a discussion on language and publishing the website in French. 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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Direct download: 230_Mastermind_Nathalie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Over the next few weeks, you’re going to hear a few very special episodes that are a part of a series of mastermind sessions that I did with a few members of the coaching group alum.   

On this episode, Erika is on the hot seat over travel challenges.  She explains the aspects of traveling that give her the most trouble.  Then, other members of the mastermind ask questions and share ideas and advice to help Erika overcome these situations. 

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:53] - Marisol starts things off by giving us a little update on our last mastermind conversation, which was in Episode 220.  
  • [12:03] - Erika lays the groundwork for this discussion on traveling.   
  • [15:48] - I share that over the years, I have become less interested in leaving the house.  I like being places, but I don’t like going places. 
  • [18:19] - Will asks for clarification on the source of Erika’s anxiety in these situations. 
  • [19:46] - Marisol asks how long these vacations or trips are.  
  • [21:53] - Natalie is a professional organizer with a lot of experience in this area.  She says she understands Marisol’s need to have things clean before she leaves, and provides a few tips. 
  • [27:09] - I speculate that Marisol is experiencing executive functioning anxiety, and share some other examples of this.  
  • [29:41] - Tina asks if routine would help alleviate pressure and anxiety. 
  • [31:50] - Will shares something he recently read in a Brene Brown book that is related to this conversation. 
  • [33:08] - I ask Marisol to consider the one thing she would like to accomplish on a short trip. 
  • [34:42] - Marisol points out the time restrictions on these shorter vacations.   
  • [38:22] - We discuss the issues around clothing and body issues and traveling. 
  • [44:27] - Will says that he doesn’t have as much time as he thinks he does during the day.  He has a trip coming up, and he talks about making a list of things to do when he returns.   
  • [47:05] - We talk about the idea that this anxiety is caused by a disturbance in routine. This leads to a discussion about negative talk and staying positive in this situation.  
  • [52:53] - Natalie revisits the discussion on clothing size and options.  
  • [59:37] - I talk about the five-second rule, which sometimes works for me.   
  • [1:01:54] - Natalie offers help as her accountability partner.   
  • [1:02:27] - Erika shares her action steps, moving forward.   

Your Resources: 

The 4-Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss 
Rising Strong - Brene Brown 
The Five Second Rule:  Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage - Mel Robbins 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 229_Mastermind_Erika_Travel_challenges.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm CDT

On this episode, I am joined by two guests in my studio.  These two people are in, what we are calling, a “mixed (almost) marriage,” where one of the partners has been diagnosed with ADHD.  Emily and Josh, a couple from Chicago, have been together for three years and sat behind my mics for this conversation.   

Josh has ADHD and Emily does not.  He was diagnosed with ADHD right before they met, so his journey has coincided with their relationship.  Josh works as a support engineer at a tech company and codes on the side for fun.  Emily works at a non-profit for middle and high school girls.   

In this conversation, you will hear Josh and Emily share the techniques and strategies they have discovered and created to have a successful mixed relationship.  The discussion includes their stories, their experiences, and their intentional efforts to overcome.

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:25] - Josh talks about his diagnosis.  He met Emily a few months later, and he recounts his first impressions and conversation. 
  • [09:00] - Emily and Josh talk about the step of moving in with each other.  Emily explains what it was like to move in with someone with ADHD.  
  • [12:12] - Emily shares a tip she learned on this podcast. 
  • [14:25] - We talk about self-awareness being part of executive functioning. 
  • [17:00] - Emily talks about the discoveries they have made.  
  • [20:16] - Emily shares that Josh is quick to look at the system, and look for a solution that involves technology. 
  • [23:50] - Josh shares two changes he’s made with technology that has helped them.  This leads to a discussion on setting alarms. 
  • [27:30] - Josh and Emily share what they have learned from each other.  Emily says that Josh has helped her leave open space on her calendar.  
  • [30:26] - Emily gives some advice to the neurotypical person in a mixed marriage.   
  • [33:32] - Emily talks about the idea of suggesting someone “try harder” or “focus more.” 
  • [40:53] - Emily and Josh explain how they have names for features of ADHD.   
  • [48:40] - Emily says if you are with someone who was diagnosed as an adult, they are probably beating themselves up for things that have happened over the years. 
  • [49:45] - Josh explains that Emily pauses and gives Josh time to come up with the words to convey what he is going through.  He provides an example. 
  • [56:23] - Emily explains “the true step one.” 
  • [59:37] - Josh shares what he finds challenging about Emily, as she is neurotypical.  He goes on to explain how people with ADHD have an advantage with systems in this time of technological intrusion. 
  • [1:05:50] - Emily describes some strategies that help her in this relationship. 

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  Registration dates and times will be announced later.  If you’d like an email to let you know when registration is opening, sign up at http://ADHDreWired.com  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 228_An_ADHD_and_Non_ADHD_Couple.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Joining me on the podcast this week is Jake Stauch.  Jake is the founder and CEO of NeuroPlus, a company that has developed a platform for helping ADHD children and adults with brain sensing technology.  Prior to NeuroPlus, Jake founded NeuroSpire, which used brain scans to test advertising effectiveness.  Jake previously worked at Duke Center for Cognitive Science. He’s been named to the Forbes 30 under 30. His works have been featured in Rolling Stone, Popular Science, and IEEE.   

Brain activity is different for individuals with ADHD and neurotypical individuals, and Jake and his company, NeuroPlus, are working in the world of games with neurofeedback.  In this conversation, you will hear Jake talk about the science, the questions, and the research they have seen in this area.   

Connect with Jake Stauch: 

Website - http://neuro.plus  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:22] - Jake explains how he got into this realm, and why he calls himself a skeptic. 
  • [07:37] - Jake says that what NeuroPlus is doing is geared towards both children and adults.  
  • [08:13] - Jake provides us with a summary of where the research is right now with neurofeedback. 
  • [14:17] - Jake explains some problems with the way neurofeedback is done.  
  • [16:25] - I read a piece of an article that I found in researching for this episode. Jake shares some thoughts on that information. 
  • [19:50] - I read another passage from an article that speaks to the effectiveness of neurofeedback.  Jake responds to some of these questions around neurofeedback. 
  • [23:30] - Jake talks about the risk for people looking to explore neurofeedback.  
  • [24:45] - I share that one of my concerns about neurofeedback is the claim of being “all natural.” 
  • [26:48] - Jake explains some of the mindset behind marketing neurofeedback.  
  • [28:13] - Jake describes some of the challenges with implementing the science and research with the delivery of the product.  
  • [34:39] - Jake talks about Calypso, which is one of the games I experienced.  
  • [37:44] - During the game, my mind wandered, but it said that I was focused.  Jake explains what was happening.  
  • [39:34] - We talk about the idea of seeing brain waves during the games.   
  • [41:55] - Jake explains that he started this company, and how they are not popular with other companies in the space.   
  • [44:00] - When asked about data, Jake says that because of privacy protocols, they actually do not currently store raw brainwave data.  
  • [45:18] - Jake is looking for participants and researchers.  
  • [46:25] - Jake says that he is excited by the question, “What else can we help people with this type of technology?” 
  • [47:35] - Jake talks about how the company would handle things if the product were discovered not to be effective.  
  • [48:37] - We talk about how this technology could be introduced into popular games. 
  • [50:16] - Jake talks about the future of his business. 

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  Registration dates and times will be announced later.  If you’d like an email to let you know when registration is opening, sign up at http://ADHDreWired.com  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 227_Neurofeedback_-_can_it_really_help.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of June’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to July’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:07] - Sandra joins the call to ask a few questions.  She wonders how to manage RSD.  
  • [19:50] - We answer the question, “What should every ADHD house have?”  We share some of the items we use regularly.  Brendan also talks about what to look for in a house. 
  • [27:21] - A listener asks how to declutter a room and manage storage.  
  • [33:35] - We discuss what an ADHD house should NOT have.  
  • [40:45] - David joins the call and asks about ADHD advocacy.   
  • [47:10] - A live viewer asks about strategies and routines for sticking to day-to-day schedules, and avoiding burnout.  
  • [58:58] - After talking about my graham cracker addiction, Max joins the call to talk about diet and nutrition. 

Your Resources: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  Registration dates and times will be announced later.  If you’d like an email to let you know when registration is opening, sign up at http://ADHDreWired.com  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 226_June_Q__A.mp3
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Natalie Walker joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Natalie is a multi-creative who has tackled some pretty big dreams and always has been determined never to allow her different brain to define or stifle what she has gone after in her life.  She’s a mom, a songwriter, a makeup artist, a chef, and probably a bunch of other things!   

Natalie is a creative artist, and I think you will enjoy this conversation with Natalie about her background, her ADHD diagnosis, and her music.  She talks about how her music career started, while she was away at college.  She shares how she gets herself in the right mindset to create art, and she also shares some advice for struggle creatives.   

Connect with Natalie Walker: 

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/natalie-walker/152140052 
Pandora - https://www.pandora.com/artist/natalie-walker/AR36jkjxvXfhK9J 
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/31Az4QOGpXowht4dz0ks7a 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [04:23] - Natalie recently discovered this podcast. We talk about how this conversation came to be.  
  • [05:55] - Natalie shares her ADHD story, starting in childhood. 
  • [14:07] - Natalie recounts her high school years when she continued to immerse herself in music.  
  • [19:10] - After high school, Natalie talks about attempting college, connecting with musicians, quitting college, moving to Philadelphia, and having a baby. 
  • [26:00] - Natalie shares where some of her music has been used.  
  • [28:03] - “Urban Angel” is her favorite album, and she talks about her songwriting style.  
  • [29:53] - On our break, we play one of Natalie’s songs, “Quicksand.” 
  • [34:24] - Natalie talks about her creative process when it comes to writing music.  
  • [39:43] - Natalie’s music has a dark/melancholy tone to it.  She explains how the music allows her to tell her story and bring out things she usually doesn’t verbalize. 
  • [42:28] - In order to get herself into the right mindset and place, she needs to separate herself from her regular life to write music. 
  • [44:25] - Because the amount of time she has for writing is limited, she feels that the pressure actually helps her write music.  
  • [51:08] - Natalie shares some words of wisdom for struggling creatives. 
  • [55:08] - Natalie says that while she hasn’t written songs about ADHD, there may be some indirect relationship between her music and ADHD. She could see herself writing about ADHD in the future. 

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Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 225_Finding_the_Magic_with_Natalie_Walker.mp3
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Jason Warren joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Jason is a writer, theatre director, and acting teacher based in London, UK.  This autumn, he will go to Bucharest to help build Romania’s first large-scale interactive production.  He trains actors in London, and his experience with ADHD and neurodiversity are a fundamental part of the skills he teaches.   

In this conversation, you will hear Jason talk about his career and how his recent ADHD diagnosis impacts it.  We cover many topics in the episode, including decision fatigue, routine, language, task management, and much more.   

Connect with Jason Warren: 

Twitter - @AxisCarthage 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [03:32] - Jason describes the school where he trains actors. 
  • [04:02] - Jason shares his background with acting and the theatre. 
  • [05:27] - “Creating Worlds” is Jason’s book, and he talks about the purpose of this book. 
  • [08:14] - Jason’s mother introduced him to the theatre at around five-years-old. He describes his journeys in acting and ADHD. 
  • [14:02] - Jason says that at around age 22 or 23, he benefited from support.  Now he gets to provide support to others. 
  • [17:22] - Jason was recently diagnosed with ADHD.  He also talks about his dyspraxia diagnosis.  
  • [20:50] - With his ADHD in mind, Jason shares how he navigates the tasks of his job. He shares how ADHD positively and negatively impacts his ability to do his job. 
  • [24:43] - Jason explains how he uses language to create actionable items. 
  • [30:56] - I share a concept I teach in my groups.  We need to assume we’re going to forget everything.  
  • [32:43] - Jason says that when he implemented changes with his organizational strategies, he lost flexibility.   
  • [41:32] - Jason talks about the areas he is working on to manage his ADHD. 
  • [48:36] - Jason says he handles the work/life struggle as a freelancer “with difficulty.” 
  • [53:17] - We discuss hyper-focus.   
  • [1:00:33] - Jason shares some of his thoughts on the idea of a growth mindset.   
  • [1:03:45] - If you are a freelancer or entrepreneur, Jason has a few words of wisdom for you. 

Your Resources: 

Creating Worlds: How to Make Immersive Theatre - Jason Warren

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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Direct download: 224_Creatives_Doing_Freelance_with_Jason_Warren.mp3
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Nathalie Pedicelli joins me on the podcast this week.  Nathalie is a professional organizer and an ADHD organizer coach-in-training.  She wants to live in a world where people with ADHD are recognized as geniuses, where asking questions and challenging the status quo is a good thing.  With over 25 years of organizing people, events, and places, she is a speaker on how organization helps people with ADHD live a less chaotic and more productive life.  

On this episode, Nathalie will share her knowledge and experience in the area of organization.  She shares her history of organizing, and in our conversation, we tackle many areas of life where organization can be a real struggle.  In this conversation, Nathalie gives us all practical tips to implement to become more organized.  

Connect with Nathalie Pedicelli: 

Website: http://organizethrivemonetize.com  
Email: nat@organizethrivemonetize.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [03:45] - Nathalie talks about an RV she converted to an office.  
  • [06:12] - Nathalie describes what a organizational coach is.  
  • [11:15] - Nathalie shares her history of organizing, and explains that this was a natural thing for her.  
  • [15:58] - Seeing creative potential in things can cause people to collect things.  Nathalie talks about her experience working with people that engage in this behavior. 
  • [20:38] - Nathalie explains how the fear of missing out contributes to hoarding. 
  • [26:21] - Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of can be a difficult task for many people. Nathalie explains how to view these situations.  
  • [29:10] - I have heard that it’s best to decide on whether or not to keep an item without touching it.  Nathalie is able to draw on her experience and talk about this idea. 
  • [35:44] - I ask Nathalie for some coaching advice for our kitchen counters.  She covers some organizational strategies. 
  • [48:00] - Nathalie describes the purpose of a sanity basket. 
  • [50:48] - Meal preparation can be a challenge for people with ADHD.  Nathalie shares some meal prep tips. 
  • [56:22] - For many people, the garage is a dumping ground.  Nathalie gives some rules for having an organized garage.  
  • [1:00:28] - Nathalie explains her statement, “When you’re sorting, there’s no deciding.” 
  • [1:01:47] - We have lots of wedding gifts we’ve never used.  Nathalie suggests selling or giving away these items. 
  • [1:04:19] - Nathalie suggests throwing an event to get an organizing project completed. 
  • [1:07:14] - Nathalie shares several organizational quick tips. 
  • [1:11:28] - Nathalie suggests a few books, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life and Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD.  

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Our summer sessions are now full, but if you would like to join the wait list for our summer season, schedule a call at http://coachingrewired.com. In our last three seasons, most of our wait list people were able to join!  Our fall season will begin September 24th.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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Direct download: 223_Organize_This_with_Nathalie_Pedicili.mp3
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This episode is the recording of May’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to May’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:30] - Marisol joins the call and asks a question about her daughter that involves hair-pulling.  We discuss some fidgets that may help. 
  • [16:45] - Krystal asks for advice on balancing work and school.   
  • [21:43] - Amber has “mountains of stuff” to sort and place.  She is looking for assistance with strategies.   
  • [31:16] - Amber needs to find an internship and asks about finding the courage to do it.  
  • [37:42] - Shawn was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and asks if the symptoms can get “worse” for adults.  I talk about the environment as a variable. 
  • [45:27] - Shawn asks a follow-up question about medication.  I suggest that he start a medication journal.   
  • [47:49] - Kent needs help getting focused when he sits at his desk to work.  I share my own experience.   
  • [56:40] - Our last question is about dealing distraction in high-stress or crises situations.  

Your Resources: 

Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our summer sessions are now full, but if you would like to join the wait list for our summer season, schedule a call at http://coachingrewired.com. In our last three seasons, most of our wait list people were able to join!  Our fall season will begin September 24th.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 222_May_Q__A.mp3
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Jackie Basham joins me on the podcast this week.  Jackie is a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She has a degree in public health, and scattered around her house are several certificates of graduation.  She is an artist and currently has art hanging in two galleries in Springfield, Missouri.  She is a substitute teacher and maintains her sanity by running, yoga, and nature.  Jackie has probably prepared about 8,000 meals in the past two decades. 

In this discussion, you will hear Jackie tell her ADHD story, and she shares some of her personal philosophies.  You’ll hear how Jackie developed these philosophies and strategies, and how she has (and sometimes hasn’t) been successful with them.   

Connect with Jackie Basham: 

Website:  http://YourADHDRoadmap.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [04:56] - Jackie explains what she means by “sh*t-storms and unicorns.” 
  • [07:27] - At age 49, Jackie realized she has ADHD. This was when she hit the wall of awful. 
  • [10:25] - Jackie shares a story that is a perfect example of her black and white thinking. 
  • [11:42] - Learn as much as you can about about ADHD and your own ADHD. 
  • [12:09] - Jackie says you should “own your own crap.” 
  • [14:35] - Jackie explains how she learned everything she could about ADHD, which included listening to a lot of podcasts.   
  • [15:35] - Jackie shares how she takes what she learns and puts it into practice.  
  • [19:10] - Jackie describes the things that have been vital for her healing. 
  • [20:43] - Criticism and a lack of affirmation in childhood contributed to Jackie’s story. 
  • [22:57] - We talk about letting go of comparison, and focusing on the right things. 
  • [27:00] - Jackie talks about the transition away from being a mom. 
  • [31:35] - Jackie experienced failure on a daily basis with getting her stuff together.  But now she’s rewriting that narrative. 
  • [34:42] - It’s all about progress, and Jackie shares how she’s struggled with certain aspects of ADHD coaching.  
  • [37:18] - Jackie says that scheduling software would help her and her clients with ADHD coaching. 
  • [39:04] - A lack of marketing and self-promoting is something that Jackie feels holds her back. 
  • [46:07] - We talk about making things more complicated than they need to be.  
  • [53:17] - An auto-scheduling tool is essential for people with ADHD who schedule appointments with clients. 
  • [54:28] - We come up with a list of things Jackie needs to do to get squared away with her coaching. 
  • [59:43] - Jackie shares how to go from the sh*t-storm to the the unicorn.  

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 221_Sh-tstorms_and_Unicorns_with_Jackie_Basham.mp3
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I think you’re going to love this week’s episode. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while.  On this episode, you will hear a mastermind session we recently did with my alumni admin team.  The idea of a mastermind was introduced by the book Think and Grow Rich.  The idea is that a group of people convene, and someone experiencing a challenge sits in the hot seat.  Instead of just trying to solve their problem on their own, the group becomes their mastermind.  

On this episode, you’re going to hear Marisol talk about her struggle with diet and exercise.  Marisol shares her history with weight loss and healthy eating and talks about where she is in this area of her life now.  Several participants ask clarifying questions, which help us explore other areas of this topic.  By the end of the conversation, Marisol has a clear vision of what she needs to do and how she’s going to do it.  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:31] - Marisol explains what her current struggle is.  She says that she’s experienced a weight issue for about half of her life.  She is looking for guidance on food choices and exercise.  
  • [09:04] - Marisol says she can stick with an exercise routine for a few weeks or a few months.   
  • [11:37] - Marisol explains herself as a obliger with a little bit of rebellion.  
  • [12:38] - When asked about her sleep, Marisol describes her sleep patterns. 
  • [13:22] - Evening snacking tends to be a trouble-spot for Marisol. 
  • [14:42] - Marisol shares what food tempts her the most, and when/why it tempts her. 
  • [17:03] - After struggling with moderation, Marisol realized this strategy does not work for her.  
  • [19:41] - Marisol explains why she wants to make these changes in her life. 
  • [22:17] - Since she already feels like she’s not home enough, the idea of going to the gym seems tough. 
  • [26:32] - Marisol describes her evening routine. 
  • [28:34] - After recently doing a taekwondo session with her daughter, she enjoyed it quite a bit.   
  • [33:53] - A participant encourages Marisol to consider a gym with childcare services. 
  • [35:13] - Tina references the book, Better Than Before, and she explains how we struggle with the back and forth. 
  • [37:52] - Marisol says that she has not discussed diet and body image with her children.  She explains why this is the case.  I share how I discuss this with my son. 
  • [39:57] - Natalie comments that Marisol has some factors working in her favor.   
  • [42:15] - Another participant talks about the book, It’s Not About the Broccoli.  
  • [45:48] - Erica shares the difficulty women have in the areas of body image.   
  • [48:01] - Without thinking about the outcome, Marisol shares some of her steps in the process.  
  • [52:00] - Marisol finishes this thought, “I am a person who…” 
  • [53:36] - I ask Marisol how she will remember this in the future.  
  • [58:05] - Marisol shares which commitments she wants to make in this area of her life. 
  • [1:01:12] - Marisol talks about the experience of being on the hot seat.  

Your Resources: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

We are doing two sessions of our coaching and accountability group this summer.  These groups will fill up quickly.  Registration interviews are today, Tuesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 31st. For more information, go to http://coachingrewired.com

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

 

Direct download: 220_Mastermind_Session_on_Diet_and_Exercise.mp3
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Gabriel Villarreal comes back on the podcast this week.  Gabriel is a resident in counseling and soon to be a licensed practicing counselor.  He owns a part-time practice in ADHD counseling in Roanoke Valley, where he helps children and adults manager and master their ADHD superpowers.  Additionally, he owns Lost Boys Strength and Conditioning and is the host of Informed Consent, a weekly podcast supporting incoming clinicians in the mental health field.  

On this episode, you will hear Gabriel, and I discuss diet and exercise.  While we like to stay rooted in science on this podcast, the science in these areas is emerging.  However, Gabriel shares information on where science is taking us on these topics, and he shares the knowledge he has gained from his experience.   

Connect with Gabriel Villarreal: 

Websites - http://RoanokeADHD.com  http://lostboyssnc.com 
Email - gabriel@lostboyssnc.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [09:25] - Gabriel shares where he currently is in his practice.  
  • [11:46] - Gabriel discusses his educational background, specifically in the area of exercise and diet.  
  • [14:17] - These are areas where there isn’t a lot of hard data.  This means the conventional wisdom is always changing.  Gabriel explains why this is the case. 
  • [18:36] - Gabriel defines BDNF.  
  • [20:05] - Gabriel shares the max heart rates for boys and girls. 
  • [21:22] - Gabriel talks about weightlifting.  
  • [23:35] - I describe my exercise routine, and Gabriel says there is no right or wrong routine.  
  • [31:33] - Gabriel talks about the app Zombies, Run, and encourages people to listen to music or audiobooks when they exercise.  
  • [35:45] - Gabriel says that the most significant thing parents reported to him, is that children go to bed better on days they work out.  
  • [36:31] - I share that I suffer from seasonal affective disorder.  Gabriel shares some thoughts on going through these regular events. 
  • [43:57] - Gabriel shares that he transitioned to the bulletproof diet a number of months ago.  He describes this diet and lifestyle change.  
  • [46:30] - I share the difference between focus and hyperfocus.  
  • [51:20] - We talk about the negative aspects of sugar. 
  • [55:59] - Gabriel explains why people with ADHD can struggle with diet and exercise. 
  • [59:56] - Gabriel says there are tremendous benefits to having a coach. 
  • [1:00:43] - Gabriel shares some current diet fads and describes them. 
  • [1:05:08] - Gabriel encourages you to read Mark Sisson’s books if you want to be healthy and you don’t want to look into the science. 
  • [1:05:37] - We talk about the importance of drinking water. 

Your Resources: 

Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: 

http://www.audibletrial.com/ADHDreWired 

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

We are doing two sessions of our coaching and accountability group this summer.  These groups will fill up quickly.  Registration is half over.  Registration interviews are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through the end of May. For more information, go to http://coachingrewired.com

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 219_Diet_and_Exercise_with_Gabriel_Villarreal.mp3
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The man, the myth, the legend, David Giwerc joins me on this episode of the podcast.  David is the president of the ADD Coach Academy.  He is a global leader in coach training and education.  ADD Coach Academy is the only comprehensive ADHD coach training program accredited by ICF and PAAC.  His internationally recognized coaching practice is dedicated to empowering ADHD entrepreneurs and executives.  David was recently inducted into the International CHADD Hall of Fame, and he received the coveted ADHD Coaches Organization Founders Award.   

In this conversation, you will hear David share some of his expertise in coaching.  He starts by explaining what coaching brings us as people with ADHD.  He also describes what the purpose of ADHD coaching is, and maybe more importantly, what coaching is NOT.  You’re also going to hear David describe one of his models, the “I Model.”   

Connect with David Giwerc: 

Website - ADDCA.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [08:01] - David describes ADHD coaching, and shares why this coaching is unique. 
  • [13:01] - “A really masterful coaching doesn’t need to know a single thing about the thing they’re coaching” is something that resounded with me.  
  • [15:13] - David and I share our thoughts on viewing ADHD as a gift. 
  • [21:40] - David explains it’s easier for him to transition from task to task.  He shares a technique he thinks may help me.  
  • [26:25] - David says that perfectionism paralyzes progress.  He also explains vision vs. revision and perfection vs. excellence.  
  • [29:56] - David talks about feeling emotionally right.   
  • [33:19] - I explain that our internal stories are like breathing.  However, we can be mindful and control our inner voice.  
  • [42:43] - David describes the “I model.”   
  • [57:09] - David talks about accountability and responsibility. 

Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: 

http://www.audibletrial.com/ADHDreWired 

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

We are doing two sessions of our coaching and accountability group this summer.  These groups will fill up quickly.  Registration is half over.  Registration interviews are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through the end of May. For more information, go to http://coachingrewired.com

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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This episode is the recording of April’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am, once again, joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan. In this discussion, you will hear us discuss several topics, including asking for workplace accommodations, breastfeeding mothers unable to take ADHD medication, imposter syndrome, children “outgrowing” ADHD, and much more.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to May’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:28] - Brendan shares that he recently went to a sensory sensitive comic book convention.   
  • [09:34] - Marisol asks a question about inattentive type ADHD being somewhat rare and those with inattentive type ADHD displaying outbursts when someone disrupts their routine. 
  • [15:27] - Brendan says that people with ADHD struggle with flexible thinking, yet we excel at inspired improvisation.   
  • [19:46] - David asks for suggestions on workplace accommodations. 
  • [28:08] - Kenya is struggling with letter her husband help her set up schedules and routines. 
  • [42:10] - TK asks for advice for a breastfeeding mom unable to take ADHD medication.  
  • [47:47] - A listener says their child’s pediatrician stated children could outgrow ADHD.  We discuss that this is true, and share some thoughts.  
  • [53:44] - A listener shares that her husband has ADHD, and she asks how she can help him with it being a positive experience.  
  • [1:00:48] - Sheila asks about artists who get stuck and don’t know how to move on. I share my own personal experience in this area. 

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Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

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Marcelle Clowes has always lived with ADHD and Complex-PTSD.  However, she wasn’t diagnosed until her early-30’s. Since then, she has experienced, treatment, healing, acceptance, setbacks, and self-awareness.  Marcelle has attended college many times, held many jobs, and has lived in more cities than she can count.  Her story illuminates the parallels between PTSD and ADHD, what it’s like living with both conditions and how the disorders can contribute to the cycle of family violence.  Marcelle dreams of a career as a freelance writer and a visual artist.  She works with a coalition for anti-violence and has done work around the death penalty.   

In this conversation, you will hear Marcelle share her personal experiences with ADHD and PTSD.  She shares details about her childhood, and she explains that she was the only adult in her house from the day she was born.  Marcelle also talks about raising her own children, and she claims that one of her biggest accomplishments is helping them navigate life.   

In the second half of the episode, we talk about trigger warnings.  Marcelle shares how these impact her, and what traditional and social media can do to better prepare people for these triggers.  She also talks about the difference between a trigger warning and being uncomfortable.  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:26] - Marcelle tells her ADHD background story.  She explains how the work program at her school helped her graduate and keep her life on track.   
  • [11:42] - Marcelle states that she manages crisis well, and her ADHD helps her in that area of life.  
  • [13:22] - Marcelle shares her what her home-life was like, growing up.  She says that she was the only adult in the house the day she was born.  We talk about “emotional incest,” which is when a parent uses a child to meet their emotional needs.  
  • [16:50] - Marcelle’s mother routinely told her she was the least likely of all of her friends to end up in therapy.  She believed she had “broken the cycle,” and this serves to show the dysfunction in the house.   
  • [19:44] - Marcelle talks about her life in her 20’s.  She was diagnosed with ADHD in the early 2000’s after her children were born.  PTSD was mentioned at that time, but she was not ready to acknowledge this.  
  • [23:50] - Marcelle talks about having twins, and being excited about having children.  She claims that one of her biggest accomplishments is helping them navigate life.  She talks about her and her children’s relationships with the father. 
  • [28:42] - After working with the survivors of violent crimes, Marcelle learned to embrace the terms “survivor” and “victim.” 
  • [29:47] - While doing trauma work for herself, she learned to identify and implement strategies.   
  • [34:05] - Marcelle explains the difference between self-care and numbing.  
  • [38:58] - Marcelle and I discuss trigger warners.  She shares some of her personal triggers and explains how trigger warnings are not always given the space to remove themselves from the situation or avoid them.   
  • [45:50] - Marcelle talks about the difference between being triggered and being uncomfortable. 
  • [47:22] - I share an experience where I used an expression with a friend on the podcast, and a listener brought it to my attention that I used some words I shouldn’t have.  
  • [1:00:24] - Marcelle says that humor is a big part of dealing with trauma.   
  • [1:07:14] - Marcelle shares a message for anyone who wonders if they have PTSD, or knows they do but haven’t done the work with it.   

Your Resources: 

Out of the Fog 

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 216_PTSD_and_ADHD_with_Marcelle_Clowes.mp3
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Lisa Alexoff is an experienced licensed clinical professional counselor with a demonstrated history in the mental health and healthcare fields.  She specializes in helping children, teens, adults, and families in dealing with ADHD, anxiety, and medical issues.  She enjoys collaborating with clients as they discover the next best steps on their journey to a healthier life.   

In this conversation, you will hear Lisa’s ADHD story.  Right now, the group of people being diagnosed with ADHD at the highest rate is women over 40.  This was when Lisa realized she has ADHD.  We talk about some of the developments in ADHD diagnosis in women.   

The bulk of this discussion revolves around motivation.  Lisa explains that ADHD is about energy management. If we can put our energy in the right place, we can be successful.  Lisa tells us that we are motivated because we are blissed, dissed, or pissed.  We each share some of our strategies for motivation, and some of these could be defined as Lisa’s “woo woo” strategies.   

Connect with Lisa Alexoff: 

Email - lisa@aspireccc.com 
Phone - 847-962-1639 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [08:21] - Lisa introduces herself, and describes her “former lives.” 
  • [10:36] - Lisa was in grad school in her early 40’s and realized that she has ADHD.   
  • [13:34] - Lisa explains that she doesn’t get the desired effect from stimulants.  This leads to a discussion on medication.   
  • [20:34] - I share my current medication cocktail. 
  • [22:23] - We talk about developments in ADHD diagnosis in women.   
  • [24:45] - Lisa explains how motivation works for people with ADHD.   
  • [25:28] - Lisa says that people with ADHD experience three forms of motivations.  They need to be blissed, dissed, or pissed.   
  • [27:10] - Lisa talks about being in a classroom during one of the first school shootings. 
  • [30:45] - Lisa shares that one of her clients said that he is most motivated when he is desperate.   
  • [32:25] - I share my new approach, “diversify joy by scheduling joy.”  I also talk about my struggles in March, and how my response has helped me. 
  • [36:16] - Lisa talks about paying for a personal trainer.  We consider what the motivational framework would be to stay on schedule with the trainer.  
  • [44:41] - We talk about finding motivation if you’re not blissed, dissed, or pissed. 
  • [47:55] - I explain that part of being successful when you have ADHD is being able to push through a task when you don’t feel like doing it.  
  • [51:00] - Lisa shares that we should focus on our top five priorities. 
  • [54:34] - I share that things can drop off your to-do list.   
  • [56:00] - We both share our distaste of paperwork, and talk about other work tasks we struggle with.  
  • [1:02:37] - Lisa talks about the things you can do when you’re in a self-destructive mode.  
  • [1:05:50] - Lisa shares the “woo woo” things she does.  

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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Direct download: 215_4_Motivators_with_Lisa_Alexoff.mp3
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Randy Kulman joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Randy is the founder and president of an educational technology company, LearningWorks for Kids.  They specialize in using video games to teach executive functioning and academic skills.  For the past 25 years, Dr. Kulman has also been the clinical director and president of South County Child and Family Consultants, a private practice that specializes in assessments and interventions for children with learning disorders and attention difficulties.  He has authored numerous essays and book chapters on the use of technology in improving executive functioning skills.   

In this episode, you will hear Randy talk about translating game-based learning into the real world.  He describes how “Detect-Reflect-Connect” helps individuals connect skills developed in games to the real world.  He also talks about the career fields individuals with ADHD and processing speed deficits are drawn to and explains that parents can help nurture positive self-esteem in their children by nudging them into certain activities.  

Connect with Randy Kulman 

Website - LearningWorksforKids.com 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LearningWorksForKids/ 
Twitter - @LW4K 
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/lw4k/ 
Email - Randy@LearningWorksForKids.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:15] - Randy talks about some of his current projects.   
  • [07:24] - I talk about my own addiction to Minecraft, and Randy talks about why it’s difficult to stop playing these games.   
  • [10:42] - Randy describes the concept of “play diet.”  He also defines “play” as an optional, voluntary activity that you choose to do.   
  • [14:30] - Randy explains how we can use games and apps to learn.  He says that games provide the opportunity to develop skills.   
  • [18:11] - Randy says that “Detect-Reflect-Connect” helps individuals connect skills developed in games to the real world.  
  • [19:22] - According to Randy, apps are supports to executive skills.   
  • [22:51] - Randy talks about the time it takes to practice a new behavior, and he talks about the effect of exercise on the brain. 
  • [24:40] - Randy emphasizes the importance of maintenance.   
  • [29:25] - Randy talks about how virtual reality is being used for assessing ADHD.  
  • [36:48] - Randy defines “processing speed” and talks about why it has become an interesting issue over the last 15-20 years.  
  • [40:08] - We talk about individuals with ADHD who are gifted, yet struggle with processing speed. 
  • [45:08] - Randy shares how he dictates his notes into his phone. 
  • [47:25] - Randy talks about a study that found that slow reaction time associated with slow processing speed was associated with depression 20-years later.   
  • [48:55] - Randy lists some careers that have higher rates of people with slower processing speed.  
  • [52:50] - Randy explains that he tells parents of children with ADHD that their biggest job in life is to nudge them into activities and interests where ADHD doesn’t really matter.  
  • [56:00] - Randy describes how he manages his life with technology.   

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 214_-_Screentime_tech_tools_and_processing_speed_with_Randy_Kulman.mp3
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This episode is the recording of March’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am, once again, joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.  

 If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to April’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  In this episode, you will hear Brenden and I answer several listener questions on medication, managing emotions at the end of the day, procrastination, cell phone notifications, and much more.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:05] - A listener asks if we have learned a new skill lately.  I share the importance of hydration and my recent bout of seasonal affective disorder.  Brendan talks about his learning experiences with podcasting.  
  • [11:16] - Another listener asks about guanfacine, a non-stimulant form of ADHD medication.  I share that it tends to work with a stimulant medication.   
  • [13:33] - Elise asks about activities with strict structure.  Brendan explains why he shys away from these types of activities.  I address the individuality of strategies. 
  • [17:40] - Jessica asks about managing emotions later in the day when multiple family members have ADHD.  We share some of our experiences and Brenden provides us with some strategies.  
  • [23:35] - David asks about managing evening routines when medication has worn off.  Brenden and I share some thoughts on this situation.  
  • [32:58] - Rob asks about forming in-person support groups with other adults with ADHD in their lives.  I share some resources to help make this happen.  
  • [37:05] - We discuss Elise’s follow-up question about bad habits.  
  • [40:00] - A listener asks us to discuss procrastination. I suggest the I Procrastinate Podcast.  
  • [45:45] - A listener struggles with being assertive and asks for some techniques.  
  • [48:08] - We field the question, “Does turning off notifications apply to calendar notifications?” I explain my answer, “It depends.”  
  • [52:40] - A listener asks for resources on the neural anatomy involved with their ADHD.  We share several ADHD resources. 
  • [55:37] - A listener asks about people with ADHD finding themselves in difficult financial situations.  
  • [1:01:45] - We end the episode with the question, “Does Harry Potter have ADHD?” 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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Direct download: 213_March_2018_Q__A.mp3
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Joining me on this episode are Jessica McCabe and Edward Newton.  Jessica is the creator of the extremely popular and successful How To ADHD YouTube Channel.  She recently did a Ted Talk that has over 10 million views!  Edward has a background in television production and has played a large role in the success of How To ADHD.   

On this episode, you will hear Jessica and Edward talk about how How To ADHD has grown since they were last on the podcast.  They also share the backstory behind her Ted Talk, including how the talk was put together and executed.  Jessica has also organized a grassroots campaign in response to the Netflix documentary, “Take Your Pills.”  We discuss why this film isn’t accurate and does a disservice to those who would benefit from ADHD medication. 

Connect with Jessica McCabe and Edward Newton 

How To ADHD Website 
How To ADHD YouTube Channel 
How To ADHD Patreon 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:07] - Jessica talks about being asked to do a Ted Talk.  
  • [07:32] - Jessica started How To ADHD about a year into their relationship.  Edward stepped in to share his expertise with video production.   
  • [09:30] - Jessica shares how Edward helped craft the ending of her Ted Talk.  
  • [11:10] - Edward tells his version of the Ted Talk story.  They admit to writing the second half of the talk on the plane.   
  • [16:55] - Jessica explains how time restrictions impacted her talk.   
  • [17:59] - Jessica describes what it was like to see a million views a day on her video. 
  • [20:58] - Since the last time she came on the podcast, Jessica and Edward have been able to go full-time with How To ADHD.  
  • [25:18] - We discuss some ADHD cooking tips.  
  • [28:00] - With around 100 videos completed, Jessica shares how their videos are evolving. 
  • [35:37] - Jessica and Edward talk about his ADHD characteristics and diagnosis.   
  • [38:53] - We talk about the Netflix documentary on the abuse of ADHD medication, Take Your Pills.   
  • [41:46] - Jessica explains that this production is painting everyone with a broad brush and did not draw a distinction between people diagnosed and appropriately prescribed medication and those who may have been abusing it.  
  • [45:29] - Jessica and Edward talk about how this film misrepresented ADHD meds and compared it to meth.   
  • [47:25] - Jessica talks about her response to this film, including the hashtag #ITakeMyPills. 
  • [49:40] - We talk about the idea that medication should be a last resort, and how this is not what the research says. We also discuss how safe these medications are. 
  • [54:43] - I share that my brain is like a clock and how it operates differently with and without medications.  Jessica shares the positive effects of her starting medication. 
  • [56:35] - Jessica describes her grassroots campaign to change public perception of ADHD medication.  
  • [1:00:17] - Jessica shares how you can tell your own story about meds helping you. 
  • [1:05:28] - I share that this is the 4-year anniversary with ADHD reWired. 
  • [1:08:18] - Jessica shares how much time they invest in each video.  

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Registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over.  If you would like to join the waiting list for our spring season, schedule a call with me at http://CoachingReWired.com.  The spring session begins April 9th.  Our summer session begins July 9th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

 

Direct download: 212_I_Take_My_Pills_Because_with_Jessica_McCabe_and_Edward_Newton.mp3
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James Ochoa returns to the podcast this week.  James is a licensed professional counselor, author of Focus Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD.  He is the founder and director of The Life Empowerment Center in Austin, Texas.  James offers action-focused counseling and executive coaching to help his clients discover ways to empower themselves in areas of their lives.  His passion is treating the emotional distress of ADHD, so clients can begin to build internal worlds in their imagine to manage their attention challenges.  For the past 27 years, his passion has been to transform how society understands and treats the diagnosis of ADHD.  By standing in the fire with his clients, he has helped them find ways to live powerfully in the midst of their storms while managing his own ADHD.   

Jules Ochoa is 22-years-old, and currently pursuing a masters degree in psychology with the intention of working with mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dissociative identity disorder.  He is self-taught in the world of podcasting and audio engineering.  He produces and co-writes the new podcast series, The Complex.  

On this episode, you will hear the second episode of James’ and Jules’ podcast, The Complex.  We play “Ok, stop” and interrupt the episode to talk share some thoughts on what is happening in that particular episode.   

Connect with James and Jules Ochoa 

The Complex Podcast 
JamesOchoa.com  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:05] - Jules describes the podcast he has been working on with James, The Complex.   
  • [08:10] - Jules talks about working on a creative project with his father.  
  • [11:41] - We play “OK Stop” with on of Episode #2 of The Complex.  
  • [15:58] - I share that this particular story rings true with my life experience. James explains why this story feels real.   
  • [18:07] - When I first listened to this, it struck some shame triggers.  James talks about the balance they try to strike with this podcast.  Jules says that one aim of the podcast is to help people that don’t have ADHD relate to people in their lives that do have ADHD.   
  • [24:18] - Jules explains why they made some creative decisions with one of the characters.   
  • [26:30] - Jules shares how the audio demonstrates that someone with ADHD can jump tasks and orientations.  He says that this is one of the most confusing aspects of ADHD for other people.  
  • [36:53] - We pick back up with the episode after our break.   
  • [37:22] - I share that I really liked the description a character used in the episode.  
  • [41:10] - I talk about a meditation practice, “Welcome to the Party.” 
  • [46:16] - Jules explains why the story may take a route to help address another area of ADHD.  James lists the different types of issues and areas of disruption covered in the podcast.  
  • [51:10] - James shares one of the things that was difficult with the creation and writing process of the podcast.  
  • [52:51] - Jules talks about playing the role of the son of James, an ADHD expert.  James shares his feelings on that topic, too.  
  • [1:02:10] - James talks about how podcasts and community can turn the tide of understanding and living with ADHD. 

 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over.  If you would like to join the waiting list for our spring season, schedule a call with me at http://CoachingReWired.com.  The spring session begins April 9th.  Our summer session begins July 9th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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Direct download: 211_The_Complex_-_James_and_Jules_Ochoa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of February’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am, once again, joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.   

In this conversation, you will hear several listener questions.  This month, a lot of these conversations involved medication.  We also talk about employment and recovering from a loss of employment.  These Live Q&A’s are a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered.  The sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

You’ll Learn: 

  • [02:19] - Brendan shares how things are going with his podcast,  ADHD Essentials
  • [04:16] - Jane asks what Patreon is.  This gives me an opportunity to talk about the unique opportunity you have to support this podcast. 
  • [06:41] - Sue was recently let go at her job.  She tells some of her story and asks for advice on employment and recovering from this disappointment. 
  • [21:20] - Samantha asks about focusing on ADHD and coaching instead of general psychotherapy.  
  • [32:22] - A listener asks for tips on keeping up with laundry.  Brendan and I share a few ideas to help with this “im-bore-tant” task.  
  • [41:32] - Chris asks about medication for adults with ADHD.  We talk about how we have a responsibility as consumers to take valuable information on medication to our medical professionals.   
  • [44:23] - While we’re on the topic of medication, I mention a thread from our Facebook community.  Robin asked what the optimal dose of medication should feel like. I share that when I found the right dosage, I felt “normal.”  I read a few responses from the thread. 
  • [50:14] - Katie joins us live to ask for suggestions for remembering tasks and keeping the same drive at work that she has at home. This leads to a discussion on medication and some routines Katie could implement.  
  • [58:53] - Sheila asks about higher correlation within “The Four A’s.”   
  • [1:00:34] - David shares that he was about to be fired and he realized it was because of his ADHD.  We talk about the coaching he received, and the struggles he’s continued to experience. 

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Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 210_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

If you’re expecting to hear last month’s live Q&A, I’ve changed the plan.  I really want to share a conversation with Marisol Salizar.  Marisol is one of the members of our Coaching and Accountability Group, and I think when it comes to finding what really matters in life, and creating healthy boundaries between work, family, and play, the progress that she has made can be inspirational for all of us who really struggle with this balance, especially when we are fortunate enough to love the work that we do.   

Marisol is a wife, a mom, and a biology professor.  She made it through her whole academic career not knowing she had ADHD.  Like many undiagnosed women, she hit 40 with a full-time career, a husband, two kids (one recently diagnosed with ADHD), a house, a geriatric cat, and several dead plants.  She just couldn’t juggle it anymore.  Luckily, her daughter’s psychiatrist advised her not to quit her job before coming in for an evaluation.   

In this conversation, you will hear Marisol share her successes, her struggles, and her story.  Marisol talks about her diagnosis, “parenting herself,” and some of the strategies she has implemented.  Marisol explains why she decided to join the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group, and what she has gained from participating.

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:19] - Marisol tells her ADHD story.  She talks about being overwhelmed and the feeling of failure, and the impact that was having on her career.  
  • [09:33] - Marisol expected her evaluation results to show one thing, but she explains why the results surprised her.   
  • [10:22] - After starting her prescription, Marisol experienced an “astounding” semester.   
  • [11:18] - Marisol talks about introducing strategies to work hand-in-hand with her medication.  She shares what drew her to the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 
  • [13:30] - Marisol explains that parenting her daughter she was parenting herself.   
  • [15:56] - Marisol describes her husband’s reaction to the news that she has been diagnosed with ADHD, and wanted to join the Coaching and Accountability Group. 
  • [19:30] - Marisol talks about her interview with me to join the group. 
  • [21:20] - There is power in a group and the power of “me too.”  Marisol describes this feeling.  
  • [22:47] - Marisol explains what she hoped to get out of the group. 
  • [26:29] - Balancing work and home life was something that Marisol identified as a major issue. 
  • [29:30] - Marisol describes her time-blocking strategies, and how they’ve changed. 
  • [33:33] - Marisol talks about battling with perfectionism.   
  • [39:23] - Marisol talks about the mind map she created.  She explains how she aims to keep work at work, and home at home.  
  • [48:45] - Marisol talks about the layers of her personal life goal cake.  
  • [54:28] - Marisol says that one her takeaways from the group was “friendship.” 
  • [1:00:13] - Marisol talks about the difference in her planning since she’s joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 
  • [1:06:27] - Marisol has a message for those of you considering joining the Coaching and Accountability Group.  

Your Resources: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 209_Work_Life_Balance_with_Marisol_Salizar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am CDT

Jamie Popernack is a recovering achievement addict living a fiercely simple life with her husband and daughter.  Jamie is a public health educator who works at a crisis program.  She has a lot of love for the ADHD tribe.   

In this conversation, you will hear Jamie explain the idea of achievement addictions.  She shares how she fell into that trap.  She was hustling for her self-worth and doing things because she had to and it looked good.  Her motivation was no longer to help people, but to make herself feel good.  One of the ways Jamie combats this achievement addiction is living what she calls a “fiercely simple life.”  Jamie also tells about her career, working suicide prevention.  She shares some insight into this year.  She says, “You can’t prevent suicide without talking about it.”   

Connect with Jamie Popernack 

Website - JamiePopernack.com  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:44] - Jamie explains that she is coming on the podcast because of a dare.  
  • [07:42] - Although she wasn’t a perfectionist, Jamie feels that she is a recovering achievement addict.  She shares what this means to her. 
  • [09:42] - Jamie shares her ADHD story.   
  • [11:50] - Jamie says that her achievement addiction started in college.  
  • [12:55] - Jamie shares some of her “epically messy” weaknesses and a forgetfulness story from college.  
  • [14:56] - Being hospitable and community drives her to want to improve.  
  • [17:05] - Jamie talks about some of the labels that have been attached to her over the years. 
  • [19:33] - Jamie explains the concept of living a “fiercely simple” life.  
  • [24:55] - Jamie describes how she approaches her day.  It starts with meditation and prayer.  She shares how she deals with time.  
  • [26:22] - Jamie shares her experience of working in a restaurant.  
  • [28:55] - Jamie talks about the support she receives from her husband.  
  • [31:17] - Jamie takes us back to the roots of her achievement addiction.   
  • [40:08] - After college, Jamie ended up working in the disability community.  She shares her goals of learning how to love and learning how to be still.  
  • [47:30] - Jamie describes her current job, working in suicide prevention.   
  • [52:28] - Jamie explains that you need self-love to be able to help people.  
  • [52:22] - Jamie encourages individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-2255. 
  • [54:18] - Jamie suggests if you are concerned about someone’s well being, you should ask directly about suicide.   
  • [56:28] - There are red flags with suicide and Jamie says she doesn’t understand the statement, “that’s just a cry for help.” 
  • [57:10] - Jamie explains why sometimes her ADHD works to her advantage in her work.  
  • [59:45] - Jamie claims she would rather give birth than do paperwork.  This leads to a discussion on what she learned about ADHD from childbirth.  
  • [1:04:48] - Jamie experienced conscious surrender, and that led to stillness.  She talks about letting go in labor and carrying that with her in life.  
  • [1:09:53] - In this conversation, Jamie said that she’d like to start a blog.  I put my coaching hat on and push her on this a little.  

Your Resources: 

Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess - Rachel Hoffman 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 208_A_recovering_achievement_addict_finds_stillness_Jamie_Popernack.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Kwame Dougan is an attorney by training, an investor by experience, and an advisor by design.  He earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia University and a Master of Science from London School of Economics, attending as a rotary ambassadorial scholar.  Previously, Kwame practiced commercial litigation with a global law firm.  His journey overcoming poverty and an undiagnosed learning disability has been documented in various publications and is the subject of a Ted Talk.  In 2015, Kwame was honored as a trailblazer by the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.   

In this conversation, you will hear Kwame describe his background as a refugee from Ghana who grew up in Canada.  He talks about his unique experiences as a black man in China.  Kwame went through a lot of personal growth in China, and he explains why he felt successful in his time there.  Kwame was diagnosed in 2006, and until that point, he had been thriving in chaos and learning in a state of drowsiness.  Kwame is intentional and thoughtful and I think you’ll enjoy this conversation.   

Connect with Kwame Dougan 

kwame.dougan@scotchpalm.com 
Kwame Dougan on LinkedIn 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [08:35] - Born in Ghana, Kwame grew up in Canada.  He shares his childhood story and explains how technology led to him not being diagnosed.   
  • [11:50] - Kwame talks about his education history and the testing that identified some of his strengths, weaknesses, and diagnoses.  
  • [17:20] - Kwame shares that he has also been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He shared how he learned to learn in a state of drowsiness.  
  • [21:33] - Kwame survived a fire in China, and he shares this story of this situation.  
  • [27:25] - Kwame talks about being black in China. 
  • [34:06] - Kwame explains why he felt successful during his time in China.   
  • [41:11] - We talk about attention, focusing, and leaving a trail of crumbs.  
  • [45:00] - Kwame talks about how ADHD helps him encourage creativity with his daughter.  
  • [46:45] - Algorithms to Live By is something that made sense to Kwame. He explains why.   
  • [49:43] - Kwame talks about his intuition when it comes to a specific task that needs to be accomplished.  
  • [53:20] - We talk about the concept of satisficers and maximizers.  
  • [55:13] - Kwame shares that he was a successful nightclub promoter when he was in school.   
  • [57:24] - Kwame says that the death rate is 100%, so we know what’s going to happen.  He talks about leaving a legacy by having a logical approach.   
  • [1:01:03] - Kwame talks about being black with ADHD and creating your own path.  

Your Resources: 

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, don’t worry.  They recorded all 33 sessions in audio and video, and they are available for purchase. Go to http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza for more information. 

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 207_Creating_your_own_path_Kwame_Dougan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Logan Nelson joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Logan is the creator of Scratch Your Own Itch Podcast, where he inspires and motivates listeners to scratch your own itch so that you can grow personally and professionally.  He is a performance enhancement expert and published author on thrive global.  Logan graduated with a BFA in Acting from NIU, and is now sharing his story and his “why.”   

In this conversation, you will hear Logan explain his why.  Logan opens up about body dysmorphia, the fear of failure, and a suicide attempt.  After that suicide attempt. Logan spent seven days in isolation, and those experiences have led Logan to the work that he’s doing now.   

Connect with Logan Nelson: 

Website - LoganTylerNelson.com 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/logan.nelson3 
Scratch Your Own Itch Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:35] - Logan explains his “why.”  After 8 ½ years, he was not sure he still wanted to be an actor.   
  • [09:33] - After a breakup, Logan didn’t want to see his own face, and he explains why he felt that way. 
  • [10:24] - Logan describes body dysmorphia.  
  • [11:30] - Logan shares his struggle with the fear of failure.   
  • [12:32] - Logan believes that it’s good to joke about suffering.  
  • [13:47] - Logan shares that he made the decision to jump off the top of a five-floor parking garage.  This has led Logan to the work he’s now doing. 
  • [17:13] - Disproving a thought right away can help people with anxiety.   
  • [19:45] - According to Logan, our stories make up the person that you are.   
  • [21:54] - Logan says that scratching your own itch is about being creative, compassionate, curious, and making people feel less alone. 
  • [24:18] - Logan asks me to give an example of a time I experienced trauma and turned it into a positive.   
  • [32:23] - Logan wonders if the people who have things easy are asking themselves the quality questions that lead to a quality life.  
  • [33:47] - Sam Harris is someone Logan believes people should listen to.  This leads to a discussion on truth and integrity. 
  • [37:42] - Logan says that he reflects on times when he is the happiest.  However, he realized these were times when there was gossip.  
  • [45:00] - Logan explains how he challenges his inner-dialogue and preconceived ideologies about himself.  
  • [49:29] - Logan shares why he feels embarrassed 
  • [51:27] - After his suicide attempt, Logan did seven days of isolation.   
  • [56:31] - Logan talks about gratitude.   
  • [1:00:34] - I read a passage of Brene Brown’s Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted

Your Resources: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Early registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over. To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.  Registration is open through March 15th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, don’t worry.  They recorded all 33 sessions in audio and video, and they are available for purchase. Go to http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza for more information. 

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

Direct download: 206_-_Scratch_Your_Itch_Logan_Nelson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of January’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.   

We cover several different topics on this episode, including questions on prioritization systems, money management, “The Wall of Awful,” and much more.  Because of Brendan’s area of expertise, we also answer a handful of questions on parenting with ADHD and parenting children with ADHD.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:15] - ADHD Essentials is now available in all of the places you find podcasts.  This podcast is aimed at families that are affected by ADHD.  
  • [09:40] - Sara asks about determining the difference between an engaging interest and a lasting passion. 
  • [14:50] - Tre asks about prioritization systems. I talk about the idea of block scheduling.  
  • [19:39] - We answer a question about the inability to keep going.  Brandon talks about the energy we feel when we start tasks, and then we hit “the wall of awful.” 
  • [23:55] - We discuss a question from someone who wants to know what to do if their spouse is not on board.  
  • [28:07] - Sharon and her son are newly diagnosed.  She asks for parenting advice for staying on-point.  Brendan shares some of his expertise in this area. 
  • [35:53] - Brendan and I do an exercise that demonstrates why multitasking kills productivity.   
  • [39:38] - Terry asks for tips on getting to bed on time after meds wear off.  Brendan talks about the importance of not looking at a computer screen after 6pm. He shares several other tips on lighting, food, and hygiene. 
  • [47:32] - David comes on live to share that he has had trouble finding a medication that works properly.  We talk about how diet can help manage ADHD symptoms, and I share a few words of caution. 
  • [52:34] - A listener asks for advice on ways to focus 1-on-1 attention with children when there are a lot of other things going through your head.  Both Brendan and I can relate to this topic. 
  • [59:45] - A student asks about functioning without Adderall.  I share that I would not be where I am without medication.  
  • [1:00:20] - Brendan vows to do a webinar on The Wall of Awful. 
  • [1:01:17] - A listener asks how to know if symptoms of anxiety stem from ADHD.   
  • [1:02:31] - We discuss how “sometimes the ADHD wins” and the idea of forgetting about consistency and focusing on resiliency.  
  • [1:03:52] - A listener asks about an ADHD-friendly money management app. I suggest this person hire it out. 
  • [1:04:47] - Multitasking comes back up, and Brendan encourages you to single-task.  
  • [1:05:42] - Brendan explains that there’s no dopamine in our brains for doing the dishes.  

Your Resources: 

Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Early registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over. To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.  Registration is open through March 15th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, don’t worry.  They recorded all 33 sessions in audio and video, and they are available for purchase. Go to http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza for more information. 

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here

 

Direct download: 205_Live_QA_Jan_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

On this episode, Matt Beardsley joins me in my office.  First off, thanks to Matt for giving me the motivation to clean my office!  Matt is a husband, father, and friend.  In his professional life, he works in technology as a site reliability engineer.  Since his diagnosis in April of 2017, Matt has been able to go on a deeper journey of self-discovery, finding along the way, himself and the community he cherishes.   

In this conversation, you will hear Matt’s story.  He talks about his academics and emotions as a youth.  He explains his love for math and why he sees math as a place for creativity.  When Matt was evaluated for ADHD, he was nervous that he would not be diagnosed because, in his research, it seemed to answer so many questions.  You will also hear Matt describe some of the tools he uses to be efficient.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [04:28] - Matt shares information on his background, which includes being labeled “sensitive” and being moved back and forth from advanced and standard classes.  
  • [12:32] - Matt explains why he found it easier to pay attention in math classes and he says that math has space for a lot of creativity. 
  • [14:38] - Matt talks about how numbers are abstract. An example is the fact that zero was not a number until a certain point. 
  • [16:45] - Matt looks back on the anxiety he would feel with tasks and the introduction of the “what if” monster. 
  • [21:42] - Matt says that, for him, numbers have shapes and feelings.  He explains why certain numbers are comfortable and uncomfortable.  
  • [25:30] - Matt explains agile methodology and “cracking the code of you.” 
  • [32:16] - Matt points out that we overestimate our ability to remember. 
  • [33:17] - Matt talks about doing a budget.  
  • [35:22] - Matt explains that 10% of your effort gets you to 90% of your goal.  The remaining 90% of your effort goes to the last 10% of your goal.  
  • [37:37] - Matt talks about his routines and some of the adaptations he uses to be efficient.  
  • [45:03] - Matt says his commute is the best three hours per day and he shares how he utilizes that time. 
  • [50:56] - Matt tells the story of his diagnosis. 
  • [1:00:07] - Matt talks about the support and love he receives from his family and the ADHD community. 
  • [1:04:25] - Imposter Syndrome is something Matt has encountered.  We talk about reframing the situation by saying “Welcome to the party.” 
  • [1:14:00] - Matt shares what a real apology sounds like.  
  • [1:16:49] - Matt talks about “emotional flood” and the loss of control that comes as a result. 
  • [1:20:00] - Matt explains that Delivered from Distraction made a lot of sense to him and his wife. 
  • [1:22:59] - Matt listened to the first episode of this podcast and my sharing that I felt “normal” after starting medication.  He had the realization he had never felt normal.  
  • [1:26:00] - Matt describes his first day on medication. 
  • [1:38:44] - Matt says that if you want to be good, you have to be the best that you can be. 

Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: 

http://www.audibletrial.com/ADHDreWired 

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Early registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now open. To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.  Early registration pricing is limited to the first 18 people.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza 

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Direct download: 204_Matt_Beardsley_Cracking_the_Code_of_You.mp3
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No guest in the history of ADHD reWired has appeared as many times as Tom Nardone, and he joins me again on this episode.  If you’re new to the podcast, Tom and I have been friends since the start of this show.  He is the host of The Tom Nardone Show.  Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer in September of 2017.

In this episode, you’ll hear a lot of laughter and emotion from Tom.  Tom is always an open book, and this visit to the podcast is no exception.  Most of this conversation is Tom sharing the emotions that he is experiencing at this stage of his brain cancer recovery.  He is incredibly transparent and I think we all have a lot to learn from Tom, and how he handles this situation.

Connect with Tom Nardone:

Website - The Tom Nardone Show

You’ll Learn:

  • [09:21] - Tom came on the podcast about a week after brain surgery.  We talk about his communication skills after the surgery.
  • [11:16] - Tom talks about his experience leading up to and immediately following his surgery.
  • [17:00] - Tom describes what it’s like to go through radiation treatments.
  • [20:55] - Tom explains why he tries to maintain a sense of humor throughout the process and provides a few examples of his humor opportunities.
  • [27:55] - While Tom’s radiation has ended, and there is a tapering off period, he still has physical effects which leads to other people acting differently.
  • [32:01] - Tom has been experiencing some unexpected symptoms that he considers a night panic attack.
  • [37:17] - Tom shares why he struggles with his emotions during this time.
  • [46:28] - We are trying to raise money to help Tom with his healthcare costs.  You can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/support-tom-nardone
  • [54:08] - Tom talks about the anxiety he’s feeling and the fear of disappointing others.
  • [1:05:03] - When it comes to ADHD, Tom says that he “is” ADHD.  He shares his thoughts on labels.
  • [1:10:14] - Tom shares how he feels about people interacting with him after they know he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • [1:13:40] - I have a little fun at Tom’s expense by having him repeat something he said earlier in the show.
  • [1:17:04] - Tom explains how paralysis has caused him to spit when he talks and eats.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza

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Direct download: 20320Tom20Nardone20Returns.mp3
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Linda Roggli joins me on this week’s episode. This is Linda’s third appearance on the podcast.  She is a professional certified coach, award-winning author, founder of the ADD Diva Network, and co-founder of the ADHD Women’s Palooza, which is just around the corner.  Linda is an expert in later-life ADHD. Linda is a popular speaker at national and international conferences and has coached 100s of women.

In this conversation, you will hear Linda share the role that estrogen plays in ADHD behavior.  This is something that a lot of OB GYNs don’t know about.  She also shares information on her observational study that you can participate in.  This could be an awakening and explain as much as an ADHD diagnosis.

Linda also talks about the upcoming ADHD Women’s Palooza conference.  This leads to a discussion on the importance of connecting with other people.  Linda explains how Women’s Palooza offers the opportunity to connect and speak with others.

Connect with Linda Roggli: 

Website - http://addiva.net

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:10] - In Episode #199, I talk about my year in review.  I share that I would like to bring music back into my life and give you access.
  • [13:18] - Linda talks about attending a conference last week and hearing details a lot of interesting research.  She talks about how it was clarified for her that ADHD is not about willpower.
  • [17:44] - Estrogen plays a huge role in your ADHD behavior, Linda explains.
  • [24:26] - We talk about stimulant medications being with severe depressive episodes.
  • [25:46] - Linda shares that most OB GYNs don’t know about the role of estrogen in ADHD.
  • [34:40] - Linda talks about her survey, which is a deep, observational study.
  • [36:45] - Linda shares a conversation she had with a presenter at this conference.  This woman is setting up a world-wide study. You can donate at http://adhdfund.com
  • [43:17] - We talk about the importance of connection with other people.  Group work has helped us achieve results we never saw without connecting with other people.
  • [43:33] - Linda explains that ADHD Women’s Palooza was created to bring people and information into one place.
  • [47:15] - Linda shares that the Women’s Palooza offers the opportunity to connect and speak with each other through a phone interface.
  • [49:52] - Linda encourages you to go to use MeetUp.com to connect with local people.
  • [51:38] - Linda talks about organizing the Women’s Palooza without Terry, her counterpart.
  • [57:16] - Linda recently finished one of Stephen Hinshaw’s books, and he is a featured speaker at this year’s Women’s Palooza.
  • [1:06:52] - Linda says that there are health issues that people with ADHD struggle with at a higher rate.
  • [1:09:00] - Linda talks about purchasing 33 sets of necklaces and earrings.

Your Resources:

Confessions of an ADDiva: Midlife in the non-linear lane - Linda Roggli
Period Tracker
Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness - Stephen Hinshaw

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza

Want to be a guest? 

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 202_Women_and_ADHD_with_Linda_Roggli.mp3
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Laura Wrzesinski joins me on this episode of ADHD reWired.  Laura is a licensed marriage, and family therapist, who was a member of the most recent ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  In her private practice, Radical Realness Therapy, she works with LGBTQIA folks, feminists, and ADHD millennials who are ready for self-acceptance and healthy relationships. 

Laura was diagnosed with ADHD about two and a half years ago.  In this conversation, you will hear Laura share her ADHD story and her professional background.  Laura is “trauma-informed” and talks about trauma, including EMDR, which is a form of trauma therapy.  Laura was a member of the last ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, and she shares some of her personal experiences from the group and explains how you could benefit from joining our next group. 

Connect with Laura Wrzesinski:

Website - http://radicalrealnesstherapy.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:50] - Laura was diagnosed with ADHD about two and half years ago. She tells her ADHD story. 
  • [06:40] - Laura explains what prompted her to seek a diagnosis.
  • [09:58] - Laura says that her favorite assignment in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group was listing successes. She explains why this list gave her mixed emotions.
  • [11:30] - Laura describes her “current lens” and says that she is at peace with her past decisions.
  • [12:25] - Laura admits that she feels weird sharing her story, as a therapist.
  • [15:56] - We talk about the opinion that ADHD is not real.
  • [17:07] - Laura explains what trauma is and what she means when she says she is “trauma-informed.”
  • [20:36] - Laura describes EMDR, a form of trauma therapy.
  • [22:58] - We talk about brainspotting.
  • [25:16] - Laura and I talk about James Ochoa’s work with EMDR and ADHD.
  • [29:03] - Laura says that she realizes that ADHD is more than just about focus.
  • [34:26] - Laura talks about the emotional regulation piece she discovered around ADHD and explains how she had a better understanding because of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [37:32] - Laura shares that she had a hard time achieving big goals, and that is a reason she joined the group.
  • [39:11] - Time-blocking is a strategy that Laura has tried to implement.
  • [44:40] - One of the things Laura wanted to tackle was her early-morning exercise routine. She shares her progress in that area. 
  • [50:18] - Laura knows that she has too many items on her to-do list. She shares how she manages this list.
  • [56:25] - Laura talks about working with her accountability group.
  • [57:45] - Laura shares her struggles with balancing executive functioning.
  • [1:00:35] - Laura has a message for you if you’re considering joining the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.

 

Your Resources:

Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD - James M. Ochoa LPC

OmniFocus 

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 201_Laura_Wrzesinski_-_ADHD_is_more_than_Focus.mp3
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ADHD Essentials Ep 2 Simulcasted on ADHD reWired.

Check out our newest pod, ADHD Essentials with Brendan Mahan.
If you have kids, if you work with kids, you'll want to check it out.

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ADHD reWired Podcast Network

Direct download: ADHD_Essentials_Ep_2_Simulcast.mp3
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This is a special bonus simulcast episode of our newest podcast, ADHD Essentials.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods from.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-adhd-essentials-podcast/id1332788588?mt=2

Direct download: ADHD_Essentials_EP_1_Simulcast.mp3
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We did it!  We made it to episode #200!  I would have never guessed we would have over one million downloads over 176 different countries.  You and your stories are why this podcast is the top-rated ADHD podcast on iTunes.  Thank you. 

This episode is the recording of December’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.  

In this discussion, you will hear Brendan, and I answer several questions from You’re welcome to join these monthly live Q&A sessions.  They take place the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm (Central).  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:58] - I talk about how our moods can be affected by the weather this time of year. This impacts my ability to play, and I plan to be intentional about making that a priority.
  • [07:57] - Brendan talks about starting his podcast.
  • [09:58] - I share that I have experienced a dopamine crash as I’m between major projects.
  • [16:07] - Brett was diagnosed about two months ago. He has gone back to school and realized through his struggles that he might have ADHD.  He is still struggling with certain things.  We talk about the possibility that he could have dyslexia. 
  • [22:29] - Brett has experienced incredible weight loss. He has concerns about weight loss from medication. 
  • [26:46] - Kat joins the call to talk about her 2018 planning. She shares her plan for this planning session and asks for some tip on staying focused and productive.
  • [46:12] - Ben shares that he currently hates his job because of tasks he does not like. He asks how to be productive in this type of a situation.  We talk through Ben’s situation.
  • [57:08] - Natalie jumps on the call to ask about accessing her thoughts. I explain how meditation can help her with this.
  • [1:04:30] - Tamara is wondering about online and local support groups. I encourage her to join our ADHD reWired Facebook Group. 
  • [1:05:40] - Someone asks about mirroring feelings and emotions when mirroring is not appropriate. I talk about mindful awareness.

Your Resources:
Freedom Planner

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 200_Dec_QA.mp3
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Originally, I was not going to release an episode of the podcast, but at the last minute, I changed my mind.  This podcast exists to give you some updates on things.  

We made it to 2018!  I planned to spend an entire day doing my annual planning.  Instead, we had frozen drain pipes!  This was quite an ordeal that resulted in me losing a few days of work and $1800.  

I have been thinking about my goals for 2018, although I haven’t had time to put everything together.  I’ve also been looking at my quarterly planning and I will be setting aside a full day for my annual planning.  You can actually help me meet one of my goals.  I’d like to get about 15 guests scheduled for the podcast.  You can schedule a pre-interview call here.

Our newest podcast, ADHD Essentials will be out next week!  You will be able to find it in all of the podcast apps.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 199_-_Plans_Change_and_Pipes_Freeze.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

On this week’s episode, we’re looking at our year in review and taking a sneak peek at the year ahead.  You will just hear my voice on this episode.  Every year, I spend time reviewing my goals from the prior year.  I believe it’s critical to reflect before you look forward.   

A lot of wonderful things happened in 2017, yet it was a really hard year.  You will hear what my goals, wins, and challenges were.  I also share the themes and aspects of my life and business that I am considering when looking at my goals for 2018.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:30] - “Moving” was not on my list of goals for 2017.  This one thing was the most challenging thing of the year.  
  • [07:20] - I start the year by identifying overarching themes.  In 2017, I identified joy, music, gratitude, and balance as my themes for the year.   
  • [08:02] - In January, I made the decision to decrease the number of hours I was putting into my work.  I explain how our move changed this strategy.  
  • [10:45] - Around April or May, I realized I was falling into a scarcity mindset.  Upon recognizing that, I made a conscience effort to have an abundance mindset.  
  • [13:33] - I had a category of things I wanted to learn.  This included becoming a better writer, learning LinkedIn, and learning organizational strategies around things and stuff. 
  • [17:28] - One of my goals was to launch a new website.  This was a big goal that took longer than I wanted it to, but it was a successful launch! 
  • [19:13] - Another of my goals was to hire a Virtual Assistant.  That was a success with Jessica. 
  • [20:05] - I had a goal of maintaining six clients for my clinical practice.  During this calendar year, I closed my practice.  I see this as a shift based on life circumstances. 
  • [21:10] - My #1 podcast goal was to interview Brene Brown.  This did not happen, and I share my feelings on that.  
  • [22:12] - I wanted to hit ONE MILLION downloads in this calendar year. That goal was met! 
  • [22:57] - I share some other goals I had for the podcast.   
  • [26:10] - When looking at specific goals, I did not hit most of them.  This serves as a reminder that goal-setting is to provide direction.   
  • [27:03] - I share my goals on speaking.  I did not do anything in this category, and I blame our move. 
  • [27:30] - I did hit my financial goals for this year. 
  • [28:05] - I share my goals for coaching groups, which I did hit. 
  • [31:40] - I talk about my Patreon goals for 2017.   
  • [32:30] - Our Facebook community has been a real challenge for me.  I share why this is a challenge and describe my solution to this problem. 
  • [35:18] - I share a lesson I learned from moving. 
  • [37:05] - The best decision I made in 2017 was to say, “no.” 
  • [38:31] - I talk about the importance of friendship.  
  • [39:37] - The theme of “play” is something I need to bring back into my life. 
  • [40:57] - Tomorrow, I will be taking a day to focus on annual planning.  I share some of the themes I may be focusing on in 2018. 

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Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 198_2017_A_Review_of_yearly_goals.mp3
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Aaron Anastasi returns to the podcast for this episode.  Aaron is a Southern Californian actor and film-maker who graduated with a master’s degree from Princeton.  He is a serial entrepreneur with an online presence that grosses seven-figures.  Aaron has the #1 singing life lesson channel on YouTube with over 20 million organic views and 250,000 subscribers.  Aaron is also a prominent success coach with a book that reached Amazon’s Top 100 Best-Sellers list within a week of its release.

In this conversation, you will hear Aaron talk about his new book, and he shares some stories and philosophies from the book.  Aaron talks about going from living in fantasy to seeing in reality. He shares some strategies on how to get to that point, and the role that feedback plays.  We also talk about passion, priorities, and music.

Connect with Aaron Anastasi:

Website - http://aaronanastasiofficial.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/aaronanastasi
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/aaronanastasi/
Your Prosperous Mind: Discover what you really want, what’s holding you back, and how to get new results - Aaron Anastasi 

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:30] - Aaron talks about his new book, and what prompted him to write the book.
  • [08:34] - Aaron shares a story from his childhood that shows that it’s possible to live in fantasy and not see reality.
  • [12:55] - Aaron says that seeing reality is a necessary first step.
  • [17:55] - Aaron talks about what he wants to gain from asking questions.
  • [21:35] - I explain that we can’t control our automatic thoughts, but we can hit pause to re-think the situation.
  • [22:20] - Aaron encourages people to consider what’s “as true” or “more true.”
  • [24:46] - Aaron spent a few years preparing a music course.  He considers it a “major failure.”
  • [26:16] - Aaron talks about feedback and says that feedback is the connection between fantasy and reality.
  • [29:10] - We talk about the value of passion.
  • [33:05] - Aaron and I talk more about feedback.  He shares what kind of feedback he looks for with his books.
  • [37:50] - Aaron shares what he is doing with production and acting.
  • [39:22] - Aaron explains that he uses feedback to determine which areas of his life he should master.
  • [42:58] - Aaron talks about his acting, and how he moved into music.  We both talk about our relationship with music.
  • [46:00] - Aaron shares how he can tell when he’s stretched himself too thin and where his priorities are.
  • [51:13] - Aaron talks about tension in his book.  He explains there are two types of tension and how he processes this information.
  • [55:15] - Aaron explains how he will be celebrating the release of his book.
  • [56:30] - Aaron shares who his thought-leader influences are.

Your Resources:

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life - Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 197_Aaron_Anastasi_Your_Prosperous_Mind.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of November’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.  

In this discussion, you will hear Brendan, and I answer several questions from diagnosis and medication to refocusing after interruption, overwhelm by digital tools, and everything in-between.  You’re welcome to join these monthly live Q&A sessions.  They take place the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:52] - Colleen asks about fish oil and other supplements.
  • [10:25] - Beth asks for tips on getting diagnosed with ADHD. We share tips and warnings about the diagnosis process.
  • [15:20] - Catalina asked if medication should help with organizing your space.  
  • [21:02] - Catalina follows up with a question about medication dosage.  We also talk about medication and insurance costs.  
  • [24:30] - Dmitri asks about emotional control and disruptions.  Brendan talks about the role that mindfulness plays in controlling emotions.
  • [36:44] - We answer two questions that are similar on procrastination and taking control of our lives away from ADHD. We discuss this topic in regards to interviews.  
  • [47:59] - Deborah was part of an ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group and asks what her follow-up should be after the group.  I share that I am building a community for alumni.  
  • [52:57] - Olivia asks how to assist her 19-year-old son with life decisions.
  • [57:13] - We answer a question about refocusing after interruptions.  Brendan explains that the process starts with avoiding interruption.
  • [1:03:46] - Carl has trouble differentiating between his thoughts and ADHD thoughts.  Brendan states that he draws the line at useful thoughts and unuseful thoughts.
  • [1:04:22] - A questioner is looking to avoid overwhelm by digital tools.
  • [1:05:48] - A listener asks how to explain ADHD to others.  


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ADHD reWired’s 200th Episode!

Our 200th episode is coming up, and I’d like you to be a part of it.  Do you have a great ADHD story, poem, or song?  It could be funny, triumphant, inspiring, or even cringe-worthy.  Record yourself using a voice recording or memo app on your smartphone.  Submissions are due no later than December 19th.  You can email me the mp3 file at Eric@EricTivers.com and put “#200” in the subject line.  

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 11th season of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group starts on January 8th, and you can go to my website and reserve your registration time.  Registration starts today and goes through Wednesday, November 22nd.  To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 196_Q__A_November_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Justin Classen joins me on this episode.  Justin is 27-years-old, and a whirlwind of intense, hyper-active energy, born, raised and distracted in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  He received a diagnosis of ADHD only 9-months ago.  However, this diagnosis was prolonged by two years, due to lapses in memory to actually attend his evaluation.  Considered a “jack of all trades” by those who know him, Justin has found success in a multitude of endeavors, and an acceptance in a profound number of failed ones.  Justin is currently maximizing his energy and investing into his careers as a journeyman, industrial scaffolder, exotic dancer, as well as a music producer and nightclub DJ.  

In this conversation, you will hear Justin talk about his life before and after his ADHD diagnosis, 9-months ago.  Justin says that his ADHD diagnosis gave him confidence at work.  He describes how his diagnosis and medication have impacted his work as a journeyman on scaffolding.  Justin is a man of many interests and passions, and I think you will enjoy this conversation and glimpse into Justin’s life. 

Connect with Justin Classen:

Music - https://soundcloud.com/juiceboxsmusic

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:27] - Justin talks about his life before his ADHD diagnosis. He shares how he felt he was losing his identity.
  • [07:12] - Justin describes his childhood and schooling.
  • [09:14] - Justin shares how he “discovered” ADHD.
  • [10:42] - Justin explains the ADHD evaluation process in Canada.
  • [14:55] - Justin describes his work as a journeyman working on scaffolding.  
  • [16:42] - Justin says that working after his diagnosis gave him confidence.  
  • [19:18] - Justin talks about some of the risky behavior he engaged in prior to his diagnosis.
  • [22:19] - Justin explains what a journeyman is.
  • [24:25] - Justin shares how he became an exotic dancer.
  • [29:46] - Justin talks about his current interest in computer processing and building his own instruments.
  • [32:08] - We talk about MIDI.
  • [33:27] - Justin describes his career as a DJ.  
  • [38:41] - Now that he has been diagnosed, Justin shares that he needs to go back and review his past.
  • [40:10] - Impulsivity is something that Justin is still struggling with.
  • [42:45] - We talk about fidget items and the need for them.
  • [44:04] - Justin shares that he does not get restful sleep.  
  • [47:31] - Justin looks to the future.

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ADHD reWired’s 200th Episode!

Our 200th episode is coming up, and I’d like you to be a part of it.  Do you have a great ADHD story, poem, or song?  It could be funny, triumphant, inspiring, or even cringe-worthy.  Record yourself using a voice recording or memo app on your smartphone.  Submissions are due no later than December 19th.  You can email me the mp3 file at Eric@EricTivers.com and put “#200” in the subject line.  

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 11th season of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group starts on January 8th, and it is already full!  Our 12th season starts April 16th and registration starts January 16th.  To learn more, go to http://CoachingReWired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 195_Justin_Classen_Risk_reward_of_high_risk_jobs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Brett Smith joins me on this episode. Brett is a real estate broker in Austin, Texas who was diagnosed at the age of 42.  This diagnosis came after struggling with job change after job change after job change.  

About two years ago, Brett took a job in software sales, and he noticed “the cycle.”  After a Google search, he realized he needed to explore the possibility that he has ADHD.  Through Driven to Distraction,  He recognized he experienced things everyone does, but the connection between these things.

In this conversation, you will hear how Brett has experienced some clarity since he started implementing strategies for managing his ADHD.  Brett also talks about failure, and he says that “Acceptance has a period at the end of the sentence.  Grace has an ellipses.”  Listen to our conversation and Brett will explain that what you’re experiencing is totally normal, and you can take control of it and empower yourself by getting the right tools and structure.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:42] - We talk about mountain biking, and Brett explains why it is his meditation.
  • [08:36] - Brett tells his ADHD story, which involves a lot of career changes.
  • [16:35] - Brett describes the feeling of “boring.”
  • [19:03] - Brett talks about his troubles with email.
  • [27:38] - Brett recalls his conversation with his friend that prompted him to get serious about ADHD and treatment.  He explains why he changed his mind about medication.
  • [30:53] - Brett shares his “AHA!” moment.
  • [31:53] - Brett talks about email strategies he’s implemented. I suggest he prints his email.
  • [33:57] - Brett shares that people don’t have a great understanding of how ADHD manifests.  
  • [40:02] - Brett is “aggressively” trying to figure out how to handle the impact of his ADHD.  He describes the changes he has made.
  • [47:21] - Russell Barkley talks about building external structures. Brett talks about using Evernote and Todoist.
  • [49:55] - Brett explains how he handles his failures.  
  • [52:30] - Brett geeks out about Todoist.
  • [57:05] - We talk about acceptance and grace.  
  • [59:00] - We rave over Gary Keller’s book, The ONE Thing.

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 11th season of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group starts on January 8th, and it is already full!  Our 12th season starts April 16th and registration starts January 16th.  To learn more, go to http://CoachingReWired.com.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.





Direct download: 194_Brett_Smith_Boredom_and_Grace.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Stephanie Sammons joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Stephanie is a certified financial planner, the founder of Sammons Wealth, an independent wealth management firm.  Stephanie is also a best-selling author, speaker, and recording singer-songwriter.  Stephanie was a member of our most recent ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  Stephanie’s songs go right to the heart of what a lot of us are feeling on a regular basis.  

In this conversation, you will hear an interesting mixture of music and money!  While wearing her certified financial planner hat, Stephanie talks about wealth and why money is such a complex issue for many of us.  Stephanie believes the foundation for financial success is planning. She shares some tips for planning and describes the things you should be doing before investing.  Stephanie also talks about her ADHD diagnosis, and she plays some of her incredible music that she has written.

Connect with Stephanie Sammons:

Website: SammonsWealth.com
Website: StephSammonsMusic.com
Twitter - @StephSammons
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniesammons
Facebook - Facebook.com/sammonswealth

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:37] - Stephanie explains the meaning behind her song, Record Time.  
  • [04:18] - Stephanie performs the song.  
  • [06:34] - Stephanie elaborates further on the lyrics of the song.  
  • [07:44] - Stephanie was diagnosed at 43, and she explains what her life was like at that point in time.
  • [10:13] - Stephanie plays “Who I Am,” which is a song about acceptance and redemption.  
  • [15:40] - Stephanie realized at the age of 15 that she is gay.  She draws a parallel to ADHD and loving who you are.
  • [19:33] - Being a financial planner and having ADHD is a pretty impressive accomplishment. Stephanie talks about this. 
  • [21:59] - Stephanie defines “wealth” and talks more about her career.
  • [30:20] - Many of us find money to be boring and complex. Stephanie explains that many people take an apathetic approach to money.  
  • [31:39] - Stephanie talks about the importance of planning.  
  • [32:44] - Stephanie lists some questions a financial planner will ask you.
  • [34:34] - According to Stephanie, you don’t know if you’re saving enough money until you know where you want to be and when you want to retire.  
  • [39:43] - Stephanie shares an action step for financial planning, automation.
  • [42:56] - Stephanie explains what an index fund is.
  • [45:09] - Before you start thinking about investing, there are other things you should do. Stephanie tells you how to lay the groundwork.  
  • [47:38] - Stephanie talks about the larger purchase in life.  
  • [51:18] - The best advice Stephanie ever received was, “Don’t use credit cards.”  
  • [52:58] - We talk about college and the climbing costs.  
  • [55:00] - Stephanie talks about the “buckets” you should start saving in.
  • [59:29] - Stephanie describes her ideal client.

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The 11th season of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group starts on January 8th, and it is already full!  However, we do have a waiting list.  You can go to my website claim your spot on that list. Go to http://CoachingReWired.com. Registration goes through Wednesday, November 22nd.  

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 193_Stephanie_Sammons_Music_and_Money.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of October’s live Q&A. These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month. The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live. I am joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.

In this conversation, you will hear us answer several questions. We talk about productivity tips, techniques, and resources. We also talk about follow-through and scheduling. A few of the questions are big-picture. Deborah has a partner with ADHD, and she feels frustrated by the same characteristics that she’s had in the past. Another listener asks how to handle a partner that sees an ADHD diagnosis as a stigma. We received lots of great questions, and I’d love to answer your question in our November live Q&A.

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:50] - Daniel asks for tips for writing notes during conversations.
  • [11:02] - Deborah shares that her partner has ADHD and she is feeling frustration with the characteristics he’s exhibiting.
  • [18:42] - Jordan asks about setting up accountability when living alone.
  • [24:17] - Marisol has trouble with putting away clothes. She asks for suggestions in this area.
  • [30:17] - Brendan states that he plans to launch his podcast in mid-November.
  • [39:25] - Janice asks for recommendations for calendars and to-do lists.
  • [47:33] - Laura asks for tips refocusing after feeling emotionally sensitive.
  • [50:44] - Nick wonders how to avoid getting derailed for an entire day when one aspect of the plan goes wrong.
  • [54:04] - Melissa gets hyper-focused on things, but does not follow through. She wonders how to screen herself to determine if something is a good idea or a whim.
  • [1:02:04] - We answer a question on making time for meditation.
  • [1:02:55] - A listener asks a question about managing money.
  • [1:05:02] - Jos asks about scheduling projects with other people.
  • [1:09:10] - I share tips on accomplishing a full reset.
  • [1:10:24] - Brendan shares some thoughts on a partner that sees a diagnosis as a stigma.

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 11th season of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group starts on January 8th, and you can go to my website and reserve your registration time. Registration starts today and goes through Wednesday, November 22nd. To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm. Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 192_Live_Q__A_Oct_2017-v2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This week, I am joined by three guests.  What you will hear is a behind-the-scenes and insightful perspective of ADHD reWired and our coaching groups.  Joining me on the episode are Brendan Mahen, Kat Hoyer, and Cassandra Tower.  

In this conversation, you will hear Brendan, Kat, Cassandra, and me talk about the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  You will hear them share the changes they have seen in others and themselves through this group.  If you would like more information on the 11th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, which starts on January 8th, go to http://CoachingreWired.com. Registration is open from November 14th through the 22nd.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:15] - Brendan, Kat, and Cassandra introduce themselves.
  • [09:49] - Brendan talks about what prompted him to join the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  He shares what is the most useful component of the group for him.
  • [11:54] - Brendan shares the growth that he has seen in himself through the group.
  • [14:44] - Kat says that she had to have her mindset right when coming into the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  
  • [18:18] - Cassandra describes her entry into the group.  
  • [26:09] - I talk about the time I considered doing two groups at once.  Brendan explains why he encouraged me to do it.
  • [32:56] - Cassandra shares what it’s been like being part of the ADHD reWired team.  
  • [36:57] - Cassandra’s ability to be concise with language really impresses me.  She shares how supportive voices encouraging strengths is powerful.
  • [45:44] - Brendan talks about the struggles of being consistent in group coaching.  He explains what makes this group different in this area.
  • [49:27] - Many people see these groups as classes.  We talk the flexibility in these groups.
  • [53:31] - Brendan talks about a couple of people he connected with because of he encouraged them.
  • [56:27] - I share that I am interested in starting a membership group for alumni.  I share why one of my previous attempts at this did not work.
  • [58:10] - Early on in the group, we have participants write letters to their ADHD.  Kat explains why this is a powerful exercise.
  • [1:01:13] - Cassandra shares some of the impressive growth that she has seen with Kat in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [1:06:47] - We share why community is so important.  
  • [1:09:40] - We tell “the shiny bookcase” story.
  • [1:16:00] - Cassandra shares what listeners should know about the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.

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The 11th season of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group starts on January 8th, and you can go to my website and reserve your registration time.  Registration is November 14th through the 22nd.  To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 191_What_you_might_know_about_ADHD_reWired_Coaching_Groups.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Noelle Matteson joins me on this week’s episode of ADHD reWired.  Noelle has lived in various places around the United States and the world.  Her background is mostly in writing and publishing.  She has an M.A. in Shakespeare Studies, and she has published a short book on the Civil Rights Movement, The Freedom Rides and Alabama: A Guide to Key Events and Places, Context, and Impact.  Noelle currently writes for Healthy Place’s blog, Living with Adult ADHD.

In this conversation, you will hear Noelle share her ADHD story.  Like most of these stories, this starts back with Noelle in school.  Because of her success in school and the structure of her schooling, she did not recognize her ADHD symptoms.  She talks about a therapist identifying these symptoms, her reaction to this news, and her experiences with medication. 

 

Connect with Noelle Matteson:

Twitter - @NoelleVivante

Blog - http://noellevivante.wordpress.com

Blog - Living with Adult ADHD

 

You’ll Learn:

  • ● [07:30] - Noelle shares her background with us.  She talks about a therapist identifying her ADHD symptoms. She explains that her first reaction to this news was “shock.”
  • ● [12:35] - At that time, Noelle was looking for work and her therapist.  Her therapist shared with her that her ADHD was holding her back in this effort to get a job.
  • ● [16:06] - Noelle talks about meeting her psychiatrist and trying medications for her ADHD.
  • ● [18:16] - Noelle shares her religious background and how this shaped her opinions on medication.
  • ● [27:14] - Noelle talks about being overwhelmed with how the medication helped her.
  • ● [31:08] - Noelle points out that she needs to remember that she still has ADHD and those tendencies, even when she’s on medication.
  • ● [33:28] - Noelle talks about moving from being overwhelmed to the point of acceptance. 
  • ● [34:47] - Noelle did well in school, and she explained why this fact, and the structure of her schooling, led to her not recognizing her ADHD symptoms.
  • ● [37:27] - Noelle started on medication in April.  She talks about how it is impacting her life now.
  • ● [45:27] - Noelle shares her list.
  • ● [57:33] - Noelle talks about productivity and organization.
  • ● [1:00:48] - Noelle explains what productivity “feels like” to her.
  • ● [1:04:18] - Coming back from breaks can be difficult, and Noelle talks about this step in productivity.
  • ● [1:08:28] - Noelle is now thinking ahead, and she discusses some of her aspirations and goals.

 

Your Resources:
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results - Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

October is ADHD Awareness Month, and we are kicking off with early registration for the 11th season of the ADHD Coaching and Accountability Group.  January 8th is the start date for this season, and you can go to my website and reserve your registration time.  Registration is November 14th through the 25th.  To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.

 

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

 

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

 

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

 

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Rosa Swann has been a full-time romance author for two years. She starting writing romance novels while she was working on her master's degree. Rosa believes in happy endings and making choices that make you happy. She spends most of her day behind the computer, but does all of her planning on paper, because she’ll forget about it otherwise. Having been diagnosed with both ADHD and Autism a decade ago, she has been able to control her brain with a lot of planning and tactics. Recently, she has started to share some of her tactics on her blog.

In this conversation, you will hear Rosa talk about being diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. She explains how they both affect her, and how she has gone about treating both of these diagnoses. We talk a lot about Rosa’s career as a romantic novel author, and how she organizes her work and accomplishes her tasks on a daily basis.

Connect with Rosa Swann: Rosa’s Blog

You’ll Learn:

  • [10:19] - Rosa was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism at the same time. She explains that she first focused on Autism.
  • [12:48] - Rosa describes how she is affected by Autism.
  • [14:25] - While Rosa was diagnosed ten years ago, she just started taking medication. She explains why she waited.
  • [17:09] - Rosa describes being on medication as “interesting.”
  • [19:27] - Rosa talks about writing romantic novels and the paradox of that with her Autism.
  • [22:21] - Rosa explains how she got into writing romance novels.
  • [24:26] - Rosa takes us on her journey through academia.
  • [29:00] - Rosa describes herself as a workaholic.
  • [37:05] - Rosa talks about her scheduling and task completion with her writing.
  • [43:44] - Rosa talks about staying focused on her tasks throughout the day. She shares what has helped her.
  • [47:09] - According to Rosa, her sleep has been “good” since she started taking medication.
  • [51:30] - Rosa talks about using a Hobonichi planner.
  • [57:25] - Rosa explains how her plans have backup plans.
  • [1:00:46] - Rosa describes how she bounces back if something doesn’t go as planned.
  • [1:05:41] - Rosa talks about her reading habits.

Your Resources:

Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained - Maya Rodale

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

October is ADHD Awareness Month, and we are kicking off with early registration for the 11th season of the ADHD Coaching and Accountability Group. January 8th is the start date for this season, and you can save $400 by registering during October’s early registration drive. Schedule your October registration call now. I’m available October 26th and 31st. To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 189_She_wasnt_always_this_focused_-_Rosa_Swann.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

Steve Mazure was diagnosed with ADHD in June of 2016, and since the diagnosis, everything has changed. Steve has been on a journey of growth and self-discovery.  He is now learning to accept who he is and he’s letting go of the person he was trying to be.

In this conversation, you will hear Steve share his story of being diagnosed with ADHD and decided to start a chocolate company.  He talks about the aspects of running a business that he struggles with, and I share some tips with him that will hopefully help him overcome these barriers.

Connect with Steve Mazure:

Website - Freespir.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:27] - Steve describes the process of being diagnosed and treated for ADHD.
  • [09:40] - Steve talks about going “all in” with his treatment of ADHD.  
  • [10:49] - Steve is currently home-schooling his 13-year old daughter and seeing some ADHD traits in her.
  • [16:52] - Steve shares some of his life developments since being diagnosed with ADHD, including starting a chocolate company.
  • [19:54] - Steve describes where he is with his business, right now.
  • [24:58] - We talk about the challenge of shipping.
  • [27:50] - Steve talks about challenges with his business.
  • [29:42] - Steve talks about his plans for his business he’d like to accomplish in the next year.
  • [36:49] - We discuss Steve’s preparation for events like farmer's markets.
  • [43:55] - Steve talks about wanting to introduce online marketing for his company, but feeling some reservations about going for it right now.
  • [49:20] - We talk about pseudo-verbs and starting the process to complete tasks.
  • [54:12] - We discuss designating blocks in a schedule to accomplish tasks and not letting other tasks displace them.  
  • [1:01:25] - Steve says he is a “build the momentum” type of person.  
  • [1:02:50] - We talk about ways to kill our executive function, including a lack of sleep.
  • [1:09:30] - Steve shares what he would like to take action on after this conversation.
  • [1:16:27] - One week later, Steve joins me to talk about the chocolates he sent me and the progress he’s made with sleep since our last recording.

Your Resources:
The Fizzle
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results - Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Rescue Time
Sleep Cycle

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 188_Steven_Mazure_-_life_is_like_a_box_of_..._ooh_chocolate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

This Week’s Episode:

On this week’s episode of ADHD reWired, I am joined by Anne Hougas. Anne is a 65-year old who had “normal” problems growing up.  Her family members have been diagnosed with ADHD.  It was not until recently that Anne realized that she too, has ADHD.  

In this conversation, you will hear Anne share her life experiences.  Anne talks about her family and being raised by parents that perhaps had ADHD.  She also shares her relationship history with three marriages.  Anne was a pleasure to talk with, and I think you’re going to enjoy this conversation.

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:32] - Anne talks about her family life, growing up. This includes her school performance.
  • [12:47] - Anne explains that there was a lack of support because of her home life.
  • [15:05] - I explain that the “it must be me” voice never goes away.
  • [16:02] - Anne talks about her experience in high school, which included moving and going from six to two hundred peers in her classes.
  • [18:36] - After her move, Anne found a group of friends and she explains her social activities and how that helped her come out of her shell.
  • [20:58] - Anne talks about her relationship history in this stage of her life.
  • [23:14] - Anne talks about moving to Wisconsin and her short college experience.
  • [24:05] - Anne describes her social life during this stage of her life and meeting her first husband.  
  • [27:44] - Anne talks about meeting her second husband.  
  • [34:00] - Anne moves to Ohio and her second marriage ends. She talks about meeting her current husband.
  • [41:49] - Anne talks about her husband recognizing that she may have ADHD and her parents possibly having ADHD.
  • [54:54] - Anne thinks back to learning that her childhood and relationship with her parents is not everyone’s experience.
  • [56:47] - Anne talks about her work history and enjoying temporary employment.
  • [58:26] - Anne recently started taking Adderall.  She talks about this experience.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 187_It_only_took_65_years_with_Anne_Hougas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

This Week’s Episode:

This week, I am pleased to be joined by Tom Nardone. Tom is not only a friend to ADHD reWired and the ADHD community, but someone who really has become one of my best friends.  Tom is the voice of courage, humility, and bravery.  On September 19th, Tom had a brain surgery to try to remove a tumor from the part of his brain that deals with his speech.  His speech has been affected.  Tom and his wife, Yvonne, join me about a week after Tom’s surgery.

In this conversation, you will hear details from Tom on his recent brain cancer diagnosis and surgery.  Tom explains his speech issues, and what it’s like to adapt to those changes.  Tom also shares how this situation has changed his perspective on life.  

Connect with Tom Nardone:

The Tom Nardone Show
GoFundMe Campaign

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:32] - Tom talks about recording and releasing a podcast episode shortly after his brain surgery.
  • [11:46] - Tom shares what he remembers about the day of the surgery.
  • [15:05] - I explain how I used my conversation with Tom as a scenario with my coaching group. Tom tells the story of this medical issue.
  • [23:25] - Tom says that finding an entertainment niche without formal education.
  • [24:23] - Tom explains what it is like to speak now and shares his outlook on his situation.
  • [42:56] - Tom talks about a country singer that stutters, but when he sings, his speech is not impacted at all.  
  • [46:22] - When Tom was in the hospital, he made the nurses download his podcast.
  • [50:12] - Tom talks about how this experience has changed his perspective.
  • [57:18] - Tom shares that he hates going to the doctor’s office, usually. But he has had a very pleasant experience with the medical care he received in this process.
  • [58:08] - Tom explains his current outlook on life, which is quite inspiring.
  • [1:00:54] - I share my observation on Yvonne’s role in Tom’s communication.  Tom shares the role she has played in his life recently despite her medical issues.
  • [1:03:16] - Tom thanks the community for their support during this time.
  • [1:06:35] - I took notes during our conversation, and I ask Tom to sing the words I had trouble understanding. We also work though the word “gigabyte.”
  • [1:14:54] - Yvonne talks about enjoying some of this process.
  • [1:17:14] - Yvonne has been talking with several people about helping set up a crowdfunding campaign.  

Your Resources:


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Productivity Q&A

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This Week’s Episode:

Shauna Heron joins me on this episode.  Shauna is a wedding photographer, entrepreneur, mom, world traveler, game streamer, techno-nerd who just recently found out that she has ADHD. After 44 years, Shauna was researching information to support her 7-year old son with ADHD; she started to have that sneaking suspicion that she had found the answer to her life-long question, “What the (bleep) is wrong with me?!”

In this discussion, you will hear Shauna’s interesting and unique life story.  She talks about her childhood, her involvement in the punk scene, and running away as a teenager.  She had an interest in technology, which led to a well-paying job before she decided to move to Europe.  Shauna details her addiction to hard drugs and what the recover process looked like for her.  This is a fascinating story, and I am excited to share it with you.

Connect with Shauna Heron:

Website - http://shaunaheron.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:25] - I share the bio I wrote for Shauna’s introduction.
  • [06:42] - Shauna starts by talking about her childhood, not fitting in, finding “her people,” and running away from home as a teenager.
  • [11:23] - Shauna talks about her job at the age of 18 and deciding she wanted to move to Europe.
  • [13:38] - Shauna describes moving in with a friend that was struggling with a heroin addiction.  She talks about her first time using hard drugs. We talk about the seriousness of heroin and other hard drugs.
  • [17:29] - Shauna talks about what prompted her to stop doing these drugs.
  • [19:35] - Shauna describes her life in Holland and living on the streets.  She tells the story of a police officer convincing her to move back to the US and completing her education.
  • [23:50] - After finishing college and securing a job, Shauna purchased her first house.
  • [25:38] - Shauna talks about walking away from her past and being able to move beyond situations.
  • [26:42] - Shauna talks about streaming video games, making money from that, and its impact on her life.
  • [33:52] - Shauna shares her experience with hiring a life coach.
  • [35:53] - We talk about the shame we can feel when it comes to video games.
  • [39:38] - Shauna explains how video games can be an outlet for community.
  • [49:08] - We discuss a Maya Angelou quote.
  • [52:43] - Shauna talks about her “superpower” and how her past has made her who she is.
  • [55:04] - Shauna shares her AA 12-step experience.  The recovery process can vary for each person, and it involves a lot of luck.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 185_Finding_belonging_with_Shauna_Heron.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

This Week’s Episode:

This episode is the recording of September’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.

In this episode, we cover a variety of topics.  Some questions are about adolescents with ADHD, from morning routines to college applications.  We also talk about managing emotions during hormonal changes, weight loss with ADHD, managing anxiety and excitement, and many more topics. Be sure to sign up for a reminder for our next ADHD reWired Live Q&A at http://erictivers.com/events.

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:03] - Several people asked questions about managing anxiety that results from their ADHD.  I explain that anxiety and ADHD can go together and I share a personal experience.
  • [10:08] - Carolyn asks a question about emotions during hormonal changes.  
  • [12:10] - Sarah asks about losing weight with ADHD.  We share some of our struggles with food.
  • [18:57] - I answer a question about controlling excitement when feelings are triggered. I explain that ADHD is a disorder of self-regulation and share some tips on managing these situations.
  • [26:30] - A live viewer expresses concerns over her son’s boredom and performance at school.  We share some tips on helping me manage how he feels about school.
  • [34:21] - Donald has ADHD and will be returning to college.  He asks for advice on breaking perfectionism and working efficiently.
  • [41:58] - We answer a question about a gifted child with inattentive type ADHD who is a high school senior and facing college applications and preparation for college. Both parents also have ADHD.  We share some thoughts and provide tips on this entire process.
  • [47:48] - Linda joins the call and shares that her 9-year-old daughter struggles with the morning routine.  I share how my parents handled that situation and some suggestions for Linda’s situation.
  • [58:10] - Craig asks about avoiding procrastination.  We attempt to pull Craig out of shame. He joins the call to provide more details.  

Your Resources:

How to ADHD YouTube Channel

Time Timer

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 184_Live_Q__A_Sept_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

Bonnie Mincu joins me on this episode. Bonnie spent 23 years in a Fortune 50 corporation as a marketing manager, training manager, executive coach, and organizational development consultant. She left her consulting firm in 2000 to do similar work on her own. But, without the structure of fast-paced deadlines, she found herself floundering and avoiding her desk. This was when she discovered she has ADHD. She built her business around coaching and training individual ADHD clients. Since starting Thrive ADHD in 2001, Bonnie has developed a number of training tools and programs.

In this conversation, you will hear Bonnie list and describe the characters that she has developed. These characters are riding the bus in our brains and take turns driving the bus.  You will also learn how these characters can impact each other.  Bonnie is launching a new membership-based training program called, Productivity PathFinder.

Connect with Bonnie Mincu:

ProductivityPathfinder.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:12] - Bonnie explains a new concept that involves a way of thinking of your brain, and characters in your brain.
  • [07:12] - Bonnie says we frequently use terms to describe what is happening, but they aren’t accurate. She provides an example of this with procrastination.
  • [09:36] - Bonnie describes characters in your brain. You will meet Steady Eddie, Whiny Winnie, Impatient Iggy, Overwhelmed Oscar, and Emotional Emma and the personalities all of these characters have.
  • [21:08] - Bonnie talks about time sense and being able to estimate the amount of time a task will take.
  • [24:10] - Bonnie explains that she does not have a poor time sense, which led to her not realizing she had ADHD.
  • [24:58] - Bonnie continues listing characters, describing Helpless Hannah and Critical Calvin.
  • [32:10] - We talk about decision making and the cause of difficulties in this process.
  • [33:35] - Bonnie explains how these characters can interact and how to bring certain characters to the forefront in situations.
  • [38:40] - Bonnie describes Disorganized Derek, and she explains the cause of disorganization, and its impact on people that don’t want to be disorganized.
  • [43:01] - Bonnie explains the four quadrants of organization.
  • [44:35] - We discuss the idea of multi-tracking vs. multitasking.
  • [49:58] - Bonnie shares a secret on what she calls a “weird obsession.”
  • [51:07] - We come up with a character that Bonnie may be missing, Distracted Dave.
  • [52:28] - Bonnie describes Emotional Emma and the role Critical Calvin plays in Emma’s actions.
  • [54:30] - I address the fear of being judged.
  • [57:53] - Bonnie shares a tip for managing shame.
  • [59:28] - Bonnie talks about visual images for these characters she has developed.
  • [1:00:38] - Bonnie talks about Productivity Pathfinder.

Your Resources:

Jia Jiang Ted Talk

10% Happier - Dan Harris

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 183_A_bus_full_of_ADHDers_with_Bonnie_Mincu_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT