ADHD reWired
113 | Markers for ADHD with Dr. Thomas Brown


Episode 113 | Markers for ADHD


Dr. Brown and Eric Tivers began the 113th Episode of ADHD reWired by discussing “Cookies and Accountability”. It was a great story about Dr. Brown and his wife and the temptations of a plate of chocolate chip cookies.

Eric got a lot of information out of Dr. Brown and this show will most likely call for a second or possibly third listen to get it all.

2 conditions under which those with ADHD do well.

  • Interest
  • Pressure

Most ADHD people have no problem focusing on tasks they are interested in or tasks for which they are afraid of consequences.


Dr. Brown went through the 6 different markers he looks for when diagnosing and during treatment of his ADHD patients.

  • Activation
    • Can they get organized and/or get started?
    • How much are they procrastinating
  • Attention / Focus
    • Can they focus or shift focus.
    • Do they get locked on to one thing and can’t get back on the current task
  • Alertness
    • Do they finish things in a reasonable amount of time?
      • Many people do not get the necessary amount of sleep
    • Are they able to sustain effort?
  • Managing frustration & Emotions
    • Do their emotions come on too strong or too weak
      • Some of them get excited with “What ifs”
      • Obsessing about things they will do or buy at a later time.
    • Working Memory
      • Can they keep one thing in mind while doing something else?
        • No so much the long term but short term memory
      • Monitor and self-regulate actions
        • Do you come across to others as you intend to.


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112 | Improvement through Improv

Episode 12

Improvement through Improv

Rachel Hamilton is currently attending the ADHD rewired accountability group with
Eric Tivers and 11 other people. We are fortunate she was able to take time to be with us this week to share her story.
Rachel was diagnosed with ADHD not long ago. She was at the Burning Man event
when a friend of hers offered her a Ritalin. Rachel is now aware of the repercussions of taking ADHD meds recreationally, but nevertheless she did indulge years ago, and it had a profound effect on her. After taking a Ritalin she felt organized and together.
Things just felt right and she had an unfamiliar awareness she had never before
experienced. This made Her curious and she began to learn more about ADHD through the reading of books and articles.
Rachel tells of the fact that nothing has been a bigger eye-opener for her then the
interactions she has had with the others in the ADHD reWired Coaching and
Accountability Group
About Rachel
Rachel began teaching almost twenty years ago and she feels passionately that Improv skills are great training for both theater and for life. Her teaching style is upbeat and nurturing
she creates a safe space where everyone can feel safe and supported, and
where everyone can do their best work. Rachel designs and implements improv
workshops all over the country for both actors and non-actors, offering Improv as a tool for training in performance as well as for personal development.
Born in DC, Rachel has lived, loved and worked in all the major cities; Chicago, LA
and most recently NYC. Last year, in a conscious quest for more tranquility and
natural beauty, Rachel made the brilliant choice to move her base to Sausalito,
California and is delighted to be bringing her deep well of experience to the Bay
Area’s vibrant Improv scene.
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111 | ADHD Strategies with Doug Puryear

Dr. Doug Puryear, over the last few years, has established himself a blogger an author and an advocate for ADHD people and professionals. Doug provides real life strategies for those with ADHD to learn ways to cope with the problems they have has a result.
In this episode, one of the ADHD community’s heroes, Doug Puryear joins the ADHD reWired virtual studios. This is truly one of the most amazing episodes we have ever put out. Doug shares details of his life seemingly without fear or reservation.
This certainly is among the more powerful episodes of ADHD reWired. Doug speaks about his childhood with ADHD and the abuse he suffered. Doug battled most of his life with ADHD and was not aware of it until age 64.
Doug has a new book out called “The Bully” This is the story of Doug going from being a bully to being the fun-loving guy so many have come to love

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110 | A Healthier Relationship with Medication

110 | A Healthier Relationship with Medication

guest Stephen Tonti


Stephen’s primary focus is writing and directing for film and various other multimedia projects. On top of being a film director, Stephen also tours as a public speaker advocating for men and women diagnosed with ADHD. In 2013, Stephen was selected for the Carnegie Mellon University TEDx Student Speaker Competition. He gave his first speech on the subject there, in front of over 700 fellow students, professors, and various educators. His talk is on YouTube and has gathered almost 680,000 views to date. Stephen is yet unsigned, but will begin giving an updated version of his TED talk on tour later this year.

Stephen graced the ADHD reWired virtual studio this past January. Stephen is quite a character. Stephen, like many ADHD people is quite stubborn, to the tune that he while having an argument with his girlfriend about whether he was ADHD or simply had ADHD, he proceeded to give a public talk to further affirm his point of view. This lead to the end of that relationship.

Stephen has since grown in his knowledge of ADHD. Once believing that medication was only a last result for adults only, he now does not advocate one way or the other. Stephen states that medication alone is no guarantee of success, and that medication too often gets the credit.

Stephens’s ADHD life philosophy is:


DISCOVER                            Discover it exists

UNDERSTAND                       Understand and research to find out what ADHD is. Get the whole picture

ACCEPT                                  ADHD is real. You have ADHD. ADHD is not made up

SSUPPORT                              Get support for your ADHD. Support others who have ADHD. Give ADHD. Avoid shame at all costs!


Today it is quite normal to see and/or hear Stephen Tonti talking to himself. That is talking to himself out loud. He does this even if others are around. There is no need to be frightened this is just one of his own methods he uses to coach himself.

If you would like to contact Stephen you can reach him at

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