ADHD reWired

"Pills don't teach skills," Listen as your host, Eric Tivers, and his guest Jay Bushman discuss his ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder diagnosis, the craziness that last two years have brought, the death of his father from COVID, his new book, plus much more on this episode of ADHD reWired.

Jay is a writer working at the intersection of traditional and emerging formats. He won an Emmy for his work as a writer and trans-media producer on the ground-breaking series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, an interactive adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. His first book, Novel Advice: Practical Wisdom for Your Favorite Literary Characters, a collection of advice column letters written by famous characters from literature, is now available. 

Jay shares his research on APD, and when he realized he might have ADHD, his therapists said he was a perfectionist and what perfectionism feels like on the inside above and beyond the actual definition. Jay had a rough year and spoke about how he could finish his book after his father passed away from the coronavirus. 

Listen as Jay discusses his next project and the trouble he is having getting it started. Jay believes that once the world calms down, he will be able to start, but Eric asks if there is some way for him to forget about what is going on in the world and proceed. To finish up, Jay shares his journey with perfectionism and some things that might help you push through and come out on the other side.

You'll learn:

  • [03:04] Welcome to the show, Jay!
  • [05:46] Jay shares how he handled working on his book while his father passed away from COVID.
  • [07:41] Jay believes that having a good therapist has helped him get through.
  • [08:31] Jay discusses the process of being diagnosed with ADHD and APD.
  • [11:04] Jay speaks about having Semantic Therapy.
  • [13:40] Listen as Jay talks about having chronic pain.
  • [16:39] Jay shares his research on APD and realizing he probably had ADHD as well.
  • [26:23] Jay's therapist talked to him about perfectionism.
  • [27:09] Jay speaks about what perfectionism feels like on the inside.
  • [29:54] Jay describes his book and how it's written.
  • [33:01] Jay shares how he got his book done and his thoughts about what he wanted to do next.
  • [34:00] There is a PowerPoint presentation available to help people write a TV show pilot.
  • [43:41] Jay speaks about what his next book is about.
  • [46:51] Eric shares his divorce and his work on himself to heal.
  • [48:52] Should you maybe put your project on hold for a few months and see where you are on it then?
  • [50:52] Jay discusses the pandemic and not leaving his apartment until things get better.
  • [53:23] What can you do that doesn't depend on the world settling down to proceed with your project?
  • [56:09] Jay shares some advice for anyone struggling with perfectionism.
  • [59:20] Thank you so much for being on the show!
  • [1:01:01] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron by clicking on our Patreon tab at www.ADHDreWired.com

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Novel Advice: Practical Wisdom for Your Favorite Literary Characters

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It’s been a year since William Curb started the Hacking Your ADHD podcast and we’re celebrating. Correction: In true ADHD style, it has been a year + 3 months or so. Either way, having reached this milestone is huge and we are celebrating. 

Creating and sustaining a podcast is a lesson in discipline for ANY podcaster but even more so for someone who has also been diagnosed with ADHD. Having set systems definitely helps but there are so many new facets of the disorder that you’ll face as you try to keep a steady schedule that it’s almost like learning a whole new tool.

William takes the time to script his podcast so he keeps them fairly short and on task, but doing this means that he occasionally misses production dates. This is perfectly fine because he has kept on going regardless. 

Listen as we chat about when automation helps (and when it doesn’t), what the future looks like for Hacking Your ADHD, and how having the podcast has helped him to address various ADHD symptoms.

He’s also sharing a bit about how he hacks his ADHD and how he’s altering those hacks for his 5-year old daughter. In true Hacking Your ADHD fashion, we end this one with an amazing dad joke courtesy of William’s very large “dad joke library.” Listen in to hear it all.

You'll learn:

  • [02:08] Welcome to ADHD reWired, William Curb. 
  • [04:17] William shares the learning process he has gone through as he works on his Podcast.
  • [06:26] How ADHD makes podcast production challenging. 
  • [09:16] Quick thoughts on automation and creating systems. 
  • [12:31] Why using what we have is sometimes harder than just buying more.
  • [16:27] Has William considered writing a book? 
  • [22:49] What does the future look like for Hacking Your ADHD? 
  • [26:29] How has he been doing with letting go of perfectionistic tendencies? 
  • [29:02] Has listening to himself helped with his speech? 
  • [31:18] Learn more about how his scripts have evolved over time. 
  • [35:51] What kinds of things would he like to try out with the podcast? 
  • [43:56] William shares ways he hacks his ADHD. 
  • [48:11] How timers have helped him manage his time and productivity.
  • [53:01] It doesn’t matter if someone else is teaching the same thing. Learn why? 
  • [57:22] Why his ADHD network is partially responsible for the success of the podcast.
  • [59:04] A quick dad joke to make your day.
  • [1:00:22] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron by clicking on our Patreon tab at www.ADHDreWired.com

Will's site is here: Hacking Your ADHD

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Do you feel you are a failure because you can't meet expectations? Listen as your host, Eric Tivers, and his guest MJ Siemens have a fun episode where they share a bit of MJ's story and give you a chance to get to know MJ a little more. MJ is about to launch a new podcast called ADHD Diversified so stayed tuned for more information about her launch, plus much more on this episode of ADHD reWired.

MJ shares about her new podcast ADHD Diversified, what it will be about, and how she plans to have humor while discussing serious topics that haven't been talked about. MJ also talks about how being stereotyped because she is of Asian descent and how she professionally handles people.

MJ speaks about having Trichotillomania, and because of it, she wears a hat so that she doesn't pull her hair out. She also discusses being diagnosed with ADHD, the intake assessment, the first visit with a psychiatrist, and being diagnosed with multi-levels of ADHD. MJ shares her family's response to her diagnosis and how it was the total opposite of how she thought they would react.

MJ shares what she hopes to learn from the guests she brings on her show, and she wants to let people know they are not alone. There are many resources available if you know where to look, and she wants to help people find those resources. MJ says that it took years for her to figure out that she wasn't stupid and that it was ok to be different. She hopes she can show others to be themselves, so they don't have to feel the way she did.

You'll learn:

  • [02:44] Welcome to the show, MJ!
  • [05:08] MJ wants her show to be funny and laid back while discussing serious topics that haven't been talked about.
  • [07:31] MJ shares how she reacts to people stereotyping her because she is of Asian descent.
  • [10:15] Listen as they play MJ's trailer for the new podcast.
  • [14:12] MJ says that she is medicated and professional during the day, but in the evening and during this podcast, she is more relaxed.
  • [17:05] MJ wears a hat so that she doesn't pull out her hair because she has a serious case of Trichotillomania.
  • [20:00] humorously talking about diversity is a different way to approach it that isn't so thorny.
  • [22:55] Eric believes it's important to be curious and has an open dialogue around racism.
  • [25:30] MJ speaks about not fitting in anywhere because she isn't Asian enough and isn't western enough.
  • [28:30] MJ was told by teachers that she was twice-exceptional, but she didn't know what that meant.
  • [36:30] They share how much they love Brendan Mahan.
  • [39:01] MJ speaks about some things she always did that were examples of her ADHD.
  • [43:57] Women with undiagnosed ADHD are sometimes misdiagnosed with other things.
  • [46:14] MJ was surprised when her psychiatrist invited her partner into her first visit.
  • [54:32] MJ talks about how her family reacted when she told them about her diagnosis.
  • [57:46] MJ shares posting a small call out to see if any other Asian's in the group had ADHD.
  • [1:00:10] Eric speaks about MJ's Lego room and how cool it is.
  • [1:02:41] MJ discusses the stereotype that she should have been very smart academically because she is Asian.
  • [1:04:30] Eric says that it is fun to watch MJ connect things because she does it quickly.
  • [1:06:41] MJ believes that one of the beautiful things about having an ADHD brain is they have a unique way of problem-solving.
  • [1:07:38] What do you hope to learn with the guests you bring on your podcast?
  • [1:10:01] MJ wants people to know they are not alone as long as the resources are being used.
  • [1:12:02] It has taken MJ years to know that she isn't stupid and being different is ok.
  • [1:13:52] Thank you for being on the show!
  • [1:14:38] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron by clicking on our Patreon tab at www.ADHDreWired.com

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Listen as Eric Tivers with his guests, Brendan Mahan, Will Curb, Moira Maybin, and MJ Siemens, answer questions from the listeners in our monthly Q & A session of ADHD reWired. We are taking questions from you, the listener, about situations you want to talk through. It doesn't matter if it's personal or professional; we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers. 

Maria starts this session by asking Eric what he means by the comment that he is proudly unemployable. Bri wants to know how to structure her downtime to make her feel like she is working toward a goal. Another listener wants to know how to get over the anger and feelings of being wronged. Listen as the panel answers the question, how do I deal with imposter syndrome during the diagnosis process?

How do I deal with imposter syndrome during the diagnosis process? Do neuro-diverse conditions run deeply in families? How do I handle high emotional responses that flatten my priority list? Is there a niche for an alcoholic, addicted artist podcast? How much time should I devote to a new hobby? According to research, to what degree are executive functions trainable in adults with ADHD? Do you feel like your medication doesn't work during your menstrual cycle? These are more of the questions that our panel shares insights, strategies, suggestions, and personal experiences on to help the listeners gain an understanding of what they can do to mitigate the issues they have questions about.

Welcome to the first live Q&A of 2021, where we cover a wide range of topics and provide some creative takeaways no matter what stage you're in with your diagnosis. Listen in as we discuss your questions and the struggle we still have dealing with our ADHD.

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You'll learn:

  • [01:48] Welcome to the show, everyone!
  • [02:20] Maria has a question about why Eric says he is proudly unemployable.
  • [05:00] Maria discusses the work she wants to do.
  • [08:25] Bri asks about how to structure her time so that she doesn't feel stuck.
  • [10:24] Brendan shares his insights into her question.
  • [12:17] Moira talks about how Bri feels like she is starting from zero again.
  • [15:03] MJ speaks about taking what's worked for her in the past and tweaking it for what works now.
  • [16:13] Eric wants to know what future Bri wants.
  • [17:07] How do I get over the anger and feelings of being wronged?
  • [18:19] MJ shares that this is something we all can relate to and that forgiveness can give us peace of mind.
  • [21:10] Eric believes that one thing that can be helpful at the moment is what can I actually learn from this?
  • [23:36] Eric talks about being fired from his first job out of grad school.
  • [24:58] Will adds his insights into this issue.
  • [25:36] "Never attribute to malice what can be explained with stupidity."
  • [32:46] How do I deal with imposter syndrome during the diagnosis process?
  • [34:37] Eric discusses when he felt he had imposter syndrome.
  • [35:16] Will shares what helped him when he felt like he was an imposter.
  • [35:52] Brendan talks about the awareness around imposter syndrome.
  • [36:55] Moira says that's why she is doing the ADHD Friendly Lifestyle podcast.
  • [40:27] Jennie asks a question about neurodiverse conditions running deeply in the family.
  • [41:28] Eric discusses how inherent ADHD is in families.
  • [42:38] MJ says that different family members cope with ADHD in different ways.
  • [47:59] Rob's question is about flattening his priority list because of high emotional responses.
  • [50:58] Rob shares what has worked for him to get things out of his head.
  • [51:54] Eric talks about what he hears Rob say.
  • [53:01] Eric shares what he does that is helpful when he has a day where he is bouncing all over the place.
  • [57:58] Brendan discusses some things he thinks might help Rob.
  • [59:51] Moira shares some strategies that she uses that might help.
  • [01:01:26] Is there a niche for alcoholic, addict, artist podcast?
  • [01:02:00] Cody wants to know how much time he should spend learning a new hobby.
  • [01:03:09] Will believes you should make hobbies something you do with other people.
  • [01:03:45] Daniel wants an idea of where he should be when he grows up, when he doesn't have any skills or talents.
  • [1:05:09] Maggie wants to do everything; she doesn't know what to do because she wants to do it all.
  • [1:06:45] Brendan says to take the list of all the things you want to do and reorganize it thematically.
  • [1:07:35] According to research, to what extent are executive functions trainable skills in adults with ADHD?
  • [01:09:33] Do you feel like your medication doesn't work during your premenstrual cycle?
  • [1:11:04] Will closes the episode with a dad joke.
  • [1:12:21] Thank you for listening!
  • [1:13:03] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron by clicking on our Patreon tab at www.ADHDreWired.com

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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 12:30 PM CT. Go to https://www.adhdrewired.com/events

Want to be a guest?

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Do you think you might have a Bi-Polar disorder? Listen as your host, Eric Tivers, and his guest Malaika Tolford discuss her diagnosis of Bi-Polar disorder and ADHD, how common it is to have both, and the difference between Bi-Polar one and two, plus much more on this episode of ADHD reWired.

Malaika is a ceramic artist and owner of Place Value Pottery; she also teaches at a nonprofit craft organization. They diagnosed Malaika with Bi-Polar two disorder in 2013 and added an ADHD diagnosis in January 2020, which provided some pieces of her mental health puzzle. She is a mom of two boys trying to navigate COVID while working from home and keeping out of the way of her husband's zoom meetings.

Listen as Malaika shares why she got in touch with Eric, the difference between Bi-Polar one and two, and what led her to seek evaluation and diagnosis for Bi-Polar disorder. Because of suicidal thoughts, Malaika sought medication for Bi-Polar depression and was lucky enough that the first thing they tried worked for her.

Malaika discusses what happened in her life that led her to believe that she might also have ADHD, the struggle to figure out who she really was and how the pandemic made that journey even more difficult. Eric believes that if you can tolerate it, medication is one of the best treatments for ADHD.

Malaika speaks about her pottery business, how she has pivoted to online sales since the pandemic, and how pottery is relatable to both of her diagnoses. She describes her pottery and shares that she puts maps on all of her pieces because she likes geography, so please check out her work at Place Value Pottery if that is your thing.

You'll learn:

  • [03:28] Welcome to the show, Malaika!
  • [04:22] Malaika discusses why she got in touch with Eric.
  • [07:19] Malaika shares what she understands about Bi-Polar and the difference between 1 and 2.
  • [09:44] What led you to seek evaluation and diagnosis of Bi-Polar?
  • [11:16] Malaika speaks about why she sought medicine for her disorder.
  • [13:02] Eric says that having suicidal thoughts is the language of an illness.
  • [16:05] Malaika discusses how ADHD may have led to the cycle of depression.
  • [22:36] They talk about the medication Malaika was prescribed for her Bi-Polar disorder.
  • [25:08] Malaika shares what happened that led to the ADHD diagnosis.
  • [28:28] ADHD Alien led her to her ADHD diagnosis.
  • [31:15] Malaika discusses the struggle to try to figure out who she was.
  • [33:51] They speak about the pandemic and what they were doing when they were shut down.
  • [37:43] Malaika shares the meds they have put her on for her ADHD.
  • [39:57] ADHD is not a skill deficit.
  • [40:54] Medication, if you can tolerate it is one of the best treatment plans for ADHD.
  • [47:07] Malaika discusses her pottery business and how it is relatable to her diagnosis.
  • [50:54] Most of Malaika's work has to do with geography.
  • [52:37] What has been the hardest thing about pivoting with Bi-Polar, ADHD, and COVID?
  • [54:50] Malaika speaks about moving during all of this craziness.
  • [57:00] Malaika shares the interesting things that have come out of her diagnosis.
  • [1:01:19] Eric talks about how great the Bose noise-canceling headphones are.
  • [1:02:09] Is talking to people with masks on hard for you?
  • [1:03:16] Malaika shares some final thoughts for people who might think they have Bi-Polar disorder along with their ADHD.
  • [1:08:37] Thank you so much for being on the show!
  • [1:09:50] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron click on our Patreon tap at www.ADHDreWired.com

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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 12:30 PM CT. Go to https://www.adhdrewired.com/events

Want to be a guest?

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Have they labeled you or your child a misbehaving kid? Listen as your host, Eric Tivers, and his guest Adrien Harrison discuss why he was labeled a misbehaving kid, changing schools, quitting university, and a podcast that changed his life, plus much more on this episode of ADHD reWired.

Adrien is a serial entrepreneur specializing in education technology, digital healthcare, and he has had his own rocky road with education. As the Founder and CEO of Smart Course, he's focused on solving all of education's failures, especially for kids with special needs, by bringing together the world's leading experts and the most effective treatments and strategies. Smart Course is making sure all kids get access to equal opportunity, a solid education, and a chance to thrive. 

Adrien shares his academic background, the differences in education he found in France, United States, and England, and what he did during the year he took off from university. He also talks about a startup he did as a college project that made him realize being an entrepreneur was for him.

Listen, as Adrien discusses starting a small website building business with his parents' friends, how he wanted to grow his business and why revolutionizing the education system for special needs kids became so important. Adrien believes that career readiness is much more important than good grades, which is how Smart Course is structured.

Adrien's path for his company is to be ready so that when the internet is available worldwide, they will be ready and available to help low-income and impoverished children get a good solid education that will help them build careers. 

Go to www.adhdrewired.com/smartcourse to register for the ADHD Smart Summit. They bring together the best ADHD experts in the world to teach you everything they know about dealing with ADHD.

You'll learn:

  • [02:55] Welcome to the show, Adrien!
  • [05:16] Adrien shares his story. 
  • [08:07] He speaks about what he saw as a child with education and his conversations with the Dean.
  • [09:21] Adrien discusses going to an American boarding school and the difference in the support he got versus the French school system.
  • [12:25] Going to college does not guarantee you will get a job.
  • [14:24] Adrien shares what kind of startup he helped build in university.
  • [16:34] Adrien talks about what he did when he took a gap year from college.
  • [18:50] Adrien speaks about a podcast he listened to that changed his life.
  • [21:53] Adrien discusses realizing that he had value to offer to people of his parents' generation that hadn't grown up with computers and social media.
  • [29:26] While building very inexpensive websites, he started thinking about digital marketing as a way to expand his business.
  • [31:38] Adrien shares what was important about a course that he took.
  • [35:15] He decided he wanted to revolutionize the education system.
  • [38:57] How will you bridge the gap that will allow lower-income people to know about and participate in what you want to accomplish?
  • [40:48] Adrien what his definition of the entrepreneurial mindset is.
  • [41:53] Eric believes the educational system was designed for.
  • [44:18] The best way to help families is to help their kids do well.
  • [48:21] Adrien believes that career readiness is more important than grades.
  • [54:31] Adrien suspects he has ADHD but has never been diagnosed.
  • [55:32] Adrien shares how everything came full circle when he called his middle school dean and found out he had ADHD.
  • [57:27] He wanted to create a course on ADHD in the middle school years.
  • [1:00:40] Adrien speaks about how to get to the root cause.
  • [1:01:15] Adrien discusses Smart Course and what it covers.
  • [1:04:54] He shares a blog he thinks people should read.
  • [107:58] Thank you so much for being on the show!
  • [1:08:44] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron click on our Patreon tap at www.ADHDreWired.com

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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 Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  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 12:30 PM CT. Go to https://www.adhdrewired.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.

 

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"ADHD is never an excuse; it's an explanation." Listen as your host, Eric Tivers, and his guest Angela Pieper discuss how companies can have more empathy around neurodiverse people while still holding them to the same standards as neurotypical employees, plus much more on this episode of ADHD reWired.

 Angela has worked in the alcoholic beverage industry for over fifteen years in roles ranging from waiting tables to managing multi-million dollar portfolios. She hopes to affect change in diversity and inclusion initiatives for people with neurodiverse conditions. Angela is a mom to a brilliant seventeen-year-old daughter and loves to travel with her husband.

Listen as Angela discusses the company she works for and how the culture is important for her, what she would like her company to do to educate the leadership team around the struggles of neurodiverse employees, and how these same people can add value to the organization.

Angela shares some strategies and tools she uses in the workplace that have helped her and helped some of her neurotypical colleagues. Angela speaks about what her ideal workplace would look like and how she would change the world if she could to help neurodiverse people in the workplace. Angela believes that if companies and leadership teams educated themselves about these issues, they could retain employees, which would help their bottom line.

You'll learn:

  • [02:36] Welcome to the show, Angela!
  • [03:27] Angela explains why she wanted to come on the podcast.
  • [05:26] Angela speaks about having the MTHFR gene mutation and how it affects people.
  • [08:23] Angela shares how she felt when she realized she appeared combative or defensive when being curious.
  • [10:07] Did you change the way you asked questions or change your tone?
  • [12:18] Angela talks about being on a performance improvement plan and how her 90-day review went.
  • [15:04] Angela speaks about where she wants to be in the next year.
  • [18:51] Angela discusses the company culture she works in and how important it is for her to work for a company that talks the talk and walks the walk.
  • [27:31] Angela shares what she wants to see companies do around neurodiversity and her company specifically.
  • [29:52] How does this understanding of neurodiverse people add value to an organization?
  • [31:08] Angela describes some tools and strategies she uses.
  • [34:16] Eric believes that we should be curious about how people do and think differently.
  • [36:55] By the age of 12, children with ADHD have five times a day more corrections than children without ADHD do.
  • [39:26] Angela's ultimate goal is to say let's work together to figure out how we can fix this instead of being shoved into the neurotypical box.
  • [44:58] What would your ideal workplace look like?
  • [48:57] Angela speaks about what her ideal role would be.
  • [52:34] Angela discusses how she would change the world for neurodiverse people in the workplace.
  • [55:23] Angela shares some final thoughts about the awareness around ADHD.
  • [57:03] Thank you for being on the show!
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Listen as Eric Tivers with his guests, Brendan Mahan, Will Curb, Moira Maybin, and MJ Siemens, answer questions from the listeners in our monthly Q & A session of ADHD reWired. We are taking questions from you, the listener, about situations you want to talk through. It doesn't matter if it's personal or professional; we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers.

Kathy starts by asking for suggestions about going to bed at a decent time so she can get up early to write her book. Melissa wants some suggestions on incorporating weekly planning in her life. Lauren is looking for help to find resources for getting a correct diagnosis for ADHD instead of depression, as she's always been told.

Brendan wants suggestions on what project management tool to use as his business grows, and he is being overwhelmed with inquiries. Jacob wants some help and resources to quit smoking. He has quit multiple times over the years but always started back up. The panel shares their tips and suggestions on talking to his doctor about the ADHD meds he is on and asking if they can be changed to make quitting easier.

This is the last live Q&A recorded in 2020, and as usual, we cover a wide range of topics, and we provide some creative takeaways no matter what stage you're in with your diagnosis. Listen in as we discuss your questions and the struggle we still have dealing with our ADHD, and get ready for more in 2021.

*Please note that when we discuss medications, we can only address personal experience. Anytime you have been prescribed a drug, you should reach out to your provider regarding your symptoms and experiences. Not all medications are useful for all people. There are various options, and you'll need individual help to determine which medicines are right for you.

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You'll learn:

  • [02:15] Welcome to the show, everyone!
  • [04:49] Kathy speaks about her issue of going to bed late.
  • [07:13] Eric wants to know if she has to get up early.
  • [09:45] Brendan shares his insights into Kathy's issue.
  • [13:02] If you can find a book that is fiction and part of a series, it might allow you to go to bed sooner.
  • [15:58] Kathy talks to her future self every morning.
  • [18:13] MJ talks about the meds she takes for her ADHD.
  • [21:02] Melissa wants to know how to incorporate weekly planning in her life.
  • [23:46] Eric says that planning makes everything else you are doing easier.
  • [25:47] Telling people no is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
  • [26:22] Brendan shares his suggestions for Melissa.
  • [32:47] Lauren believes she has been misdiagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder; she believes she has ADHD but doesn't have the money to pursue a diagnosis.
  • [35:02] Women are the largest demographic for being diagnosed with ADHD because they are the largest group being misdiagnosed.
  • [36:50] Moira shares some resources for Lauren.
  • [39:04] Will asks if a diagnosis is a road to getting medication to help with her ADHD.
  • [42:16] Brendan has a question about a project management tool to manage his inquiries.
  • [44:20] Eric shares his ideas on what Brendan can do.
  • [47:17] Eric discusses some automated tools he can use.
  • [48:47] MJ speaks about how she manages contacts and her schedule.
  • [53:11] Do you have a form on your website for people to fill out?
  • [53:32] Moira has three questions to ask Brendan.
  • [55:41] Eric shares with Brendan when it's time to hire your first assistant.
  • [59:04] Eric discusses his post-covid plans and what he hopes to accomplish during 2021.
  • [1:04:52] Jacob wants some tips on how to quit smoking.
  • [1:05:36] MJ asks what kind of medicine he is on.
  • [1:06:22] MJ shares that she couldn't reduce her nicotine level until she was on the correct dosage of meds for her ADHD.
  • [1:08:00] Eric discusses how he quit smoking and his triggers for restarting.
  • [1:11:00] Eric shares some programs that are available to help people quit smoking.
  • [1:12:48] Jacob talks about the contraindications that quit smoking medications have, so he can't take them.
  • [1:15:12] Thank you all for being on the show!
  • [1:16:11] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron by clicking on our Patreon tab at www.ADHDreWired.com

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The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit coachingrewired.com to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it!

Support the Podcast on Patreon

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to https://www.adhdrewired.com/community and fill out the application.

Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 358_December_2020_Q__A.mp3
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"If you don't want your ADHD to disrupt your life, then don't say you can't do something." Listen as your host, Eric Tivers, and his guest Terry Huff discuss the important idea of accepting the brain you have, plus much more on this episode of ADHD reWired.

Terry is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in adults with ADHD; he is a blogger and the author of Living Well with ADHD, which came out in 2016. He has practiced in the Nashville area for 31 years and is the founder of ADD Nashville, a support group he founded in 2005. Terry leads workshops and has presented at international conferences on ADHD, and has had a personal meditation practice for over 25 years.

Listen, as Terry discusses practicing meditation and how meditation can help you notice your mind. If you practice compassion meditation, you can strengthen the brain areas that are involved with empathy. Terry also shares a story about his wife and how it has been possible for her to stay by his side for the forty-plus years they have been married.

Do you get frustrated with your ADHD? Terry shares some resets, tips, and techniques you can use to access more of your brain and learn to accept your brain with ADHD. Terry believes that if you wake up every morning and tell yourself you have ADHD, and you will possibly screw up today, you probably won't.

You'll learn:

  • [03:17] Welcome to the show, Terry!
  • [03:55] Terry shares his background and his journey to where he is today.
  • [06:32] Terry speaks about losing open awareness when he was on medicine.
  • [08:47] Terry discusses practicing meditation and the type that helped him.
  • [11:47] Listen, as Terry tells a story about a situation with a client that changed how he helped his clients.
  • [15:02] The goal of meditation isn't to quiet the mind; the goal is to notice the mind.
  • [18:46] "The moment that we accept ourselves exactly as we are in the moment we can begin to change,"
  • [21:02] People who practice compassion meditation seem to strengthen the brain areas that are involved in empathy.
  • [28:03] Do you teach and guide people in meditation?
  • [28:49] Terry defines cognitive therapy.
  • [32:12] Be gentle with yourself; you didn't ask for this.
  • [33:40] Terry tells people you have ADHD, act as if you know it.
  • [35:41] Terry speaks about his wife and how she has always stayed right by his side during his ADHD journey.
  • [37:21] Are there times that you get frustrated with your ADHD? You are not alone.
  • [39:17] Terry shares an embarrassing story about himself.
  • [41:45] Terry discusses why rewards and punishments don't work on people with ADHD.
  • [42:49] Preventing the problems in your life that ADHD can cause you are the way.
  • [47:59] Terry says to wake up every morning and tell yourself you have ADHD and why.
  • [50:12] Accept that your memory isn't reliable, and it won't be a problem for you.
  • [51:49] What are some concrete things that someone can do that is having trouble accepting their brain with ADHD?
  • [54:32] Terry shares some resets you can do to access more of your brain.
  • [56:48] Thank you for listening to the show!
  • [57:30] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron click on our Patreon tap at www.ADHDreWired.com

Connect with Terry:

Terry Huff

Living Well with ADHD

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 357_Accept_The_Brain_You_Have_with_Terry_Huff.mp3
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