ADHD reWired (general)

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 Coaching and Accountability Group

Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. The next registration event is Thursday, November 29th at 3pm Central.  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: 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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. The next registration event is Thursday, November 29th at 3pm Central.  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: 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 Coaching and Accountability Group

Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. The next registration event is Thursday, November 29th at 3pm Central.  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.


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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

Our next registration event for the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is this Thursday, 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?

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: 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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

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?

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: 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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

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?

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: 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.   

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

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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.  Our next, and possibly last registration event is coming up this Thursday at 4pm Eastern.  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: 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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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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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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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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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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Productivity Q&A 

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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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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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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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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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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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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: 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  

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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? 

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

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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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.   

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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? 

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: 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 

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: 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

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: 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: 

http://www.audibletrial.com/ADHDreWired 

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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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: 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: 

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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 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

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: 218_Models_for_Coaching_-_David_Giwerc.mp3
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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. 

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 starts today.  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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Direct download: 21720April20Q202620A.mp3
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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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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: 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

Want to be a guest? 

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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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We are trying something a little different with our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group this summer.  This summer, I’ll be hosting our first 8-week intensive, called “One Big Thing.”  These groups will fill up quickly.  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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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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

We are trying something a little different with our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group this summer.  This summer, I’ll be hosting our first 8-week intensive, called “One Big Thing.”  These groups will fill up quickly.  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? 

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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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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: 211_The_Complex_-_James_and_Jules_Ochoa.mp3
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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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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: 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 

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.  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: 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: 

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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  

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? 

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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: 

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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: 

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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 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 

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: 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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Productivity Q&A

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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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm CDT

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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Productivity Q&A 

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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: 202_Women_and_ADHD_with_Linda_Roggli.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

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

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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: 201_Laura_Wrzesinski_-_ADHD_is_more_than_Focus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

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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Direct download: ADHD_Essentials_Ep_2_Simulcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

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.  


Your Resources:
GlassDoor.com

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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

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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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.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 195_Justin_Classen_Risk_reward_of_high_risk_jobs.mp3
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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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Productivity Q&A

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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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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!  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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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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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:

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: 191_What_you_might_know_about_ADHD_reWired_Coaching_Groups.mp3
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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.

 

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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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

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: 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
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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
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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.  

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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
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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.  

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How to ADHD YouTube Channel

Time Timer

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Productivity Q&A

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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
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This Week’s Episode:

Rich Schramm is a seasoned technology executive, entrepreneur, and software development expert with over 25-years in information and technology. He is also the father of three kids with ADHD.  Rich is putting his experience and skills to use in creating a tool to manage ADHD families, called I Got This. I Got This is an app, a community, and a mission to change the story of ADHD.

In this conversation, Rich shares some of his story and his personal experiences that led to the development of his app.  The app is not yet live but in beta.  In addition to sharing what some of the nuts and bolts of his app are, he talks about some of the challenges of working on this project.  Rich also describes how working on this project has been a journey for him, personally and professionally.

Connect with Rich Schramm:

App Website - http://igotthis.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:55] - Rich talks about the challenge of predicting timeframes when working on new projects.
  • [08:09] - We talk about perfectionism and how this can hold back a project.
  • [10:27] - Rich explains how he communicates with the off-shore team that is helping him with I Got This.
  • [14:26] - Rich explains how he manages meetings with off-shore leaders. He also talks about overcoming language and cultural barriers.
  • [22:26] - Rich talks about his family and how their needs shaped his app.
  • [26:15] - Rich describes the app’s failsafe notification system. 
  • [30:45] - Rich explains how the app gives token rewards.
  • [32:23] - Rich talks about the guide and two-torials for parents that help with setting up tasks.
  • [43:13] - Rich describes how this project has been a journey, personally.
  • [44:37] - Rich explains how this project has helped him overcome fear and helped change his view of humanity.
  • [49:57] - Rich talks about going through programs with a life coach to help identify the things that held him back, personally and professionally.
  • [55:40] - Rich shares why he views this product as a community.
  • [1:01:36] - Rich explains that he intends to change the way people see ADHD.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: ADHD-182-I_Got_This.mp3
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This Week’s Episode: 

James Ochoa returns to the podcast on this episode. James is a licensed professional counselor and the author of Focused 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 all areas of life.  His passion is treating the emotional distress of ADHD so clients can build their internal worlds using their imagination to manage their attention challenges.  

In this conversation, you will hear James talk about emotional regulation.  He discusses the concept of emotional distress syndrome and the stress model, which involves distress and eu stress.  James shares how micro-meditations in the middle of the day create the activation of the kinesthetic muscle and how that activity helps keep us in balance.  He shares how slowing down actions by 25% at any given moment puts the mind in a state of pause and contemplation.  You will hear helpful strategies that are customizable and easy to implement.   

Connect with James Ochoa: 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [04:02] - I share what has been going on in my life, which includes a recent move, working on becoming a minimalist, and trying to find an office space. 
  • [17:00] - James shares that he has been diving into the emotional distress of ADHD. He explains that this is a balancing factor.   
  • [20:03] - James shares that he came up with the concept of emotional distress syndrome, a low-grade post traumatic stress.   
  • [21:07] - James would like people with ADHD to think about the stress model from a two component system, distress and eu stress.  
  • [23:13] - James talks about handling eu stress and moving forward. 
  • [25:41] - I share that I recently listened to a guided meditation with poor audio quality and I was able to shape this into a really good experience.  
  • [27:12] - James talks about elevating meditation to a higher level of need.   
  • [33:19] - James shares that as he walks on the beach, he will close his eyes.  He explains that it helps keep him connected to himself.  
  • [35:00] - James talks about Emotional Distress Syndrome. He explains micro-traumas and why it is critical to understand them. 
  • [37:36] - James states that it is important to customize and personalize strategies that work. 
  • [42:24] - James explains the shiny object du jour. 
  • [47:51] - James would like to develop a professional consultation model, and he talks about this.  
  • [51:50] - James talks about a new podcast series he is working on. It will be called “The Complex.”  
  • [56:24] - James follows up on our conversation when he was on the ADHD reWired Hot Seat the last time he was on the podcast.  
  • [59:41] - James shares that exercise has been difficult for him and customized short-term goals have helped him. 

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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.

 

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: 181_Emotional_Regulation_and_Shiny_Objects_w_James_Ochoa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

Jo Meleca-Voigt returns to the podcast on this episode. Jo is a teacher and she last came on the podcast right after being diagnosed with ADHD and starting medication.  

In this conversation, you will hear Jo describe the last year of her life since we last spoke.  She has had some opportunities in her professional career to advocate for students with ADHD.  She shares how this has helped her in her own journey.

Jo shares some of the strategies that she has implemented in the last year.  Although a component of a strategy may not work, that doesn't necessarily mean the entire strategy does not have beneficial pieces.  We also discuss loss in this conversation, as Jo recently lost someone to suicide.  This situation brought back memories of her childhood and she explains how she is dealing with this loss.  

Connect with Jo Meleca-Voigt:

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:23] - Jo shares how the last year has been life-changing and career-changing.
  • [08:00] - Jo talks about the support she received at work after her diagnosis. 
  • [09:19] - Jo led a group of students with ADHD to support each other.
  • [12:28] - Jo saw herself in an individual student, and she explains how this student’s life changed after diagnosis.
  • [15:28] - Jo explains how being an advocate has changed her. 
  • [18:01] - Jo describes how the way that she viewed herself as a kid helped her work with students with ADHD.
  • [19:44] - Someone Jo knew recently committed suicide.  She explains how this situation brought back some memories of something that happened in her childhood.
  • [28:21] - Jo describes how she is dealing with this loss.
  • [36:00] - Jo clarifies some of her statements from earlier in the discussion.
  • [40:04] - Jo lists some strategies that she has implemented in the last year.
  • [43:48] - Jo shares how things have changed in her relationship with her wife since her diagnosis. 
  • [45:47] - We talk about the “mail monster.”  Jo explains her method of sorting mail.
  • [47:51] - Every strategy has a piece that doesn’t work, and we fall into an “all or nothing” mindset and dismiss those strategies that have beneficial pieces.
  • [51:31] - Jo explains how she prepares students for the world they are going to live in. 
  • [55:46] - We discuss the difficulties of grocery shopping. 
  • [1:02:24] - Jo talks about the things that have surprised her since her ADHD diagnosis. 

Your Resources:

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Productivity Q&A

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This Week’s Episode:

Jim Klopman is an innovator in other industries, Jim says that his brain damage, ADHD, and Dyslexia are blessings that free his mind to see tech advances before others. Jim developed the SlackBow Balanced Training System to improve and maintain his own athletic performance.  Jim believes a fit human balance system is the key to maintaining physical and psychological success in all areas of life.

In this conversation, you will hear Jim explain the importance of balance and the human balance system.  He explains how, through technology and other modern ways of living, we have diminished balance abilities.  Jim shares how strengthening the human balance system, you can calm your whole system and how this can help you in life, and specifically with ADHD.

Connect with Jim Klopman:

Website - SlackBow.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:17] - Jim explains the SlackBow Balanced Training System.
  • [07:46] - Jim talks about the human balance system and the sensors that make up this system.  
  • [08:48] - Jim sees a correlation between extreme sports and ADD.  He shares his opinion on why this is the case.
  • [09:43] - We talk about balance and counter-balance.
  • [14:06] - Jim explains why he calls it “the balance system” and explains why this is a set of systems.
  • [18:12] - Jim shares his background, which includes brain injury, dyslexia, and ADHD. He also describes his diagnosis experience.
  • [24:03] - Jim talks about his ADHD journey after his diagnosis.
  • [32:27] - Jim explains the brain-body connection and concussions.
  • [35:31] - Jim provides some examples of balance training that you can do at home.
  • [40:40] - Jim explains why balance training can help in life and with ADHD.
  • [47:22] - Jim shares how to calm your whole system.
  • [49:05] - We discuss vision, peripheral vision, and visual overstimulation.
  • [54:24] - I talk about my dad’s balance issues.  Jim provides me with some ideas that could help him.
  • [1:00:06] - Jim explains how a nerve stimulator can help with balance.
  • [1:05:45] - Jim talks about what he is working on with his business.

 

Your Resources:

SlackBow Balanced Training System

Balance is Power: Improve Your Body’s Balance to Perform Better, Live Longer, and Look Younger - Jim Klopman

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


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Support the podcast on Patreon

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 179_Creating_Balance_Jim_Klopman.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, we do a live Q&A.  This episode is a recording of the June Live Q&A.  If you are listening to this episode the day it’s released, tune into August’s Live Q&A at 12:30pm at http://EricTivers.com/events.

On this episode, I’m joined by Brendan Mahan. This is Brendan’s third appearance on the podcast.  Brendan is an ADHD coach and speaker.  He is currently a special education teacher.  He understands ADHD from as an insider, as well as from the perspective of an educator.

In this conversation, you will hear Brendan, and I answer listener questions, primarily on parenting.  We cover a variety of topics on children and adolescents with ADHD.  We talk about diagnosis, medication, and everything that goes along with parenting with ADHD and parenting a child with ADHD.

Connect with Brendan Mahan:

Website - ADHDEssentials.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:20] - Brendan talks about “the wall of awful.”
  • [08:45] - We talk about the danger in asking our children, “Why did you do that?”
  • [10:39] - Brendan shares his thoughts on lying.
  • [14:39] - VJ asks about the appropriate age for diagnosing ADHD and the role of parents in this process, specifically parents with ADHD.
  • [19:40] - We talk about how ADHD affects us as parents.
  • [22:40] - Marisol asks about consistency in the house and chores.
  • [38:29] - Brene Brown wrote about “the wholehearted parenting manifesto,” and I read a passage.
  • [42:39] - I share one of my most non-proud Daddy moments.
  • [44:36] - A few people asked questions about summer scheduling and structure. Brendan and I both have experience as a camp counselor, and we share some thoughts on theming and structure.
  • [49:44] - VJ asks about the appropriate time for speaking with a pediatrician about an ADHD diagnosis.
  • [52:27] - Steven reports he is seeing signs of ADHD in his daughter and has questions about diagnosis.
  • [59:20] - We talk about fidget spinners and alternatives.
  • [1:02:57] - Marisol asks for strategies for her daughter, who has impulse control issues during angry outbursts.
  • [1:11:43] - Brendan and I share our opinions on video games causing ADHD.
  • [1:13:50] - We talk about the importance of information and education for people recently diagnosed with ADHD.
  • [1:15:28] - We answer a question about getting a teenager to understand the importance of taking medication.
  • [1:18:39] - Brendan talks about medication diversion.
  • [1:23:08] - Brendan and I have an idea, and we share some information and ask for your feedback.  
  • [1:33:56] - Brendan explains why he feels that parents yell “too quick” and he shares how to start at a lower tier.

Your Resources:

ChorePad
The Tangle
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD - John F. Taylor

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 178_Productive_Parenting_Live_Q__A_June_2017_with_Brendan_Mahan.mp3
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Thomas Wandall joins me on this episode of ADHD reWired.  Thomas is a listener of this podcast and was recently diagnosed with the inattentive presentation of ADHD. Thomas has lived in the Bay Area of California since 1995 and has a variety of interests.  He enjoys mountain climbing, bike building, novel writing, painting, crisis counseling, and shoe-making. He enjoys the hands-on nature of his work. He owns a shoe-making and repair business. He also struggles with broken deadlines and unfinished shoes, which he calls “shame shoes.”

In this conversation, you will hear Thomas explain different tasks that he has difficulty with in his business as a shoe-maker.  A major area of difficulty for Thomas is time estimates and finishing work within deadlines.  Thomas and I talk through his systems, and I provide him with some suggestions to adapt these systems to help him be successful in these areas.

Connect with Thomas Wandall

ThomasWandall.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:51] - Thomas explains his history and experience as a crisis counselor.  
  • [06:53] - Thomas was diagnosed just a month before the recording of this episode. He explains why he was evaluated.
  • [08:35] - Thomas wrote (and finished) a novel, a mountaineering ghost story.  He talks about the story he constructed.
  • [10:32] - Thomas explains how he got into shoe-making.  
  • [12:07] - Thomas describes what has allowed him to be a successful entrepreneur.
  • [14:24] - Thomas shares the process of his business.  He explains why he tries to NOT answer the phone and struggles with returning calls.
  • [17:35] - Because phone calls are such an issue for Thomas, we consider the benefit and value of hiring someone to answer and make calls.  
  • [22:36] - Thomas explains how he gives time estimates to customers. He describes his prioritization techniques.  I give Thomas a suggestion on creating short-term progress benchmarks.
  • [26:18] - Thomas shares the physical systems he uses to organize different orders. I give him some ideas on this organization and share my own techniques of under-promising and over-delivering.
  • [30:32] - We talk about the idea of working “slow” into the business slogan.
  • [32:34] - Thomas tells a story about clown shoes, which have become his shame shoes.
  • [39:18] - I share some ideas for Alex to deal with his shame shoes and the customer who owns these shoes.
  • [52:20] - I talk about the five-second miracle and how this practice can help us complete a task.
  • [59:05] - Thomas shares what his next action-steps are, and I issue a “preposterous” challenge for Thomas.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 17720Blue20Shame20Shoes20Thomas20Wandall.mp3
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July 25th is the last day to register for the 10th season of ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Group.
To learn more: www.CoachingreWired.com
To schedule your registration interview: www.meetme.so/adhdrewired

 

Direct download: Short_-_Last_Day_of_Registration_and_making_sense_of_a_12000_mistake.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Diann Wingert is a licensed psychotherapist, master certified coach, parent of adult children with ADHD, and she has ADHD herself. After many years of “dancing with denial,” she was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of sixty. Diann specializes in coaching high-functioning but under-achieving adults with ADHD.

In this conversation, you will hear Diann discuss her personal history with ADHD and her recent diagnosis at the age of sixty. For years, this diagnosis didn’t seem possible, as she excelled in so many areas that her child with ADHD struggled in.  Diann also talks about the value and importance of coaching. She is a member of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group and shares why she joined the group and what she has gained from her involvement.

Connect with Diann Wingert:

Website - http://DiannWingertCoaching.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [10:12] - Diann talks about coaching, and she describes her history with acting as a coach. It was in our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group that Diann decided to focus on people with ADHD.
  • [11:40] - Diann explains what she has learned about herself through coaching other people. She also shares why she enjoys working with entrepreneurs.
  • [13:32] - Diann talks about her personal discovery of ADHD and labeling.
  • [18:43] - Diann shares her career path.  She opens up about enjoying building things, but when it moves to the maintenance stage, she loses interest.
  • [21:27] - Diann talks about her son being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 8.  Because she excelled in the areas that her son struggled, she didn’t see how she could also have ADHD.
  • [26:15] - Diann explains how she perceived herself with ADHD.
  • [28:00] - When she joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, Diann realized that she is a perfectionist.
  • [30:33] - At times, Diann wishes that she would have dealt with her ADHD earlier.  
  • [32:20] - Diann shares why she had an evaluation for ADHD at the age of 60.
  • [41:37] - Diann and I talk about the idea of to “bending the world to you.”
  • [47:14] - Diann explains why she joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group and what she has gained from this experience.
  • [56:54] - Diann shares milestones on her path to acceptance.
  • [1:01:01] - Diann is starting a podcast for women over 50 with ADHD.  She talks about the future launch of this podcast and her coaching program.

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Today (Tuesday, July 18th), we will have an interactive planning workshop. The workshop is “Planning Your Month, Week, and Day.” This session starts at 12:30pm Central. Register at EricTivers.com/events.

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 10th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group starts on August 21st.  Registration will be open July 19th through 25th.  Go to CoachingReWired.com to learn more and schedule your registration interview.

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.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, you can purchase all 36 sessions (including mine) for only $197! Check it out here:  http://www.erictivers.com/palooza

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 176_Bending_the_world_to_our_ADHD_with_Diann_Wingert.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Kat Hoyer is a certified life and career coach. She offers personal and professional development workshops, retreats, and coaching. After spending 15 years in corporate America, Kat found herself at a personal and professional crossroads. Through a series of unexpected detours, she found her way to help people find their own success.

In this conversation, you will hear Kat share her ADHD story.  You will also hear two letters that she has written to her ADHD.  After losing three jobs in three years, Kat decided to start her own business.  She explains how she helps individuals “STEER” their own lives.  

Kat is part of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  She shares her experience in this group and explains why the lack of judgment in this group is so important.  She discusses working with accountability partners and the ROI that comes with a coaching group.

Connect with Kat Hoyer:

Email - kat@composecoaching.com
Twitter - @Kat_Hoyer
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kat.hoyer

You’ll Learn:

  • [11:12] - Kat explains how she helps individuals “STEER” their own lives. She explains each aspect of the acronym.
  • [12:21] - Kat discusses a letter that she recently wrote.  
  • [14:20] - Kat shares how she discovered that she has ADHD.
  • [22:04] - Kat is not currently medicated, and we talk about a misconception with dosages.
  • [23:49] - Kat lost three jobs in three years and decided to start her own career coaching business.
  • [26:57] - Kat explains why she joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [30:28] - Kat discusses the ROI that comes with a coaching group.
  • [31:54] - Kat shares what she has learned from the ADHD reWired group that is helping her get her business off the ground.
  • [33:51] - Kat reads her first letter to her ADHD.
  • [38:42] - Kat reads her second letter to her ADHD.
  • [40:21] - Kat shares why the lack of judgment in the ADHD reWired group is so important.
  • [42:25] - Kat explains why she benefits from being around like-brained people.
  • [43:40] - Sharing from her experience, Kat tells people what she wants to know about the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [51:23] - Kat shares how she works with her accountability partners.
  • [53:07] - Kat talks about using block scheduling.
  • [57:45] - Kat explains why the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is helping her put together a puzzle.

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On Monday, July 17th and Tuesday, July 18th, we will have two days of interactive planning workshops.  Monday is “Planning Your Year, Month, and Quarter.”  Tuesday is “Planning Your Month, Week, and Day.” These sessions start at 12:30pm Central. Register at EricTivers.com/events

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 10th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group starts on August 21st.  Registration will be open July 19th through 25th.  Go to CoachingReWired.com to learn more and schedule your registration interview.

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 ADHDreWired.com and click “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, you can purchase all 36 sessions (including mine) for only $197! Check it out here:  http://www.erictivers.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: 175_Were_like-brained_not_just_like_minded_with_Kat_Hoyer.mp3
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Dr. Abigail “Abi” Weissman joins me on this week’s episode. Abi is a clinical psychologist who calls herself an Empowering Supporter and a Self-Love Affirmer. Abi helps people who wish they could fulfill their queer, transgender, religious, liberal, polyamorous, and/or kink selves, but hold themselves back because they are scared they will be unloved, unemployed, and rejected by their loved ones and communities.  

In this conversation, you will hear Abi explain the LGBTQIQA acronym and why it is so important to individuals that identify with those classifications.  Abi tells her personal stories about coming out in both her sexuality and with ADHD. She explains why coming out as having ADHD was more difficult.  There is a high overlap with ADHD and people that identify as LGBTQIQA and Abi discusses this intersection.

Connect with Dr. Abigail Weissman:

Website: www.doctorabi.com

Phone: 619-403-5578

Email: info@doctorabi.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:33] - We start this conversation by Abi defining “LGBTQIQA” and some of the other terms people use to identify themselves.
  • [09:13] - Abi shares how she identifies herself. She explains these classifications.
  • [11:46] - Abi explains how people can decide how to identify.
  • [13:35] - Abi shares some terms of classification that are used and some of the difficulty in using these terms.  
  • [18:21] - We talk about the series, “Transparent.”
  • [19:17] - Abi shares her experience with coming out and how her family has handled this news.
  • [22:01] - Abi explains what it’s like to come out every day.
  • [26:17] - Abi is visiting this podcast today to come out of another closet.  
  • [27:36] - Abi shares why she finds coming out as having ADHD more difficult than coming out as queer. She goes on to share how she discovered that she has ADHD.
  • [30:03] - Abi talks about medication.
  • [32:32] - Abi describes how much about herself she shares with her clients.
  • [38:17] - Abi is going to a conference on conversion therapy and talks about this situation.
  • [44:29] - We talk about the intersection of ADHD and LGBTQIQA.
  • [56:28] - Abi explains why it is important to many people that each letter is in the acronym.
  • [59:08] - Abi shares some safer sex practices for people with ADHD.
  • [1:03:26] - We talk about organization and what we’d like to work on in the future.

Your Resources:

Zynnyme.com

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 10th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group starts on August 21st.  Registration will be open July 19th through 25th.   Go to CoachingReWired.com to learn more and schedule your registration interview.

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 ADHDreWired.com and click “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, you can purchase all 36 sessions (including mine) for only $197! Check it out here: http://www.erictivers.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: 174_GLBTQIQ_and_Coming_out_ADHD.mp3
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Chris Neely earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chris’ research focused on Autism and the family. Chris currently provides office-based, nature-based, and in-home psychotherapeutic services for individuals, families, couples, and groups affected by Autism and ADHD.  Chris co-owns Halcyon Mental Health in North Carolina.

In this conversation, you will hear Chris, and I discuss some of the similarities of ADHD and Autism.  We also consider techniques that are used with people with Autism and how those strategies can work with others.  Chris talks about the strength and challenge that comes with microexpressions.  At the end of the conversation, Chris shares information on equine therapy.  If you would like to hear the bonus content from this conversation, visit our Patreon page.

Connect with Chris Neely:

Website - CreateYourCalm.com

Email - chris@createyourcalm.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:23] - Chris shares how he fell into his career.
  • [09:11] - Chris shares his experience when he first took medication for his ADHD.
  • [10:50] - Chris talks about the similarities between Autism and ADHD. This leads to a conversation on how these techniques and strategies can work for different people.
  • [15:15] - Chris explains TEACH. Chris talks about this approach and why it makes sense to him.
  • [20:57] - Chris is currently reading Neurotribes. He talks about the idea of the reframing of diagnoses.
  • [23:24] - We discuss a study of individuals with a diagnosis of ADHD and have traits of Autism. This leads to us talking about the fidget spinner popularity.  
  • [28:22] - Chris shares a personal story about not knowing how to do the appropriate thing in public.  
  • [37:00] - People with Autism like predictable situations.  Chris and I talk about communication in social situations.  
  • [43:41] - We talk about the rare cases that a person with ADHD can qualify for disability.  Chris explains how his diagnosis caused his life insurance policy to double in cost.
  • [52:19] - Chris shares that the strength and challenge come with microexpressions. We discuss our struggles with remembering names and conducting phone calls. I share how not having to masquerade as “normal” has helped me be more normal.
  • [1:06:37] - Tony Attwood talks about a large population of Americans with Asperger’s and Autism in China.  We share some thoughts on the reasons for this and talk more about social context and the necessary complex neurological processes.
  • [1:10:05] - Chris explains why “just” is a four-letter word.
  • [1:10:56] - Chris talks about equine therapy for individuals with Autism.   

Your Resources:

Neurotribes - Steve Silberman

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 10th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group starts on August 21st.  Registration will be open July 19th through 25th.   Go to CoachingReWired.com to learn more and schedule your registration interview.

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 ADHDreWired.com and click “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, you can purchase all 36 sessions (including mine) for only $197! Check it out here:  http://www.erictivers.com/palooza

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This week, we bring you a recorded session of a live ADHD Q&A session.  The recording you will hear on this episode is from the May session.  

If you are listening to this episode the day it is published, Tuesday, June 13th, you can participate in the June ADHD Q&A session!  It starts at 12:30pm Central. Go to EricTivers.com/events to register.  

Ryan McCrae joins me on this Q&A.  In this conversation, you will hear Ryan, and I share our thoughts and tips on the questions that were submitted before and during the recording of this episode.

Connect with Ryan McCrae:

Website - TheADHDNerd.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:14] - We talk about clutter and clutter control.  Ryan talks about decluttering in a neutral state.  I am preparing for a move with my family and having a decluttered space has simplified decisions for me.  
  • [12:07] - We talk about the 5-minute rule and a 60-second clutter clearing exercise.
  • [13:07] - A listener asks a question about academia, graduate school, and self-employment.
  • [19:24] - Ryan talks about decision fatigue after a listener asks about switching between tasks.  
  • [24:11] - A live viewer asks about keeping track of all of your ideas and avoiding forgetting them.
  • [32:08] - Dennis asks about forming boundaries.  We talk about the need to say, “no.”
  • [42:34] - A listener asks a question about shortening conversations and streamlining discussions. I have experienced this issue and share some of the strategies I have implemented. Ryan shares some techniques, as well.
  • [47:10] - Jessica asks for tips on staying positive rather than focusing on past mistakes in work environments that focus on the bad ADHD traits.
  • [55:07] - We talk about using an accountability partner.

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Productivity Q&A

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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Direct download: 172_May_Live_Q__A.mp3
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Gabriel Villareal is a resident in counseling, soon to be a licensed practicing counselor in Virginia. He works part-time with a community agency that serves children and adolescents in crisis. He also runs his own part-time practice, specializing in ADHD.  Gabriel is the host of Informed Consent, a weekly podcast for incoming clinicians.  

In this conversation, you will hear Gabriel talk about how he helps the people he works with find their strengths.  Gabriel believes that ADHD is a gift and if he were given the opportunity “return” his ADHD, he wouldn’t.  Gabriel talks about resiliency, experimenting, and finding the balance of routine. You will also hear how Gabriel stays organized with his busy schedule.  

Connect with Gabriel Villareal:

Informed Consent Podcast

Website - Roanoke ADHD

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:39] - Gabriel shares his background and explains how he got to where he is.  
  • [10:59] - Gabriel talks about mastery and failure.
  • [13:24] - Gabriel explains that there are lots of different skills and strengths that people with ADHD can have, but not all have them all the time.
  • [16:27] - Gabriel talks about resiliency. He talks about the resiliency he was born with and what he has worked to develop.
  • [17:39] - Gabriel shares how he helps the people he works with find their strengths.
  • [19:08] - We talk about the idea of being able to “return” ADHD.  
  • [25:11] - Gabriel addresses the idea that viewing ADHD as a “gift” is a mechanism to make ourselves feel less bad about this thing we have.
  • [38:30] - Gabriel talks about experimenting in different areas.
  • [41:13] - Gabriel shares how he does with relaxing.
  • [45:46] - Gabriel talks about finding the balance of routine.
  • [47:28] - Gabriel is involved in many endeavors and shares how he keeps his schedule organized. This leads to a discussion on managing a calendar.
  • [52:28] - Gabriel talks about his podcast, Informed Consent.

Your Resources:

All Dogs Have ADHD

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 171_Strength_and_Positioning_with_Gabriel_Villareal.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Erik Fisher has been producing his podcast, Beyond the To-Do List for more than four years.  His podcast focuses on productivity.  Erik is a social media manager at Social Media Examiner. He is also a member of the ADHD tribe.

In this conversation, you will hear Erik and I discuss a variety of productivity techniques and resources.  We share several productivity apps that might be a fit for you and your routines.  We talk about “the drug” of social media and how to keep social media usage in check while we are trying to be productive. Throughout the episode, Erik shares how to achieve success by matching your priorities to your habits and “passing the baton to future you.”

Connect with Erik Fisher:

BeyondTheToDoList.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:01] - Erik shares why he decided to do a podcast on productivity.
  • [07:25] - Erik was diagnosed with ADHD in 2005. He talks about what prompted him to seek his diagnosis. He also describes his experience with medication.
  • [10:13] - We talk about digital distractions.  Erik works in the world of digital distractions and shares a few tips for keeping social media in check.
  • [14:14] - Erik shares how he uses his Apple Watch as a satellite to help him filter information and notifications that could potentially distract him.
  • [18:08] - Erik talks about dealing with distractions throughout the day.
  • [21:06] - Erik recently moved. Because I am getting ready to move, Erik shares some strategies for dealing with a move.
  • [23:24] - Erik explains how he sets up his schedule to stay productive through the day and week. This includes how he works within his workspace and working better with distractions.
  • [33:20] - Erik and I talk about the apps we use for to-do lists and calendars.
  • [41:42] - Erik shares some of the questions he is typically asked by people as a productivity guru.
  • [45:18] - To stay productive, we need to cancel out the digital noise.  We discuss some strategies of keeping our technology in check.
  • [49:03] - Erik shares some of the people he has interviewed for his podcast that have influenced him in the area of productivity.  
  • [52:29] - Erik and I talk about Chronotherapy.
  • [54:25] - While on Beyond the To-Do List, Michael Hyatt said, “Productivity isn’t about time management, it’s about energy management.”  
  • [56:17] - Erik talks about internet-blocking software.  

Your Resources:

Sleep Cycle
OmniFocus
BusyCal
Kitchen Safe Timer
Freedom Internet Blocker
Pavlok

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 170_Beyond_the_To_Do_list_-_Digitial_Distraction_with_Erik_Fisher.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Anders Ronnau is a leading ADHD Coach Trainer in Denmark. He also has a PhD in Applied Physics and is a furniture designer. He has taught parent programs since 2010 and coach training since 2012.

In this conversation, you will hear Anders talk about transforming ADHD from the “inside out” through cognitive enhancements and techniques like Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP. Some of the things he talks about include building rapport, mirroring, anchoring, and triggers. This is an interesting episode that steps out of my science based comfort zone.

Connect with Anders Ronnau:

Transforming ADHD Website

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:48] - Why transforming from the inside out? As a problem solver, Anders wanted to find the root of the problem, not the behavior.
  • [09:27] - The origins of NLP and how it is the "ADHD stepchild" of traditional psychology and psychotherapy.
  • [11:31] - Positive intentions behind behaviors. Separating behavior from the intention.
  • [12:35] - Getting to the motivation is the beginning of change.
  • [13:27] - Programming the mind and the brain is similar to programming a computer.
  • [13:57] - Some of the things that NLP offers like building rapport in minutes.
  • [19:22] - Anchoring and creating anchors to connect a state of mind to a situation.
  • [21:18] - How NLP can be misused in marketing situations.
  • [25:06] - How trigger images that feature you can help to instill positive habits.
  • [33:23] - Going for the coaching approach of what is going on, what would you like different, and how can we get there?
  • [41:38] - Ander's shares an example of changing the inner map of a world through "mind hacks".
  • [51:52] - Examples of cognitive enhancements like hyperfocus.

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Direct download: 169_Transforming_ADHD_from_the_inside_out_with_NLP_Anders_Ronnau.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Alan Brown returns to the podcast for this episode.  Alan is an ADHD Productivity Coach, best-selling author, and host of a subscription-based internet tv show and membership community.  

In this conversation, you will hear Alan talk about “theming.”  This is the idea of bringing similar activities and ideas together.  Alan explains how his techniques of theming, clumping, and batching by using compartments result in feeling “not ADHD.”  There is a lot of shame in productivity and not getting things done. Tactical theming is organic in helping guide you in productivity.

Connect with Alan Brown:

Zen and the Art of Productivity: 27 Easy Ways to Have More Time, Earn More Money and Live Happier - Alan P. Brown

Website - CrusherTV

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:45] - Alan explains “theming” and why it’s important for people with ADHD.
  • [07:10] - Alan compares clumping and batching.
  • [10:58] - Alan shares how he organizes his calendar with this strategy of batching.
  • [16:43] - When discussing “How to plan your day like a badass,” Alan tells us a way to fail at planning. He explains why his techniques don’t result in that same failure.
  • [19:37] - With planning regimens, there is expected success.  Alan explains why this isn’t a theming failure.
  • [22:05] - Three times in the last year, Alan has completed everything on his daily to-do list.  
  • [24:26] - Alan shares that resilience and forgiving ourselves are important with task completion.
  • [25:40] - Alan talks about theming for months and shares some of his tasks.
  • [38:25] - Alan explains how his themes for the year are leverage, courage, and easy. He explains how we all have tasks to do that are tough and realizing the task is easier than it seems helps accomplish the task.
  • [49:20] - Alan talks about the power of externalization and simple planning and prioritizing.

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Direct download: 168_Could_Theming_help_you_be_more_productive.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

This week, we bring you a recorded session of a live ADHD Q&A session.  The recording you will hear on this episode is from the April session.  Laura Curvin joins me to moderate this event.

If you are listening to this episode the day it is published, Tuesday, May 9th, you can participate in the April ADHD Q&A session!  It starts at 12:30pm Central.  Go to EricTivers.com/events to register.  

In this episode, you will hear the questions that attendees submitted during this Q&A.  We discuss morning routines and behaviors, procrastination, completing projects, and much more.  Join one of our upcoming ADHD Q&A sessions to have your questions answered!

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:36] - “Gurk” asks a question about the best morning routines or behaviors.  I share some of my morning behaviors and stress the importance of enough sleep the night before.  
  • [10:37] - Amanda is struggling with goals, projects, and short-term tasks at work and in the home setting.  I talk about the 20x5x5 challenge.
  • [17:19] - Laura asks a follow-up question about signs that your strategies need to change and be updated.
  • [21:40] - The next question is about procrastination.  I explain the problem with procrastination is the task completion system.  I also encourage the person to consider if they are in the right line of work.
  • [26:10] - Alene asks about not being able to finish tasks.  I explain that coming up with too many projects can the perfect recipe for having too much on your plate. Laura talks about deferring projects.
  • [37:57] - Karen joins the call to share some things speech pathologists are missing with ADD.  She talks about auditory association and asks for feedback from attendees.
  • [46:52] - Missy asks a clarifying question. She wants further explanation of the term “association task.”
  • [47:42] - Kim asks how to get through “the final five” and finish projects. 
  • [57:47] - Kat asks how much CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can impact ADHD and productivity.  I explain that CBT can be very helpful when dealing with cognitive distortions.

Contact Karen: K_Campbell@communitycounts.org

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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Direct download: 167_April_Live_QA.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Julie Reichenberger is a counselor in Denver, Colorado.  She primarily works with adolescents and adults with ADHD.  Julie, who has ADHD herself, found accepting her ADHD to be a real struggle.  

In this conversation, you will hear Julie’s story of discovering she has ADHD.  At a certain point, she had what she calls a “final acceptance” of her diagnosis.  Some of her stories involve her not being as self-aware at younger ages.  We talk about the idea of whether or not things are easier if you’re less self-aware.  When Julie sits in the ADHD reWired Hot Seat, we talk about her struggle with naming her business.  We go through some of the legal and strategic things to consider in this process.  

Connect with Julie Reichenberger:

Website: http://jrcounseling.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrcounseling/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:56] - Julie shares when she discovered that she has ADHD.  She explains her history with medication.
  • [08:35] - Julie talks about coming to a “final acceptance” of her ADHD diagnosis.
  • [12:10] - Julie does crisis evaluations for work.  She was talking with some co-workers that had observed some ADHD tendencies.  We talk about the term “ditzy” being a trigger word.
  • [15:30] - We talk about being aware and whether or not things are easier if you’re less self-aware.
  • [23:23] - Julie talks about working on the areas in which she has self-awareness.
  • [27:53] - I ask Julie how she deals with “the yawn” as a therapist.
  • [33:00] - When Julie was in college, she was a cheerleader.  She describes this experience.
  • [39:17] - Julie sits in the ADHD reWired hot seat.  She is having trouble naming her practice.  We discuss some of the legal and strategic considerations when naming her business.
  • [52:00] - When looking at options to come up with a name for her business, we talk about sharing information with clients.
  • [1:01:30] - Julie shares what energizes her with her work.  
  • [1:04:05] - I call BS on one of Julie’s statements.
  • [1:14:00] - I commend Julie on her organized space.

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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Direct download: 16620Julie20Reichenberger.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

David Greenwood is the author of the book, Overcoming Distractions: Thriving with Adult ADD/ADHD, which looks at ADHD through the eyes of an entrepreneur. The book shares people’s stories and strategies.  

In this conversation, you will hear David share his story and experiences that lead to him developing self-awareness about his future and moving toward entrepreneurship.  David explains how self-awareness and “owning yourself” can help lead to success.  Allowing yourself to daydream leads ideas and innovation.  

Connect with David Greenwood:

Website - DavidAGreenwood.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:43] - David tells a story from his childhood.  He believes this is his mother’s “aha!” moment.  This led to his diagnosis.
  • [05:48] - David shares his educational experience and getting off Ritalin.  This leads to him talking about his early jobs and self-awareness about his future and eventually, entrepreneurship.
  • [08:29] - David talks about owning a karate school.  He talks about the early lessons he learned.
  • [09:31] - David shares how he sets goals.  He uses a legal pad to organize his goals, which are short-term. He also talks about accountability through his coach.
  • [12:06] - Dave explains why exercise is important to maintain focus.  
  • [13:16] - Dave is a proponent of batching tasks and explains why that also helps with focus.
  • [15:48] - We discuss the idea of “just getting started.”
  • [19:11] - Dave talks about meditation and how it helps him relax and develop ideas.
  • [22:30] - David shares what prompted him to write his book.
  • [30:49] - Dave talks about being comfortable with who you are and “owning yourself.”
  • [33:38] - His next project is a career manual for people with ADHD. He talks about this project, which is yet to be named.
  • [39:11] - David recently got an email requesting him to teach the “non-ADHD” version of his book. He explains how he is going through the journey of his new book with the reader.
  • [44:25] - David talks about entrepreneurship and what aspiring entrepreneurs have in common.  
  • [47:25] - David shares a moment from his career that he deems to be a shameful moment.

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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Direct download: 16520Overcoming20Distraction.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Rick Green returns to this podcast on this episode.  Rick created the ground-breaking website TotallyADD.com.  He’s also responsible for two PBS documentaries on adult ADD, ADD and Loving It?! and ADD and Mastering It!  These documentaries were very well received.  Rick is a former Physics teacher and became a full-time comedian with The Frantics, The Red Green Show, and History Bites.

In this conversation, you will hear Rick talk about the sacrifices he’s made and the struggles he’s endured to produce his incredible documentaries on ADHD. ADHD and Loving It?!  has been viewed by an estimated 4-5 million Americans!

Because of Rick’s experience as a content creator in show business, he provides an interesting look into the areas of the industry that can cause people with ADHD some trouble.  He also shares resources and techniques that he has implemented to help him with organization and structure.  

Connect with Rick Green:

Website: http://totallyadd.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:17] - Once he left science, Rick became a comedian.  He shares some of his show business experiences.
  • [09:01] - Rick was diagnosed in 2001.  He talks about his idea to pitch his first tv show on ADHD.
  • [11:31] - Rick shares that he created a website that was originally meant to provide complementary material.
  • [14:13] - Rick went 18 months without income, selling his wife’s care and even his house.  He could sacrifice his vision to be in a better financial state.
  • [17:17] - Rick talks about the organization and structure of his website and explains the type of resource that it is. We talk about getting away from the clinical checklist and connecting through story.
  • [24:21] - Rick shares why he picked the title “ADHD and Loving It?!”
  • [26:42] - Rick talks about a humorous take while they were filming.
  • [27:57] - We talk about the power of personal positive reviews and recommendations and struggling with making decisions.
  • [34:40] - A few years ago, Rick was appointed to a patient advisory committee.  He shares some of the research that he’s been a part of.
  • [46:01] - I explain how I use this podcast.  Rick talks about the reluctance to spend money on mental health.  
  • [54:38] - Rick sits in the ADHD reWired hot seat.  He has lately felt overwhelmed because of the marketing overhaul with his content.  We talk about prioritizing the tasks and focusing on tasks that make others easier or unnecessary. It becomes clear that Rick could use a project manager.
  • [1:17:33] - We talk about organizing systems and the creation of a process map. We share some helpful resources.

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This Week’s Episode:

This week, we bring you a recorded session of a live ADHD Q&A session.  The recording you will hear on this episode is from the March session.  Nisha Subramanian joins me to moderate this event.

If you are listening to this episode the day it is published, Tuesday, April 11th, you can participate in the April ADHD Q&A session!  It starts at 12:30pm Central.  Go to EricTivers.com/events to register. 

On this episode, you will hear a variety of questions that we received for this Q&A session.  We talk about accountability, group conversation dynamics, and strategies with organization and motivation.  Toward the end of this episode, Nisha and I share one of our struggles with the ADHD reWired community, and we ask live viewers for advice. 

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:45] - Anne asks how to help her college freshman with his executive challenges when he is far away. I share my personal experience with college and discovering I have ADHD when I was in college. I share some ways that he can get some support while away at college.
  • [12:15] - Sarah asks a question about making accountability work, as she requires a level of accountability that asks a lot of the other person. Nisha and I talk about accountability. 
  • [17:17] - Rebecca has ADHD and is a therapist that is starting her private practice. She asks for tips on keeping up with paperwork. I talk about my experience in starting my own business.
  • [20:55] - Eileen asks about knowing the appropriate time to speak in group conversations. I encourage her to ask for feedback from her friends.
  • [24:52] - Tiffany asks how to stop over-sharing. Experts say that oversharing is fueled by our insecurities.  I ask, “Are you sharing something that you’ve dealt with?” and encourage you to ask yourself, “Why am I sharing this?”
  • [29:07] - Sarah asks re-framing a task you have a lot of resistance towards. Nisha shares her experience with having a resistance towards writing. 
  • [33:54] - Liz joins the call to ask about lists. She asks for tools or tips to update these lists.  Liz is currently using Evernote, and I explain how Evernote may not be the best tool for this.  I explain how I set up my boards.
  • [40:54] - Anthony shares that if he doesn’t know what to do, he doesn’t do anything. He asks for help in this area. I have a lot of strategies for this situation because I struggle with this.
  • [46:37] - Nisha and I talk about one of our struggles, which is managing the ADHD reWired Facebook group. We ask live viewers for advice on handling this situation.
  • [53:52] - Teresa asks when I was first diagnosed with ADHD.

 

Your Resources:

Brené Brown - Anatomy of Trust

Asana

Trello

Marie TV on YouTube 

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This Week’s Episode:

This week, I’m joined by Ana Gillon.  Ana is a mother, wife, and project coordinator.  She has been on a meandering journey of self-understanding since she was diagnosed with ADHD five years ago. A self-proclaimed “wandering creative,” Ana was part of a recent ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group.  

In this conversation, you will hear Ana tell her ADHD story.  She talks about ADHD and the idea of giving your ADHD a job.  Ana explains how the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group is helping her. She describes how the use of bread crumbs and other techniques from the group helps with organization.  Ana also shares her planning strategies, which includes necessary adjustments.  Investing time into planning helps build an attainable roadmap.                                          

Connect with Ana Gillon:

Email: ana.gillon@gmail.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:47] - Ana talks about how her diagnosis came about and found this podcast.  She talks about the discovery that she is a “hot mess”.
  • [12:00] - Ana shares a personal story about the co-parenting of her son and explains how this situation helped her understand that her ADHD was impacting her life.
  • [16:00] - Ana describes how she saw herself as an employee in the workplace when she was issued performance plans.
  • [18:44] - Ana explains what a project coordinator is and how this is a position you would not expect to be filled by a person with ADHD.
  • [23:37] - Ana talks about working in a corporate environment with ADHD. She would not recommend the strategy she has historically taken, avoidance.  
  • [27:37] - It has been two years since Ana started in her current role.  She explains how her mindset has recently changed.
  • [30:59] - Ana talks about how she uses the bread crumbs strategy that she learned in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [33:08] - Ana explains how she uses a Google calendar and a paper calendar together.
  • [39:32] - Ana explains that the more she makes bread crumbs and other strategies as part of her routine, the less energy she is putting into single decisions.
  • [42:05] - We talk about using Craigslist as a storage locker.
  • [43:34] - Ana shares her strategies for going through her stuff.
  • [46:50] - Ana talks about how she plans, and she describes how planning gives her comfort.
  • [56:32] - Ana explains how her strategies mesh with her husband’s organization. I share a suggestion with Ana to help with these situations.
  • [1:00:27] - Ana shares some advice for the spouse of someone that will be participating in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [1:05:42] - Ana describes where she would like to be in five years and what she is doing now to work towards that goal.
  • [1:08:53] - Ana talks about the biggest change that she’s seen in herself since becoming part of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group.


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This Week’s Episode:

This week, I’m joined by award-winning podcaster, Kevin Allison.  Kevin is the host of the story-telling podcast, Risk!  This is a podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they would share in front of an audience.  Kevin is also part of the sketch comedy troupe, The State.

Considering he is the host of a wildly successful podcast on storytelling, you are going to hear Kevin tell some parts of his story.  Kevin has always seen himself as a creative type that is “kind of a mess,” and he realized he needed help with the podcast’s business.  One of his listeners helped him build the podcast into a thriving business.  

In this conversation, you will hear us discuss various aspects of telling your ADHD story.  Kevin explains that forming and telling a story can help you learn more about yourself as you dig into the complexities of those situations.  He shares some tips on putting together your story and determining if you are ready to tell your ADHD story.  

Connect with Kevin Allison

Risk! Podcast
Twitter - @TheKevinAllison

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:17] - Kevin talks about his habit of working in bed and knowing that it may not be the best environment to be creative and get work done.
  • [07:40] - Kevin talks about “coming out” with his executive functioning challenges. He shares how he tapped into his listeners to get help with the business.
  • [10:57] - Kevin tours with his podcast frequently.  He shares how his business associate helps him by putting together the itineraries for these trips.
  • [12:29] - Kevin talks about how he has been thinking about returning to an anti-depressant.  
  • [14:03] - We talk about the effect that the 2016 election is having on some people.
  • [16:30] - Kevin shares some ways that he takes care of himself.  He talks about how he loses the desire to do those things when depression creeps in.
  • [18:27] - Our community is very familiar with shame.  Kevin explains the role that shame plays with Risk and in his life.
  • [24:54] - Kevin says that it’s when you dig into the complexity of situations for the purpose of storytelling, it is a process that helps you learn about yourself.  He also explains that this type of art is sometimes at it’s best when it is rooted in reality.
  • [31:52] - Kevin shares an instance of sharing a personal story and how it helped him create a connection with the audience that he had never experienced.
  • [33:02] - Kevin talks about how Risk is shocking but is not going for shock-value.
  • [34:06] - Risk is currently involved in a controversy.  He shares some information on this situation and incidents in the past.
  • [45:17] - I feel there is power in people sharing their ADHD stories.  Kevin shares some thoughts on whether or not you’re ready to tell your story.
  • [52:27] - I talk with Kevin about an idea I have about creating storytelling opportunities for people with ADHD.

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Productivity Q&A

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This Week’s Episode:

Nicole joins me on this episode of ADHD reWired. Nicole is a mom of two with a background in sales.  Nicole has been a member of our most recent ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  

In this discussion, Nicole shares her ADHD story with us.  She has an entertaining story of how she first realized she has ADHD.  Nicole shares a lot with us in the conversation. You will hear how she views the role that ADHD plays in her life, she reads a letter she wrote to her ADHD, and she describes the changes she is experiencing in her life now because of her involvement in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  

Connect with Nicole

Email: plymouthmn7@gmail.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:09] - Nicole describes her background and her history with ADHD.  She was not diagnosed until she was a senior in college. She shares how this discovery and diagnosis came about.  
  • [09:12] - Nicole talks about some of the resources she found (this podcast included) and how she started to understand the science of ADHD.  
  • [16:30] - Nicole shares how she views the role ADHD plays in her life. I describe a post-it note that Nicole has designed that symbolizes everything.
  • [21:38] - We recently did a writing exercise in the group.  I asked members to write a letter that starts “Dear ADHD,” and she shares her letter with us.
  • [24:24] - Nicole explains why she joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [31:17] - Nicole shares some of her transformation that was brought on by being part of the group.  
  • [33:27] - Nicole believed that hyperfocus was one of her greatest strengths.  We discuss the side effects that can make hyperfocus a weakness.
  • [43:36] - Nicole talks about how she benefitted from mindfulness meditation.  
  • [46:20] - Nicole texted me that she needed to reschedule our appointment, but then changed her mind.  We talk about pushing through perfectionism and feelings of not being in the right mental place for events to take place.  
  • [50:50] - Holding onto strengths and successes is important because there will be times of weakness that you use those to push through.
  • [51:58] - Nicole lists some of the successes she’s experienced because of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. This has helped her grow in ways she would have never expected.
  • [56:52] - Nicole talks about using paper and Evernote to organize.
  • [1:01:53] - If you are newly diagnosed with ADHD and are planning on having children or have children that are young, Nicole has a message for you.

Your Resources:

More Attention, Less Deficit - Ari Tuckman Podcast

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Planning Workshops

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Productivity Q&A

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This Week’s Episode:

This week, we bring you a recorded session of our ADHD Q&A session.  The recording you will hear on this episode is from the February session.  Nisha Subramanian joins me to moderate this event.  We field several questions on ADHD, task management, and organization.  We talk about avoiding social media distractions, setting goals, controlling emotions and anger management, accountability, and much more.  

If you’re listening to this episode the day it is released (Tuesday, March 14th), you can join the March session today!  It starts at 12:30pm Central, and you can register at EricTivers.com/events.

You’ll Learn:

  • [11:57] - When considering teens with ADHD and anxiety, task initiation is especially hard and involves a lot of parent involvement.  I discuss some ways for adolescents to increase independence in this area.  
  • [14:45] - Lucinda asks about items that are scheduled, but don’t have a home for until that scheduled time.  I share some ideas on how to organize and store these tasks.  
  • [19:52] - Scott asks how a question about selecting a doctor. I give some tips and things to consider when selecting a physician to administer medications.
  • [23:05] - Chris asks what techniques could be used to control emotions and anger management.  I explain why this is an important topic for people with ADHD and some tips to manage these emotions through self-care.
  • [28:03] - Adam wonders, “How do you set goals when you don’t know what you want?”  I share some self-exploration practices to evaluate your situation to determine what energizes you.  
  • [33:48] - Aziz finds that chess is one of the few things in which he’s able to hyperfocus. However, he plays chess daily and would like to know how to disengage. I explain the role of dopamine in these situations and share that accountability is a way to stop at an appropriate time.
  • [40:28] - Tom shares how he uses Alexa to help him with task management and organization.  
  • [48:03] - We spend a lot of time on Facebook and this inevitably leads to a lack of productivity.  I share a few resources to limit and control online and social media use to maintain productivity.
  • [52:51] - Scott asks about a medication suggestion, but I explain why I am not able to give a recommendation.  
  • [54:50] - Lucinda asks a follow-up question to her previous question.  Nisha and I have some advice to have a visual reminder of items that need to be taken care of.
  • [59:33] - Nisha brings up a topic from a coaching group.  She asks the question, “What is self-care?”  I describe self-care as self compassion and self kindness and describe some ways to practice self-care.

Your Resources:

Alexa
RescueTime
Forest
Freedom
Facebook Purity
Messenger.com

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Productivity Q&A

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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This Week’s Episode:

Best-selling author, blogger, speaker, and friend Stephanie Sarkis returns to the podcast on this episode.  Recently, one of Stephanie’s blog posts went viral, and she was interviewed on CNN.  This article was on “gaslighting.”  She joins me on this episode to discuss this topic and the issues surrounding it.

In this conversation, we use Stephanie’s blog piece on gaslighting to jump into a discussion on the current political environment.  We talk about how the current climate is affecting us all as individuals.  Stephanie shares how to practice good self-care, and we talk about how to engage in constructive discourse with those that we don’t agree with.

In this episode, you will hear some of my personal political opinions.  ADHD reWired is more than a podcast, we are a community. As a community, I want to bring people together so we can learn more from each other.  These conversations about politics may be difficult; it’s my hope that these conversations can help us all become better listeners, communicators, and citizens.

Connect with Stephanie Sarkis

Website - http://www.stephaniesarkis.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:39] - Stephanie talks about gaslighting, which is a series of behaviors that is used to manipulate. She explains what types of people use these behaviors.
  • [10:49] - Stephanie did not write this article based on current political events, but people are becoming more aware of manipulative behavior in politics.
  • [13:12] - Recent political events have caused people to obsess and struggle to function.  Stephanie talks about self-care in these tumultuous situations.  
  • [13:53] - Stephanie talks about how to practice good self-care, specifically with electronics. “Electronics are cocaine for the ADHD brain.”
  • [19:15] - While talking about self-care, we talk about the role of exercise.
  • [23:04] - Stephanie talks about the importance of being around people that lift you up, rather than bring you down.  
  • [23:42] - We talk about relationships with people who we disagree with politically.  People struggle with knowing how to speak out appropriately.  Stephanie shares some thoughts on this scenario and when it’s right to disengage.
  • [28:22] - I recently posted some political thoughts on my personal Facebook page.  This led to some back-and-forth with friends that disagreed with me.  I share some of my behaviors in this discussion and Stephanie explains why communication can break down.  
  • [32:48] - Stephanie shares what we can do to get involved to be constructive with these emotions we feel.
  • [36:14] - We talk about some of the work that groups like CHADD have been doing.  
  • [41:25] - I share what I have done to take action with my elected officials.  Stephanie shares what we do and don’t have control over in these situations.
  • [46:22] - Calling legislators can be intimidating for those of us that have phone anxiety.  Stephanie talks about ways to get involved and contact legislators without calling them on the phone.
  • [49:19] - There’s a lot of illegitimate news sources out there right now.  It’s important to verify that the information you are receiving and using is accurate.
  • [52:28] - While it feels like civic discourse has disappeared, Stephanie says that we are moving in the right direction.  Our common goals will be what ties us together.
  • [55:59] - We explain the loaded background of the term “snowflake” and the history of Japanese internment camps.
  • [1:00:10] - Journaling can help you work through things if you are upset.

Your Resources:

Stephanie’s blog post on Gaslighting
Fitocracy
Insight Timer
Countable
SFax
Civics 101 Podcast
Pod Save America
Shower Thoughts on Twitter

 

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Productivity Q&A

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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ADHD-Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance

Go from “WTF!” to “Done!” with our three-part series.  Jessica Stillwell will be presenting the information and answering all of your questions. Go to http://erictivers.com/events to register!

 

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Help With Organizing with Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright

This Week’s Episode:

I’d like to thank Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright from coming on the podcast this week. I’d also like to thank Nikki and Pete for having me on their show.  This episode was recorded live on Facebook.  If you’d like to be notified of future live Facebook broadcasts, like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ADHDreWired/.  

 

Nikki Kinzer is a blogger, online course creator, professional and certified ADHD coach, and co-host of the Taking Control Podcast.  Pete Wright is Nikki’s co-host.  In addition to a broadcaster, storyteller, photographer, and tech geek.  Nikki and Pete have been co-hosting together since 2010.  

 

I think you will enjoy this lively and resource-packed discussion.  We start the conversation off by Nikki and Pete sharing their professional backgrounds, both as individuals and as a team.  You are going to learn about a lot of resources in this discussion.  Pete and I also share how we use some of these resources and give you tips on how to get the most out of them.  Later in the discussion, Nikki talks about organizing and she shares some techniques you can use to help get organized.

 

Connect with Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright

Taking Control Podcast

Twitter - @TakeControlADHD

Take Control ADHD on Facebook

 

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:02] - Pete shares that he is doing a second podcast. As it turns out, he’s been doing this podcast for a year and until recently, Nikki was not aware of this podcast.
  • [08:59] - Nikki started as a professional organizer.  Unlike her co-host, Nikki does not have ADHD.  Nikki and Pete share their history together.
  • [10:57] - Pete talks about his background, which includes how he discovered that he had ADHD.  
  • [12:56] - The brand under which Pete podcasts is Rash Pixel FM. He talks about this platform.
  • [14:47] - We discuss TextExpander, which is a productivity tool. We share the different ways we use this resource.  This leads to a discussion on several tools we use with our workflow.  
  • [34:13] - Nikki came out with two new courses in 2016, “Organizing Your Space Your Way” and “The Paper Solution”.  She has another course coming out this spring on time management.  I share my weakness with organization when it comes to paper.  I show Nikki and Pete my workspace.  
  • [40:35] - Nikki and Pete talk about “tolerations”.  The first step to take control is to purge.
  • [43:21] - Pete talks about their last monthly challenge which helps de-clutter.  
  • [48:12] - Nikki said when it comes to organizing, we’re not looking for perfection, you just need to find what you need when you need it.
  • [49:50] - Nikki explains how to decide whether or not you should keep something or get rid of it.  She shares various techniques to help you get organized.
  • [58:44] - A live viewer asks a question about the amount of time people spend on “desk duty.”

 

Your Resources:

ADHD Rewired YouTube Channel

Jessica McCabe’s How to ADHD YouTube Channel

Taking Control Podcast

TextEpander

2Do

Process.St 

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I’m joined on this episode of ADHD reWired by Eric Light.  Eric was diagnosed with ADHD as a child but did not take the diagnosis seriously until recently.  Eric emailed me that he was interested in sharing his story and I’m excited to let him share his story.

In this conversation, you will hear Eric tell his personal story.  Eric was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of ten.  Eric story involves mental and physical abuse and self-medication.  Now that he is receiving counseling and appropriate medication, he is able to work through this past abuse, including through exposure therapy.  

Connect with Eric Light

YouTube Channel

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:10] – Eric tells his ADHD story. He was diagnosed at the age of ten.  He didn’t like his medication because it made him physically ill.  He started with medication in high school and it had other negative side effects.
  • [06:10] – Eric hid his pills when he was a child.
  • [07:00] – Eric shares his high school experience.
  • [08:07] – Eric self-medicated with marijuana and we talk about marijuana use with people with ADHD.  Eric explains how marijuana helped him.  Eric no longer uses marijuana and he explains why.
  • [11:45] – Eric talks about his post-high school life.  He describes his gaps between high school and college.  He explains some struggles he has been through.
  • [17:20] – When he was around the age of four, he was abused by a babysitter. He talks about how this has affected his life.  This includes some terrible advice from a therapist.
  • [21:28] – Eric describes the mental and physical abuse he sustained from this babysitter.
  • [25:00] -  We talk about the role his abuse may play in his ADHD symptoms.
  • [29:00] – Eric explains how he sees this abuse now, years removed from it. He believes his is normal, based on the circumstances.
  • [29:52] – He has recently started receiving counseling and taking medication. He talks about how this all has helped him deal with the abuse and other areas of his life. He explains how his medication has helped with his counseling.
  • [32:55] – Eric talks about what has helped him the most, including exposure therapy.
  • [36:50] – Eric explains exposure therapy and how it has helped him.
  • [41:56] – Eric talks about accepting the good and bad about yourself through introspection.
  • [47:41] – The struggle and pain that Eric went through have put things into perspective for him.
  • [50:31] – Eric believes that some people take comfort in negativity.
  • [52:20] – Eric sits in the ADHD hot seat.  We focus on the social aspects of life that Eric struggles with.

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Productivity Q&A

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

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ADHD-Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance

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This Week’s Episode:

Returning to join me on the podcast again is Dr. Roberto Olivardia. Dr. Olivardia is a clinical instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He maintains a private practice in Massachusetts. Dr. Olivardia specializes in ADHD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, personality disorders and eating disorders.  He joins me to talk about Dyslexia on this episode.

In this discussion, you will hear Roberto describe what Dyslexia is like for someone that has it.  He goes into detail with the professional definition and then explains what this looks like in real life.  Roberto also talks about the overlap in symptoms between ADHD and Dyslexia and describes how these are different, even with similar symptoms.  We discuss why it’s best that Dyslexia is diagnosed in youth and Robert talks about some of the assistive technology that is available.

Connect with Roberto Olivardia:

Email - roberto_olivardia@hms.hardvard.edu

You can thrive with dyslexia if you have the right tools

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:05] - Roberto talks about what interests him about dyslexia.  
  • [06:47] - Roberto lays the groundwork for this discussion by defining Dyslexia (with an accent). He describes what Dyslexia is like and I share some of my own experiences.  
  • [18:27] - Roberto explains what to look for when testing for Dyslexia.  Some of these issues can overlap with ADHD, but there is a clear difference.
  • [21:15] - Robert talks about some of the assistive technology that is available for people with Dyslexia.
  • [22:23] - Robert tells the story of he and his son testifying at the Massachusetts State House.
  • [26:09] - Robert talks about some of the teaching patterns for people with Dyslexia.  Robert shares why repeating a grade is a horrible idea for youth with Dyslexia.
  • [29:45] - Robert  believes that children with dyslexia should get diagnosed as early as possible.  
  • [31:30] - Being diagnosed with Dyslexia is more difficult for adults and Robert explains why.  
  • [35:20] - Robert talks about a certain font that has been successful for people with Dyslexia.  It doesn’t really work for Robert’s son and this leads to a discussion on how Robert explains Dyslexia to his son.
  • [39:36] - Robert shares that people with Dyslexia struggle with foreign languages.  However, he has had a number of patients that have excelled in certain languages.
  • [42:02] - A lot of techniques for people with Dyslexia can help people that don’t have Dyslexia.  Robert shares some of these techniques.
  • [50:38] - Robert explains why it is so important for college students to register with the disability office.

Your Resources:

Learning Ally
Understood.org
Bookshare
Grammarly
BeelineReader

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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

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, you can purchase all 36 sessions (including mine) for only $197! Check it out here: http://www.erictivers.com/palooza

ADHD Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance

Go from “WTF!” to “Done!” with our three-part series.  Jessica Stillwell will be presenting the information and answering all of your questions. Go to http://erictivers.com/events to register!

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This Week’s Episode:

This week’s episode is the audio from our January Q&A session.  Nisha Subramanian joins me to answer your questions and discuss the topics you choose to bring up in these Q&A sessions.  

In this conversation, you will hear us talk about a variety of topics.  We talk about time-blocking and strategies for the time-blind. We have a couple of questions on the idea of discussing ADHD with people you are close with.  This includes sharing ADHD information with an adult that you feel could benefit from the information and handling the situation where your spouse has ADHD and refuses to get tested or use coping skills.  This was a fun and lively conversation and I think you’ll enjoy it!

You’ll Learn:

  • [10:21] - Aaron asked about strategies for the time-blind. Looking at the clock can be anxiety provoking. I explain how to rewire yourself in this area.
  • [12:39] - We talk about sharing information on ADHD with adults in your life that you think could benefit.
  • [16:49] - We talk about the chasm in our brain between knowing what to do and being able to do it. We call ADHD the disorder of good intentions. We know what to do, but we don’t do what we know.
  • [21:25] - We talk about the key difficulties in communicating with those who have ADHD and for those who have ADHD.
  • [28:48] - We talk about the latest research on sluggish cognitive tempo.
  • [32:46] - Judy wants to know if it’s possible for someone with ADHD to be as organized and productive as someone that does not have ADHD. We discuss the spectrum nature of ADHD. Nisha also talks about this being a matter of perspective.
  • [41:26] - Jessica asks Nisha about accountability and accountability partners.
  • [46:38] - In a recent webinar, I talked about time-blocking. We talk about the scenario where a task comes up on your calendar and you don’t feel like completing that task. Jessica follows up with a question, “What is it being lazy and when is it ADHD?”
  • [58:38] - Someone asks how to handle the situation where your spouse has ADHD and refuses to get tested or use coping skills.

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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

Women are diagnosed with ADHD much later in life. The 2nd Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza will be happening February 6th-11th.  This is a free event and you can register at http://www.erictivers.com/palooza 

ADHD Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance

Go from “WTF!” to “Done!” with our three-part series.  Jessica Stillwell will be presenting the information and answering all of your questions. Go to http://erictivers.com/events to register!

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

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Direct download: adhd154.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Dr. Kim Kensington is a clinical psychologist who maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, California.  She is the author of the book, Starting Tomorrow: 7 Steps to Lasting Change - Get Stuff Done and Have More Fun!  She has written for and been quoted in numerous publications.  

In this episode, you will hear Kim talk about being an expert in procrastination, both personally and professionally. Kim’s book is a step-by-step guide to making habits and creating routine.  This book is a simple 28-day program for individuals with no structure, no motivating, and no will-power.

Throughout the conversation, we share a lot of tips and resources, which you can find linked in the “Resources” section below.  We discuss being “stuck” and hyper-focus, considering most of us face both struggles at different times.  You will hear humorous stories and visit my Facebook page to learn how to win a copy of Kim’s book.

Connect with Dr. Kim Kensington:

Website: ProcrastinationDoctor.com

YouTube - Procrastination Dr

Facebook - The Procrastination Doctor

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:08] - Kim talks about a play she was recently in.  Many individuals with ADHD struggle with memorizing lines. This is not something that Kim struggles with.  She talks about some of her strategies and a few resources.
  • [12:55] - Kim talks about her new book and what prompted her to write this book on how to make habits and create routines.
  • [15:00] - I ask Kim to help me figure out how to create the routine for a regular meditation practice. She talks about using my desire for fun to create the routine.
  • [21:00] - Kim says “If there is even the slightest chance for a decision to be made, we’re lost.”  She talks about choice and how we can train ourselves.
  • [22:27] - We talk about pop psychology practices in this area.  This leads us to a discussion on streak apps.
  • [25:26] - Kim explains that her book is not on procrastination or ADHD, but it’s on how to create habits from scratch, which happens to be an answer to procrastination and ADHD.
  • [26:28] - Kim explains, “Respect your timer or it won’t respect you” and how this can help us stop. This gives you the opportunity to eventually choose whether or not you want to continue.
  • [33:32] - Kim talks about activation and initiation being a major struggle.  For people stuck in this physical paralysis situation, she shares a tip to get off the coach.  This leads to a discussion on inventions.
  • [37:48] - I was recently “stuck” and my wife helped me by breaking down my physical movements into individual steps.  I also share a story about a time when I could not disengage from work.
  • [41:05] - We talk about hyper-focus.  Kim explains that prevention is the best way to fight hyper-focus.
  • [48:05] - The idea for this book came to Kim 2001. The book did not reach Amazon until December 31, 2015. She explains why it took 14 years for this book to exist. She also explains that this book was originally intended to be a class.
  • [55:37] - I share a story about Kim. For nearly every conference, there is a story about things not going as planned for Kim.  This includes missing flights and flying into the wrong city. I admit my own recent travel adventure, too.
  • [1:00:53] - Kim and I float the idea of creating a class on the content from her new book. Comment and tell us what you think!

Resources:

Line Learner (app)

Yousician (app)

The Art of Practicing - A Guide to Making Music From the Heart

My Power Clock

Next Meeting (app)

 

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Productivity Q&A

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ADHD Women’s Palooza

Women are diagnosed with ADHD much later in life. The 2nd Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza will be happening February 6th-11th.  This is a free event and you can register at http://www.erictivers.com/palooza

 

ADHD Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance

Go from “WTF!” to “Done!” with our three-part series.  Jessica Stillwell will be presenting the information and answering all of your questions. Go to http://erictivers.com/events to register!

 

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

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Direct download: adhd153.mp3
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This Week’s Episode:

Joining me for this week’s episode is Dr. Russell Barkley.  Dr. Barkley is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 23 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals. He has also published over 270 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature of assessment and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.

In this conversation, you will hear Dr. Barkley talk about his new book, When an Adult You Love has ADHD. This leads to an interesting discussion on attachment and relationships with people diagnosed with ADHD.  In the second half of this conversation,Dr. Barkley shares a lot of the recent findings on gender in ADHD, adult onset, neuroimaging, genetics, environmental factors, and psychosocial treatments.

Connect with Dr. Russell Barkley:

Website - http://RussellBarkley.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:13] - Dr. Barkley explains why he wrote the book, When an Adult You Love Has ADHD.
  • [09:42] - In this book, Dr. Barkley talks about family members creating a safety net without enabling.
  • [12:19] - Dr. Barkley talks about being an expert in the area of ADHD and having family members with that diagnosis.
  • [15:03] - Dr. Barkley talks about the research of James Prochaska in the willingness of a patient to engage in the change process.  Dr. Barkley lists the different stages.
  • [18:07] - Many people that don’t have ADHD don’t want to acknowledge ADHD, even if someone they love is diagnosed.
  • [20:00] - Dr. Barkley addresses a question from a person that is in a relationship with someone that displays symptoms of ADHD, but will not get tested or adopt different strategies.  Dr. Barkley explains how handle these types of situations.
  • [28:45] - Dr. Barkley answers a question from Tiffany.  She asks how ADHD impacts attachment and relationships.  Dr. Barkley also explains some of the risk areas that women with ADHD find themselves in.
  • [32:40] - Dr. Barkley also describes some of the consistent characteristics linked to males with ADHD.
  • [34:23] - Dr. Barkley talks about recent findings on women with ADHD and he shares his opinions on the role of gender with ADHD.
  • [39:44] - Dr. Barkley talks about adult onset ADHD.  He explains that these self-reports are unreliable and inaccurate.
  • [51:36] - Dr. Barkley shares some thoughts on the power of accountability for individuals with ADHD.  
  • [53:59] - I have seen growth and development from people that participate in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. Dr. Barkley gives me some tips on showing this is an effective clinical intervention.
  • [57:45] - Dr. Barkley talks about some new research that he’s recently learned about.
  • [1:02:23] - Dr. Barkley believes we are 2-5 years from neuroimaging diagnosing cases of ADHD.
  • [1:04:40] - Dr. Barkley talks about advances in the genetics of ADHD.  
  • [1:08:55] - Dr. Barkley talks about the role of environmental factors in the ideology of ADHD.
  • [1:10:42] - Dr. Barkley shares some new developments in psychosocial treatments.

Resources:

The 7 Habits of Effective People - Stephen Covey

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These will continue in 2017 on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

Women are diagnosed with ADHD much later in life. The 2nd Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza will be happening February 6th-11th.  This is a free event and you can register at http://www.erictivers.com/palooza

ADHD Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance

Go from “WTF!” to “Done!” with our three-part series.  Jessica Stillwell will be presenting the information and answering all of your questions. Go to http://erictivers.com/events to register!

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

Do you want to improve your productivity, develop better habits, and experience the true power of accountability from members of our own tribe?  Learn more at CoachingReWired.com.

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: adhd152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am CDT

This Week’s Episode:

Dr. David Teplin is an adult clinical psychologist with a private practice in Toronto, Canada.  His primary focus is adult ADHD and substance use disorders.  David is also part of the task force that The Canadian Psychological Association started to look at the psychological issues potentially related to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

In this conversation, you will hear David talk about addiction and ADHD.  David shares some statistics on the relationship between ADHD and substance abuse disorders.  There is overlap because there are factors that lend themselves to both conditions. All substances can mimic ADHD symptoms.

A good part of this discussion is on marijuana, as medicinal and recreational use is becoming legal in many places.  David speaks on this topic as both a citizen and a clinician.  David discusses why individuals with ADHD may be attracted to marijuana and he lists some pitfalls of marijuana use for individuals with ADHD. Later in the episode, he also talks about treatment.

Connect with Dr. David Teplin:

Website: http://www.drdavidteplin.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:47] - David lays some of the groundwork for this discussion. ADHD is a risk-factor for developing possible issues around alcohol, drugs, and other forms of addiction. He shares some statistics on the relationship between ADHD and substance use disorders.
  • [12:11] - ADHD oftentimes isn’t a condition that often exists by itself.  
  • [14:47] - David talks about the legalization of marijuana, both as a citizen and as a clinician.  
  • [19:21] - David talks about marijuana addiction and discusses if the addiction numbers will rise with legalization.
  • [23:52] - David believes we need to investigate why individuals with ADHD are attracted to marijuana.
  • [28:33] - David describes some of the pitfalls of marijuana use for individuals with ADHD.  
  • [29:33] - We talk about “the gateway drug” theory. The evidence on this theory is not as strong as it used to be.
  • [32:28] - David explains what his responsibility as a clinician.
  • [34:32] - David describes the measures he relies on, like the CAGE questionnaire.
  • [38:43] - David clarifies something he said earlier in the episode.  He talks about how the continuous usage of substances can “flood” dopamine and that can have negative impacts on the brain.
  • [40:50] - David talks about the need for clinicians to acknowledge what the patient is saying without being judgemental.
  • [46:13] - We talk about the rationalization and intellectualization of addictions.
  • [50:08] - David encourages his patients to read. He suggests PubMed to discover peer-reviewed journals. He also warns against looking at forums.
  • [52:00] - David talks about treatment needs of individuals with ADHD.
  • [57:43] - David shares his opinions on the idea that the nature of addiction is that it’s a chronic condition.
  • [1:01:42] - David explains how he determines which condition, ADHD or substance addiction, he treats first.
  • [1:05:55] - David addresses the question that some parents have about medication in adolescents leading to substance abuse later in life.

Resources:

PubMed

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These will continue in 2017 on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

Women are diagnosed with ADHD much later in life. The 2nd Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza will be happening in February.  This is a free event and you can register at http://www.erictivers.com/palooza

ADHD Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance

Go from “WTF!” to “Done!” with our three-part series.  Jessica Stillwell will be presenting the information and answering all of your questions. Go to http://erictivers.com/events to register!

ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

Do you want to improve your productivity, develop better habits, and experience the true power of accountability from members of our own tribe?  Learn more at CoachingReWired.com.

 

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: adhd151.mp3
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