ADHD reWired (podcast)

This week, ADHD reWired welcomes Coach Dana Crews back on the podcast!   In this episode, Eric and Dana have a vulnerable and open conversation about navigating conflict, the difference between conflict and disagreements, recognizing emotions, and making space for people we love but may also–at times–disagree with! 

Find more from Dana:

  • All about Dana at www.adhdrewired.com/coach-dana-crews (click here!)
  • Second Arrow ADHD Coaching at secondarrowadhdcoaching.com (click here!)
  • ADHD reWired Episode 498: Will I Ever Be Content? (click here!)

In this episode, you’ll hear discussions and tips about:

  • Is conflict inevitable? What concepts come with conflict? / Thinking about the differences between conflict, disagreements, and avoiding conflict 
  • How can we disagree without the intense emotional state that causes more dysregulation? 
  • Differences between professional, personal, and family conflicts / Difficulties of transitions and the true size of ‘problems’
  • Behaviors based on patterns and experiences even though we’re not living in those moments and being stuck living in the past
  • “We don’t have to agree with a person’s perspective.” / It’s not WHAT we’re disagreeing about – it’s about HOW we’re disagreeing.
  • The importance of acknowledging the other person’s feelings / Can I make space? Can I have empathy or compassion for the other person? 
  • Holding space also includes active listening and being present / Mindfulness and grounding to be in the present 
  • Stating intent: What is the goal? Is the goal to be heard? To be right? To be understood? To come to a resolution? A compromise? (The three Hs: Do you need to be heard, hugged, or helped?) 
  • Getting to a place of collaboration, connection, and trust; a lack of conflict isn’t necessarily healthy
  • The power of the pause, non-judgmental awareness, and recognizing one’s own tendencies and patterns of behaviors 
  • Starting arguments as a way to stimulate the brain / Feeling understood and also feeling heard can also be stimulating 
  • Getting stimulus sustainably and healthfully without it being stressful, unhealthy, or a detriment to ourselves or our loved ones
  • Setting boundaries and laying down expectations when needing to take a break to calm down from a conflict / How to come back after taking care of in-the-moment emotions 
  • Possibilities of creative problem solving / Acknowledging one’s role in a conflict without blaming
  • Stepping out of the content of a conflict and separating the emotion from the story you’re telling yourself
  • Identifying and tuning into emotions / “The story I’m telling myself is…” / Avoiding shame & guilt spirals
  • Leaning into emotion vs. pushing away emotion

Resources & Honorable Mentions 


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on how to join our award-winning online coaching and accountability groups! 

🌟 Interested in 1 on 1 coaching?  Learn more and get in touch with Dana Crews at www.adhdrewired.com/coach-dana-crews ! 

 

Direct download: 523_-_Navigating_Conflicts_-_with_Dana_Crews.mp3
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Join the ADHD reWired Team every second Tuesday of the month for our monthly Live Q&A!  If you want to join us live on Zoom, go to adhdrewired.com/events to register!  You can also find bonus questions & answers from past recordings and get an uninterrupted listening experience of this show on Patreon when you become a Patron at $5.00 a month or more!  Check it all out at adhdrewired.com/Patreon! (click here!) 

In this Q&A, you’ll hear tips and discussions about:

  • ADHD and long COVID mimicking ADHD symptoms
  • Being a business owner with ADHD and hiring / training processes 
  • How involved one should be in helping a partner with their medication regimen 
  • Codependency vs. interdependency
  • Observing, support, relationships, and not falling into codependency roles
  • Being an accountability partner for a significant other 
  • Chronic pain and negative feedback cycles
  • Negative feedback spirals vs. negative feedback loops
  • Mindfulness in the body and mind and mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • The importance of being transparent about chronic pain with loved ones 
  • Feeling safe, expressing needs, and accommodations around chronic pain 
  • Can ADHD exacerbate pain? 
  • Pain as part of our sensory system, ADHD, and different thresholds
  • Different types of paper planners and accounting for transition time 
  • SHART: Sh*t Happens; Adjustment Recovery Time
  • Point of performances 
  • Placeholders and flexibility when planning
  • Tips for task-switching instead of avoiding moving from one task to another
  • Practicing taking breaks at least once an hour
  • Sleep, exercise, general self-care, and task-shifting abilities 
  • Identifying obstacles then creating and/or accommodating around those obstacles
  • “What are you fearing if you stop now and [transition] to the next thing?” and pattern interruptions
  • The importance of having a growth mindset and seeing setbacks as opportunities\

Resources & Honorable Mentions 

  • Check out the newest podcast on the ADHD reWired Podcast Network: The ADHD Creatives Podcast with Kristin Marts, LCSW!  At theadhdcreativespodcast.com 🎉
  • ADHD reWired Episode 516: ADHD reWired’s Coaches Round Table with Kristin Marts and Brian Entler (click here!)
  • Article: Potential New Treatment for “Brain Fog” in Long COVID Patients (click here)
  • Article: Successful Treatment of Post-COVID-19 ADHD-like Syndrome: A Case Report (PMC) (click here)
  • Webinar: The Science of Power and Hope from ADDitude (click here)
  • Website: Jon Kabat-Zinn Meditations at jkzmeditations.com https://jkzmeditations.com 
  • App: Jon Kabat-Zinn Meditations at jkzmeditations.com/the-app/
  • TV Show:  Community (IMDB)
  • Tool: Erasable Frixion Pens

🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on how to join our award-winning online coaching and accountability groups!

 

Direct download: 522_-_January_2024_QA_-_with_ADHD_reWired.mp3
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In this episode, Emerson Jordan-Wood joins Eric–in person at ADHD reWired HQ–on the podcast!  Emerson is a 27-year-old queer, non-binary, trans human. They are originally from Illinois, but have lived brief stints in Iowa, Texas, and most recently Minnesota! They studied civil engineering at The University of Iowa currently work in non-profit construction. Emerson was diagnosed with ADHD in 2021, and self-diagnosed with autism in 2022! They're also an active Alumni member of ADHD reWired’s coaching and accountability groups!

In this episode, you’ll hear experiences, struggles, and discussions about:

  • “Transitions are hard” and transitioning gender identities 
  • The overlap of ADHD, different means of transitionings, and barriers to access
  • Hoops, hurdles, and executive function nightmares
  • Experiencing gender dysphoria and body disconnect
  • Navigating the medical system and knowing your options
  • “This feels like me.” 
  • “Your transition is your transition and it doesn’t have to be based on anybody else’s.”
  • Masking gender, masking as a neurotypical person, then unmaking gender identity
  • Acceptance, freedom, and fully being your authentic self in the world 
  • “I was doing what I thought I ‘should’ be doing.” 
  • Different perceptions of gender, how people respond and interact with those perceptions, and fitting in
  • Experiencing gender privilege and gender discrimination in the workplace
  • Understanding pros, cons, patterns, and social cues between the gender roles 
  • Being misgendered, coming to terms with your identity and doing the work towards acceptance
  • Navigating and learning how to process irritability, anger, frustration, and general emotional dysregulation
  • Struggling with task initiation, living in a constant state of flight, and not “panicking” through life
  • From TikTok to the doctor 
  • Feelings of being unprepared, social expectations, and navigating new environments
  • Social cues, dynamics in conversations, and autism
  • The helpfulness of labels and language to describe different struggles to take action and better communicate

🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on how to join our award-winning online coaching and accountability groups!

 

Direct download: 521_-_Trans_Queer_AuDHD_and_Transitioning_with_Emerson_Jordan-Wood.mp3
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This week, Jeremy Nagel joins Eric on the show!  Jeremy is a neuro-spicy software developer turned startup founder who is slightly obsessed with habits!  He likes to start each day with a 2-hour morning routine and sometimes surprises colleagues by busting out a set of pushups during meetings to keep the energy high!  When he’s not working on startups, he enjoys cross-country skiing, trail-running, and cycling with his wife.  Jeremy also hosts the podcast, “Focus and Chill”, a show about productivity for neurodivergent people! 

Find more from Jeremy:

In this episode, you’ll hear tips and discussions about:

  • Micro-workouts to boost focus, mechanical multi-tasking through energy slumps & maintaining energy
  • “Busy hands, quiet mind.” / Hyperfocus vs. the counterintuitive ideas of taking a break
  • The benefits of actually stepping away and taking breaks 
  • Ways that your room or environments affect bigger- or smaller-picture thinking
  • How do you stop when the focus feels good? / “Feeling are convincing liars.” 
  • Accountability, and body-doubling 
  • Consistency, resiliency, the law of averages, & the importance of learning your own patterns
  • Addressing and dealing with stress, stressors, and burnout through physical activity 
  • Micro-workouts as a tool to manage emotional storms and dysregulation
  • Exercise “snacks” and bite-sized workouts: Defining allotted times and types of workouts/movement
  • Self-talk strategies when “I don’t want to!”
  • How do we modify or set up our environments to be more conducive for what we want and/or need to do?
  • Consistency, variations, flexibility in routines, and small actions adding up over time 
  • “The more we are able to get ourselves into various routines, the less we are having to tax our executive functions to do the work we’re trying to do within those routines.” 
  • “Stopping requires executive function.” 
  • Helpful in-the-moment vs. helpful in the long-term, not struggling alone, and self-compassion
  • When we’re doing everything right but our brain has other plans 
  • Externalizing executive functioning for days when the EF-tank is low
  • Having limits in place and the power of the Pause 
  • Mindfulness, meditation, and dishes as a mindfulness practice 

Resources & Honorable Mentions 

  • Adult Study Hall by ADHD reWired at adultstudyhall.com 
  • Book: Burnout - The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle - by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA (Official Website) (Goodreads)

🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on how to join our award-winning online coaching and accountability groups! 

 

Direct download: 520_-_Can_Micro_Habits_and_Micro_Workouts_Help_-_with_Jeremy_Nagel.mp3
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In this episode of ADHD reWired, Skye returns to the show! 

Skye is an ADHD coach and founder of Unconventional Organization, an international ADHD support service that provides research-backed support to adults with ADHD.  She also has years of experience working in adult education and has studied psychology, sociology, and public health.  Skye was diagnosed with ADHD as a doctoral candidate before making the decision to leave her candidature to work full time on Unconventional Organization.  

Find more from Skye:

In this episode, you’ll hear tips and discussions about:

  • Life updates from Skye with a new addition to the family
  • Accepting when routines need to be altered when life circumstances change
  • Dividing different todos, transitions, and location-basing your tasks 
  • Adjustments, reinforcements, and externalizing routines 
  • Interruptions, picking a task back up post-interruption, and external support
  • Routines to preserve executive functions, transitioning, mental shifting, and adjusting
  • Movement and dopamine to support working memory
  • Dialing down stimulation rather than shutting it off
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving in the moment when an unexpected interruption pops up 
  • Resetting, freezing, and externalized dysregulation vs. internalized emotional dysregulation
  • “I have NO routines at all–where do I start?” 
  • How important is knowing how long each part of a routine takes? 
  • The difficulty of remembering routines and excited vs. working memory
  • Remembering organically vs. being reminded and creating cues
  • Googly eyes? Why not! 
  • AI and smart tools for helping with routines
  • “ADHD is not a skill deficit.”
  • …and more! 

Resources & Honorable Mentions 

  • ADHD reWired Episode 449 :: Getting Tasks Done with Skye (click here) 
  • Tool: reMarkable at reMarkable.com (click here)
  • Check out The ADHD Creatives Podcast with ADHD reWired Coach Kristin Marts! theadhdcreativespodcast.com 

🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on how to join our award-winning online coaching and accountability groups!

 

Direct download: 519_-_Troubleshooting_Changes_in_Routines_-_with_Skye_Waterson.mp3
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In this episode, Eric is joined by Jonathan Kidder!  Jonathan is a “kidder”, through and through - bringing comedy through character, as a puppeteer, content creator, and comedian.  His big claim to fame is as a puppet character, Busy the Bee, on Waffles + Mochi on Netflix!  The L.A. Gay Scene knows Jonathan as Miss Phoenix, The Ultimate Party Foul: Poolside Tarot Card reader by Merman Kidder, and through his party portraits he calls “Kidder-atures”, Kidder makes things fun using the power of personification and character to help him keep track of time!  

Get the full conversation and an uninterrupted listening experience when you become a Patron at $5 a more at https://www.adhdrewired.com/pateron! 

Find even more from Jonathan Kidder:

In this episode, you’ll hear tips and discussions about:

  • ADHD, sobriety, and humor for functionality 
  • Puppets, time-blindness, and underwear for each day of the week
  • Using your fun, embracing colloquialisms, and addressing your inner critic 
  • Experimentation to find what works for your ADHD management 
  • Not taking oneself too seriously and perfectionism as the enemy of humor
  • “I’m not always able to make-the-funny” and self-acceptance 
  • Ways to make time physical
  • Ways to keep time visual and other tools for managing time blindness
  • Managing our ADHD vs. ADHD managing us 
  • The importance of doing and planning what works for you 
  • Closing loops, resetting, Chakras, and theme-ing your days 
  • Using absurdity and connected ideas to remember things
  • Themes and structuring to help with decision fatigue 

Resources & Honorable Mentions 

Pithy Nibbles 

  • “Humor, for me, is a version of pizzazz!”
  • “Humor is about imperfection and change and being present; perfection and perfectionism is, ‘you can’t have perfection and change.’” 
  • “Nobody doesn’t have an ass.” 

🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on how to join our award-winning online coaching and accountability groups! 




Join the ADHD reWired Team every second Tuesday of the month for our monthly Live Q&A!  If you want to join us live on Zoom, go to adhdrewired.com/events to register!  You can also find bonus questions & answers from past recordings and get an uninterrupted listening experience of this show on Patreon when you become a Patron at $5.00 a month or more!  Check it all out at adhdrewired.com/Patreon! (click here!) 

⚠️ Our winter season of coaching & accountability groups starts on January 11th, 2024!  Go to coachingrewired.com to find out all the up-to-date information and everything you'll need before we start! 

In this Q&A, you’ll hear tips and discussions about:

  • Navigating around responses and emotions, family dynamics during the holidays, and discussions around ADHD and neurodivergence
  • Overestimating our capacity to get things done and avoiding / overcoming burnout
  • Time management, energy management, and reframing expectations 
  • A strategy for remembering to actually stop your timer when time-tracking
  • Tools/strategies to help with overwhelm, and the role of acceptance and community
  • Using a camera and grid system to organize and declutter a room
  • Emotional regulation practices / A.I. tools and services
  • Intervening to taking breaks even when you “don’t feel tired” and making decisions on a drained brain
  • Cramming for deadlines and zeroing in on sources of procrastination 
  • Hybrid planning and the importance of experimentation 
  • Scope creep, saying no, learning our tendencies, and having a “parking lot” for our ideas

Resources & Honorable Mentions


Quotable Remembrances

  • “You’re not the jack-ass whisperer” - Brene Brown 
  • “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.” - The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus) 
  • “Novelty is great, but be wise about how you use it.” 
  • “If we don’t have an accurate picture of what’s going on in our macro life, how can we even begin to know what needs to change?”
  • “If you can’t change it, you can change the way you think about it.” 
  • “Am I overcomplicating this?” 
  • “If you don’t know where your boundary is first, you are likely to scope-creep.” 

🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on how to join our award-winning online coaching and accountability groups! 

Direct download: 517_-_December_2023_Live_QA_with_ADHD_reWired.mp3
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Our 35th season of ADHD reWired's Coaching and Accountability Groups are coming up fast!  This winter season begins next week on Thursday, January 11th, 2024! 

Don't miss your chance to join - go now to coachingrewired.com to find this season's schedule and all the details, and to get your name on our interest list, so you can join one of our upcoming final registration events:

  • Tuesday, January 9th (immediately following the Live Q&A); or 
  • Wednesday, January 10th at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern

If those times don't work for you, you can even schedule a 1-on-1 with Eric, coach Kristin or coach Brian, or another member of the ADHD reWired team, who will help you get all the information you'll need to get registered! 

Growth happens here.  Start the new year by starting with you - go now to coachingrewired.com! 

Direct download: ADHD_reWired_Special_Announcement_-_Winter_Coaching_ArC_35_-_2024.mp3
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This week, ADHD reWired Coaches Eric Tivers, Kristin Marts, and Brian Entler get together for the first ever round-table discussion!  You’ll hear stories about troubles and tips for how coaches manage their own transitions, how each person leverages the tools in their ADHD toolbelts, the role of novelty, thriving in a crisis, how different times of day affect each coach, and more!  

Send your suggestions and ideas of what you’d like to hear from the coaches in future Coaches Round Table episodes to support@adhdrewired.com with the subject line, “Round Table” 

You can hear more from Brian, Kristin, and other past guests in all of our recordings of our monthly Live Q&As!  Find show notes to this episode and all past episodes adhdrewired.com/podcast!  

More notes on this amazing episode coming soon!  In the meantime, checkout these resources mentioned on today’s show! 

  • Podcast :: ADHD reWired Episode #342 - Transitions, Balancing Work, and Relations - with Adison Smith (click here!)
  • Podcast :: ADHD reWired Episode #429 - Growth Cycles with Brian Entler (click here!)
  • Podcast :: ADHD reWired Episode #514 - Introducing: The ADHD Creatives Podcast with Kristin Marts (click here!)
  • Book :: The One Thing by Gary W. Kellar and Jay Papasan (Official Website) (Goodreads)
  • ADHD reWired Coaching :: About Coach Kristin Marts at https://www.adhdrewired.com/coach-kristin-marts (click here!) 
  • ADHD reWired Coaching :: About Brian Entler at https://www.adhdrewired.com/coach-brian-entler (click here!)
  • Join our award-winning Coaching & Accountability Groups at coachingrewired.com 
  • If you love the show and want to support our work, consider becoming a Patron at adhdrewired.com/Patreon 
Direct download: 516_-_ADHD_reWireds_Coaches_Round_Table.mp3
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⚠️ Coming soon to your favorite podcast player:

The ADHD Creatives Podcast with Coach Kristin Marts, LCSW! 

Check out more at https://theADHDCreativesPodcast.com 🎉 

Who is Kristin Marts?

The host of The ADHD Creatives Podcast, Kristin Marts, is a multi-talented individual who works as a licensed social work therapist and ADHD coach. She discusses how ADHD affects creativity, drawing from her experience in the arts world. Kristin also shares her journey from being a dancer to becoming a therapist and her passion for working with children and adults with ADHD. She introduces her podcast, which will feature conversations, guests, and entertainment such as parody songs. Kristin invites listeners to join her on Fridays for new episodes.

Want more from Kristin?  Check out these links:

  • ADHD reWired Episode 514 | Introducing: The ADHD Creatives Podcast with Kristin Marts! (click here)
  • ADHD reWired's Coaching & Accountability Groups: About Kristin (click here!)
Direct download: TACP_TEASER_10.31.2023_kmm_1.mp3
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This week, Eric is joined by Donavan Robinson! 🍁 Donavan is a father, a husband, and is a proud member of the Red River Métis.  He has embarked on a diverse entrepreneurial journey, founded a marketing agency called “Vantage”, ventured into hospitality with A Little Pizza Heaven and The Good Will Social Club, and supported local artisans through Made Here. 

Diagnosed with ADHD later in life, Donavan now focuses on providing tailored resources for entrepreneurs, advocating for personalized approaches to business success.  His career reflects his passion and involvement in the community, emphasizing that success varies for each person.  Donavan champions neurodiverse entrepreneurs, encouraging them to find their unique path in business and in life. 

Get in touch with Donavan!

More notes on this amazing episode coming soon!  In the meantime, checkout these resources mentioned on today’s show! 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!


This week, get to know Coach Kristin Marts a little more as Eric and Kristin share a one-on-one conversation about the role and importance of creativity in her life, her history in dance and musical theater, her journey through ADHD reWired’s Coaching & Accountability Groups, what sparked her to become an LCSW, and how she became a coach!  You’ll also hear about her joy of performing, life as a late-diagnosed neurodivergent mom with neurodivergent kids, and so much more! 

And, coming soon: Look out for the FULL trailer of The ADHD Creatives Podcast in your favorite podcast player on or before December 29th!  

Find Kristin:

  • On her website at TheADHDCreativesPodcast.com (click here!)
  • As an ADHD reWired Coach at adhdrewired.com (click here!)
    • And get in touch with Kristin at kmarts@possibilitiestherapycenter.com

Questions/Topics:

  • [00:01:22] Introducing Kristin and sharing her story
  • [00:03:52] Finding coaching and getting involved 
  • [00:07:24] Learning about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
  • [00:09:20] Thriving in a crisis, improvisation, and perfectionism 
  • [00:11:53] Creativity is “impulsivity gone right” - Dr. Ned Hallowell 
  • [00:12:19] Kristin reflects on her first year of coaching: perfectionism and being yourself
  • [00:16:18] “We are our harshest critics.” 
  • [00:21.44] How the idea of The ADHD Creatives Podcast was born
  • [00:23:23] Introducing a teaser of The ADHD Creatives Podcast trailer
  • [00:24:28] Eric asks about Kristin’s process and experience to create her podcast
  • [00:30:15] Songs, shows, commercials, and a sense of timing 
  • [00:31:56] The experiences Kristin integrates into coaching 
  • [00:36:28] Masking, persona, creativity, forgiveness, and patience 
  • [00:40:53] Thoughts on gifts and superpowers
  • [00:43:34] What inspired Kristin to become an LCSW 
  • [00:50:54] Favorite things about coaching, more about the upcoming new podcast, and closing thoughts  

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 514_-_The_ADHD_Creatives_Podcast_-_with_Kristin_Marts_LCSW.mp3
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Join the ADHD reWired Team every second Tuesday of the month for our monthly Live Q&A!  If you want to join us live on Zoom, go to adhdrewired.com/events to register!  

You’ll also find the bonus questions & answers from this recording and can listen in ad-free on Patreon when you become a Patron at $5.00 a month or more by going to adhdrewired.com/Patreon! (click here!) 


Resources / Topics / Honorable Mentions


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information so you can join us for our upcoming winter season of Coaching & Accountability groups in January 2024!

Direct download: 513_-_November_2023_Live_QA_with_ADHD_reWired.mp3
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This week, Eric is joined by Melissa Seldon! Melissa is an artist, librarian-for-hire, and nature lover.  Creating is a predominant part of her mental health and healing process that she is currently working through.  Her art pieces can represent emotions and ideas that the deep and dusty corners of her brain offer up, as well as traits and behaviors that she is attempting to embody. The majority of Melissa’s art has an illustration bent to it and is inspired by nature.  The execution can range from the representational to the fantastical, as well as more stylized designs.  Watercolor is Melissa’s medium of choice, but lately, she has been revisiting metal jewelry, handbuilding with clay, and collage.  

  • Find Melissa on Instagram @apoideastudio (click here!)
  • Check out Melissa’s website at apoideastudio.wordpress.com (click here!)

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:06] Introducing Melissa
  • [00:02:50] Melissa recaps a tough year at work, advocating, and dealing with anxiety
  • [00:05:29] Asking for accommodations and flexible deadlines 
  • [00:08:07] “Middle school is hard for everyone.” 
  • [00:08:37] ADHD in the workplace and coming out of the pandemic 
  • [00:12:39] Opening up about crippling generalized anxiety
  • [00:18:43] Recovering from burnout and aching for creativity 
  • [00:21:03] “I bought an anvil” 
  • [00:22:50] Art and connecting with a creative longing 
  • [00:24:36] Creativity to cope with and manage anxiety 
  • [00:25:56] Executive functions and barriers to get started on creative work
  • [00:28:25] Connecting creating with feelings 
  • [00:29:55] The role of subject matter in personal creativity
  • [00:32:17] A discussion on music and albums 
  • [00:39:34] Selling a painting, a gathering gallery space, and The Veiled Crow
  • [00:42:06] The importance of community and choosing ‘now’ to speak up about burnout 
  • [00:45:12] Life in the middle of burnout and recovery
  • [00:47:53] “I’ll do that later” 
  • [00:49:14] Melissa shares her thoughts on success
  • [00:51:57] “If you could change one thing…”
  • [00:55:25] “We have to listen to our bodies.” 
  • [00:58:58] Closing thoughts & getting in touch with Melissa

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 512_-_Creativity_for_Healing_with_Melissa_Seldon.mp3
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This week, Trina Haynes from MyLadyADHD joins the show! Trina is the founder of My Lady ADHD, which empowers and supports individuals facing ADHD challenges!  She created a safe space and vibrant community for women, drawing from her own personal ADHD journey.  Trina is also the host of the My Lady ADHD Podcast, and is the cofounder of Get Lost Retreats, featuring regular ADHD women’s retreats around the globe!

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:00:42] Introducing Trina 
  • [00:01:55] Eric and Trina talk about the struggle of making friends and maintaining friendships 
  • [00:06:45] Executive functions, planning & scheduling, maintenance, and avoidance
  • [00:07:47] Perceived rejections, shame, and assuming the best of intentions 
  • [00:10:18] Connecting with ADHDers vs. connecting with neurotypicals 
  • [00:11:25] An ADHD moment… then, a discussion on fizzled-out friendships 
  • [00:14:18] The difficulty of making friends after lockdown and isolation 
  • [00:15:15] Introversion, extroversion, and recovery time 
  • [00:16:44] FOMO (fear of missing out) and the challenge of transitions to stop when being with friends 
  • [00:23:44] Another ADHD moment…
  • [00:24:30] Trina shares lessons learned from friendships that didn’t last, why friendships might not always last, and the importance of communicating clear intentions 
  • [00:26:48] Friendships, feedback, investing, and balance 
  • [00:31:13] Eric and Trina take an intentional moment to reach out to a friend
  • [00:32:26] Managing emotions when worrying if friends will be upset with you, the importance of repair, and being a people-pleaser
  • [00:36:36] Personal dumpster fires, healing, and exploring
  • [00:39:37] The importance of going back to basics and max-capacities
  • [00:47:16] Phone tools and apps to help with communication
  • [00:50:23] Frontloading conversations with honesty and vulnerability
  • [00:51:44] How to get in touch with Trina and closing thoughts 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Hear Eric on Trina’s podcast on the My Lady ADHD Podcast (click here!)
  • Hear Trina and other panelists on ADHD reWired’s Live Q&A from August 8th - Episode 500 (click here!)

🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 511_-_-_Friendships_with_ADHD_with_Trina_Haynes.mp3
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This week, Eric is joined by Emily Karp! Emily is a 33-year-old entrepreneur, asexuality activist, and fan-work creator!  She embraced her ADHD around age 30 and quit her tedious job to become self-employed as a funeral celebrant and memorial slideshow editor who crafts personalized funerals and celebration-of-life events for non-religious individuals.  Emily went through the ADHD reWired coaching program in spring of 2021 and became a peer mentor in 2022.  

Emily is also one of the authors of the book Ace and Aro Journeys: A Guide to Embracing your Asexual or Aromantic Identity, and is a lead organizer of the Washington DC Metro Area Ace and Aro meetup group! 

Questions/Topics:

  • [00:01:39] Introducing Emily
  • [00:02:41] Diving into the start of Emily’s ADHD journey
  • [00:03:37] The stakes of getting an ADHD diagnosis
  • [00:04:47] Life as an administrative professional before treatments 
  • [00:08:47] Burnout, becoming an entrepreneur, sleep struggles, and coaching 
  • [00:10:30] The “why” behind becoming a non-religious Funeral Celebrant 
  • [00:13:24] Helping others grieve and heal, family estrangements, memorial gatherings, and closure 
  • [00:17:17] Grief to acceptance with ADHD 
  • [00:24:07] The basics of asexuality and aromantics
  • [00:26:04] Nuances of ace relationships, significant others, attraction, and more  
  • [00:28:25] Physical desire, libido, and other statistics in the asexual community 
  • [00:30:44] A discussion on dysfunction, orientation, sexual trauma, and gatekeeping 
  • [00:33:20] ADHD and neurodivergence in the Ace community 
  • [00:42:07] The positive impact of community and relationships 
  • [00:45:01] Emily’s facilitated sessions in the ADHD reWired community spaces 
  • [00:46:54] Sharing more wins 
  • [00:48:43] Emily’s work, website, and closing thoughts

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Podcast: Aceterpretations (click here!)
  • Website: TAAAP - The Ace and Aro Advocacy Project @ taaap.org (click here!)
  • Book: Ace and Aro Journeys: A Guide to Embracing Your Asexual or Aromantic Identity (on Goodreads)
  • Want to go to CHADD this year?  Go to chadd.org to learn more! (click here!)

🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 510_-_Asexuality_Grief_and_Community_-_with_Emily_Karp.mp3
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Join the ADHD reWired Team every second Tuesday of the month for our monthly Live Q&A!  If you want to join us live on Zoom, go to adhdrewired.com/events to register!  

You’ll also find the bonus Q&As from this recording and can listen in ad-free on Patreon when you become a Patron at $5.00 a month or more by going to adhdrewired.com/Patreon! (click here!) 


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:49] “For those who have done some individual coaching work on ADHD, how can groups offer to help with further progress if we’ve already learned some (ADHD management) strategies?” 
  • [00:03.06] An ADHD moment: introducing the panelists + sharing group-coaching experiences 
  • [00:08:21] Saying vs. Knowing 
  • [00:09:22] A listener asks about creating processes: “How do you draw the line between a useful process, but when it’s so complex, it becomes dreadful, then ends up getting in the way?”
  • [00:13.49] Dare to start small
  • [00:14:55] Decluttering your processes 
  • [00:18:22] “As parents with ADHD, what are the dos and don’ts with a potentially neurodiverse child in school?” 
  • [00:20.39] A discussion on advocating for your child 
  • [00:23:07] The importance of managing emotions while advocating 
  • [00:30:21] “Because ADHD sometimes comes with emotional dysregulation, which sometimes happens to me at not-so-opportune times, do you have any tips or strategies for coaching oneself beforehand or ways to get oneself out of dysregulation when it’s happening?” 
  • [00:30:55] DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), interrupting dysregulation in the body, and emotion in the body
  • [00:32:38] The importance of knowing your tendencies 
  • [00:33:54] A discussion and sharing experiences with EMDR 
  • [00:35:21] The before, during, and after-care of emotions in certain situations; noticing physical responses
  • [00:37:30] A listener asks about the Alumni Community versus Adult Study Hall and ADHD reWired’s free Facebook community
  • [00:37:50] Kristin shares her experiences of the Alumni community after coaching
  • [00:38:58] Laura talks about the relationships and connections made 
  • [00:40:05] Brian’s successes utilizing accountability and cultivating continuing growth
  • [00:44:35] Closing thoughts & announcements 

Resources & Honorable Mentions


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 509_-_October_2023_Live_QA_with_ADHD_reWired.mp3
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In today’s episode, Eric is joined by Edward Savio!  Edward is a dad, has ADHD, wrote a musical, and grew up in Connecticut; after Howard University, Edward moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting, where he became a 10-year overnight success!  Savio’s first novel, Idiots in the Machine, was picked up by Sony Pictures from the academy award-winning producers of Forest Gump.

After more deals with Sony, Disney, and others, Edward shifted his focus  writing novels so he could spend more time with his family.  He wrote his first three novels in the home overlooking San Francisco Bay, where Danielle Steel wrote her first two breakout novels.  He also once nearly drove Val Kilmer off a cliff!  

  • Learn more about Edward at his website: EdwardSavio.com (click here!)

🌟 Go to adhdrewired.com/Patreon where you can get an uninterrupted listening experience of this show!  You’ll also catch the full content of today’s episode and Eric and Edward’s extended discussion when you become a Patron at $5 a month or more!  You can even join Eric every 4th Tuesday of the month for a Patron-only monthly coaching call at $25 a month! 

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:32] Introducing Edward
  • [00:02:50] How Edward became successful and a writer and managing ADHD 
  • [00:04:45] Routine, resistance, novelty, and plateauing
  • [00:06:03] How to revisit a project that’s been put away for a while 
  • [00:09:10] Misunderstandings in writing and why inflection matters
  • [00:10:50] Struggles with transitions 
  • [00:14:09] Getting help and taking action 
  • [00:15:04] Edward shares some of his writing process and mitigating distractions 
  • [00:21:23] Systems, built-in overhead, and a question about calendars 
  • [00:25:37] Planning for and putting fun stuff on your calendar, and guilt when not engaging with goal-directed behavior 
  • [00:29:04] “Do you know how many people said they wished they worked more?” and a creative person’s struggle 
  • [00:31:04] “I want to make sure [...] my writing does not overtake my ability to interact with people.” - Edward 
  • [00:33:00] Goals, good ideas, and basketball in the office 
  • [00:37:43] Tips for when your brain is faster than you can write and organizing thoughts 
  • [00:41:51] When you don’t want to write, do this. 
  • [00:42:52] What else has Edward been up to? 
  • [00:47:11] Closing thoughts & where to find more from Edward 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • ADHD reWired: Episode 497: Succeed in College with Hannah Choi (click here!)

  • Book: The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware (click here!)


🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 508_-_Channeling_your_ADHD_Energy_into_Writing_with_Edward_Savio.mp3
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In today’s episode, Danielle Sullivan joins the podcast! Danielle is the founder of Neurodiverging Coaching, which offers sliding scale neurodiversity-affirming coaching options for the community.  Danielle is also a certified Positive Psychology coach, a certified Parent Coach, and a certified trauma-informed specialist!  They had intended to remain in academia to work on gendered disability and religion, but then pivoted after she was diagnosed as autistic around age 30 after her eldest child was also diagnosed.  In looking for resources for herself, she found very little, and began producing the Neurodiverging Podcast to try and develop and offer resources for others like her.

In this episode, you’ll hear about communication nuances and unpacking the challenges and adaptability for people with both ADHD and autism across different social contexts, managing the home, exploring home dynamics and practices for managing a neurodiverse household, and the importance of non-judgemental regulation.

Then, you’ll hear discussions about advocacy, ableism, confronting ableism, burnout and understanding burnout with sensory overload, burnout strategies and prevention, and explorations with technology and ADHD. 

  • Learn more about Danielle and find their podcast at Neurodiverging.com (click here!)

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:36] Episode Summary
  • [00:03:21] Introducing Danielle
  • [00:06:29] Sensory differences, being the “difficult child”, stereotypical presentations, and exploring autism as an adult
  • [00:09:53] A discussion on politeness norms and how environment can affect presentation 
  • [00:13:28] Coping with variables and novel situations 
  • [00:15:08] Managing a neurodivergent household, sensory mismatches, overwhelm, and regulation strategies 
  • [00:19:34] “What if I just do one more thing?” 
  • [00:23:53] Raising awareness around autism in adults: What is Neurodiverging all about? 
  • [00:27:53] Industries attempting to accommodate
  • [00:29:13] A discussion on internalized ableism 
  • [00:33:04] Overly formal speech, chronic ear infections, and asynchronous development 
  • [00:37:37] A discussion on burnout: neurotypical vs. neurodivergent burnout 
  • [00:41:33] Recognizing burnout, autistic behaviors, and the effects of a dysregulated nervous system
  • [00:45:19] “If you can name it, you can tame it.” 
  • [00:46:30] Danielle’s go-to strategies for managing burnout and burnout prevention 
  • [00:47:03] Learning about your own sensory systems and triggers 
  • [00:48:49] An ADHD moment…  
  • [00:49:42] Addressing physical stress, emotions in the body, and closing the stress-cycle 
  • [00:53:29] Words of wisdom and closing thoughts 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Book: Burnout - The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA (official website) 


🌟 Go to adhdrewired.com/Patreon where you can get an uninterrupted listening experience of this show and bonus content when you become a Patron at $5 a month or more! You can even join Eric every 4th Tuesday of the month for a Patron-only monthly coaching call at $25 a month! 


🌟 Looking for real-time accountability? Want weekly check-ins to keep your momentum going on your most dreaded tasks or projects? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 507_-_Neurodiverging_Masking_Burnout_and_More_with_Danielle_Sullivan.mp3
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In today’s episode, Eric is joined by Dr. Ali Arena!  Dr. Ali is passionate about social cognition, language processing, executive functioning, and creating meaningful friendships and relationships.  She is both a speech and language pathologist and a board-certified behavior analyst, has a doctorate degree in educational leadership, is becoming a licensed educational psychologist, and uses a neurodiversity- and trauma-informed lens when working with all clients.  

Dr. Ali’s doctorate focus was unique, to say the least, as it addresses the dating intricacies of autistics, which led her to develop her private practice for anyone who wants help socially navigating in their workplace or relationships.  Lastly, Dr. Ali feels social support is a biological necessity and wants to help all neurodivergent individuals to reach wholistic communication. 

  • Find out more and get connected with Dr. Ali at Connection-Squared.com (click here!)

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:36] Introducing Dr. Ali 
  • [00:03:26] Eric asks Dr. Ali how she got into focusing on relationships and the dating intricacies of neurodivergent people 
  • [00:05:04] Emptying the dishwasher and other themes in neurodivergent relationships
  • [00:06:40] A discussion on parentification
  • [00:07:53] Ways to bring up difficult conversations with a partner 
  • [00:11:31] Cleaning up 99 percent, not assuming negative meanings, and shame responses
  • [00:18:27] Listening, eye-contact, and different ways of processing while listening
  • [00:22:35] “How do you cope with going out to eat in a noisy restaurant?” and other sensory challenges when communicating
  • [00:24:41] Setting yourself up for talking with your partner 
  • [00:26:02] Communicating via text
  • [00:32:47] A discussion on neurodivergent relationships and sex 
  • [00:36:57] Neurodiversity and the LGBTQ+ community 
  • [00:39:00] Explaining neurodiversity as part of one’s identity in a relationship
  • [00:42:54] The impact of being in a relationship with someone who understands your neurodiversity
  • [00:45:31] Finding support for neurodivergent relationships and how to get in touch with Dr. Ali 
  • [00:46:20] One more question for Dr. Ali & closing thoughts 

🌟 Want to hear the bonus questions and answer at the end of this episode? Go to adhdrewired.com/Patreon where you can get an uninterrupted listening experience of this show and bonus content when you become a Patron at $5 a month or more! You can even join Eric every 4th Tuesday of the month for a Patron-only monthly coaching call at $25 a month! 


🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 506_-_Neurodivergent_Relationships_with_Dr._Ali_Arena.mp3
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In today’s show, Brooke Schnittman joins Eric on the podcast!  Brooke is a professional coach who understands, first-hand, the challenges of living with ADHD.  As an adult with a late ADHD diagnosis, she knows what it feels like to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and ashamed.  But, instead of giving up, Brooke decided to use her personal experiences to help others with ADHD.  She left a school system in 2018 to create a specially-tailored program for individuals for ADHD, called 3C Activation, which focuses on the importance of boundaries and small actions to activate potential and achieve continued success through maintaining momentum! 

  • Listen to Brooke’s Podcast: SuccessFULL with ADHD (click here!)
  • Check out Brooke’s website and find her book: CoachingWithBrooke.com (click here!)
  • Find Brooke on Instagram: @coachingwithbrooke (click here!)

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:25] Introducing Brooke, a little ADHD tangent, and a relatable discussion about paperwork
  • [00:04:12] What is 3C Activation? 
  • [00:06:10] The importance of intentionality behind small changes and habits vs. making many changes all at the same time
  • [00:08:09] 3 steps for tasks and setting up the readiness for behavioral change 
  • [00:10:07] A moment of reading chicken scratch and controlling the chaos of your own ADHD brain 
  • [00:17:07] Consistency, resiliency, self-compassion, and persistence 
  • [00:19:41] The importance of sharing and acknowledging your wins  
  • [00:21:40] Overcoming negativity bias 
  • [00:22:26] A framework of boundaries, questions to check in with yourself, and saying “no” 
  • [00:25:21] The nervous system and its effect on decision-making 
  • [00:28:43] Discussing the resistance to delegation
  • [00:32:43] “People actually want to help.” 
  • [00:35:09] Delegating creative tasks 
  • [00:36:46] ChatGPT, anyone? 
  • [00:41:14] Brooke talks about her book 
  • [00:45:01] Closing thoughts & announcements 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


🌟 Want to hear the bonus questions and answer at the end of this episode? Go to adhdrewired.com/Patreon where you can get an uninterrupted listening experience of this show and bonus content when you become a Patron at $5 a month or more! You can even join Eric every 4th Tuesday of the month for a Patron-only monthly coaching call at $25 a month! 


🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 505_-_Activation_Boundaries_and_Confidence_with_Brooke_Schnittman.mp3
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Join the ADHD reWired Team every second Tuesday of the month for our monthly Live Q&A!  If you want to join us live on Zoom, go to adhdrewired.com/events to register!  You’ll also find bonus Q&As and can listen to this episode ad-free on Patreon when you become a Patron at $5.00 a month or more by going to adhdrewired.com/Patreon! (click here!) 


Questions/Topics:

  • [00:02:39] A listener asks the panelists for advice on how to help others take steps to get an ADHD diagnosis
  • [00:05:02] Discussing online assessments 
  • [00:07:51] Red flags when seeking help for ADHD 
  • [00:10:07] “How do you all overcome the difficulty of transitions? I know what needs to be done, but why does transitioning from one thing to another feel like such a chore?” 
  • [00:12:17] Habit stacking and buffer space 
  • [00:17:14] A listener chimes in with suggestions for overcoming the difficulty of transitions 
  • [00:20:57] Resources, tips and tricks for a listener who was diagnosed with ADHD at 61
  • [00:24:52] A discussion about medication and side-effects
  • [00:26:54] More resources and how coaching can help 
  • [00:29:54] The multi-pronged approach to ADHD management 
  • [00:35:53] “I am pretty burnt out at work, and I was given/voluntold to take 2 weeks of rest; I was wondering what can I do in these next two weeks to improve my burnout and ensure I continue to improve when I return so I don’t get burnt out again?” 
  • [00:38:14] A helpful resource on burnout and processes of introspection 
  • [00:44:51] Discussing health definitions and healthcare 
  • [00:47:24] Tips and strategies to engage with self-care and being “ready” for self-care
  • [00:49:58] “ADHD is a performance disorder.  We know what to do - that’s not the issue.  The issue is doing it.” 
  • [00:52:03] Self-awareness, dealing with compounded shame, and trauma
  • [00:57:45] “Do you have any suggestions on how to communicate with someone who doesn’t understand that the reason why I do something that doesn’t make sense to them, and defending my stance, how can I still show accountability and not be so defensive?  
  • [01:00:43] Closing thoughts & announcements 

Resources & Honorable Mentions

  • ADHD reWired episode 342: Transitions and Balancing Work & Relationships with Adison Smith (click here)
  • Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear (on Goodreads) (official website)
  • Book: Still Distracted After All These Years by Kathleen G. Nadeau 
  • Book: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA (official website)
  • The ADHD Effect on Marriage by Melissa Orlov (on Goodreads)
  • Website: The Gottman Institute at gottman.com (click here!)
  • The 6 Ways of Closing the Stress Cycle Loop (from Burnout by Emily & Amelia Nagoski): Physical Activity, Creativity, Laughing. Crying, Physical Affection, and Deep Breathing 
  • “Burnout is… the nervous system and body taking the rest it needs by force.” - Brian Entler 
  • “ADHD reWired Coaching is about iteration, reflection, feedback, and keep doing that over and over again.” - Eric Tivers
  • “An ADHD diagnosis doesn’t change the past, but it does change our understanding of the past.” 
  • “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” - Brene Brown

🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 504_-__September_Live_QA_with_ADHD_reWired.mp3
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In today’s show, Eric is joined by Jessica Ovadia! Jessica, who has a Bachelor of Science in communication from New York University and a Master of Public Health from Emory University, is a healthcare communicator and a problem solver with a decade of experience helping clients articulate their message through engaged interactions, artful language choice, and thoughtful strategy. Her love of healthcare and deep passion for effective clear communication naturally led to the foundation of her consulting firm - Jessica Ovadia: Healthcare Messaging!

Having grown up with parents as physicians and being a parent herself, you’ll hear about Jessica’s struggles with the growing demands of life.  Then, you’ll also hear about simplifying complexities, motivation and burnout, creating your own structure, and overcoming tendencies to overcomplicate the way we communicate.  Finally, you’ll hear discussions on the importance of clarifications and knowing the audience, self-esteem when owning your own business, what communicating the ADHD experience can look like, and more! 

  • Learn more about Jessica at her website jessicaovadia.com! (click here!)

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:25] Introducing Jessica
  • [00:03:03] Jessica talks about ADHD and how becoming a parent brought her challenges to the surface
  • [00:04:46] Getting reacquainted with ADHD and unlearning developed patterns 
  • [00:06:01] Eric asks Jessica about being a business owner with ADHD and what led her to her passion of clear communication around healthcare 
  • [00:09:49] A discussion on motivation and burnout 
  • [00:14:08] Managing scheduling, structure, and accountability when being your own boss 
  • [00:23:23] When it comes to communication, how do we recognize when we’re overcomplicating things, then how do we simplify what and how we’re communicating? 
  • [00:28:19] Read-receipts and challenges around writing and responding 
  • [00:29:26] What to think about when you have a message and keeping it simple
  • [00:31:53] What can we do to make sure we are coming across clearly and are being understood? 
  • [00:34:15] “I would have written less if I had more time.” 
  • [00:35:00] Eric asks Jessica for a helpful reframe or a framework to think about effectively communicating different parts of  ADHD in shorter-form content.
  • [00:41:24] What has Jessica learned about her own brain through having her own business? 
  • [00:44:38] How can we communicate and get better public understanding and messaging about what ADHD really is? What would that messaging campaign look like? 
  • [00:47:31] A discussion & sharing thoughts about ADHD as a superpower 
  • [00:51:05] Closing thoughts 

🌟 Want to hear the bonus question and answer at the end of this episode? Go to adhdrewired.com/Patreon where you can get an uninterrupted listening experience of this show and bonus content when you become a Patron at $5 a month or more! 


🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

Direct download: 502_-_Communication_and_Entrepreneurship_with_Jessica_Ovadia.mp3
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In this episode, Eric is celebrating ADHD reWired's 500-episode milestone. Joining him are members of ADHD reWired's Coaching & Accountability Group Alumni Community, where they will be sharing their Dear ADHD Letters. A huge thanks to the members who shared their letters and their stories.

Whether you're new to the show or you've been listening since episode 1, thank you for being here for 500 episodes. We hope you'll keep joining us for the next 500 episodes to come.

Special thanks to all of our coaching group members, Alumni members, coaches, volunteers, Patrons, Facebook community members, listeners of the show old and new, the ADHD reWired team, all the wonderful guests that have been on the show, and everyone everywhere around and in between. Thank you so much for your support. We wouldn't be here without you.

We CAN do hard things, and you are not alone. ❤️


🌟 Have you heard about our Adult Study Hall Community? Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!


🌟 Interested in group coaching and want to take your ADHD management to the next level? Go to coachingrewired.com to get on our Fall interest list or to stay up to date on the most recent upcoming season if you're listening to this in the future! 

Direct download: 501_-_Dear_ADHD.mp3
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📣 Hey there ADHD reWired listeners! Quick annoucment about our fall season of coaching and accountability groups:

If you missed last week's announcements or recent emails, then BIG news! We rolled back the pricing of our coaching groups to pre-2020 levels. You can join our fall season of coaching groups for as low as $1650 when you join sections with coaches Brian or Kristin, or you can join Eric's section for only $1999. Payment plans are also available! 

Then, after you complete our 10-week coaching program, we will also be giving registrants 6 months of membership in our alumni coaching community for free! 🌟

Join us for our upcoming registration events by going to coachingrewired.com to start your preregistration process. The dates for our upcoming registration events are: 

  • Monday, September 18th at 8:00 Pacific / 11:00am eastern
  • Wednesday, September 20th at 12:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm Eastern

For the most up to date information and to start your pre-registration process, get your name on our interest list at coachingrewired.com!  

If you have any questions or need clarifiation, please email us at support@adhdrewired.com 

👆👆👆

Direct download: 501_Special_Announcement.mp3
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Join the ADHD reWired Team every second Tuesday of the month for our monthly Live Q&A!  If you want to join us live on Zoom, go to adhdrewired.com/events to register! 

In this episode, Trina from My Lady ADHD joins the panel!  You’ll get answers to your ADHD-related questions about relationships, motivation, satisfaction, and burnout. You’ll also hear about taking care of aging parents, the importance of community, disclosing in the workplace, engaging in self-care, and more!  

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Learn more about Trina at her website MyLadyADHD.com! (click here!)


Resources & Honorable Mentions

  • Book: Still Distracted After All These Years by Kathleen G. Nadeau (click here)

  • Book: The ADHD Effect on Marriage by Melissa Orlov (click here)

  • Book: Burnout by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA (click here)

  • Website: Inclusively.com (click here)

  • Website: The Gottman Institute - A Research-Based Approach to Relationships (click here)

  • Mentioned - HALT: Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired?  


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In today’s show, Eric is joined by Bowie Winnike, a.k.a. Rainbow!  Rainbow is a gender doula and neurodivergent support coach with a background in art, education, activism, and mental health.  They are deeply rooted in the trans community and have a passion for co-imagining deeper levels of communal accessible care.

  • Learn more about Rainbow at RainbowChrysalisCoaching.com (click here!)

In this episode, you’ll hear Eric and Rainbow explore gender, the different intersections of oneself, and coming out!  You’ll also hear them talk about what a gender doula is, unmasking and transitions.  Finally, you’ll also hear about the importance of community, the possibilities through the process, the difference between being accepted vs. being valued for who you are, and more! 

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:11] Introducing Rainbow
  • [00:02:58] Rainbow talks about the challenges of feeling like they didn’t fit in 
  • [00:08:44] Addressing discomfort, and being “othered” 
  • [00:10:51] “What if we could just release these expectations?” and a discussion on masking 
  • [00:14:32] Rainbow opens up about living their truth in the midst of fear 
  • [00:22:42] What is a gender doula, and how can they help?  
  • [00:24:46] ADHD, transitions, and identity 
  • [00:29:43] Eric asks Rainbow about living their truth and how it’s affected their neurodivergence 
  • [00:33:56] A transformational artform, being celebrated, and stirring the pot 
  • [00:41:13] Neurodivergence in LGBTQ+ communities and pushing the boundaries of “normal” 
  • [00:48:24] Closing thoughts 

Resources & Honorable Mentions

  • Book - Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Trisha Hersey (click here!)
  • Book - Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon (click here!)
  • Essay - Audre Lorde: The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (click here!)

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Direct download: 499_-_Gender_Queerness_and_AuDHD_with_Rainbow.mp3
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In this episode, Hannah Choi joins Eric on the podcast!  Hannah is an Executive Function Coach for Beyond Book Smart and is the host of the podcast, Focus Forward: An Executive Function Podcast.  Hannah works with both college-aged clients and adult clients, and lives in Connecticut with her husband and two kids.  Her executive function strengths are time management and cognitive flexibility, and her challenges are working memory and attention.  Hannah also loves to read, watch Korean dramas, exercise, travel, and spend time outdoors! 

You’ll hear about the importance of developing a relationship with your professors, strategies and skills for self-advocacy, the benefits of breaking down big projects, and emotional regulation to access executive function skills.  Then, you’ll also hear about the importance of maintaining sleep, nutrition, and exercise, managing medication, a warning about due dates, course load, schedule design, and more! 


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:02] Introducing Hannah 
  • [00:02:14] How did Hannah begin working with college students? 
  • [00:04:56] Hannah shares her experiences in college while questioning her abilities 
  • [00:05:44] “If I knew then what I know now….” 
  • [00:07:18] A discussion on self-advocacy while in college and getting over the fear of getting to know your professors
  • [00:11:45] Hannah shares a tool she uses with clients 
  • [00:13:56] Breaking down Steps/Time/Mapping
  • [00:18:076] Finding balance between college work and socializing
  • [00:22:44] A discussion on emotional regulation and accessing executive function skills 
  • [00:30:21] Managing ADHD medication and other mental health treatments 
  • [00:32:53] What are some other important accommodations that students can ask for? 
  • [00:41:56] Eric shares an experience and a warning about (a lack of) due dates
  • [00:44:47] How important is course load and schedule design? 
  • [00:49:14] Navigating interests in college 
  • [00:51:41] Closing Thoughts

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Direct download: 497_-_Succeed_in_College_with_Hannah_Choi.mp3
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In this episode, Eric is joined by Vernon T. Foster II!  Vernon is an author, podcaster, and self-proclaimed Sommelier of video marketing.  Diagnosed with ADHD just over 2 years ago, Vernon is passionate about sharing his experience as a black man living with ADHD and creating community.

You’ll hear Vernon share his story from life as a kid to today, what prompted him to write his book, what it’s like to have to walk out the door as a black man in America while navigating ADHD, and dealing with challenges because of the layers society has placed on black American men.  

  • Learn more about Vernon T. Foster II on Linkedin (click here!) or at his video marketing website at vernontfoster.com (click here!)
  • Get Vernon’s book at adhdblack.com - The Black Man’s Handbook to Living with ADHD: 5 Ways to Create a Better Tomorrow No Matter How You’re Feeling Today (click here!)
  • Check out his Instagram @vernononvideo [Instagram] 

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:06] Introducing Vernon and his continuing process of figuring himself out and his ADHD journey
  • [00:02:56] Vernon shares his experiences with various jobs and getting fired 
  • [00:04:47] A conversation about what led Vernon to ADHD, connecting the dots, and life as the “token black kid” in school
  • [00:08:09] Experiencing covert racism 
  • [00:10:02] Vernon shares about his time at Florida State University and a discussion on testing 
  • [00:10:50] Eric and Vernon on Scantrons 
  • [00:14:44] The Stroop Test 
  • [00:16:34] ADHD medication, college, and an important message 
  • [00:20:45] Eric shares a test-taking strategy 
  • [00:21:38] Life after an ADHD diagnosis / A shocking statistic / What prompted Vernon to write his book
  • [00:23:35] Vernon shares his reaction about the ADHD diagnosis statistics on African American and Latino children
  • [00:23:58] “Why didn’t anyone tell me this sh*t?” 
  • [00:25:19] Eric asks Vernon, “As a black man, diagnosed later with ADHD, [...] what do you think is maybe not understood by most people?” 
  • [00:25:57] “The world is already against you, the odds are already stacked against you” / Other challenges navigating the world as a black man  
  • [00:27:52] Understanding ADHD and how it affects every aspect of Vernon’s life
  • [00:29:34] The challenges of navigating the world with something very visible alongside something that is invisible and how one affects the other
  • [00:32:02] “A lot of people who look like me…” / Level the playing field / Hoarding information and wealth and perpetuating the cycle
  • [00:33:36] “It’s my duty to be a steward of those things to help support other people that look like me, people that also don’t look like me.”
  • [00:39:34] Vernon shares his wisdom, tips, and being a work in progress 
  • [00:42:14] Tapping into the tools after an ADHD diagnosis 
  • [00:44:20] Managing emotions, emotional intelligence, and taking your power back / Mindfulness 
  • [00:48:17] Support, family, and community / “It’s really hard to do this alone.” 
  • [00:52:55] Communicating what you need when you have ADHD 
  • [00:57:33] Closing thoughts  

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • ADHD reWired Episode 333: Race-Based Trauma, RSD & ADHD with Romanza McAllister LCSW (listen here!)
  • Website: blackgirllostkeys.com - René Brooks: Living as a Black Woman with ADHD  (click here!) 
  • “How do we become better stewards of the gifts and the opportunities that we have to show other people that it’s possible? To invest in other people?” - Vernon 

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Direct download: 496_-_Navigating_ADHD_as_a_Black_Man_with_Vernon_Foster.mp3
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In today’s show, Caroleen Verly joins Eric on the podcast!  Caroleen is a former data analyst turned business owner and financial coach who loves spreadsheets, numbers, problem solving, and data!  She also loves working with clients to find order in the chaos of their financial lives.  Caroleen has a degree in economics from Yale and spent the first 12 years of her career doing data analysis and data visualization.  In addition to her business, Caroleen is also a mom to three young children! 

  • Check out Caroleen’s website UntangleYourMoney.com (click here!)
  • Learn more about Caroleen at her website (here)
  • Find UntangleYourMoney on Instagram at @adhdmoney (click here!)

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:10] Introducing Caroleen! 
  • [00:02:26] What does it mean to create good systems that work by default? 
  • [00:03:55] A discussion on automation, bills, payments, resistance, and safety nets
  • [00:07:32] Dedicating accounts, savings, and putting money in the right spots for different purposes
  • [00:16:57] Banking and ADHD-friendly interfaces 
  • [00:18:37] Caroleen tries the Qube Money app (click here!)
  • [00:21:30] A discussion about credit cards and managing them successfully 
  • [00:25:02] Impulsive spending and the impact of credit scores 
  • [00:27:57] “The cheaper option is not always cheaper!”
  • [00:38:27] Ways to start saving in the midst of debt and living paycheck to paycheck 
  • [00:41:30] Cutting costs vs. making more money: Which one is better?  
  • [00:45:56] Resources & closing thoughts

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Book (and Editor’s choice!):  I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi (on Goodreads)
  • Website:  I Will Teach You to be Rich at IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com (click here!)

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Direct download: 494_-_Creating_Money_Systems_to_Work_by_Default_with_Caroleen_Verly.mp3
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In today’s show, Eric is joined by Rachel Moore, a licensed psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist, based in San Diego, California!  Rachel is also certified in EMDR and Brainspotting (BSP)!  She works primarily with creative clients, such as artists, writers, and musicians.  Before becoming a therapist, Rachel earned her bachelor's degree in creative writing and was a newspaper copy editor for 14 years.  She is also a musician, a singer, and a proud member of the ADHD community!  

You’ll hear about relational-based therapy, trauma and overwhelm, discussions on EMDR and brainspotting, and the importance of finding a therapist who understands your creative needs.  You will also be along for the ride as Rachel guides Eric through the Flash technique!  


 

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:10] Introducing Rachel
  • [00:01:58] What is EMDR? What is Brainspotting? Are the two types of therapy connected? 
  • [00:05:30] Discussing relational-based therapy  
  • [00:07:18] How do you distinguish the difference between a general state of overwhelm and a trauma response? 
  • [00:16:58] What is the Flash technique? 
  • [00:19:14] A demonstration of the Flash technique 
  • [00:27:25] Eric shares his experiences with the Flash technique 
  • [00:31:40] “The brain and the eyes are made of the same stuff” and the theories of Brainspotting
  • [00:37:35] A demonstration of grounding techniques 
  • [00:41:18] EMDR and BSP: How are these modalities helpful for ADHD brains and creatives? 
  • [00:45:30] Finding someone who understands the experience and depth of what creativity means for you
  • [00:49:14] Closing Thoughts

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


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Direct download: 493_-_EMDR_Creativity_and_ADHD_with_Rachel_Moore.mp3
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In this episode, Kody Lukens joins the podcast!  Kody was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult and very quickly became frustrated with the lack of resources made for adults with ADHD.  He then set out to do something about it!  Kody started creating education and relatable ADHD content on social media to help people learn about their brains and feel a sense of community.  He also created and designed a magnetic stim fidget toy called Stimagz! 


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:06] Introducing Kody, and all about Stimagz 
  • [00:02:35] A brief discussion on calming nerves 
  • [00:04:17] Kody’s ADHD story & entrepreneurship 
  • [00:06:37] Kickstarting Stimagz and all about fidgeting 
  • [00:12:04] What’s been the hardest part about launching Stimagz? 
  • [00:16:38] What are other challenges being a content creator and entrepreneur with ADHD? 
  • [00:18:08] Creating structure and long-term goals  
  • [00:24:44] Theming your week 
  • [00:26:10] How to get stuff done when you’re not “feeling it” 
  • [00:30:24] The ‘sprint’ of a new business 
  • [00:37:52] How to deal with failure 
  • [00:43:06] Kody’s favorite productivity tools 
  • [00:46:37] Calendars and the benefits of Calendly 
  • [00:48:40] Closing thoughts and where you can find Kody and get Stimagz!

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Jeremy Andrew Davis - Tiktok, on Stimagz (click here!)
  • ADHD reWired Episode 476: When Potential and Opportunity Misalign with Nate (click here!)
  • Song: “Life Itself” by Glass Animals (listen on YouTube!)
  • Tool: Calendly at Calendly.com  (click here!)
  • Article: Fail Hard, Fail Fast, Fail Often on Medium.com (click here to read!)
  • “Never put yourself in a position to where, if you fail, you’re toast. Always have a back-up plan, and a back-up plan, and a back-up plan.” - Kody 

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Direct download: 492_-_Charting_Your_Own_Path_with_Kody_Lukens.mp3
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Questions/Topics:  

  • [00:01:23] Welcome & introducing the panel

  • [0003:12] A listener who was recently diagnosed with ADHD shortly after their son was diagnosed, doesn’t feel good about their prescriber’s knowledge of ADHD treatments.  What can be done to find the right people to prescribe or to help educate the prescribers beyond the usual, “How are you feeling?”  

  • [00:11:44] Managing expectations and perspectives about communicating without needing to go into a lecture about having ADHD. 

  • [00:13:14] How do you advocate for yourself when you don’t yet know what works best for you?

  • [00:18:24] A discussion about boundary-setting and boundary violations. 

  • [00:20:40] A listener asks about their 11-year-old son and screen time. 

  • [00:30:18] “Do any of you have sensory issues?  When it comes to clothing and scents, is this an ADHD-specific thing, or could there be something else going on?” 

  • [00:36:53] A masters student asks for tools and suggestions for keeping on top of writing, getting started on assignments, and working consistently.  

  • [00:42:50] “Regarding the emotional regulation piece, how do you conceptualize where ADHD ends and the other struggles (such as bipolar or borderline or other mood disorders) begin?”

  • [00:52:22] A listener asks about the secret-sauce to Eric nearing the 500-podcast-episode milestone, and also seeks advice on starting a podcast and being terrified of not being able to do it consistently.  

  • [00:56:17] A listener talks about RSD and anxiety, and asks the panelists for advice when having a difficult time articulating their needs, especially at work.  

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Website: CHADD at chadd.org (click here!)

  • Book: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glower Tawwab (on Goodreads)

  • Book: How to Write a Lot - A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia, PhD (on Goodreads)

  • Book: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 

  • ADHD reWired Episode 118: Could it be Bipolar Disorder? With Dr. Robert Olivardia (listen here!)


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Direct download: 491_-_ADHD_reWired_June_2023_Live_Q_and_A.mp3
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Go to coachingrewired.com to get started with your pre-registration process and to find all the times and available spots for each section! Once you're finished with your pre-registration process, don't forget to hit that RSVP button so you can join us on Monday, July 10th for our final summer registration event!  Remember, our summer season begins on Thursday, July 13th, so don't wait!  And we're still offering a $500 discount on Sections 1 and 3! 

Direct download: Special_Announcement_-_July_2023.mp3
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In this episode, Eric is joined by Renee Rosales!  Renee is a mother, educator, advocate, and transformational leader who has always possessed a deep passion for education.  As an innovator, Renee established two of the first virtual schools in Arizona.  She collaborated with educational partners, co-founding Marana Distance Learning K12 in 2004.  Then, less than two years later, she founded Northern Arizona Distance Learning. Also known as NADL, it is the first online public school in the northern half of the state!  As a visionary, Renee believes that with  the right amount of education and determination, anything is possible! 

Renee has made it her mission to create a better way for the neurodiverse community! In addition to being a co-founder of the two virtual schools, she is also the founder of Theara - a business in supporting the neurodiverse community from birth to adulthood.  As a visionary, Renee consistently strives to make the intangible tangible by building bridges, connections, and relationships that positively transform all aspects of life! 

Some of Renee’s acronyms shared in today’s episode:

  • JOY: Journey forward, Organize & Optimism, Yield to wellness

  • DREAM: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Activity outdoors, Mindfulness 

  • ABC: Aware, Brave, Curious

  • LIGHT: Listen, Integrate, Guide, Honor, Transform 


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:06] Introducing Renee

  • [00:02:34] What brought Renee into the world of ADHD and neurodiversity? 

  • [00:03:58] Problem solving, big solutions, follow through, and coping strategies 

  • [00:06:26] Joy and finding focus 

  • [00:07:27] Dealing with trauma

  • [00:12:03] The spark of Lighting the Way 

  • [00:13:31] Living the D.R.E.A.M. and moving forward

  • [00:16:51] Observing trauma in schools and feeling defeated

  • [00:21:42] Organizing for optimism 

  • [00:22:20] What’s a capsule wardrobe? 

  • [00:25:47] Holding onto wellness 

  • [00:29:50] Helping folks in the workplace and safely unmasking 

  • [00:37:54] Environment Social Governance guidelines (ESG) 

  • [00:39:33] Where to learn more about ESG 

  • [00:40:58] Advice for employees bringing information & accommodations  to the workplace 

  • [00:44:40] Closing thoughts and where to find Renee

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


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Direct download: 490_-_Is_Curiosity_the_Key_with_Renee_C._Rosales.mp3
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In this episode, the owner of Organize365 - Lisa Woodruff -  joins Eric on the podcast!  Organize365 has conducted academic research, establishing the definitions of house work, home organization, and the weight of paper in the American home.  This ongoing research is making the invisible work at home visible to all, so we can eliminate it, free people from the monotonous tasks of daily living, and unlock our time for what we are uniquely created to do!  Lisa is also a natural tinkerer and a lover of puzzles, a kindergarten teacher, used to organize people’s homes when she used to babysit, and even used to organize teachers’ classrooms.  

If you’re wondering how you can get your home organized, then this is the episode to listen to, because today, Eric and Lisa will discuss the idea that organization is a learnable skill! 

You’ll hear some of Lisa’s rules for taking on new projects and her 24-hour rule, visual clutter, what to do with incomplete projects, where piles come from, and breaking down the Sunday Basket.  

  • Find Lisa’s book, her research and her podcast at organize365.com! (click here!)
  • Find Organize365 on YouTube @organize365 (click here!)

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:51] Introducing Lisa 

  • [00:03:11] What was the “why” for Lisa to get into becoming organized? 

  • [00:07:11] What are the helpful questions that Lisa asks her clients? 

  • [00:10:09] A brief discussion on (perceptions of) minimalism  

  • [00:10:38] How do we live more through having less? (And is “less” the “right” answer?) 

  • [00:12:26] “So what?” and a discussion about visual clutter and accumulating projects and hobbies 

  • [00:16:20] Clutter, piles, and what to do with purchases and returns 

  • [00:19:43] ADHD and home ownership 

  • [00:23:27] What is the Sunday Basket? And Lisa’s thoughts about “being behind” when organizing 

  • [00:27:03] What are the Four Binders?

  • [00:31:51] Questions to ask yourself when utilizing your calendar and staying organized 

  • [00:34:53] Taking care of financial documents 

  • [00:41:57] Lisa shares her ADHD story and a discussion on executive function and working memory 

  • [00:47:22] Diving into Lisa’s academic studies about organization as a skill 

  • [00:51:18] How many people care about being organized?  

  • [00:55:12] Lisa on investing in our household and what’s in our control 

  • [00:56:58] Closing thoughts 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • “If you have something that’s working for YOU, absolutely do not change it!” - Lisa 

  • “Stop trying to get an “A” in your housework.” - Lisa 


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Direct download: 489_-_Organization_is_a_Learnable_Skill_with_Lisa_Woodruff.mp3
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On today’s show, Eric is joined by Marcy Caldwell, Psy.D!  Marcy is a psychologist, writer, and proud mom of 2, who has been helping adults with ADHD thrive in their work, relationships, and parenting for over 20 years.  She is a passionate advocate for adults with ADHD and is dedicated to helping them create environments that unlock the unique genius of their brains!  

Marcy is also the founder of ADDept.org, a blog and resource for adults with ADHD, and is also the owner of Rittenhouse Psychological Services, a practice specializing in adult ADHD in the Philadelphia area. In addition, Marcy is also the creator of Meltdown to Mastery! 


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:00:57] Introducing Marcy and how she got into the world of ADHD 

  • [00:03:31] A family with ADHD and being in the messy middle 

  • [00:05:50] Regulatory differences between neurotypical and ADHD brains 

  • [00:07:21] Activation, stopping, and on/off switches 

  • [00:08:43] Three components of an ADHD experience 

  • [00:15:32] “How do we know the difference between the emotional storms and emotional regulation challenges that are so often seen with ADHD… and the emotional storms / regulation challenges that come with other disorders, such as autism, borderline personality disorder, bi-polar, etc.?” 

  • [00:20:11] Why does it matter to understand that an antecedent comes externally for emotional storms with ADHD compared to other differential diagnoses? 

  • [00:22:08] How much of the emotional storms that are triggered by external events are more a trauma response vs. being organically related to ADHD? 

  • [00:27:32] What is Meltdown to Mastery all about? 

  • [00:30:21] Can the intentional use of distraction be a tool? 

  • [00:32:02] A discussion on distraction vs. avoidance

  • [00:36:31] Developing an understanding of identifying the “in-between” emotions and building conscientiousness 

  • [00:40:35] Closing thoughts and more about Marcy 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • “I believe in the power of understanding.” – Marcy 


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Direct download: 488_-_Managing_Big_Emotions_with_Marcy_Caldwell_Psy.D.mp3
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Questions/Topics:

  • [00:01:06] Welcome & introductions 

  • [00:02:03] A listener, who was diagnosed with ADHD within the week of the recording of this episode, asks the panelists about taking stimulant medication.  

  • [00:08:51] “When you are trying to be open with your job or others about your ADHD, how would you handle your response?” 

  • [00:19:29] Another listener who was also recently diagnosed with ADHD asks, “What is your advice?  How do you work with a leader at work who is very linear and very neurotypical when your best comes out when you’re not?”

  • [00:28:00] “I have autism.  Is it true that ADHD drugs tend to not work for autistic patients?  Do we have any possible reasons why, if it’s true?” 

  • [00:34:05] A listener, who has treatment-resistant depression, is unable to take ADHD medication, and has been experiencing fatigue, asks the panelist if fatigue is an ADHD symptom.  

  • [00:41:29] A listener asks the panelists to recap the good sides of ADHD.  


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Direct download: 487_-_May_2023_Live_QA_with_ADHD_reWired.mp3
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In this episode, Eric is joined by Vanessa Gorelkin! Vanessa is an east-coast transplant to Arizona where she lives with her son and husband (who both have ADHD)!  She graduated with a B.A. from Brandeis University and has a masters degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. 

Vanessa is also a Licensed Occupational Therapist in Arizona, and her career spans nearly 30 years!  She has served in both clinical and executive leadership roles, works with people all over the world, and is passionate about bringing out the best in all the people she works with!

  • Learn more about Vanessa by visiting her website at vanessagorelkin.com & find her on Instagram at @humanist_therapist 

In today’s show, you’ll hear about mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment based therapy (ACT).  Then, you’ll hear about deep breathing, using spicy food or sour candies to help regulate, setting boundaries, practicing self-compassion and resilience.  Finally, you’ll listen to ways to work on activation, sensory processing issues and the nervous system, sensory accommodations, and the importance of breaking down activities into smaller steps.  


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:02:18] Introducing Vanessa

  • [00:04:00] The importance of emotional self-regulation 

  • [00:04:51] What is an Occupational Therapist (OT)? 

  • [00:06:19] How does an OT help people with ADHD around emotional regulation skills? 

  • [00:07:30] What is acceptance and commitment based therapy (ACT)? What about radical acceptance? 

  • [00:08:23] What is dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)? 

  • [00:09:50] Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  • [00:10:52] A discussion on rejection sensitivity, BPD, ADHD, and trauma 

  • [00:17:28] Eric asks Vanessa about the common “chief complaints” she experiences in her practice 

  • [00:18:48] What are some examples of the skills Vanessa helps clients work with, and how does she help them do that? 

  • [00:20:34] What do I do when my brain gets “hijacked?” and TIPP skills

  • [00:24:59] Vanessa talks about sour and spicy for regulation 

  • [00:27:14] Proactive skills vs. responding in-the-moment 

  • [00:31:18] The intersectionality between anger, boundaries, and boundary violations

  • [00:32:26] ** You need to hear this. 

  • [00:33:03] External pressures, checking your calendar, and your right to say “no” 

  • [00:35:15] Saying “no” when it feels bad, and therapy vs. coaching 

  • [00:37:26] What is the OT approach for activation?

  • [00:43:18] Sensory processing issues being missed with ADHD 

  • [00:45:24] Does sensory processing get worse with age? 

  • [00:49:34] Closing Thoughts 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • “People sometimes get really hung up on a diagnosis… What my attitude about a diagnosis is:  It helps us understand what tools we can use, but it does not define you as a human being.” - Vanessa 

  • “Masquerading as 'normal' is exhausting.” - Eric 


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Direct download: 486_-_How_to_learn_Emotional_Regulation_Skills_-_with_Vanessa_Gorelkin.mp3
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In today’s show, Eric is joined by Liz Angoff!  Liz is a licensed educational psychologist with a diplomate in school neuropsychology, providing assessment and consultation services to children and their families in the Bay area.  She is the author of the Brain Building Books and is constantly creating new tools to help parents and providers empower children to help them understand their unique brains. 

Learn more about Liz and her books at brainbuidingbook.com!
brainbuildingbook.com

In this episode, you’ll hear about Liz’s mission to help neurodiverse kids understand and create their personal narratives, how parents can understand their kids better, how Liz has found purpose through her own anxiety, and using affirming language to communicate.  

Then, you’ll hear about the importance of articulating and communicating intentions, engaging in self-awareness conversations with kids, acknowledging parent-guilt, when hyper-verbalism and auditory processing collide, transitions, screen time, and more! 

Find more from Liz at http://www.explainingbrains.com/Parents 

Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:02.08] Introducing Liz
  • [00:04:10] Having conversations with kids about their diagnoses & 
  • [00:06:38] Liz shares her diagnosis story and her experiences with sensory overwhelm
  • [00:10:11] Eric asks Liz about self-disclosure when talking to parents and kids 
  • [00:19:24] Exploring the neurodivergent home of Eric Tivers and problem-solving at home
  • [00:22:31] Identifying the problem and how to better understand a child’s experiences
  • [00:29:02] Iterating: Experimentation, evaluation, and assessment 
  • [00:31:42] Addressing concerns as a parent and needs as an adult 
  • [00:33:51] Worrying about our kids growing up into adults; What-ifs, jumping to conclusions, and catastrophizing 
  • [00:37:22] Eric opens up about what happens at home 
  • [00:39:26] The importance of relearning and reintegrating skills when reaching milestones 
  • [00:41:58] Transitions, outings, and screen time 
  • [00:48:26] Closing thoughts from Liz 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


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Direct download: 485_-_Big_Brains_Raising_Little_Brains_with_Liz_Angoff_PhD.mp3
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In this episode, Jessica Hicksted joins Eric on the podcast!  Jessica was late-diagnosed with autism and ADHD and brings together her life experiences and education to advocate for invisible disabilities.  Growing up the “awkward kid,” she faced life’s rough spots head-on, creating resilience and determination.  These skills proved valuable in completing her PhD and dedicating her research into invisible disabilities to help promote positive social change. 

You’ll hear Eric and Jessica talk about workplace success for people with invisible disabilities, masking and executive-function drains, and ableism.  Then, you’ll also hear about how Jessica got diagnosed, self-advocacy, disclosure or nondisclosure in the workplace, what Jessica uncovered in her research, and the benefits and values to businesses for being more accommodating.  

Find some of her writing on ADDitude Magazine! https://www.additudemag.com/author/jessica-hicksted-ph-d/ 


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:06] Introducing Jessica & meeting at CHADD 

  • [00:02:13] Diving into Jessica’s research, and, “How do we–from a systems perspective–help individuals be successful in the workplace?” 

  • [00:05:23] Are the tides really starting to turn in the workplace about invisible disabilities? 

  • [00:06:27] Masking in the workplace 

  • [00:09:25] Jessica’s experience of being diagnosed as an adult after becoming a parent

  • [00:16:14] What is an invisible disability?

  • [00:18:56] Disclosure vs. intended disclosure

  • [00:19:42] What does the data say about disclosure? 

  • [00:21:10] What kinds of questions did Jessica ask while doing her research? 

  • [00:24:24] A conversation on the prevalence of ableism in the workplace 

  • [00:27:58] Transparency and opening the door of communication 

  • [00:33:28] Money talk: What is the benefit and value for businesses to be more inclusive and accommodating for people with invisible disabilities?  What does the data show? 

  • [00:38:30] In Jessica’s data, were there any industries that were ‘better’ with acceptance in the workplace than others? 

  • [00:42:18] What are some questions a prospective employee could ask to try and gauge if they will be entering a friendly workplace for neurodivergent brains? 

  • [00:44:52] If there could be one big change in the workplace to help individuals with invisible disabilities, what would that change look like?  

  • [00:45:53] Closing thoughts 


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Direct download: 483_Invisible_Disabilities_in_the_Workplace_with_Jessica_Hicksted_PhD.mp3
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This week, Eric is joined by Abby Wilson!  Abby runs a global facilitation, mediation, and coaching practice from her beloved home in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  She uses methods from the design field–A.K.A. design-thinking–to help individuals navigate career change, and helps organizations to lead with empathy, reframe challenges, and generate ideas.  

Her ADHD diagnosis, 8 years ago at the age of 35, is one of those before-and-after life moments that so many of us can probably relate to, and is thrilled to be connecting the dots between design-thinking, her life’s work for the last 12 years, and her naturally “curly” mind!  Abby’s “curly” mind has lived in 6 countries, she has birthed a child she adores, has worked in many governments, and has enough letters after her name for a competitive Scrabble game! 

In this conversation, you’ll hear Eric and Abby talk about design thinking, how it’s beneficial for ADHD folks, the messiness of the creative process, and solving for the right problem.  You’ll also hear about how having a lot of great ideas also means having a lot of not-so-great ideas, prioritizing, risk-taking, the importance of specificity, and why design-thinking is helpful for relationships, tapping into your creativity, and more.  

Get in touch and learn more about design thinking and Abby at her website: abbywilson.com https://www.abbywilson.com 


Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:10] Introducing Abby

  • [00:02:41] What is design thinking?  

  • [00:04:11] Abby on teaching iterative process, roadblocks faced during design thinking, and the messiness of the creative process 

  • [00:05:13] Eric shares a real-life example and asks Abby about applying design thinking to this situation

  • [00:07:09] The most basic framework for a design process is… 

  • [00:08:04] The “Rose, Thorn, Bud” method for being endlessly curious and to start to add an additional layer of meaning 

  • [00:11:35] Abby on finding a specific problem-definition and methods to help reframing 

  • [00:13:55] What do we do when one idea spawns 20 other ideas?  How do we go back to the original idea when we get sidetracked with other ideas?

  • [00:21:27] A discussion on prioritization: What do we do first? How do we say no? 

  • [00:22:56] The sweet spot of ideas and Abby’s favorite method for prioritization: The Importance/Difficulty Matrix

  • [00:25:42] Eric asks Abby, “What kinds of questions do you ask yourself when you’re trying to identify a ranked order of importance?” and defining “importance” 

  • [00:27:21] Executive function use, observing energy and emotional investments, and emotional temperatures

  • [00:32:17] Why do design thinking skills matter? 

  • [00:37:12] Whether it’s a boss, a partner, a friend, or a group: How do we help them understand the value of design thinking? 

  • [00:39:50] What do we do and how do we communicate when ideas happen “too fast?”

  • [00:42:33] Abby shares a book recommendation

  • [00:43:27] Connect with Abby and closing thoughts


Resources:

  • Article: The Double Diamond: A Universally Accepted Depiction of the Design Process  (read here)

  • Article: Framework for Innovation: Design Council’s Evolved Double Diamond at designcouncil.org.uk  (read here)

  • Article: Rose, Thorn, Bud at luma-institute.com (read here)

  • Article: The Importance/Difficulty Matrix at luma-institute.com (read here)

  • Book: The One Thing by Gary Keller (Goodreads)

  • Book: What Do You Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada (Goodreads)

  • Website: Stanford d.school at dschool.stanford.edu  https://dschool.stanford.edu/resources 


Honorable Mentions:

  • “...the things that we have captured become a participant in the conversation.” 

  • “We can only define our challenges effectively if we’ve got good data and observations.” 

  • “We don’t have to kill our darlings.” 

  • “Design thinking helps us harness our natural curiosity and creativity to bring new things into the world.” 


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Direct download: 481_-_Design_Thinking_from_Ideation_to_Execution_with_Abby_Wilson.mp3
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In this episode, Eric is joined by Jesse J. Anderson, a.k.a @ADHDJesse.  Jesse is a writer, speaker, developer, and content creator who was diagnosed with ADHD at 36.  He is the co-founder of Polar Habits, a guilt-free habit app, and he writes a weekly newsletter called Extra Focus.  He is the author (rather, soon-to-be-author!) of Refocus: Thriving with Adult ADHD.  He also has two podcasts and more! 

You’ll hear about leaning into mistakes, what Polar Habits is all about, how breaking a ‘streak’ of habits doesn’t undo your progress, and how changing our environments can impact our habits.   Then, you’ll hear more about habits, perfectionism, prioritization, and the importance of being vulnerable while having a curious and non-judgemental mindset.  Finally, you’ll hear Jesse fill us in about his creative writing process and what prompted him to start writing his book. 


Timestamps coming soon! 


Resources:


Honorable Mentions:


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Direct download: 479_-_Juggling_Chainsaws_with_ADHDJesse.mp3
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Questions/Topics: 

  • [00:01:07] Welcome & introductions.

  • [00:02:48] Hello to our special guest panelist.

  • [00:03:25] A listener asks about laziness and ADHD: “Does laziness exist?”

  • [00:13:22] The Sleep With Me Podcast has over 1000 episodes. Eric asks Scoots if he ever gets bored from doing the same thing over and over again.

  • [00:16:19] “What are some ways that you trick yourselves into getting up in the morning when the prospect of life is overwhelming?” 

  • [00:28:00] “After finally finding the right medication (for ADHD), what is the next step? Self-help books, podcasts, and routines are great but don’t stick long enough. Coaching options?” 

  • [00:29:31] A listener shares feeling shame around their ADHD diagnosis, then asks the panelists for tips on accepting and loving oneself with it.  

  • [00:32:03] Scoots has a mix of working in coworking spaces and from home but has been experiencing back pain from working on the couch.  Then, he asks about options for changing scenery.  

  • [00:40:34] “Just lost three months to a game. Deleted the game - how do I start to get back on track?” 

  • [00:47:54] A listener asks Scoots, “How did you come up with the ‘Sleep With Me Podcast’ style you use? Was it a default process or were you intentionally embracing and capitalizing on the pointless meandering train-of-thought? 

  • [00:52:59] “One of my main problems is paralysis when I start to feel overwhelmed.  I have so much to do that I can’t decide what to work on so I do nothing.  How can I calm that feeling without ignoring all the things I’m behind on?” 

  • [00:58:57] A question related to the national medication shortage.  

  • [01:01:17] Scoots does an on-the-fly Sleep-With-Me-style summary of today’s episode

  • [01:04:47] A moment of dad… 

 


Resources & Honorable Mentions:


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Direct download: 478_-_ADHD_reWired_March_2023_Live_QA.mp3
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In this episode, Eric is joined by T. Perran Mitchell, the crafter of stories and maker of things! Comics are his favorite medium and have been for as long as he can remember.  Growing up with ADHD, dyslexia, and anxiety, comics not only fostered a love of reading, they were the key to learning to read.  He has also been with the same company for nearly 20 years running their quality control department. 

T took a circuitous path to writing comics by first graduating from Drexel University with a degree in Information Science and Technology.  Every term, he took at least one class for himself that had nothing to do with his major, which led him to accidentally minoring in Philosophy and nearly attaining a minor in literature.  He uses these various interests to inform his writing. 

Find out more about T. Perran Mitchell on his website at TPerranMitchell.com!

https://www.tperranmitchell.com 

You can also find T. Perran Mitchell on LinkedIn, and on Twitter and Instagram as @TPerranMitchell 


Other Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:02:07] Eric asks T about his ADHD story and life growing up 

  • [00:04:03] T shares his experiences in college and the classes he was interested in vs. the classes he attended 

  • [00:07:54] How has T been able to stay with the same company for nearly 20 years? 

  • [00:09:30] Eric and T talk about distractions at work, music, and noise-canceling headphones 

  • [00:12:28] A discussion on finding time to write, creative blocks, distractions, and being your own boss

  • [00:18:12] Eric asks T about his comic writing and recreating manifestations of his life 

  • [00:20:17] Are T’s comics specifically about ADHD or anxiety? 

  • [00:21:31] As a creative, what does T’s workflow and writing process look like? 

  • [00:25:52] Eric and T have a discussion about collaboration and leaning on the the skills of others 

  • [00:32:40] ChatGPT, AI art generators, and how they affect creatives

  • [00:40:16] An exchange on handwriting, voice-to-text, and spell-check 

  • [00:43:05] Eric asks T about managing hyperfocus 

  • [00:46:05] Where to find T. Perran and closing thoughts

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


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Direct download: 477_-_Learning_Through_Creativity_with_T._Perran_Mitchell.mp3
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Today, Eric is joined by Nate!  Nate is a program manager for the Department of Defense and a graduate student at Columbia University.  He received an ADHD diagnosis in 2016 at age 24 and a bi-polar diagnosis in 2022.  After better understanding his mental abilities and inabilities, he realized how incompatible he was with the person the world expected him to be.  This experience has led Nate down a path to highlight the tremendous potential and value that neurodivergent individuals can bring to an organization despite the story someone’s resume may or may not tell.  

You’ll hear about how Nate found success despite being ‘punted’ from 5 schools, how education and opportunities are geared towards the ‘majority’, having a responsibility to our community to enable the changes we’d like to see, and how Nate received his ADHD diagnosis during active duty.  Then, you’ll also hear how being neurodivergent can bring different perspectives to the table, why age or rank doesn’t increase or decrease the worth of someone’s perspective, being curious and resilient, and that you don’t have to have a degree to offer a valuable insight. 

Get in touch with Nate at nsr2143@columbia.edu 


Other Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:02:16] How did Nate, a late-diagnosed ADHDer, become a program manager for the Department of Defense? 

  • [00:03:09]  “Quantification does not equal the qualification” 

  • [00:5:55] Why was Leadership as Nate’s undergrad important? What about college? 

  • [00:18:34] What does it take for someone who’s been fired multiple times, tried higher-education multiple times, to have that resilient spirit to keep on going?

  • [00:26:52] “I never looked at your rank or your position and thought that made you smarter or have a better opinion than me.” 

  • [00:27:12] Speaking up and presenting a different view of the world in a diplomatic way

  • [00:29:14] Experiencing pushback, managing those encounters, and reflecting on those who are pushing back

  • [00:31:09] How does one navigate a scenario where they’ve pushed too hard or misread a situation?

  • [00:35:53] Nate shares his experiences with bi-polar and how it shows up for him 

  • [00:42:28] How does Nate manage the cyclical nature of bi-polar? 

  • [00:48:14] Closing thoughts, the importance of curiosity and resilience, and how you can reach Nate 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • “Your Potential can only rise to the occasions its presented” - Nate

  • “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” - Alan Turing 

  • Book - - An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison (on Goodreads)


Check out the Other Podcasts on the ADHD reWired Podcast Network:

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  • Go to adultstudyhall.com to join our ADHD-friendly body-doubling community!
  • Interested in group coaching? Go to coachingrewired.com to get all the up-to-date information on the upcoming season of ADHD reWired's award-winning Coaching & Accountability groups!

 

Direct download: 476_-_When_Potential_and_Opportunity_Misalign_with_Nate.mp3
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In this bonus non-stop episode, Eric is joined by fellow ADHD reWired Coaches: Kat Hoyer and Kristin Marts!  

You may have heard Kat Hoyer on the podcast before and her journey, first as a coaching group member in season 9 of ADHD reWired’s Coaching & Accountability Groups, to becoming a peer mentor, now an ADHD reWired coach!  Want to know more about Kat?  We have ADHD reWired podcast episodes with Kat listed below! 

Then, we have Kristin Marts, who you may have met or heard from in our Live Q&A episodes!  But, if you haven’t heard much about Kristin, then this is the episode you need to hear!  Kristin is involved in musical theater, is a dancer by trade, is a licensed clinical social worker, and a loving mom to special-needs kids.  

You’ll also hear about her growth journey as a member of the coaching groups, how she started listening to ADHD reWired, and how being a dancer masked her ADHD.  Finally, you’ll hear about her experiences as a peer mentor of the coaching groups, the power of flexibility, then diving into the role of a coach.  


Learn More about ADHD reWired’s Coaching & Accountability Groups at coachingrewired.com! Our 2023 spring season of coaching & accountability groups starts on Thursday, March 30th! https://coachingrewired.com

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That’s coachingrewired.com to get your name added to our interest list so you can join us for our final registration event on Monday, March 27th at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern!  Can’t make it?  Then keep an eye out for another announcement for an open-house event on Tuesday, March 27th! 


Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Episodes with Kat Hoyer: 

    • Episode 175: We’re Like-Brained, Not Just Like-Minded (listen here)

    • Episode 191: What You Might Not KNow about ADHD reWired Coaching Groups (listen here)

    • Episode 399: Workplace Accommodations: Do I Need to Disclose? (listen here)

    • Episode 413: From HR to ArC (listen here)

    • Episode 469: Masterminding Finishing and Creating Processes with Janelle in the Hot Seat (Part 1) - also featuring Kristin! (listen here)

    • Episode 470: Masterminding Finishing and Creating Processes with Janelle in the Hot Seat (Part 2) - also featuring Kristin! (listen here)


Check out the Other Podcasts on the ADHD reWired Podcast Network:

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Direct download: 475__Meet_Our_Coaches_-_ADHD_reWired.mp3
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Emily Sussman joins Eric on the podcast today to talk about mindfulness and reducing stress!  Emily, who is a mom and also has ADHD, has over 20 years of experience empowering others, uses mindfulness daily, and is a certified instructor in mindfulness-based stress reduction.  When asked why she practices daily, Emily says, “It’s like breathing!  You must breathe to survive, hence: mindfulness.” 

In this episode, you’ll hear about what a “resource” room was, how Emily became an advocate, her experiences going through special education - both as a kid and as a parent, and why saw less success for neurodiverse brains in public schools.  Then, you’ll hear Emily’s definition of mindfulness, how she got started, the struggles she faced through schooling and learning, and then walks us through a meditation! 

Get in touch with Emily:

Other Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:01:11] Introducing Emily & an ADHD moment 

  • [00:02:48] How did Emily get into mindfulness-based stress reduction? 

  • [00:05:19] As a kid who went through special education, how is it for Emily now, navigating as a parent?

  • [00:07:16] Emily’s observations from public school to alternative schooling 

  • [00:11:51] Emily shares how ADHD was the final piece of the puzzle 

  • [00:21:32] What is Emily’s definition of mindfulness?  What is mindfulness-based stress reduction? 

  • [00:26:55] Happiness and how mindfulness gave Emily a sense of purpose 

  • [00:27:16] Emily shares a relatable ADHD struggle about explaining, expressing, and perspective 

  • [00:28:17] What is a body scan meditation?  Why is it helpful? 

  • [00:31:39] “There’s no such thing as clearing your mind!” 

  • [00:32:56] Eric shares the importance of self-care, experiencing the benefits, and the impact of repetition

  • [00:41:31] Prefacing a mindfulness meditation and suggestions before beginning 

  • [00:45:27] Emily leads us through a meditation

  • [01:00:17] Wrapping up and closing thoughts 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • “Once you begin to come out of your shell, that’s when you’re going to start feeling good about yourself, that’s where you’re gonna learn how to learn, and then you find your passion.” - Emily 


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Questions & Topics in this Episode:

  • [00:03:16] A listener asks about helping college students with rigid thinking and flexibility

  • [00:10:40] “Time management, project management, time-blindness and distractions are weak spots in my daily work.  Where would you feel is the best place to try and put my efforts in preparation for a return to the office?” 

  • [00:16:59] A listener who is starting their ADHD journey asks about being self-employed and getting themselves to work.  

  • [00:29:48] “I would like to hear from the panel about how adults with ADHD can manage/heal the grief and trauma associated with the lifelong losses incurred by the previously unmanaged condition.” 

  • [00:38:42] What are some ideas to make kitchen cleaning more fun and exciting?

  • [00:49:52] Differential diagnosis for adults: Are there mental health or neurological conditions/combinations of conditions that causes an adult to display the entire range of EF (executive function) challenges in adults?  How can impaired adults advocate for a diagnosis and get support in the case nobody in their life noticed symptoms in their childhood? 

  • [00:55:17] “What are the helpful visual cues to help keep track of time?”

  • [01:01:24] A moment of dad & plenty of laughs

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


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Today, Eric is joined by Ian Siegel, who has been doing test prep and college consulting for a decade.  In that time, he has delivered some of the highest improvements on SATs and ACTs in the country, and has helped over 90% of the students he worked with get into their top-choice colleges.  Ian is also the author of “School Sucks, Your Child Doesn’t: The Secret to Unlocking Your Child’s Untapped Potential” where he details his philosophy and illustrates the overlooked reality that every leader, thinker, and doer has had an expert tutor or mentor. 

In this episode, you’ll hear Eric and Ian talk about adult learners, why having a high IQ doesn’t necessarily make it easier for someone to learn, emotional intelligence, how stress impedes our learning states, why self-judgment prevents learning and the importance of self-acceptance. 

Learn More about Ian:

Other Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:02:07] “Brilliance comes with baggage.”

  • [00:04:17] Ian shares his learning journey and an early experience as a new tutor with an ESL student

  • [00:13:41] “The people who have the most EQ are the ones who have the best capacity to think from other people’s perspectives.”

  • [00:22:20] Giftedness and reverse stigma 

  • [00:23:25] How do we help people who have different learning styles actually learn, especially dealing with the years of school trauma? 

  • [00:30:09] Two archetypes that come out of ADHD and anxiety 

  • [00:31:05] Schismogenesis, how we fail to learn from each other, and lack of self-acceptance

  • [00:32:10] What do we do about defensiveness? 

  • [00:34:46] “Learning with neurodivergent brains depends on our ability to hold space for uncertainty, ambiguity, and being able to stay curious.” 

  • [00:43:34] What is the impact of a stressed brain on learning? 

  • [00:46:50] Feelings are not facts, and intuiting vs. projecting 

  • [00:48:21] When working with students, how much time does Ian spend working on emotional self regulation? 

  • [00:51:50] Closing thoughts & learning more about Ian

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

 


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Questions & Topics in this Episode:

  • [00:01:11] An ADHD moment and introductions

  • [00:03:54] A listener who was recently diagnosed asks about medication. 

  • [00:12:14] “When a life catastrophe occurs, sometimes there is a ‘fixer’ mode - other times, there is an ‘overwhelm’ mode resulting in complete shut-down of all life-events and routines.  How does one get past the hyper-emotional devastation and back into regularity without too much loss or damage, too?” 

  • [00:20:25] “How to deal with gloomy days in winter? My motivation is non-existent!”

  • [00:27:40] A listener asks the panelists about their morning routines 

  • [00:28:06] Will’s morning routine

  • [00:29:38] Kat’s morning party

  • [00:31:05] Eric’s a.m. variations 

  • [00:32:26] Kristin’s “love” for mornings

  • [00:38:28] Eric shares a funny morning story with his son

  • [00:45:13] A listener, who has an executive function group for students, asks about accountability. 

  • [00:53:34] “Please explain [...] how to get rid of ‘doom’ piles and/or boxes.”

  • [01:03:49] A moment of dad… 

 


 

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Marina Piscolish joins Eric on the podcast this week to talk about leveraging strengths and owning the challenges.  Marina is the president and founder of Mapping Change LLC, a small consulting business born of her passion for harnessing the transformative power of conflict to create positive changes for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Being born in rural Pennsylvania as a coal-miner’s daughter and a grandchild of immigrants  provided helpful preparation for her work, especially in Hawaii and the broader pacific.  As she continues developing ways of working with culture, identities, sense-of-place, history, and trauma, her early struggle with her own undiagnosed ADHD was a defining influence on her career and life.

Now, Marina focuses on making creative accommodations for her ‘limitations’ and leverages  her neurodivergence as an asset for her business, her clients, and the people close to her.  

Learn more about Marina: 

Other Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:03:16] Marina shares her story about how she found ADHD reWired, her experience in the coaching groups, and her life growing up in a small town with a large family, all with similar challenges. 
  • [00:05:36] “Emotional pain is the distance between [...] your expectations [and] reality.” 
  • [00:07:59] Marina talks about the build up of shame and being unwilling to share or get help. 
  • [00:09:22] A relatable moment of overwhelm and avoiding the ‘pain of success.’ 
  • [00:11:29] What’s the difference between acceptance and embracing ADHD?
  • [00:14:39] “That may be true, and I’m afraid that may be true, but what do I do about where I am?” 
  • [00:22:15] Eric and Marina have a discussion about “administrivia.” 
  • [00:23:19] Marina shares how she became curious about her ADHD and exploring how neurodivergence is the cause of her success. 
  • [00:26:01] Joy through acceptance and seeking support and assistance. 
  • [00:26:26] Eric asks Marina about what she communicated when going through the process of hiring an assistant. 
  • [00:30:59] Maria gives an insight that was shared with her.
  • [00:41:15] A discussion about hiring and trading services in the midst of the pandemic. 
  • [00:48:04] What are a couple of ideas/tips/strategies Marina has for folks with ADHD who have a tendency to be conflict-avoidant? 
  • [00:52:46] Marina leaves us with her final thoughts…

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Go to coachingrewired.com to learn more about ADHD reWired’s Coaching & Accountability Groups! 

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This week, Eric is joined by Brittany Berger, the founder of WorkBrighter.co, a digital media company and community that helps disabled, chronically-ill, mentally-ill, and neurodivergent creatives better balance between work, play, and rest, so they can burnout less.

She started Work Brighter after 5 years working at a high-stress startup that prioritized hustle, growth, and scaling over health.  As a “multiply-disabled” human, her body eventually had enough of the constant burnout cycle.  Now that Brittany has escaped hustle culture, she spends her time helping others like her to find balance for themselves, advocating for disability justice, and dancing - always dancing! 

Find out more at https://workbrighter.co or at Brittany’s Instagram @workbrighter

Other Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:02:18] Eric and Brittany talk about workaholism, overachieving, and burning out. 
  • [00:05:11] Brittany shares her inner dialogue after making the decision to create the life she wanted to transition towards. 
  • [00:06:29] Accepting being not a part of hustle culture. 
  • [00:07:56] Brittany talks about the “why” behind starting WorkBrighter. 
  • [00:10:30] Eric and Brittany talk about exploring autism. 
  • [00:21:38] What is Spoon Theory? 
  • [00:23:54] A discussion on time and energy management. 
  • [00:24:51] “Eat that frog!” 
  • [00:28:27] A conversation about deep work
  • [00:31:10] The importance of thinking of our time as being flexible.  
  • [00:37:47] How did Brittany start to change her life to better suit her needs? 
  • [00:40:59] Brittany shares more strategies she’s put into place to let her Work Brighter.
  • [00:42:14] A discussion on managing email and batching tasks. 
  • [00:49:39] Brittany gives a closing thought.

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

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Registration for our 31st season of ADHD reWired's award winning online video-based coaching and accountability groups is happening now!

2023 is just around the corner, so if you’re done with feeling overwhelmed and want to launch into the new year with new and shiny tools made for your ADHD brain so you can live with intention and create actionable steps to finally get started on the things that matter to you, then this is the group you’ve been looking for.

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This week, Eric is joined by Chris Wang, the cofounder and CEO of Shimmer, an ADHD startup offering bite-sized coaching to individuals with ADHD!  Chris is an entrepreneur, social-impact advocate, angel investor, growth consultant, and forever tinkerer.  She believes strongly that business should be used as a force for good, and that positive impact not only isn’t the enemy of profit, but is a catalyst. 

This thesis underpins every decision she makes, especially when it comes to the communities she is a part of and cares the most about, the communities including LGBTQ+, AAPI (Asian-American Pacific Islander), women, non-binary, and neurodiversity - especially with ADHD. 

Find out more about Shimmer at https://www.shimmer.care 

Other Questions/Topics Answered in this Episode:

  • [00:02:26] Chris talks about getting prepared for the show
  • [00:03:20] Eric asks Chris about her story launching Shimmer 
  • [00:04:12] Chris shares her experience as a kid and where the messages of “being a kid” came from
  • [00:07:19] Eric asks Chris about a “failure” from a previous business venture 
  • [00:08:18] “I have the learning, it’s on a sticky note!” -Chris 
  • [00:10:14] Where did Chris learn all of the skills she has now that’s led to personal growth and building a business? 
  • [00:11:33] Eric pokes Chris’s brain: “How did you figure out what you needed to figure out?” 
  • [00:15:09] Chris shares her journey with feedback and how it’s been used to improve Shimmer
  • [00:23:14] Chris walks us through different types of feedback sessions, inspired by https://thefoundercoach.com 
  • [00:26:53] What kind of person does it take to engage in vulnerable and courageous conversation? 
  • [00:28:36] Chris shares an example of the language used when engaging in a feedback session 
  • [00:33:28] “Sometimes feedback stings.” Chris talks about dealing with the sting of feedback. 
  • [00:37:50] How do you get back up from negative or critical feedback? 
  • [00:42:51] Chris shares more about what Shimmer is all about 
  • [00:50:23] What is Chris most excited about with Shimmer? 
  • [00:54:49] “What are you nerding-out about lately” and the importance of having something fun to do outside of business 
  • [00:59:58] Chris gives listeners her final thoughts

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

  • Tool: Notion (also an editor’s favorite!)

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Join the ADHD reWired Team every second Tuesday of the month for our monthly Live Q&A!  

In this episode, you’ll hear how the members on the ADHD reWired team manage and engage with social media.  You’ll also hear about some tools and systems to create a library of responses, and help a listener hone in on what they are passionate about. 

Then, the ADHD reWired team shares tips on pausing before reacting, what the empathy gap is, what happens between pausing and stimulus, and the value of mindfulness meditation. 


Some of the Questions & Topics in this Episode:

  • How do you manage social media and stay engaged? 
  • I’m trying to develop a library of scripts for responding to common things because I struggle with articulating myself, leading to procrastination.  What tools can I use to create scripts?
  • What advice would you give somebody who’s trying to figure out what to do with their life? 
  • “Between stimulus and response, there is a space.”  Is that really true for persons with ADHD? The emotional reaction happens so fast and full, and then it seems there is no recovery. How do we create a space that might not be there? 
  • How do you get over the Wall of Awful about the Wall of Awful? 
  • I have spent so much time on productivity apps.  I heard one of you uses Notion, do you have any suggestions on how you use it? 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:

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In today’s episode, Eric is joined by Laura Roehrick.  Currently at age 69, Laura was diagnosed with ADHD at 40, has been a registered nurse for 48 years, and has found her brain wiring to be both a blessing and a curse.  

Laura is also a pioneer of preventative diabetic foot care nursing, having created a method of nail sculpture that can be both limb-saving and life-saving. She has been married for 37 years, has two daughters, is a grandma of 5, and is also a crafter, designer, artist, former actress, herbal medicine maker, avid knitter, loves sewing, has traveled the world, and has colorful stories of being raised on a houseboat! 

You’ll also hear about Laura’s lessons in business, the consequences of lacking clear and effective communication, what she has experienced as being a nurse herself, and the importance of diabetic foot care. 

Then, you’ll also hear how she landed a role in a movie from 1980 that is banned in the UK, what Laura would change if she could go back in time, and  ways she is optimizing her health.   


Get in touch with Laura: 


Also Answered in this episode:

  • What was Laura’s impetus for getting laser-focused on something like diabetic foot care? 
  • How did she pioneer in her field? 
  • How did Laura’s upbringing influence her out-of-the-box thinking?
  • If Laura could go back in time from when she began her work with diabetic foot care, what advice would she give herself so she wouldn’t get so derailed? 
  • How much has acceptance been a part of her journey?
  • What are Laura’s plans at age 69 and beyond? 

Resources & Honorable Mentions:


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In this episode, Eric is joined by ADHD reWired Coaching Group Alumni, Gail Polivy. She was a coaching group member in spring of 2020 and became a peer mentor for the groups for the 2022 spring season.  Gail self-identifies as an “old-gay-guard” and was thrilled to join Eric on the podcast during Pride month.  

Gail shares her experiences when she came out in 1977, her difficulties in college and learning about lesbianism, and finding a community where she felt at home.  You’ll also here Eric and Gail discuss how she’s seen the evolution of the LGBTQ+ community throughout the years, how her ADHD affected past relationships, mirroring, the power of self-acceptance, and the positive changes she’s made in her life since joining ADHD reWired’s Coaching & Accountability Groups. 


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134 | Discovering You Are Enough

This Week’s Guest:

Jo Meleca-Voigt is an accomplished school teacher, wife, runner, social activist, and travel consultant.  Jo was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 45.  I invited Jo to come on the podcast since she is just now starting her ADHD journey. 

In this conversation, you will hear some of Jo’s thoughts as she starts her ADHD journey.  She shares how she is documenting everything.  Jo was named “Teacher of the Year” in a district with over 1,000 teachers and she shares some of her thoughts on teaching and learning strategies.  For years, Jo has been an advocate for same-sex marriage.  She shares her opinions on the similarities between being gay and having ADHD. 

On days when Jo feels like she’s having more difficulty with ADHD, she is more self-conscience in one-on-one conversations.  These situations bring her a lot of stress and anxiety. In the hot-seat portion of this discussion, we dig deeper and come up with some strategies that Jo could implement to help herself in these situations.

Connect with Jo Meleca-Voigt!

You’ll Learn:

  • [3:55] - Jo talks about how she is documenting her ADHD journey. 
  • [4:37] - She shares some insights she’s learned about herself since starting this journal.
  • [6:16] - Jo believes the name “attention deficit” is misleading.
  • [8:00] - Jo shares one of her first experiences after medication, which leads to some entertaining stories.
  • [11:28] - Jo was named Teacher of the Year in a district of over 1,000 teachers. She talks about this recognition and what she did in her years of teaching to earn it.
  • [16:33] - Jo explains the correct way to study. 
  • [19:42] - Teaching students how to learn, not just what to learn.
  • [21:42] - If government was run like a start-up. 
  • [22:39] - Education is becoming more data-driven, but when the data is not specific enough, it can impact some students with ADHD.
  • [29:55] - Coming out as being gay and coming out as having ADHD.
  • [37:18] - Jo Meleca-Voigt sits in the hot-seat and we talk about issues regarding social conversations in a one-on-one setting and some solutions that Jo can implement.
  • [1:03:10] - Self-acceptance has been the toughest part of this journey for Jo.
  • [1:04:49] - Jo calls in to follow-up on our original discussion.  She talks about going through the “anger” stage.
  • [1:09:03] - Jo talks about implementing one of the strategies we discussed when she was in the hot-seat.
  • [1:11:36] - This is our third conversation, and Jo reflects back on our 2nd conversation and talks about getting to an area of acceptance.

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You can join me and more than 30 other ADHD experts at the 2016 ADHD Awareness Expo.  You can attend this free virtual event October 2nd-8th.  Claim your spot at http://www.erictivers.com/expo2016.

Every Tuesday in the month of October, you can join Nisha Subramanian and me for a live, interactive webinar. We will be answering your productivity and ADHD questions!  The webinars are held at 12:30-1:30pm (Central Time). These webinars are free and you can sign up at http://erictivers.com/events.

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133 | Free to be ADHD

This Week’s Guest:

Brandy Wynn is a self-identified marketing maven in-the-making. Diagnosed at the age of 30, now at 40, she’s enjoying her freedom from the box. In this conversation, you’ll learn what “freedom from the box” means.

Brandy has been an entrepreneur from an early age.  You will hear her describe her life and entrepreneur journey.  As a student in her 40s, Brandy describes why she is pursuing her MBA, despite the popular opinion that entrepreneurs don’t need to achieve this level of education.  She also shares her experience with advocating for herself in the world of education.  When Brandy sits in the hot-seat, we look at her strategies in her education.  In this discussion, I suggest that Brandy outsources will-power via Kitchen Safe. I also suggest she use Waze.

Brandy shares some insight into her personal views on ADHD, and in particular, her brand of ADHD.  In describing her “freedom from the box”, she talks about being comfortable in your own skin.  This leads to a discussion on “people first” language and how individuals might prefer to describe themselves and their diagnosis.

Connect with Brandy Wynn

You’ll Learn:

  • [2:10] – “Freedom from the box”
  • [3:04] – Brandy talks about her hesitancy to talk about her diagnosis.
  • [4:48] – Brandy describes her brand of ADHD. 
  • [6:55] – Brandy is close to receiving her degree and she talks about her life as a student.
  • [9:00] – Self-advocating in the world of education.
  • [13:33] – “I don’t have a problem; I have a disability.”
  • [14:44] – Brandy talks about speaking at CHADD.   
  • [15:50] – Brandy shares how she describes and identifies her ADHD diagnosis.  This leads to a discussion about “people first” language.
  • [19:13] – Brandy explains why she is would be uncomfortable with giving a Ted Talk.
  • [23:15] – Brandy claims to be “the worst ever” with relationships.
  • [27:11] – Now is the best time to be able to be comfortable in your own skin.
  • [29:36] – Brandy shares her entrepreneurship story.
  • [36:45] – Brandy explains why she wants her MBA.
  • [39:00] – Brandy talks about the role of religion in her life and her journey.
  • [41:50] – Brandy talks about two books, The Value in the Valley and In the Meantime.
  • [43:03] – Brandy Wynn sits in the hot-seat.  In this discussion, we look at her academic strategies and timeliness.

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132 | It's Never Too Late

This Week’s Guest:

Liz Applegate is a life-coach, entrepreneur, and podcaster.  She introduces herself as a “second chance enthusiast positive change facilitator.”  Her work includes helping over-40 individuals turn the “maybe somedays” into “today”. 

Liz was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, after her son pointed out that she had a lot of the symptoms.  In this discussion, we start off by looking back on Liz’s ADHD journey.  She talks about what her life was and how ADHD impacted areas of her life, specifically in her first marriage.  It was actually ADHD reWired that helped Liz realize that she needed structure and medication to get her ADHD in check and live the life she wanted.  She shares some of her strategies, including KanbanFlow.

Liz balances her personal work, including her podcast, Midlife Schmidlife, but she also does virtual support work.  Balancing these two spheres and going from task to task is a challenge for Liz.  In the ADHD reWired hot seat portion of our discussion, we go through and identify some of the trouble spots and then look at solutions.  A few of the tools I mention are Realtime Board, Process Street, and Edgar.

Connect with Liz Applegate!

You’ll Learn:

  • [3:40] - Liz talks about turning 50 and the negativity of midlife.
  • [6:05] - Liz’s son realizes that she may have adult ADHD. 
  • [7:00] - Liz’s ADHD journey and how her diagnosis helped her make sense of her life.
  • [10:22] - Self medication and the driving factors behind it.
  • [12:37] - After a period without medication, ADHD reWired helped Liz realize she needed structure and medication to keep her ADHD in check.
  • [15:00] - Becoming the person Liz wants to be.
  • [18:13] - Liz shares the strategies she’s adopted to bring structure into her work-life.
  • [23:32] - Liz talks about the types of people that are attracted to her business.
  • [26:40] - When Liz feels like the situation is beyond her capabilities, she refers clients to appropriate mental health professionals.
  • [29:36] - Coaching and virtual support are two different realms in which Liz helps people.
  • [31:40] - Deciding if it’s worth it to learn something new.
  • [35:49] - “Even if you’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD, all of us have something.”
  • [39:31] -  Liz Applegate sits down in the ADHD reWired hot seat! 
  • [40:15] - Being on social media for work, but not getting sucked in and balancing work between personal and coaching/virtual support.
  • [48:44] - Liz goes through an exercise. What will she do when Midlife Schmidlife becomes successful enough for her to stop doing virtual support.
  • [51:23] - Liz experiences “break failure” when it comes to Facebook and we talk about one solution.
  • [1:01:20] - Liz talks about her lack of accountability.

Book Review

This week’s book review is The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, the author of the Chicken Soup books. This is like ten great self-help books all-in-one.

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131 | Making Your Mess Your Message

News!

This episode is coming out a day early! If you’re listening on Monday, the day this episode has been released, you have just a few more days to reserve your registration call for the Fall Session of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group!  Learn more about the group at http://coachingrewired.com

Today, Monday August 29th, we are doing a live Q&A webinar

Register at http://EricTivers.com/events  

Also, I just created a brand new video series, “125 Strategies to Get Your ADHD reWired”. In this series, I go through the strategies I use to better my ADHD.  To access this series, go to http://www.erictivers.com/125strategiesvideo

This Week’s Guest:

Donna Barre has worked for years as a “data geek”.  She is now re-inventing herself to help others with ADHD find meaning, joy, and the pursuit of their creative endeavors.  Donna was also a member of the very first ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 

Donna is doing something unique, she’s bringing arts and crafts into the world of ADHD.  In this conversation, Donna talks about the importance of play and creativity and their role in productivity.  She explains what art does for her and how activities like art can help in various areas of life.

In the ADHD reWired Hot Seat portion of our discussion, we work with Donna on her issues with confidence and bravery.  She shares some areas in which she feels like her bravery and confidence are lacking.  We work through some practical ways to build confidence and bravery.  We also learn what a brave Donna looks like.  In this discussion, I share this resource: http://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/

Connect with Donna!

Website – http://clickadhdservices.com

Email – dr.donna@clickadhdservices.com or donna.barre@comcast.net

You’ll Learn:

  • [7:16] – Donna shares her back-story and explains why she joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [9:16] – When Donna started the group, she was looking to unload some real estate and the group helped her through that process. 
  • [12:43] – Donna shares how long-term success means ongoing support and accountability. 
  • [16:21] – Donna gets sucked into entertainment such as television and the internet and she talks about how she gets herself back-on-track. 
  • [19:04] – Donna talks about her tendency to minimize accomplishments and we talk about self-correcting mechanisms and breaking bad habits.
  • [24:25] – Donna is bringing arts and crafts into the world of ADHD. She talks about the importance of play and creativity and their role in productivity.
  • [34:34] – Donna opens up about clutter.  This is a cyclical struggle for her. 
  • [41:01] – Data is Donna’s “play”. 
  • [45:05] – “Making your mess your message”
  • [49:02] – Donna sits down in the ADHD reWired Hot Seat and throughout this segment, we work through her issues with confidence and bravery.  Donna shares what she thinks being brave means, and what a brave Donna looks like.
  • [1:23:12] – Fill out the contact form to let Donna know if you are interested in her supportive crafting group.

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130 | Stepping Into Freedom From Anxiety

This Week’s Guest:

Kali Pelham is an educator that has taken big steps to gain freedom from anxiety.  She just finished the reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 

Kali struggles with anxiety and feeling like everything is urgent and important.  She talks about how her involvement in the reWired Coaching and Accountability Group has helped her in this area.  Kali shares her journey and explains her thought process and the conversations with her husband that led them to realizing her life would benefit from involvement in the group.  Throughout this conversation, we learn the areas of her life that have benefitted and she shares specific examples of the tools and practices she has implemented.  Kali tells us about how she has her calendars set up, how she operates her to-do list, and uses programs like Google Keep. 

We engage in a 10-minute power coaching session to help Kali determine where things fall in the urgent vs. important matrix.  We also talk about implementing the GTD (Getting Things Done) Methodology to be organized and manage time.  Also, what are the questions to ask yourself to determine the importance of tasks?  Listen to this conversation to find out!

You’ll Learn:

  • [8:38] - Kali shares her back-story and explains what brought her to the reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 
  • [14:17] - Kali describes the moment that she knew she needed to sign up for the reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [17:35] - Kali talks about her use of typical ADHD medications and where they help and where they fall short.
  • [19:05] - Kali was unable to find a support group in her area and the reWired Coaching and Accountability Group provided her with that support.
  • [20:35] - Kali describes her priorities and what she wanted to get out of the group.  Now that she’s finished the group, she evaluates the group’s effectiveness in those areas.
  • [21:38] - Kali describes some of the tools she’s put in place and she shares how she constructs her to-do list.
  • [23:26] - Kali shares how she merges her digital calendars.  This leads to a lengthy discussion on being organized with calendars and to-do lists.
  • [32:10] - Kali walks us through some of the items on her to-do list.
  • [36:18] - Re-framing “I should...” to “It would be nice if…”
  • [38:32] - Kali talks about her need to ignore technology first thing in the morning.
  • [40:50] - Kali explains how she uses Google Keep
  • [44:35] - Kali talks about her relationship with God. 
  • [46:25] - Kali shares her “one thing”, the fact she doesn’t have to perform and she can “just be”.  This leads into a discussion on acceptance, peace, and serenity.
  • [54:42] - Kali talks about a recent incident where she was able to be more accepting.
  • [1:01:40] - For Kali, this journey is about doing things without anxiety.
  • [1:05:05] - Kali’s 10-minute power coaching session. 

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129 | The Life Changing Power of the ADHD Coaching and Accountability Group

This Week’s Guests:

Aaron Collier and Kari Gormley join us on this week’s episode.  Both Aaron and Kari have been accountability partners in the most recent ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.

Aaron Collier is a computer programmer/librarian that resides in California.  He was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 39.  After feeling like he didn’t have the tools he needed, he joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 

Kari Gormley is a coach, mom, wife, long distance runner, and podcast host (The Running Lifestyle Podcast).  She was diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago.  She became part of the group to help herself with habits.

In this episode, Aaron and Kari share their own stories and describe the tasks they struggle with. They’re also able to give examples of how they’ve been able to implement strategies and processes to become more successful at accomplishing these tasks.  This isn’t just through their own determination, accountability is imperative in this process.  As accountability partners, Aaron and Kari share how they hold each other accountable.  It’s easy to sense the productive friendship that has grown out of this group in just 9 weeks.  

We have a special offer! If you sign up between August 22nd and 24th, use the promo code “CoachingReWired245” and you will receive two 45-minute coaching sessions with me!  You can also get the audio recording of these coaching sessions!  By using that code you’ll also be able to sign up one ADHD ReWired Tech mini-course or workshop when we launch them in early 2017. That’s over $300 in bonuses!

You’ll Learn:

  • [9:18] - Aaron explains the idea of a mastermind group and how he (and his relationship with his wife) has benefitted from this concept.
  • [11:56] - Aaron describes the group’s “Study Hall” sessions and the accountability that comes from it.
  • [16:53] - Kari talks about her mastermind session.  She shares her “lessons learned list”.  This includes a useful tip on stopping at task, building processes, doing one thing at a time, and more.
  • [23:40] - “Statistics are not determinable outcomes.” 
  • [27:32] - Aaron talks about being mindful about his list and taking care of what needs to be done now. He also shares his success with going to the gym since joining the accountability group.
  • [29:56] - Aaron shares the importance of play and talks about the change in his productivity since incorporating play. 
  • [31:45] - Aaron talks about his star chart and the reason for his success in sticking to it.
  • [32:37] - Kari and Aaron share why they have been successful in holding each other accountable.
  • [35:00] - The ratio of men/women with ADHD is 1:1.
  • [35:45] - Aaron shares a typical accountability email.
  • [39:45] - Kari and Aaron talks about what it takes to be a good accountability partner and aspects of the accountability relationship.
  • [43:45] - Kari talks about the bond between people with ADHD and shedding the shame.
  • [44:32] - Aaron talks about his time-blindness and his appreciation of the trust in the group.
  • [47:17] - Kari and Aaron explain why this group has been life-changing.
  • [51:30] - The importance of routine and how this group reWires your brain.

  

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128 | How to ADHD with Jessica McCabe

128 | How to ADHD with Jessica McCabe

This Week’s Guest:

Jessica is the creator and host of the How to ADHD YouTube Channel.  Jessica has ADHD herself, and discovered that medication is only part of the solution. Jessica created her first show as an ADHD toolbox. This was a friendly mix of useful tips and techniques that she shared based on her research and her own personal experience.  Jessica says, “I make mistakes so you don’t have to.”  Jessica provides her 10,000+ subscribers with new episodes every Tuesday.  Jessica’s background in acting helps make her videos compelling and pretty clever.

Reach Jessica McCabe:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/howtoadhd

Twitter: @HowToADHD

 

Jessica talks about her struggle (and unexpected success) with consistency in producing videos for the How to ADHD YouTube Channel.  One thing that makes her feel comfortable in this area is the level of forgiveness in the ADHD community.  People within the community appreciate the authenticity and we like to see that others struggle with the same things that we do.  Jessica shares that some individuals find that she speaks too quickly, yet some appreciate the way that she speaks because they struggle with people that talk slowly.  This illustrates that point that no matter what you do or how perfectly you do it, you’re not going to be for everybody.  Jessica does get some feedback that ADHD is a serious topic and “no laughing matter.”  She sees the seriousness of this topic, which is why she researches so much to try help things, but if you can’t laugh, it just gets too depressing.  Jessica illustrates the humor of ADHD by telling a story about burning her face with a steamer.

Jessica was a productive student in elementary school and chose to always have her nose buried in a book.  She believes she enjoyed reading so much because she was bored by reality.  When she entered Junior High, the added responsibilities of daily school life and independence magnified some of these ADHD symptoms.  She was provided with medication and that was the only treatment, so she wasn’t learning how to manage her life. 

Jessica shares that she almost called the show “How not to ADHD” because she had a better idea of what NOT to do.  Her boyfriend pointed out that might not be the best name and she’s glad she listened.  This leads into a discussion on relationships.  Jessica has a relationship history that she calls “not a pretty thing” and points out that this area of life one that does not get discussed enough in the overall ADHD discussion.  She was always “good” at new relationships.  Things were exciting and new.  As those things changed and things weren’t as new and exciting, she would blame the boredom on the relationship.  This is not an easy thing for Jessica to discuss, but this is important and worth sharing.  When starting her current relationship, she  was very honest about her bad choices in previous relationships. 

As an actress, Jessica struggles with memorizing lines and she has found some tools to help herself in this area, including an app.  She also feels that being put on the spot is the best way to remember lines.  Nobody wants the embarrassment of not remembering lines and this is a strategy that works for her.  She also did a series on tricks to help improve working memory.  Simply reading material is not the best way to learn.  Jessica also shares how she’s used the Mind Palace strategy.  She points out though, that not every strategy works for every person. A strategy that works for a person isn’t guaranteed to work every time.  It’s about having a tool box with different strategies that you can implement. 

Jessica also talks about her struggles with to-do lists.  She’s currently excited to use the app Epic Win. We challenge her to open her to-do list and share some of the overdue tasks on her list. As it turns out, correctly identifying the type of task something is actually helps with accomplishing the task and completing it.  Another alarm that might help with accomplishing tasks is Freaky Alarm. Throughout this discussion, she realizes her resistance to these types of tools.  She is afraid of being “boring” through routine. 

 

You’ll Learn:

  • [6:35] - Jessica talks about starting her YouTube Channel, “How to ADHD”.
  • [7:44] - Jessica expected to struggle with consistency and has been more consistent than she imagined she could be.  The ADHD community is also very forgiving.
  • [9:38] - Her biggest fear was that people would think she was wrong.  She talks about giving herself the permission to make a mistake.
  • [11:02] - No matter what you do and how perfectly you do it, it’s not for everybody.
  • [12:50] - “If we can’t laugh at ADHD or ourselves, it’s just depressing.”
  • [12:06] - Jessica tells an entertaining story about burning her face with a steamer.
  • [16:47] - Jessica shares her personal story and her ADHD diagnosis.
  • [21:45] - “If the solution is too simple, they’re trying to sell you something or it’s something that just worked for them.”
  • [22:35] - “How to ADHD” or “How not to ADHD”?
  • [23:26] - Jessica shares her relationship history, which is a symptom of ADHD that doesn’t get discussed enough.
  • [31:00] - “People who express gratitude are happy. It’s not happy people who express gratitude.”
  • [32:33] - Jessica talks about how she has more satisfaction with what she is doing now compared to her career as an actress.
  • [33:30] - The difficulty of memorizing lines trying to learn things that you aren’t invested in.
  • [36:29] - We don’t have a terrible memory. Our working memory is challenged.
  • [42:25] - Jessica talks about how she uses a mind palace to help learn new things.
  • [43:55] - “A kid with ADHD succeeds once and it’s held against him for the rest of his life.”
  • [49:15] - Jessica McCabe sits in the hot seat! She is struggling with having the tools, but not wanting to use them.  Together, we work through this and find some solutions to this and other issues that Jessica is encountering in her life.

 

Audio books mentioned in this show:

Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization  by John J Ratey - http://a.co/3vsQFME

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J Ratey - http://a.co/ha9zpDU

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Direct download: 128___How_to_ADHD_with_Jessica_McCabe.mp3
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127 | Running Routines and the Drive to Be a Better Dad

127 | Running Routines and the Drive to Be a Better Dad

 

This week’s guest, Andrew Wilcox is the creator of “Eat Live Dream ADD”, a blog about his experiences living with ADHD. It explores topics such as routine, exercise, running, health & wellness, motivation, fear, acceptance, self-loathing, sex, emotions, adult tantrums, relationships and parenting. Andrew is married and a father of three and the only person in his home diagnosed with ADHD. He was diagnosed at age 5 and took Ritalin on and off for most of his life until he was 28 and made the decision to regulate his ADHD through coffee, exercise and routine.

 

Medication: Having been diagnosed with ADHD at a very young age and having to take medication to manage it left a big impression on Andrew and his views towards medication. He tells the story of how he was shamed by a teacher in front of his whole class for failing to understand a math problem and then thrown out of class when he retaliated. Being singled out for being different from his peers and constantly being judged for it made him make the connection that medication was bad. After suddenly quitting medication at the age of 17, his life began to take a downward spiral until a friend intervened and had an honest conversation with him.  His father offered him a place to stay and to get him back on medication. Recognizing this as “fork in the road moment”, he got back on medication and began to piece his life together. Today it has been 7 years since he has given up medication in favor of managing ADHD through exercise, coffee and a routine. He has at this time, made the conscious decision that while medication can be effective for some individuals, he will choose a different path to regulating his ADHD. Regarding medication, Andrew believes that just as it is important to wean yourself off medication when you decide to stop taking it, it is important to get back on it gradually. He also believes that our bodies will take some time to adjust to the dosage and not giving up during this transition period is key to making the medication work for you.

 

Routine: According to Andrew the hardest thing about staying on an exercise routine is (1) allowing yourself to have an “off” day where you choose to do a less intense version of your regular workout (2) stop beating yourself up when you do break the routine and instead channel that frustration into your workout when you get back into it.

 

Coaching: In the coaching segment of the show, Andrew talks about how in the face of a stressful situation he is likely to react poorly and he would like to work on keeping this reaction in check. An example of this situation is when Andrew is trying to get his two daughters to bed. How can he keep himself from letting stress takeover in such a situation? Eric gave him the following strategies to help manage this:

  1. Consider that in a scale of 0 – 10, your current stress levels have not gone beyond 6. This is a good time to use logic and reason to bring yourself back. A meditation/mindfulness practice will allow you to put yourself in the observer position and slow down.
  2. Have a conversation with your family and come up with a code word that can help you recognize your increasing stress levels in a situation.
  3. Channel your physical energy into exercise. Remove yourself from the situation
  4. Allow yourself to make mistakes and forgive yourself when you do have a slip-up.
  5. Come up with creative solutions to get the children to bed: different schedules for both kids, a 1 minute dance party, collaborating with them to come with a solution that works and reviewing this from time to time.

 

Andrew will follow up with Eric in 2 weeks to talk about how he is using these strategies to manage his stress reaction.

 

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Reach Andrew Wilcox:

 

Blog: https://eatlivedreamadd.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @ZillaDrew

Facebook: Eat Live Dream ADHD

 

Books mentioned during this episode:

 

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children – Ross W. Greene PhD

 

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126 | Emotional Distress Syndrome

126 | Emotional Distress Syndrome

Emotional Distress Syndrome

Emotional Distress Syndrome, discovered and coined my James Ochoa himself. James had training working with people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In time he saw similarities in some of his clients and the people with PTSD with one exception. For some, it wasn’t going away. Some of his clients, were not getting better in the way people with PSTD generally did.

These clients of his suffered from the exact same thing:

  • Chronic breakdowns
  • Lack of self-worth
  • They felt bullied
  • They were all misunderstood

He determined that for these people he would have to rebuild their internal sense of self.

EDS is manageable and treatable thanks to the work James is doing.

Coaching Session

James has difficulty being consistent with singular systems. He tries many things such as post-it notes, phone apps, etc. He prefers to write things down. Currently has four systems and he is not able to follow through with any of them. He finds himself not having enough time. Eric has James scrounge up a pen and paper to write the following

  • A Accountability
    • Who are you accountable to?
  • T Timers
    • Timing tasks makes you more accountable and keep you focused
    • Make predictions as to how long a task will take
  • R Reminders
    • Include the why with the what
  • I Inputs
    • To do lists, calendar, email, voice mail, pile#1 Pile#2….
  • P PlanningProcessProcesses
    • Streamline and improve. Evaluate what works and what does not work

James was excited and eager to begin using this system when he left the show.

 

About James Ochoa

James Ochoa is on a mission. In a way he always has been. He was born the seventh of eight children in Houston, Texas and almost immediately began to feel the faint hum that all ADHD sufferers feel. It would be safe to say that his journey to find answers for his issues began as early as is humanly possible.

Then, at the age of four, he had a traumatic accident that would alter his life forever. While playing on his parent’s car, he fell, hitting his head on the concrete. After the doctors examined him they were not hopeful, and everyone prepared for the worst. While in the hospital, James had what he describes as his first spiritual experience, one that he can still recall with great clarity and emotion. His father had been in Vietnam working a construction job, and he took a leave from his contract to come visit James in the pediatric ward of their local hospital. As his father walked toward him, James remembers seeing a blue orb-like structure above his bed. In his mind, this was a sign and he knew it immediately. His father didn’t see the blue orb, of course, but James remembers that he was stunned to hear James announce, “Dad, I’m not gonna die. I’m here for a reason.” As it turned out, many decades would pass before James truly understood what that moment and that proclamation meant.

In fact, it mostly eluded him until the summer of 1989 when he was working at an ADHD summer program for kids. “It was total chaos,” he says. “But the lights and intrigue that these kids came to the table with was like…Oh my God, they’re brilliant and we’re not seeing it.” He immediately recognized his calling and resolved to spend his life trying to find answers for himself and others. For almost two decades, now, he has done just that.

His work with patients and extensive personal study of the neuroscience of ADHD has allowed him to find answers that work. His new book Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD is just the latest mile on a many-long miles journey he is on. His discoveries and success in his own life and with his patients have made him a much in demand speaker these days.

James lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Edie. They have two sons, Gabe, 25, and Jules, 20.

How to Reach James

Web

http://www.tlec.info/

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/TheLifeEmpowermentCenter/?fref=ts

Twitter @adhdinsights

 

Audible books mentioned 

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The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield

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Direct download: 126_Emotional_Distress_Syndrome.mp3
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125 | Success Despite ADHD

125 | Success Despite ADHD

 

Hello everybody. Tom Nardone here,

 This week, we had the pleasure of speaking to Dan Spears. Dan learned of his ADHD as a result of the problems it was causing in his marriage. This episode hit especially close to home for me.

 Dan saw a therapist in the fall of 2015. He was diagnosed and given a prescription. The therapist he was seeing at the time recommended he read, “Driven to Distraction” which was somewhat helpful. While the book spoke of helping with strategies, it was the emotional side of things that presented the biggest challenges in his life.

 Dan speaks of his experience with procrastination, accountability and memory. These issues have caused problems for him, and consequently for his wife in their communications with one another. Dan cannot recall the simplest of things to memory when his wife engages him, in what should be a normal conversation. He has trouble not just remembering names, but entire events of which he was a part of. He often has only vague memories of things they have done or places they have been to.

 Those of us with ADHD know this feeling all too well. Our inability to focus on the things we are doing, prevents us from being able to recall them later. This causes those who know and love us to feel like we are not interested in them or in the things they say to us or do with us.

 This is not just a problem with our families. We struggle at work where forgetting something can present a completely different set of problems.

 We see the so called “regular people” and wonder how they seem to master interactions and tasks with little to no effort. We wonder what they have that we do not. We ask ourselves, “Is it something we will ever learn?” We ask ourselves, “How to they do this without having to look for a strategy”

  For many of us, this is where we begin to feel inferior or not good enough. Those of us with ADHD will usually take one of two paths. We will simply give up or mentally check-out and accept defeat, or we will seek the help of a professional. Thankfully Dan Spears has chosen the latter.

 Dan works in IT and a big part of his job is preparing time sheets. This is very important because it is the way they ensure that clients are billed properly. This is where Dan struggles the most. He has tried many different methods to achieve this but nothing has worked for him in the long term.

 We invite you to listen as Eric discusses solutions and helps Dan not only develop new strategies, but leaves him with a genuine enthusiasm about their implementation on this 125th episode of ADHD reWired.

 

Bio: Dan Spears

 

Dan is a 36-year-old native of Liverpool, England, who unfortunately does not sound like one of the Beatles. He immigrated to the US in 2005, landing in Texas, then ventured north to Ohio in 2010, where he lives with his wife, 3 step-children, and 2 cats and according to Dan, a rabbit that hates him.

 

Dan was finally diagnosed with ADHD in 2015.

  Stay tuned to ADHD reWired for follow-up sessions with past guests who have allowed Eric to help them and keep up with their progress.

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.

 

  

Audio books mentioned in the show.

Driven to Distraction – Edward M. Hallowell

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

The Willpower Instinct – Kelly McGonigal

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124 | 5 Ways to Crush Procrastination

124 | 5 Ways to Crush Procrastination

 

 

124 | 5 Ways to Crush Procrastination

 

This week, Eric and the staff at ADHD reWired welcome back one of our fan favorites. Alan Brown returns to discuss “5 ways to Crush Procrastination”.

Productivity knows few if any greater foes than procrastination. This can manifest itself as a feeling of being stuck. Sometimes, even though we want something to be completed, our lack of ability to focus on one thing prevents us from even starting the task or project.

Today, Alan brown will show us that when you have a big meal to eat, it is best to devour it in a series of courses instead of a single bite.

Alan speaks of a cycle of procrastination.

  1. We become overwhelmed
  2. We look for an escape
  3. We Procrastinate (check our email, or check Facebook.)
  4. As a result, our to do list continues to grow
  5. We fall further behind
  6. This leads to under-achieving or screwing up
  7. We are then…miserable

 If you have had the pleasure of ever seeing Alan Brown’s award winning ADD Crusher videos you may remember hearing Alan say:

YOU ARE JUST KICKING YOUR OWN A$$”

 

Alan’s method of crushing his procrastination is primarily achieved through his asking himself specific questions. For example, Alan will ask himself, “Are any of my to-do’s a problem right now?”

Sometimes the things we believe to be the most critical have the least amount of significance in the end. Alan helps us by offering methods to determine what is truly important and how to attack these tasks.

 

reWired Coaching (Alan Brown in the hot seat)

 

Alan Brown, during the coaching session of ADHD reWired shares some things he would like to improve in regard to the production of his amazing CrusherTV show.

Alan Brown:  Alan explains that he struggles with coordinating the main processes of producing CrusherTV. There are many moving parts such as editing, sound, booking guests, and of course not having as much time as he needs to do get the job done.

Eric Tivers:  Eric instructs Alan Brown to make 3 columns and head each of them as follows

  1. Things I don’t like doing
  2. Things I can’t do
  3. Things I should do

Alan Brown:  Alan adds a fourth step

  1. Things that must be done by me.

Eric Tivers:  Eric asks for action steps

Alan Brown: Alan responds with 3

  1. Spend time filling in the three columns
  2. Do this with honesty
  3. Involve his wife to help him execute

 Eric Tivers:  Eric asks Alan to set a date to begin and a date for follow up

Alan Brown:  Alan complies

It is always a treat when Alan comes on the show. His balance of helpful information and humor are unmatched. If you would like to get in touch with Alan you can got to:

http://cruchertv.com

http://addcrusher.com

Or email him at info@cruchertv.com

 

Alan Brown Bio

Meet mess-to-success entrepreneur, productivity coach Alan Brown. An unmitigated mess before diagnosis — booze, drugs, massive under-achievement and irresponsible space case. Now a successful executive, investor and entrepreneur, he crushed his own ADD using the proven ADD Crusher™ strategies. Personal mission: Help ADHD adults around the world live to their potential through alternative ADD treatments and solutions.

CrusherTV ™ is a weekly online TV show delivering life-changing solutions to its members-only audience – crazy-busy people just like you.

Each week productivity coach Alan Brown hosts A-list guest experts sharing brain hacks and other simple solutions to turbocharge your productivity and quality-of-life: Crush procrastination. Get more stuff done. Have more free time. Just to name a few.

But it's more than just the TV show that makes you more productive. CrusherTV ™ members enjoy loads of other benefits...

Stay tuned to ADHD reWired for follow up sessions with past guests who have allowed Eric to help them and keep up with their progress.

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 contact Eric Tivers at http://adhdrewired.com 

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123 | 5 Principles of a Good System

123 | 5 Principles of a System

Marina Darlow

There are many people with ADHD, who aspire to be entrepreneurs. Being an entrepreneur requires a focus on many areas. Creativity, management, products and projects to name a few. People with ADHD have difficulty with some of the tasks that are necessary to keep it on track.

Many people are so overwhelmed with the smallest things. However, this is often where the majority of their time is spent. Without systems and strategies in place it can be near impossible for the entrepreneur with or without ADHD to succeed.

It would be nice if there were professionals who focused on the needs of ADHD entrepreneurs. If only there were people whose job it was to develop and help implement real useable strategies catered to the challenges of people with ADHD who want to succeed in business.

Well, those people do exist. ADHD reWired is proud to introduce such a person. Meet Marina Darlow as she joins Eric Tivers in the ADHD reWired virtual studios.

Marina Darlow works with creative people to help them develop strategies and methods for freeing up time that allows them to focus on what is really important.

Marina got into this because she wanted to make the world a less violent place. After she came to the realization that she did not want to be a field agent with the CIA. She worked as a project manager for several non-profit corporations and then she became a Systems coach catering mostly to those with ADHD.

Marinas “Five Principals of a System” are:

  1. System must be easy to use.
  2. Never forget reminders
  3. System must be flexible
  4. System must be fun
  5. System must have Accountability

 COACHING SESSION

Marina puts her career in Eric’s hands as she confides in him about an upcoming challenge. Marina has to make contacts and reach out to some venture capitalists. Marina struggles a bit with rejection. She mentions that she procrastinates to avoid what she knows she should be doing.

She and Eric come up with a strategy and Marina seemed to leave the session with noticeable excitement.

Contact Marina: http://www.vision-framework.com/

Go to http://adhdrewired.com  for a free downloadable PDF from Marina.

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Stay tuned to ADHD reWired for follow up sessions with past guests who have allowed Eric to help them and keep up with their progress.

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 contact Eric Tivers at http://adhdrewired.com 

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122 | Making Friends with Adult ADHD

122| Making Friends with Adult ADHD

 

 

Please join us as we welcome Alex Hofeldt back to the show. Some of you may recognize him from the Beautiful Dust Specks Podcast. This week Eric and Alex discuss the effect ADHD has on Making friends and social situations, such as remembering names, conversation, and general awkwardness.

For people with ADHD, life can be very difficult when in social situations. This is even more so the case in small to large groups of people. We cannot expect everyone we know and interact with to factor our “condition” into everything we say think or feel. People are generally impatient when it comes to these things and for those who are interested in fitting in, this can be a very disheartening circumstance.

Forgetting names is common and people can sometimes feel they are not regarded highly enough by you for you to take the time to actually remember their name. Blurting out can be considered rude in that it is generally taken as an interruption. Sometimes people with ADHD are just different and therefore misunderstood. This can even be the case with other people with ADHD.

Those of us with ADHD do tend to stand out and it can be frustrating when one day our peers depend on us for entertainment and the next day just can’t seem to deal with us. Some of us have been in a similar circumstance when we are treated as the court jester among our “friends”, as if we are there for the sole purpose of their amusement when they want us to perform.

Eric Tivers (host of ADHD reWired) was kind enough to try to help Alex with his specific problems in this area.

Alex mentions many of the problems as stated above and goes further with some more specific things.

 Eric offered Alex what I felt was some really sound advice. It was not just general tips we have all heard before. It was catered to his specific problems, which is what an ADHD coach should always do. Alex was kind enough to agree to come back on the show to discuss how his problem has changed as a result of the coaching Eric provided him. Please stay tuned to ADHD reWired for the follow-up with Alex.

 

On a personal note:

“During this episode I found myself able to identify with Alex. I felt and still feel a strong empathy for him. I was reminded of the being in similar situations during certain times in my life. Alex held nothing back and was very forthcoming in the things he shared. I am happy to know the ADHD community has a person like Alex in it. His honesty was inspiring and I was reminded of the reason for my own commitment to spread awareness about one of the most treatable mental disorders we know of.”

T.

 

Direct download: Making_friends_with_Adult_ADHD.mp3
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121 | Raising Chloe - A Chat Between A Mother and Her Daughter

Episode 121 | Chloe & Lisa, A Symbiont Circle of Awareness

Mother and Daughter, Lisa Mortell and Chloe Johnson join us in the ADHD reWired virtual studios this week to talk about their lives and how ADHD is a part of it.
Chloe along with her ADHD has trouble with depression and anxiety. Lisa, Chloe’s mom admits to not having been a perfect mom (as if there was such a thing). In the early days she made the very common mistakes people make when trying to help people with depression by explaining that there was nothing to be depressed about. Lisa felt the guilt that many parents feel about putting their kids on medication.
At 18 months Chloe refused to stay in her crib and figured out how to escape the confinement it was designed for.
Chloe thought vitamins were snacks
Chloe wanted to be a normal person. More than that she wanted to be a normal person without taking pills to achieve this.
Chloe then finds herself in the “Hot Seat”!
• Problems
o Cannot kick carbs
o Trouble sticking to her diet
o Trouble getting in an exercise routine
Chloe want to lose weight to fit into her clothes she could wear a year ago. She also uses exercise as a way to deal with her anxiety and depression. Eric gives her some amazing advice to help her achieve this, and schedules a date for the follow-up.
Mother daughter relationships can be tough. Chloe and Lisa are a shining example of what can be achieved through mutual respect and understanding. This was a truly amazing episode and listening to Chloe and her mother was very insightful in learning ways people can discover what is great about other people, as opposed to focusing on what is wrong, or what needs to be fixed.
Though there is no perfect relationship between a parent and their child, you would have to search long and hard to do better than Lisa and Chloe.

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120 | Today's Awesome with Brendan Mahan

120 | Today's Awesome with Brendan Mahan

 

This week on the 120th we welcome back to the ADHD reWired virtual studio Brendan Mahan. Brendan saved ADHD rewired from a possible dilemma in that there are no shows in the can. Brendan thank you for bailing us out.

  • Brendan begins by doing a quick review of his last appearance on episode 78 The Wall of Awful.
  • Brendan is also now working on a book. He has a big white board with the books outline on it.
  • Brendan tells a story of his near death experience with some camouflage hockey fans. Eric felt like a random hug is what would best defuse the situation.
  • Eric confesses a deep rooted fear of his own in regard to his loud office neighbors.
  • Brendan coined a new phrase for Tuesday since Eric is spending time with his son. This day shall hence be called “Two-Dudes-Day
  • Brendan talks about “Todays Awesome” post series
    • Began with the most awful year of his life.
      • Mom passed away.
      • Career ended
        • Fired on his wife’s birthday
      • Car burned up
        • He watched his car burn
      • Rather than looking at the awful he looked at the awesome.
      • Brendan begins each day posting what is awesome about the day. Everyday!
    • Brendan talks about is kids.
      • Brendan’s kids don’t really hate the aquarium. They hate leaving the aquarium
      • Brendan’s kids, in the presence of an elephant, are drawn to a bird.
      • Brendan’s kids like many kids and Eric, are enamored with poop.
    • Brendan has been looking for a job.
      • Eric gives him a plug. Eric Tivers…What a great guy.

HOLD ON PUT ON THE BRAKES!!!! LIVE COACHING AHEAD

  • Eric inquires about where and how Brendan is interviewing
    • Eric first arms himself with index cards.
    • Brendan explains his methods
  • Eric inquires about what he may be aware of that he is doing wrong
    • Managing emotions
  • Eric inquires about exercising
  • Brendan has a revelation and discovers that he could ride his bike.
  • Eric has him get the bike DURING the show.
    • Because starting is the hardest part

Eric continues to coach Brendan on the show. Brendan Mahan is one of the kindest people in the ADHD community. He is a fantastic father, a loyal husband and fine friend. It is always a pleasure to have Brendan on the show or listen to him speak. There are many voices in the ADHD community but none more genuine than Brandan Mahan.

Please stay tuned to the threads in the ADHD reWired community for news and updates for Brendan’s job search.

Direct download: 120_Todays_Awesome.mp3
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119 | The Voice of Your Dreams

119 | The Voice of Your Dreams

 

We are proud to have Aaron Anastasi in the ADHD reWired virtual studios. Aaron is an entrepreneur who claims to have stumbled through life falling into a few successes.

Aaron is a writer, and actor, and a film maker. He has never officially been diagnosed. He sees many similarities with his brother who is diagnosed ADHD, and sees many of the same struggles.

Aaron actually began working with a coach after a major disappointment when his record deal fell through. He decided he had failed so much that some of it must be his own doing. He wanted to change, and be successful. He notes that his coach once said to him,

“Who do you have to be to get the results you want?”

 

Eric and Aaron discuss in depth, The Fearful Voices. These are the voices that say things like, You cant do it, You will fail, etc.. and the dangers of listening to them. Aaron mentions, “Sometimes the voice in our limitations is louder than the voice in our dreams”

Aaron was also kind enough to discuss some secrets from his book. One of which, is “The Commitment Compartment”. The place where all the things we are going to do are kept.

This was a fantastic show and it was just a lot of fun listening to Aaron who is such a normal guy who was and is achieving extraordinary things.

 

More About Aaron

Aaron Anastasi is a Southern California native who graduated with a master’s

degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studied philosophy,

Psychology, and theology.

 

He’s also a serial entrepreneur with online businesses such as Superior Songwriting

Method, Signing Success, and the internationally recognized, Superior Singing

Method, an online singing lesson program that grosses seven-figures annually.

 

Aaron has the #1 singing/life lesson channel on YouTube and has over 11.5 million

organic views and over 130 thousand subscribers total on his three channels.

 

Having a love for adventure, he was a pro snowboarder in Vail, Colorado, scaled

Glacier Lake Mountains in Bolivia, and cut pathways through the jungles of Contagem, Brazil.

 

Along with being a Los Angeles based actor and filmmaker, Aaron is also a

prominent success coach for clients in industry-leading roles, ranging from film

directors to marine biologists to TEDx speakers. His new book, The Voice of Your

Dreams, was released in April 2016, and reached Amazon's top 100 best sellers within the first week of release.

Get Aaron's book here. https://thevoiceofyourdreams.com/home-a

Get you copy of “Chasing Kites” at http://tomnardone.net/book

Contact Eric Tivers through his website at http://adhdrewired.com

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118 | Could it Be Bipolar Disorder

Episode 18 | Could it Be Bipolar Disorder Be Bipolar Disorder

 

Could it Be Bipolar

This Week on Episode 118 of ADHD rewired we are joined by Dr. Roberto Olivardia. Eric and Roberto discuss the many of the ways we can determine if our ADHD is our only passenger.

ADHD and Bipolar disorder are very commonly misdiagnosed. Roberto shared with us some amazing statistics.

  • 70% of people with Bipolar Disorder have ADHD
  • 20% of people with ADHD have Bipolar Disorder
  • 50% of people with Bipolar Disorder attempt Suicide and 20% succeed at their attempt.

Dr. Olivardia shared many important facts about Bipolar Disorder.

  • Proper Diagnosis can take up to 17 years
  • Loss of interest in things people are interested in normally
  • Severe mood swings
  • Bipolar Disorder in incredibly under-diagnosed

Dr. Olivardia stressed the importance of getting a proper diagnosis. Many clinicians know little to nothing about ADHD and it is best to get a mood disorder expert.

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, MA, where he specializes in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), executive functioning issues, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He also treats the various issues that accompany learning disabilities, such as stress and negative self- esteem. He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men. He has taught courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston College. He has presented at many talks and conferences around the country. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude Magazine, a publication serving the needs of individuals with ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

For questions and comments for Dr. Roberto Olivardia, you can email him at

roberto_olivardia@hms.harvard.edu

 

Get you copy of “Chasing Kites” at http://tomnardone.net/book

Contact Eric Tivers through his website at http://adhdrewired.com

Direct download: Could_it_Be_Bipolar_Disorder.mp3
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117 | Helping Your Doctor Understand ADHD Part II

Episode 117 | David Goodman

This episode could easily have been called “Helping Your Doctor Understand ADHD Part II”, and may still be pending approval.

This week Eric managed to track down Dr. David Goodman. Dr. Goodman is widely known in his circles for publishing a 50 page book, consisting of mostly tables to help clinicians diagnose and treat patients. Eric Tivers refers to this as the cliff notes for ADHD.

Dr. Goodman sites three types of physicians:

  • Informed
    • Trained and actively helping those of us with ADHD. Educated and up on the latest research.
  • Uninformed
    • Not trained and unable to identify or treat those with ADHD
  • Misinformed
    • Prejudice toward those claiming to have ADHD. Non-believers and critics who doubt its very existence.

The most amazing thing I heard from this episode was the fact that ADHD is the most researched conditioned all of medicine and this is according to the Scientific Council of the American Medical Association.

                Eric Tivers and Dr. Goodman then speak about a host of other topics including:

  • People who believe ADHD is simply a matter of will power
  • ADHD treatment allows the person to be the person they are supposed to be.
  • What we can do to arm our physicians
  • Things to know about pharmacists.

For more information about Dr. Goodman go to

http://addadult.com

Also:

Get you copy of “Chasing Kites” at http://tomnardone.net/book

Contact Eric Tivers through his website at http://adhdrewired.com

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116 | Helping Your Doctor Understand ADHD

116 | Helping Your Doctor Understand ADHD

 

ADHD reWired is proud to have Dr. David Pomeroy join us in the virtual studio. Dr. David Pomeroy founded Brain Health NW in 2005. He is a Family Medicine physician with over 25 years of office practice experience, with the intent of providing thorough evaluations and holistic medical treatment for Attention Deficit Disorders and mood disorders in children, teens, and adults. Mission Statement: “The mission of Brain Health NW is to provide compassionate, informed and up-to-date high-quality care to individuals and families affected by behavioral, psychological or psychosomatic disorders.

This was a very unique show in that Eric and Dr. Pomeroy discuss issues surrounding ADHD at the Clinical level. To be clearer, Eric tailors his questions to doctors who may not me up on the Latest ADHD research need to know.

There is a problem in the medical community surrounding not just ADHD but mental illness. 15 minute monthly appointments in many cases. This sort of drive by delivery of patient care is just not satisfactory.

Another problem is fear. Many doctors are fearful of lawsuits resulting from medication. They when through a host of different medications and discussed side effects, effectiveness and criteria for subscribing them.

Dr. Pomeroy has had extraordinary success by monitoring and testing and re-testing.

This show is a must hear for Doctors. If you have a doctor with whom you are friendly, We here at ADHD reWired would encourage you to share this show with them.

For more information on Dr. Pomeroy:

http://www.brainhealthnw.com/

Dr. Pomeroy’s recommended sites

http://addvance.com/about/index.html         Kathleen Nadeau PHD

http://totallyadd.com/                                    Rick Green

Dr. Pomeroy’s Podcast

http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/adhd-focus/

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115 |  Your Weight is Not Your Fate

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115 |  Your Weight is Not Your Fate

 

 

Sam Lomeli is a hero to many people prom the ADHD community and may not even be aware of it. Sam is certainly a hero of mine.

Sam grew up being picked on and was the butt of many jokes. Sam was overweight (like Eric was) through the years he spent in school.  It was Sam’s calling to ultimately be a champion for people he would meet much later in life.

Sam began his crusade by volunteering at charitable organizations such as: The Salvation Army and The Special Olympics. His biggest accomplishment was his volunteering to build wheelchair ramps for disabled veterans and non-veterans who could not get in or out of their homes. He has built over 250 wheelchair ramps for people without the ability or means to have them any other way.

Today Sam helps people believe that they can lose weight like he did.

While speaking to his wife Kristen, he ran the idea of a podcast by her. She told him she never saw her light up like he did when he talked about helping other people, and so the “Tips of the Scale Podcast” was born.

Eric and Sam discuss these things in depth at the beginning of the show and then get more into the psychology of people who are overweight.

Sam mentions he has found so much of a person’s self-worth is tied to their own perception of their appearance. Sam talks about the things people tell themselves about what their self-worth is. His clients feel like their value is determined by their looks and achievements. He further states that these same people have a tough time when asked when is the last time you remember being happy.

They believe that to be happy they must obtain the validation of those who judge them, or of those people who do not struggle with being overweight.

Sam teaches his clients their happiness comes from them feeling good about themselves.

Sam is truly a hero if ever I have heard of one. He has made a career of helping people who are seemingly unable to lose weight and/or feel good about themselves alone. We hope you listen and learn more about Sam and about the “Tips of the Scale” podcast.

To contact Sam:

Website:

http://tipsofthescale.com

Follow him on twitter:

 @TipsOfTheScale

To join the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group go to

http://coachingrewired.com

 

 

Direct download: Your_Weight_is_Not_Your_Fate.mp3
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Coaching Group Grad is Paying it Forward

Super Amazing Awesome Pants Scholarship Fund

http://erictivers.com/awesomepants

 

 

 

A member of the most recent ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Group is paying it forward.  

 

After Jessica’s ADHD diagnosis, she spent years trying to learn as much as possible about her condition and tried every strategy she came across with little success.  Despite all her efforts, she continued to have trouble keeping up at work and home, and believed that she simply needed to work harder and longer.  She would regularly wake up at three or four in the morning to try and get caught up, yet fell further and further behind.  She was mad that things were so hard, angry that she had ADHD, and was looking for the missing piece of the puzzle that would allow her to get her work and home life under control.  While listening to the ADHD reWired podcast, she heard about the Coaching & Accountability Group and knew it would be a game changer.  

 

Jessica was determined to find success and thought that participating with an intensive group coaching program would provide her with the tools she needed to meet her goals.  She felt the frequent meeting times, supportive accountability, and productivity tips might be the only way she would ever achieve inbox zero.

 

Despite understanding how helpful this group would be, she knew she simply couldn’t afford it.  It wasn’t until her Grandfather passed away and unexpectedly left her with a generous inheritance that she was able to use his gift to invest in herself.  And she did, by joining the ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Group.

 

After the group finished, I spoke to Jessica about her 10 week experience.  What she shared with me was amazing.   

 

Jessica joined the group because she desperately needed help with her productivity.  She thought the missing piece of the puzzle would be strategies, techniques, and technical know-how to get to inbox zero.  But after 10 weeks, she found that that the biggest benefit was something totally unexpected; she learned to accept herself and her ADHD.  She learned that the missing puzzle piece was being kind to herself, and for the first time in her life, showed herself kindness.  

 

Jessica did improve her productivity.  She even hit inbox zero once.  But the improvements she saw extended far beyond her daily work.  She drastically improved her sleep.  She even reported that there have been significant improvements in her marriage.  But to Jessica, learning to accept her ADHD was the greatest benefit of all.  And that, she said, was really unexpected.     

 

Jessica is now eager to pay it forward. With her gift of $1400, we will be awarding two $700 Scholarships to two people who like herself herself, are highly motivated to do the work to get their ADHD reWired, but are not able to make the investment.

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114 | Living Your Mission

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Ep.114|LivingYourMission

Jennie Friedman is an ADHD coach out of New York. She is thehost of the “See in ADHD” Podcast and the cohost of the“The ADDCouple”podcast. Jennie graced the ADHD reWired studios with herpresence for the second time and this show was a lot of laughs asis always the case when Jennie present.

Jennie is a member of Podcast Paradise,anonlinegroupofpodcasters and after seeking their counsel, shetoretoolabit.Jennie has recently re-launched her podcastandhascommittedto anamazing 5 shows per week. Jennie decided thatshehaslearneda lotsince the original launch that she referredtoasthe“SilentLaunch”. Jennie also goes to explain that muchofthiswasdo toher having a freak-out over her blog andthepressureshewasputting on herself. She finally told herself thatifshemustwritethen perhaps it is best she finish her next book.

Jennie and Eric spend a great dealoftimediscussingVerticalHeterophoria, and the work of Dr.CherylBergerIsraeloff.http://www.nvcofny.com OneofJennie’slistenersand close friends Renee Brooks wasrecently onaveryspecial show doneby Jennie’s See in ADHD’sPodcast

Somewhere in the second half of this episode of ADHD reWired theshow took a bit of a turn as Jennie takes Eric to task on hisunwillingness to brand Tom Nardone with the title ofproducer.Jennie Admits to a bias as she claimed to be a raving fanof Toms.She is perhaps the first person to have finished thebook.She even mentioned she has a signed copy of the book that isalso signed by Tom’s wife Yvonne. Eric also believes his copy to besigned by Yvonne, but I can assure you it was not.

This show is among the best and it was fantastictohearEricandJennie laugh at themselves and each otherthroughoutthewholeshow.These notes cannot possibly do it justicesopleaselisten toandenjoy episode 114 of ADHD reWired

You can reach Jennie at http://seeeinadhd.com

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113 | Markers for ADHD with Dr. Thomas Brown

 

Episode 113 | Markers for ADHD

 

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

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

2 conditions under which those with ADHD do well.

  • Interest
  • Pressure

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

 

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

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

 

To contact Dr. Thomas Brown:

http://understood.org

http://drthomasebrown.com

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112 | Improvement through Improv

Episode 12

Improvement through Improv

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

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

Website: http://addadultstrategies.com
Facebook: Facebook profile
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=126804881&trk=tab_pro
Blog: http://addadultstrategies.wordpress.com

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110 | A Healthier Relationship with Medication

110 | A Healthier Relationship with Medication

guest Stephen Tonti

 

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

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

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

Stephens’s ADHD life philosophy is:

 

DISCOVER                            Discover it exists

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

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

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

 

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

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

http://www.stephentonti.com/

https://potentialwithinreach.com/

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ADHD reWired

 Episode 109 | Kirsten Has Come Out to Play

 

Who is that lady with the purple feathers in her hair? Is it….. Could it be…. Oh Yes! It is the very lovely, very playful, and Returning Guest, Dr. Kirsten Milliken gracing the virtual studios of ADHD reWired for her second appearance since episode 26.

Eric and Kirsten discuss her new book “PLAYDHD”.  She wrote this book three times so that we could read it once. Kirsten and Eric discuss the book and a very wide array of topics, including:

  • Do you prefer to make your own decisions?
  • Would you want to be a passenger on the space shuttle?
  • Do you prefer your vacations to be planned?

 

 Dr. Kirsten Milliken takes a unique approach to treating ADHD as she combats this with play. She explains those of us with ADHD as we go through our daily routine do so with less dopamine than other neuro-typical individuals. While many of those with ADHD use a variety of things to deal with their own challenges, perhaps there are alternatives to the methods commonly employed.

As is always the case with which Kirsten is associated, this episode is no different. Kirsten discuses some of “The players” from her book.

The Joker

This is the most primitive. This might be the class clown, or anyone who is constantly seeking attention

The Explorer

The explorer is in a constant search for what else might be out there. Perhaps not content with things the way they are currently in their lives.

Others include the performer, and the collector. You will just have to wait until April 1rst to see the category into which you fall.

Dr. Kirsten Milliken will be charring the upcoming International ADHD Professionals Conference in Weston VA sponsored by the ADHD Coaching Organization on April 28th- May 1st

Some of the highlights of this episode:

  • Eric and Kirsten playing the conversation starter game.
  • Contest to win a free copy of PLAYDHD
  • Eric & Kirsten’s Possible new ice cream Business

PLAYDHD.com

ADHD Professionals Conference

Purchase PlayDHD

 

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108| Getting Organized with Shelly Collins

 

ADHD ReWired Episode 108. Meet Shelly Collins

Shelly has been organizing businesses, homes, and people since 2011 She does what she loves for a living every day.

“Organizing is a means to an end: being organized gives me the time, room, and clarity to live a life I love.”

Shelly Collins

Hear from Shelly:

I have a great sense of humor. I hope you do, too.

Organizing doesn’t have to be scary or depressing. I love laughing my way through a session with my clients. It makes the time pass quickly and makes the work seem fun! That doesn’t mean you won’t have a bad day or a tough session, but I’ll be there to help support you so we can get back to laughing through our sessions. Organizing can be fun. I promise.

Yes, I am a real person! A really real, really non-judgmental person.

My house gets messy too. Sometimes my office looks like someone set off a paper bomb.  I truly believe that sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes on your space when you are too overwhelmed to organize on your own, which is why I occasionally call in reinforcements by hiring an organizing colleague to help dig me out of my own mess. Clients often ask me if they are the worst case I’ve ever seen. Honestly, there is no worst – you are an individual and your situation is unique. I can assure you, though you may look at your space and only see clutter, I’m busy thinking ahead to the many organized possibilities.

Contact: 
http://www.gatewayorganizers.com

Twitter @gatewayorganize

Facebook Page

 

Memberships: 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Summa Cum Laude Honors – Lindenwood University
  • 4x Attendee: NAPO National Conference (2012-2015)
  • 1x Attendee: ICD National Conference (2014)
  • Graduate: Coaching Essentials – Coach Approach for Organizers
  • Graduate: Foundations Courses – Coach Approach for Organizers
  • Graduate: Graduate Course, Coaching the ADHD Client – Coach Approach for Organizers

Industry Leadership: 

  • Currently serving as POINT Committee Chair for NAPO National
  • Currently serving on the Corporate Associate Member Advisory Council for NAPO National
  • Served on the Nominating Committee for NAPO National (2014-2015)
  • Former Director of Professional Development for NAPO-St. Louis (2012-2014)
  • Former Vice President for NAPO-St. Louis (2013-2014)

 

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107 | Attention Engagement and Completion with Cameron Gott

ADHD reWired Episode 107

Title:  Awareness Engagement Completion with Cameron Gott

Guest: Cameron Gott

 

Cameron Gott is the co-developer and senior trainer of the Coach Approach for Organizers™ program. An ADHD coach, Cameron works with professionals who want to match action with intention and take their game to the next level. Besides coaching adults with ADHD, Cam mentors ADHD coaches-in-training and writes about a variety of ADHD work topics at his Global Creative blog . He is the chief architect of The AEC Model utilized in our advanced ADHD coach training course.  With a background in education, Cam took his first coaching training in 1998 and subsequently received training and certification through the demanding program at The Coaches Training Institute™.

 

Cameron’s Story

  • After being Diagnosed with ADHD Cameron discovered that articulating ADHD is a critical step in ADHD Awareness
  • Half of the people in the world do not think about thinking
  • Cameron was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 28 while working as a teacher at a Quaker School
  • Cameron was a “Gentle Giant” when he was a student and did not cause problems and was therefore overlooked as being a person who needed help
  • Cameron realized he was ADHD during a presentation at a retreat he was hosting in his own home
  • Cameron goes speaks about what the Quakers believe, how they live and what his job at school entailed. He further discusses the difficulties is ADHD presented him.
  • One of the biggest challenges ADHD presents for Cameron is writing.
  • Cameron struggled in College and took calculus 7 times.
  • Worried his ADHD would prevent him from graduating he hired a coach, without whom he never thought he would graduate.
  • Cameron struggled as an ADHD coach in the beginning

 

AEC

  • Awareness Engagement Completion
  • AEC is a theory developed by Cameron and Denslow Brown aka The Organizer Coach
  • In order to complete a task, you have to engage a task
  • “The problem is not usually the engine, it’s the gearbox” ADHD people spend too much time revving our engines while in neutral.
  • Cameron helps his ADHD clients to discover the tasks they need to do and the ones they can simply shed.
  • People are either too far into awareness and do not achieve completion or they are trying so hard to complete a task that they simply are not aware.

 

 

 

How to reach Cameron Gott

Website – http://thecoachapproachfororganizers.com

Website - http://camerongott.com

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

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/coachcamg

GooglePlus - https://plus.google.com/+CamerongottCoaching/

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/camerongott

 

 

 

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