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The podcast for adults with ADHD. Hear stories, learn strategies, and get great productivity tips as we talk about the real-life struggles and what it takes to achieve success. Host, Eric Tivers, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, coach and entrepreneur (with ADHD) in private practice. Eric interviews a variety of guests. Many are people just like yourself, as well professionals, entrepreneurs, and ADHD experts.

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The podcast for adults with ADHD. Hear stories, learn strategies, and get great productivity tips as we talk about the real-life struggles and what it takes to achieve success. Host, Eric Tivers, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, coach and entrepreneur (with ADHD) in private practice. Eric interviews a variety of guests. Many are people just like yourself, as well professionals, entrepreneurs, and ADHD experts.

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By PhoebeKate87 - Apr 27 2020
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This podcast along with it’s sister podcast Hacking ADHD (15 minute episodes) has had a huge impact on my life. As someone that is well read in ADHD and strategies, I have tried other ADD podcasts that could NOT hold my attention. This podcast helps me feel connected to the wider ADHD community as well as helping me stay in touch with strategies that make an enormous difference in my life. Can’t recommend this podcast enough.

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By Juneinflames - Dec 31 2019
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Even when a topic doesn’t relate to me, I still learn something useful or inspiring

iTunes Ratings

698 Ratings
Average Ratings
644
26
10
10
8

Impactful

By PhoebeKate87 - Apr 27 2020
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This podcast along with it’s sister podcast Hacking ADHD (15 minute episodes) has had a huge impact on my life. As someone that is well read in ADHD and strategies, I have tried other ADD podcasts that could NOT hold my attention. This podcast helps me feel connected to the wider ADHD community as well as helping me stay in touch with strategies that make an enormous difference in my life. Can’t recommend this podcast enough.

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By Juneinflames - Dec 31 2019
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Even when a topic doesn’t relate to me, I still learn something useful or inspiring
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ADHD reWired

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The podcast for adults with ADHD. Hear stories, learn strategies, and get great productivity tips as we talk about the real-life struggles and what it takes to achieve success. Host, Eric Tivers, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, coach and entrepreneur (with ADHD) in private practice. Eric interviews a variety of guests. Many are people just like yourself, as well professionals, entrepreneurs, and ADHD experts.

Rank #1: 59 | ADHD and Marriage

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An ADHD marriage consultant, therapist, and author of a number of related books, Melissa Orlov stops by to discuss common problem areas, issues of intimacy, handling of conflicts, what to know when entering a relationship with ADHD, and more. Host Eric asks Melissa some marriage-related questions as posed by the ADHD reWired community. Go to erictivers.com/59 for the full show notes and links mentioned in this episode. Get a $25 discount off Melissa's new course on recovering intimacy with the code "rewired". Go to her website, , and look for the course on the front page. Take Eric's survey for his upcoming ebook and be entered to win a prize: Go to to let Eric know if you're interested in joining the next ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group, which is most likely starting in early May. Help the CHADD organization by donating to their fundraising campaign here: . Connect with people virtually using Eric's favorite video conferencing and connectivity platform, Zoom, by visiting – the basic service is totally free. For a free audio-book download from our sponsor Audible.com, please visit Visit for information on improving the lives of people affected by ADHD.

Apr 14 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #2: 228 | An ADHD and Non ADHD Couple

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On this episode, I am joined by two guests in my studio.  These two people are in, what we are calling, a “mixed (almost) marriage,” where one of the partners has been diagnosed with ADHD.  Emily and Josh, a couple from Chicago, have been together for three years and sat behind my mics for this conversation.    Josh has ADHD and Emily does not.  He was diagnosed with ADHD right before they met, so his journey has coincided with their relationship.  Josh works as a support engineer at a tech company and codes on the side for fun.  Emily works at a non-profit for middle and high school girls.    In this conversation, you will hear Josh and Emily share the techniques and strategies they have discovered and created to have a successful mixed relationship.  The discussion includes their stories, their experiences, and their intentional efforts to overcome. You’ll Learn: [06:25] - Josh talks about his diagnosis.  He met Emily a few months later, and he recounts his first impressions and conversation.  [09:00] - Emily and Josh talk about the step of moving in with each other.  Emily explains what it was like to move in with someone with ADHD.   [12:12] - Emily shares a tip she learned on this podcast.  [14:25] - We talk about self-awareness being part of executive functioning.  [17:00] - Emily talks about the discoveries they have made.   [20:16] - Emily shares that Josh is quick to look at the system, and look for a solution that involves technology.  [23:50] - Josh shares two changes he’s made with technology that has helped them.  This leads to a discussion on setting alarms.  [27:30] - Josh and Emily share what they have learned from each other.  Emily says that Josh has helped her leave open space on her calendar.   [30:26] - Emily gives some advice to the neurotypical person in a mixed marriage.    [33:32] - Emily talks about the idea of suggesting someone “try harder” or “focus more.”  [40:53] - Emily and Josh explain how they have names for features of ADHD.    [48:40] - Emily says if you are with someone who was diagnosed as an adult, they are probably beating themselves up for things that have happened over the years.  [49:45] - Josh explains that Emily pauses and gives Josh time to come up with the words to convey what he is going through.  He provides an example.  [56:23] - Emily explains “the true step one.”  [59:37] - Josh shares what he finds challenging about Emily, as she is neurotypical.  He goes on to explain how people with ADHD have an advantage with systems in this time of technological intrusion.  [1:05:50] - Emily describes some strategies that help her in this relationship.  Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles:    ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group  Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  Registration dates and times will be announced later.  If you’d like an email to let you know when registration is opening, sign up at    Support the podcast on Patreon  Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at    ADHD reWired Facebook Group:  If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to  and fill out an application.  Productivity Q&A  Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to.  Want to be a guest?  Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Jul 24 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #3: 181 | Emotional Regulation and Shiny Objects with James Ochoa

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This Week’s Episode:  James Ochoa returns to the podcast on this episode. James is a licensed professional counselor and the author of .  He is the founder and Director of the Life Empowerment Center in Austin, Texas. James offers action-focused counseling and executive coaching to help his clients discover ways to empower themselves in all areas of life.  His passion is treating the emotional distress of ADHD so clients can build their internal worlds using their imagination to manage their attention challenges.   In this conversation, you will hear James talk about emotional regulation.  He discusses the concept of emotional distress syndrome and the stress model, which involves distress and eu stress.  James shares how micro-meditations in the middle of the day create the activation of the kinesthetic muscle and how that activity helps keep us in balance.  He shares how slowing down actions by 25% at any given moment puts the mind in a state of pause and contemplation.  You will hear helpful strategies that are customizable and easy to implement.    Connect with James Ochoa:  Website -   LinkedIn -   Twitter -   You’ll Learn:  [04:02] - I share what has been going on in my life, which includes a recent move, working on becoming a minimalist, and trying to find an office space.  [17:00] - James shares that he has been diving into the emotional distress of ADHD. He explains that this is a balancing factor.    [20:03] - James shares that he came up with the concept of emotional distress syndrome, a low-grade post traumatic stress.    [21:07] - James would like people with ADHD to think about the stress model from a two component system, distress and eu stress.   [23:13] - James talks about handling eu stress and moving forward.  [25:41] - I share that I recently listened to a guided meditation with poor audio quality and I was able to shape this into a really good experience.   [27:12] - James talks about elevating meditation to a higher level of need.    [33:19] - James shares that as he walks on the beach, he will close his eyes.  He explains that it helps keep him connected to himself.   [35:00] - James talks about Emotional Distress Syndrome. He explains micro-traumas and why it is critical to understand them.  [37:36] - James states that it is important to customize and personalize strategies that work.  [42:24] - James explains the shiny object du jour.  [47:51] - James would like to develop a professional consultation model, and he talks about this.   [51:50] - James talks about a new podcast series he is working on. It will be called “The Complex.”   [56:24] - James follows up on our conversation when he was on the ADHD reWired Hot Seat the last time he was on the podcast.   [59:41] - James shares that exercise has been difficult for him and customized short-term goals have helped him.  Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles:    ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group  The 10th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group is now full. If you would like to join the waitlist go to .  The 11th season of the group starts on January 8th. When I have details on early registration, I will let you know!    Support the podcast on Patreon  Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at    ADHD reWired Facebook Group:  If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to  and fill out an application.  Productivity Q&A  Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to.   Want to be a guest?  Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Aug 29 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: 202 | Women and ADHD with Linda Roggli

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Linda Roggli joins me on this week’s episode. This is Linda’s third appearance on the podcast.  She is a professional certified coach, award-winning author, founder of the ADD Diva Network, and co-founder of the ADHD Women’s Palooza, which is just around the corner.  Linda is an expert in later-life ADHD. Linda is a popular speaker at national and international conferences and has coached 100s of women. In this conversation, you will hear Linda share the role that estrogen plays in ADHD behavior.  This is something that a lot of OB GYNs don’t know about.  She also shares information on her observational study that you can participate in.  This could be an awakening and explain as much as an ADHD diagnosis. Linda also talks about the upcoming ADHD Women’s Palooza conference.  This leads to a discussion on the importance of connecting with other people.  Linda explains how Women’s Palooza offers the opportunity to connect and speak with others. Connect with Linda Roggli:  Website -  You’ll Learn: [03:10] - In Episode #199, I talk about my year in review.  I share that I would like to bring music back into my life and give you access. [13:18] - Linda talks about attending a conference last week and hearing details a lot of interesting research.  She talks about how it was clarified for her that ADHD is not about willpower. [17:44] - Estrogen plays a huge role in your ADHD behavior, Linda explains. [24:26] - We talk about stimulant medications being with severe depressive episodes. [25:46] - Linda shares that most OB GYNs don’t know about the role of estrogen in ADHD. [34:40] - Linda talks about her survey, which is a deep, observational study. [36:45] - Linda shares a conversation she had with a presenter at this conference.  This woman is setting up a world-wide study. You can donate at  [43:17] - We talk about the importance of connection with other people.  Group work has helped us achieve results we never saw without connecting with other people. [43:33] - Linda explains that ADHD Women’s Palooza was created to bring people and information into one place. [47:15] - Linda shares that the Women’s Palooza offers the opportunity to connect and speak with each other through a phone interface. [49:52] - Linda encourages you to go to use  to connect with local people. [51:38] - Linda talks about organizing the Women’s Palooza without Terry, her counterpart. [57:16] - Linda recently finished one of Stephen Hinshaw’s books, and he is a featured speaker at this year’s Women’s Palooza. [1:06:52] - Linda says that there are health issues that people with ADHD struggle with at a higher rate. [1:09:00] - Linda talks about purchasing 33 sets of necklaces and earrings. Your Resources: - Stephen Hinshaw Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles:  ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group  Early registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now open. To learn more and schedule your interview, .  Early registration pricing is limited to the first 18 people. Support the podcast on Patreon  Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at  ADHD reWired Facebook Group:  If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to  and fill out an application. Productivity Q&A  Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to. ADHD Women’s Palooza   I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at  Want to be a guest?  Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Jan 23 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: 152 | Dr. Russell Barkley Research on Updates and What Loved Ones Need to Know About You

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This Week’s Episode: Joining me for this week’s episode is Dr. Russell Barkley.  Dr. Barkley is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 23 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals. He has also published over 270 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature of assessment and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. In this conversation, you will hear Dr. Barkley talk about his new book, . This leads to an interesting discussion on attachment and relationships with people diagnosed with ADHD.  In the second half of this conversation,Dr. Barkley shares a lot of the recent findings on gender in ADHD, adult onset, neuroimaging, genetics, environmental factors, and psychosocial treatments. Connect with Dr. Russell Barkley: Website - You’ll Learn: [07:13] - Dr. Barkley explains why he wrote the book, . [09:42] - In this book, Dr. Barkley talks about family members creating a safety net without enabling. [12:19] - Dr. Barkley talks about being an expert in the area of ADHD and having family members with that diagnosis. [15:03] - Dr. Barkley talks about the research of James Prochaska in the willingness of a patient to engage in the change process.  Dr. Barkley lists the different stages. [18:07] - Many people that don’t have ADHD don’t want to acknowledge ADHD, even if someone they love is diagnosed. [20:00] - Dr. Barkley addresses a question from a person that is in a relationship with someone that displays symptoms of ADHD, but will not get tested or adopt different strategies.  Dr. Barkley explains how handle these types of situations. [28:45] - Dr. Barkley answers a question from Tiffany.  She asks how ADHD impacts attachment and relationships.  Dr. Barkley also explains some of the risk areas that women with ADHD find themselves in. [32:40] - Dr. Barkley also describes some of the consistent characteristics linked to males with ADHD. [34:23] - Dr. Barkley talks about recent findings on women with ADHD and he shares his opinions on the role of gender with ADHD. [39:44] - Dr. Barkley talks about adult onset ADHD.  He explains that these self-reports are unreliable and inaccurate. [51:36] - Dr. Barkley shares some thoughts on the power of accountability for individuals with ADHD.   [53:59] - I have seen growth and development from people that participate in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. Dr. Barkley gives me some tips on showing this is an effective clinical intervention. [57:45] - Dr. Barkley talks about some new research that he’s recently learned about. [1:02:23] - Dr. Barkley believes we are 2-5 years from neuroimaging diagnosing cases of ADHD. [1:04:40] - Dr. Barkley talks about advances in the genetics of ADHD.   [1:08:55] - Dr. Barkley talks about the role of environmental factors in the ideology of ADHD. [1:10:42] - Dr. Barkley shares some new developments in psychosocial treatments. Resources: Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group! You can save $450 by registering now for one of our spring sessions for the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  Early registration ends on January 31st.  Go to and schedule a call if you want to join.   Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These will continue in 2017 on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to . ADHD Women’s Palooza Women are diagnosed with ADHD much later in life. The 2nd Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza will be happening February 6th-11th.  This is a free event and you can register at ADHD Friendly Guide to Understanding Insurance Go from “WTF!” to “Done!” with our three-part series.  Jessica Stillwell will be presenting the information and answering all of your questions. Go to to register! ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group Do you want to improve your productivity, develop better habits, and experience the true power of accountability from members of our own tribe?  Learn more at . Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Jan 24 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #6: 309 | Rethinking Adult ADHD with Dr. Russell Ramsay

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Breaking down the increments of time to organize behavior for people with ADHD is like driving in fog at slow speed. Listen to Eric and his guest as they discuss this, and many other topics on this episode of . Dr. Ramsay is the co-founder and co-director of the and an . He is also the author of five books, including the recently released , along with many articles with issues relating to ADHD.  How do we break down tasks to make them more actionable? Listen as Eric, and Dr. Ramsay discuss Cognitive Behavior Therapy, the difference between agency and efficacy, automatic negative thoughts, and core beliefs. Dr. Ramsay also shares that there are no trade secrets with coping strategies; the issue is with implementation and follow-through. Eric wonders if clients can be taught to change the questions they ask themselves and instead of being discouraged because all of something does not work, look and see if a part of it will work, look at the smaller picture.  Listen in as Dr. Ramsay shares the difference between procrastination and front end perfectionism, along with general cognitive disorders in the general population versus overgeneralization with ADHD. Dr. Ramsay says that it is ok to start toward something with the end in mind, but remember to implement the next incremental step to reach the goal.  Eric and Dr. Ramsay both share some extraordinary information about ADHD. Even though Cognitive Behavior Therapy sounds hard, these two break it down into layman terms so that we can all understand it. Small steps with realistic expectations can help you reach whatever goal you want to achieve. You'll Learn: [02:47] Dr. Russell Ramsay, welcome back to the show! [03:09] Dr. Ramsay why are we rethinking adult ADHD? [05:40] He speaks about the main cognitive theme in CBT [Cognitive Behavior Therapy]. [08:04] Dr. Ramsay discusses a scale that measures distorted positive thoughts. [09:57] Do you know the difference between agency and efficacy? [12:30] Dr. Ramsay speaks about automatic negative thoughts and core beliefs. [15:45] There are no trade secrets for coping strategies we know they work, the problem is implementation. [18:06] How do we break down tasks to make them more actionable? [28:56] Dr. Ramsay addresses the overgeneralization of distortions in positive and negative ways. [31:46] Eric wonders if maybe clients should be taught to change the questions they ask themselves. [33:17] Dr. Ramsay says that writing is hard for everyone, so if you can sequence your thoughts conversationally, it can help you express things in a more precise way. [34:20] Are there differences in general cognitive distortions in the general population versus overgeneralization with ADHD? [37:02] Dr. Ramsay speaks about procrastination and front end perfectionism. [38:03] Dr. Ramsay shares some areas of perfectionism that many people do not recognize and productive procrastination. [41:04] What something you can do behaviourally even though it is not actionable? [47:44] Dr. Ramsay discusses the unrealistic expectations of reality, lowering the bar of sufficiency. [50:30] Organizing behavior across time towards an outcome that we want to achieve. [51:33] Dr. Ramsay says to start with the end in mind but implement the next incremental step toward your goal. [53:51] How long does it take for replacement thoughts to become automatic? [56:39] Dr. Ramsay gives examples from a study of framing bias and remarks that framing a task so that it is actionable makes it seem more natural to accomplish. [57:43] Dr. Ramsay, do you have any final thoughts for our listeners? [59:28] Thank you so much for being on the show today. [1:00:41] If you're a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Find Dr. Ramsay: by J. Russell Ramsay

Feb 18 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #7: 190 | Emotions, Accepting ADHD, and Productivity as a Feeling with Noelle Matteson

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Noelle Matteson joins me on this week’s episode of ADHD reWired.  Noelle has lived in various places around the United States and the world.  Her background is mostly in writing and publishing.  She has an M.A. in Shakespeare Studies, and she has published a short book on the Civil Rights Movement, .  Noelle currently writes for Healthy Place’s blog, Living with Adult ADHD. In this conversation, you will hear Noelle share her ADHD story.  Like most of these stories, this starts back with Noelle in school.  Because of her success in school and the structure of her schooling, she did not recognize her ADHD symptoms.  She talks about a therapist identifying these symptoms, her reaction to this news, and her experiences with medication.    Connect with Noelle Matteson: Twitter - Blog - Blog -   You’ll Learn: ● [07:30] - Noelle shares her background with us.  She talks about a therapist identifying her ADHD symptoms. She explains that her first reaction to this news was “shock.” ● [12:35] - At that time, Noelle was looking for work and her therapist.  Her therapist shared with her that her ADHD was holding her back in this effort to get a job. ● [16:06] - Noelle talks about meeting her psychiatrist and trying medications for her ADHD. ● [18:16] - Noelle shares her religious background and how this shaped her opinions on medication. ● [27:14] - Noelle talks about being overwhelmed with how the medication helped her. ● [31:08] - Noelle points out that she needs to remember that she still has ADHD and those tendencies, even when she’s on medication. ● [33:28] - Noelle talks about moving from being overwhelmed to the point of acceptance.  ● [34:47] - Noelle did well in school, and she explained why this fact, and the structure of her schooling, led to her not recognizing her ADHD symptoms. ● [37:27] - Noelle started on medication in April.  She talks about how it is impacting her life now. ● [45:27] - Noelle shares her list. ● [57:33] - Noelle talks about productivity and organization. ● [1:00:48] - Noelle explains what productivity “feels like” to her. ● [1:04:18] - Coming back from breaks can be difficult, and Noelle talks about this step in productivity. ● [1:08:28] - Noelle is now thinking ahead, and she discusses some of her aspirations and goals.   Your Resources: Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles:   ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group October is ADHD Awareness Month, and we are kicking off with early registration for the 11th season of the ADHD Coaching and Accountability Group.  January 8th is the start date for this season, and you can go to my website and reserve your registration time.  Registration is November 14th through the 25th.  To learn more and schedule your interview, .   Support the podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at   ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to and fill out an application.   Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to .   Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Oct 31 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #8: 250 | Best Productivity Episode Yet with Emily Parks

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The guest of this episode is Emily Parks.  Emily is a productivity consultant and the owner of Organize for Success.  She is an Evernote certified consultant. A lover of technology, Emily can help with prioritization, email, calendar management, and everything else that we could all use help with.   In this conversation, you will hear Emily share a ton of super helpful tips and strategies.  This is a can’t-miss episode if you would like to become more efficient in areas of your life with things like digital clutter, time-blocking, and email.  At the end of the episode, you’ll even hear Emily share some tips specific to this holiday time of the year. Connect with Emily Parks Website - You’ll Learn: [02:26] - “Our brain is made for thinking, not remembering.” [03:28] -  Emily shares her answer to “What’s the best tool for remembering things?” She shares a few reasons she loves Evernote. [05:36] - Emily says that she uses Evernote as her external brain. [07:19] - When it comes to Evernote, Emily never recommends having too much of anything.   [08:57] - Emily shares tips on naming folders in Evernote. [10:54] - I describe my “1-2-3 Hack.” [12:42] - If using the subject line is too overwhelming, you can rename your default notebook and use it as an inbox to hold items for processing. [15:38] - “One is the most productive number” is Emily’s line of thinking behind having people do an audit [24:57] - We tend to scatter our organization.  Emily talks about managing this clutter. [27:27] - Emily addresses the issue of social media notifications. [31:00] - It’s easy to get sucked into the neverending stream of videos on Facebook.  Emily shares how to keep yourself from falling into those traps. [34:49] - Emily encourages me (and all of us) to do our daily wrap-up. [43:11] - Daily planning is very important for people with ADHD, and Emily gives tips on staying on track.   [51:20] - Emily talks more about time-blocking methods. [57:26] - Emily and I share a hatred of email.  Emily shares some tips and tricks related to email. [1:00:35] - Emily gives a few tips on keeping phone calls short in length. [1:03:00] - Email: Checking vs. Processing [1:07:24] - Emily talks about staying productive and on-task during the holidays. Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is almost over. There may be a spot or two left!  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to .   Support the podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to and fill out an application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to . Want to be a guest? Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Dec 18 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #9: 215 | 4 Motivators with Lisa Alexoff

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Lisa Alexoff is an experienced licensed clinical professional counselor with a demonstrated history in the mental health and healthcare fields.  She specializes in helping children, teens, adults, and families in dealing with ADHD, anxiety, and medical issues.  She enjoys collaborating with clients as they discover the next best steps on their journey to a healthier life.    In this conversation, you will hear Lisa’s ADHD story.  Right now, the group of people being diagnosed with ADHD at the highest rate is women over 40.  This was when Lisa realized she has ADHD.  We talk about some of the developments in ADHD diagnosis in women.    The bulk of this discussion revolves around motivation.  Lisa explains that ADHD is about energy management. If we can put our energy in the right place, we can be successful.  Lisa tells us that we are motivated because we are blissed, dissed, or pissed.  We each share some of our strategies for motivation, and some of these could be defined as Lisa’s “woo woo” strategies.    Connect with Lisa Alexoff:  Email -   Phone - 847-962-1639  You’ll Learn:  [08:21] - Lisa introduces herself, and describes her “former lives.”  [10:36] - Lisa was in grad school in her early 40’s and realized that she has ADHD.    [13:34] - Lisa explains that she doesn’t get the desired effect from stimulants.  This leads to a discussion on medication.    [20:34] - I share my current medication cocktail.  [22:23] - We talk about developments in ADHD diagnosis in women.    [24:45] - Lisa explains how motivation works for people with ADHD.    [25:28] - Lisa says that people with ADHD experience three forms of motivations.  They need to be blissed, dissed, or pissed.    [27:10] - Lisa talks about being in a classroom during one of the first school shootings.  [30:45] - Lisa shares that one of her clients said that he is most motivated when he is desperate.    [32:25] - I share my new approach, “diversify joy by scheduling joy.”  I also talk about my struggles in March, and how my response has helped me.  [36:16] - Lisa talks about paying for a personal trainer.  We consider what the motivational framework would be to stay on schedule with the trainer.   [44:41] - We talk about finding motivation if you’re not blissed, dissed, or pissed.  [47:55] - I explain that part of being successful when you have ADHD is being able to push through a task when you don’t feel like doing it.   [51:00] - Lisa shares that we should focus on our top five priorities.  [54:34] - I share that things can drop off your to-do list.    [56:00] - We both share our distaste of paperwork, and talk about other work tasks we struggle with.   [1:02:37] - Lisa talks about the things you can do when you’re in a self-destructive mode.   [1:05:50] - Lisa shares the “woo woo” things she does.   Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles:    ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group  We are trying something a little different with our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group this summer.  This summer, I’ll be hosting our first 8-week intensive, called “One Big Thing.”  These groups will fill up quickly.  For more information, go to .  Support the podcast on Patreon  Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at    ADHD reWired Facebook Group:  If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to  and fill out an application.  Productivity Q&A  Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to.  Want to be a guest?  Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Apr 24 2018

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Rank #10: 111 | ADHD Strategies with Doug Puryear

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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: Facebook: Facebook profile LinkedIn: Blog:

Apr 12 2016

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Rank #11: 212 | I Take My Pills Because... with Jessica McCabe and Edward Newton

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Joining me on this episode are Jessica McCabe and Edward Newton.  Jessica is the creator of the extremely popular and successful .  She recently did a  that has over 10 million views!  Edward has a background in television production and has played a large role in the success of How To ADHD.    On this episode, you will hear Jessica and Edward talk about how How To ADHD has grown since they were last on the podcast.  They also share the backstory behind her Ted Talk, including how the talk was put together and executed.  Jessica has also organized a grassroots campaign in response to the Netflix documentary, “Take Your Pills.”  We discuss why this film isn’t accurate and does a disservice to those who would benefit from ADHD medication.  Connect with Jessica McCabe and Edward Newton        You’ll Learn:  [05:07] - Jessica talks about being asked to do a Ted Talk.   [07:32] - Jessica started How To ADHD about a year into their relationship.  Edward stepped in to share his expertise with video production.    [09:30] - Jessica shares how Edward helped craft the ending of her Ted Talk.   [11:10] - Edward tells his version of the Ted Talk story.  They admit to writing the second half of the talk on the plane.    [16:55] - Jessica explains how time restrictions impacted her talk.    [17:59] - Jessica describes what it was like to see a million views a day on her video.  [20:58] - Since the last time she came on the podcast, Jessica and Edward have been able to go full-time with How To ADHD.   [25:18] - We discuss some ADHD cooking tips.   [28:00] - With around 100 videos completed, Jessica shares how their videos are evolving.  [35:37] - Jessica and Edward talk about his ADHD characteristics and diagnosis.    [38:53] - We talk about the Netflix documentary on the abuse of ADHD medication, Take Your Pills.    [41:46] - Jessica explains that this production is painting everyone with a broad brush and did not draw a distinction between people diagnosed and appropriately prescribed medication and those who may have been abusing it.   [45:29] - Jessica and Edward talk about how this film misrepresented ADHD meds and compared it to meth.    [47:25] - Jessica talks about her response to this film, including the hashtag #ITakeMyPills.  [49:40] - We talk about the idea that medication should be a last resort, and how this is not what the research says. We also discuss how safe these medications are.  [54:43] - I share that my brain is like a clock and how it operates differently with and without medications.  Jessica shares the positive effects of her starting medication.  [56:35] - Jessica describes her grassroots campaign to change public perception of ADHD medication.   [1:00:17] - Jessica shares how you can tell your own story about meds helping you.  [1:05:28] - I share that this is the 4-year anniversary with ADHD reWired.  [1:08:18] - Jessica shares how much time they invest in each video.   Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles:    ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group  Registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over.  If you would like to join the waiting list for our spring season, schedule a call with me at .  The spring session begins April 9th.  Our summer session begins July 9th.   Support the podcast on Patreon  Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at    ADHD reWired Facebook Group:  If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to  and fill out an application.  Productivity Q&A  Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to .  Want to be a guest?  Hey! What about you?  Do you have a story?  Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician?  If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Apr 03 2018

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Rank #12: 108| Getting Organized with Shelly Collins

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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:    Memberships:  Active member of the since 2011 Active member of since 2011 Subscriber to the since 2013 Member of the 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)

Mar 22 2016

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Rank #13: 101 | Stress Reduction and ADHD

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Stress and stress reduction are the topics at hand, as Diane Dempster of Impact ADHD walks through ways those with ADHD can better manage themselves while under stress. Problem-solving, storytelling, emotional triggering, and resiliency are all addressed during Diane's discussion. Go to erictivers.com/101 for the full show notes and links mentioned in this episode. If you want more information about the next ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, go to coachingrewired.com. For a free audio-book download from our sponsor Audible.com, please visit AudibleTrial.com/ADHDreWired Help the CHADD organization by donating to their fundraising campaign here: gofundme.com/oneof15m

Feb 02 2016

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Rank #14: 94 | ADHD, Sex, and Intimacy Survey Results w/ Ari Tuckman

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Psychologist and therapist Ari Tuckman shares the results of a survey he conducted on sex and relationships in couples where one has ADHD. Surprised by some of the results, Ari delves into some of the most interesting questions and answers brought to light by the nearly 3,000 respondents' answers and provides sound advice and perspective on the role motivation, scheduling, pornography, and more can play in a relationship. Eric his hosting a free webinar on on December 21, 2015 at 1 PM (GMT-6) Central Time (US/Can).  Go to erictivers.com/94 for the full show notes and links mentioned in this episode. Go to coachingrewired.com or call 224‒993‒9450 to let Eric know if you're interested in joining the next ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group. For a free audio-book download from our sponsor Audible.com, please visit AudibleTrial.com/ADHDreWired Help the CHADD organization by donating to their fundraising campaign here: gofundme.com/oneof15m.

Dec 15 2015

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Rank #15: 55 | ADHD Sex and Intimacy with Ari Tuckman

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Psychologist and author Ari Tuckman discusses with us how sex and intimacy intersect with ADHD. Ari delves into common sex-related relationship issues ADHD couples encounter and provides an informed perspective with potential strategies, responses, and various factors to consider. Topics range from dealing with the dichotomy between those with and without ADHD, how people's style of processing information can affect their relationship, introducing new sexual thoughts to a partner, and more. Go to for the full show notes and links mentioned in this episode. Help the CHADD organization by donating to their fundraising campaign here: or  . Connect with people virtually using Eric's favorite video conferencing and connectivity platform, Zoom, by visiting – the basic service is totally free. For a free audio-book download from our sponsor Audible.com, please visit Visit for information on improving the lives of people affected by ADHD.

Mar 16 2015

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Rank #16: 03 Top 7 tools for tracking and monitoring your time

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In this episode we will discuss 7 tools -- 3 of them apps to help you get better at tracking time.  I will also talk about the top 5 lies people with ADHD tell themselves and really believe.

Apr 06 2014

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Rank #17: 102 | Forgetfulness, Mindfulness, & Science

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High-school science teacher and yoga instructor, Alex Hofeldt is a high-energy individual. Open and honest, Alex shares the story of his own tribulations through school before becoming a teacher himself, what drives him to continue learning and teaching science, and how mindfulness practices can be worked into the classroom. Go to erictivers.com/102 for the full show notes and links mentioned in this episode. Go to meetme.so/erictivers to schedule a free 20-minute consultation with Eric if you're interested in the next Coaching and Accountability Group. Or, if you want more information about the next ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, go to coachingrewired.com. For a free audio-book download from our sponsor Audible.com, please visit AudibleTrial.com/ADHDreWired Help the CHADD organization by donating to their fundraising campaign here: gofundme.com/oneof15m.

Feb 09 2016

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Rank #18: 282 | Mastermind Session: Doing Stuff You Don't Feel Like Doing - Madeline

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Welcome back to another mastermind episode. Today we have Madeline in the hot seat as we work through the issues she has been facing with getting more done and having productive free time. We discuss ways that she can get more done while still playing video games but also doing things in her free time that restore and rejuvenate not just kill time. This mastermind begins with a discussion on how to break through and do the I don’t wanna’s, ways to help Madeline do her chores, study and how “I’ll do it later” is just a lie we tell ourselves. They talked about what they feel like when they think I don’t wanna, is it resentment because you have to do it?  Is there guilt because you feel the resentment? Madeline is given some great advice in this mastermind! Listen in and learn some fantastic tips to manage your I don’t wannas, learn to rewrite the script in your head and make the I don't wannas into a positive outcome.. You’ll Learn: [02:04] Welcome back! Madeline is in the hot seat on this episode. [02:16] Everyone is introduced by Eric. [03:04] Madeline tells us what she wants to Mastermind today. [03:58] Has Madeline done research on whether play is part of productivity?  [05:26] Does anyone feel rejuvenated after using technology?  [12:27] Madeline talks about how she likes to do non productive things first thing in the morning. [25:49] We are back from the break and dive into working through the transitions of I don’t wanna’s. [27:51] What video game has Madeline played that does make her feel good? [32:52] We now shift to how to be more productive and how to beat the I don’t wannas. [32:58] What are Madeleines key I don’t wannas that she is struggling with? [35:17] What chore does she do that when it is done she it makes her feel really good? [42:02] How can we help Madeline do her chores like drying dishes, scooping kitty litter and decluttering her desk? [46.38] Stopping the I’ll do it later syndrome. [54:19] Is there a degree of opposition when someone asks you to do something? [55:58] Madleine needs to learn new scripts in her mind and use scripts to do it. [58:24] What's the equivalent of wiggling the pinkie finger for the tasks you don't wanna do? [1:03:12] How is accountability brought into the situation? [1:09:29] After listening to what has been discussed, what things does Madeleine think she can commit to? [1:11:17] Final thoughts? [1:12:27] If you’re a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and click on our Patreon button at Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th. We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions. Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

Aug 06 2019

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Rank #19: 246 | Adult ADHD Assessments - Part 1: My Results with Laurie Peterson M. Ed, MA, LPC

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On this episode, I am joined by Laurie Peterson.  Laurie is the owner and director of Diagnostic Learning Services in Plano, Texas.  Laurie and her group assess and diagnose students and adults with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.  Laurie was diagnosed with ADHD in her late 20s. In this conversation, you will hear Laurie and I discuss the battery of diagnostic assessments she administered to me.  You will hear us discuss the verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, processing speed, and memory assessments I took.  We describe what these tests are, and what my results tell Laurie. Connect with Laurie Peterson: Website - You’ll Learn: [04:08] - Laurie shares her ADHD story.   [06:37] - Laurie talks about how she views and approaches the diagnosis when she meets with people.   [09:02] - I describe the battery of tests that Laurie did with me. [09:56] - Laurie explains why she looks at verbal comprehension when assessing for ADHD.  This leads to a discussion on how I am more of an “audio reader.” [14:23] - Laurie puts the scoring of these texts into context, and how scores can improve. [17:14] - We discuss how “verbal regulation” is where impulsivity and the organizing of ideas meet. [18:08] - Laurie talks about some vocational options for people who score higher in verbal comprehension testing. [19:20] - I scored in the “very average” range of perceptual reasoning. I explain why this surprised me.  Laurie explains this realm of the testing. [24:52] - Laurie talks about vision therapy, which retrains the muscles in your eyes. [32:01] - The next domain we cover is “working memory.” [37:43] - Processing speed is a domain in which I scored “below average.”  Laurie explains that score is common for people with ADHD. [43:18] - Coding and symbol search were two subsets that I didn’t enjoy.  I explain why I struggled with these. [46:42] - Laurie explains the adult memory test. [51:00] - Laurie describes the kind of background information she gathers. [53:00] - Laurie shares a few areas where my wife and I have different perceptions of my skills. [57:07] - I confess I thought, “What if I don’t have ADHD?”  Laurie confirms that I do have ADHD. Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. The next registration event is Thursday, November 29th at 3pm Central.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to .   Support the podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to and fill out an application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to . Want to be a guest? Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #20: 271 | Russell Barkley on Life Expectancy and ADHD Part 1

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Russell Barkley joins me for the third time as a guest on my podcast.  He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Board certified in three disciplines: clinical psychology, clinical child and adolescent psychology, and clinical neuropsychology. Russell is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner with 23 published books and 41 editions, more than 290 scientific articles and chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. He is the founder and editor of the newsletter “The ADHD Report”. He has spoken at over 800 events and has been recognized for his contributions. ADHD and Russell’s work has sometimes been considered “over pathologizing”, however, his message is to get the science out for those with ADHD so these individuals can get proper treatment and lead healthy lives. Russell has learned how ADHD is a bigger factor in life expectancy than the big five killers put together. His goal is to get people to take ADHD more seriously to avoid negative outcomes which are correlated with not treating ADHD. Genes related to nicotine addiction and smoking, which are identified as ADHD genes, in and of themselves reduce life expectancy. Your lifestyle habits with ADHD are modifiable and, with positive changes, can expand your life expectancy. The higher the level of conscientiousness, the better lifestyle choices, and higher life expectancy. Your Resources | Dr. Barkley’s website | How you can make a difference on outcomes | Russell’s book for those who live with adults who have ADHD You’ll Learn: [04:02] Russell is welcomed to the show and explains his “why”. [05:45] Why ADHD is considered the “diabetes of psychology”. [07:15] How Russell conducted research for his book “ADHD for Adults” and why this led to his research on life expectancy and ADHD. [10:35] Reduction in life expectancy based on time of diagnosis. [12:41] Putting reduction in life expectancy in focus related to other health care factors. [14:48] How ADHD genes reduce your life expectancy, outside of the other factors studied. [23:30] Conscientiousness is stopping to contemplate the outcomes of your actions to effect and self-regulation as a factor of a healthy lifestyle. [26:36] The best predictor of your lifespan is conscientiousness. [27:38] Self-regulation and executive functioning measures and how this affects life expectancy. [29:10] Creating cues in your environment for self-talk, self-imagery which creates self-regulation. [31:12] Addressing the underlying problems of self-regulation and self-control to create the basis for change. [32:22] Develop self-compassion in order to move forward and obtain your goals. [33:33] Message which resulted from Dr. Barkley’s research. [35:12] Primary care physicians need to understand the underlying problem and take a different approach to changing behavior. [38:16] How you can bring this information to your primary care physician’s office. [40:10] It’s OK to be vulnerable in disclosure and have the courage to talk to others about ADHD. Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group Early registration for ADHD reWired’s Spring season of our online, video-based coaching and accountability group has ended, and the groups are full. Our next registration signups begin May 10th.  To sign up on the email list, which allows you to register on May 7th, visit . ADHD Women’s Palooza Encore packages of this amazing conference are available for only $97!  That includes audio and video downloads, as well as abridged transcripts. Learn more at Support the podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to and fill out an application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to . Want to be a guest? Hey, What about you?  Do you have a story? Are you a Coach?  Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call .

May 21 2019

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329 | ADHD, Narcissism, and Emotions in Relationships with Jared DeFife PhD

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Do you have trouble maintaining relationships? Listen as Eric and his guest, ., discuss one of the messier complexes, twist yourself in knots aspects of ADHD, which are emotions in relationships, narcissism, and more on this episode of Jared is a clinical psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a private practice that specializes in men's mental health and therapy for adults with ADHD. Dr. Jared is a former clinical fellow of Harvard Medical School and has been a media expert for , , , , and many more. Dr. Jared speaks about his learning disabilities and the social relationship issues he had in school. He talks about how his emotional life transformed once he was medicated. Dr. Jared also shares how hard it can be to live with a person with ADHD and narcissism.  Dr. Jared discusses the common complaints he hears from partners in his practice, and the difference between ADHD self coping or management and narcissism. He speaks about what you can do to regulate emotions, and Eric talks about ways to run interference with them. Dr. Jared shares how cognitive elements can affect how you feel. When your spouse talks to you, do you hear what they are saying? Dr. Jared talks about what a partner can say to be helpful, and maybe you can say, 'I heard you, and I am working to do better.' Dr. Jared shares some very enlightening information around dealing with relationships and ADHD. If any of this resonates with you and your partner, this episode could be a tool to keep you together. You'll learn: [02:08] Welcome to the show, Jared! [03:18] Jared shares his ADHD story. [05:04] When did you first realize you had ADHD? [06:45] They discuss the apparent signs of ADHD that were missed through school. [07:31] Eric and Jared speak about their learning disabilities. [09:00] Jared speaks about his social relationships in school. [11:44] Jared shares the journey into the psychology field. [13:14] When Jared got medicated, his emotional life changed drastically. [16:13] If you are worried that you are a narcissist, you are not a narcissist. [21:06] Jared discusses how hard it is to live with a person with ADHD. [23:40] Do you think we can develop conscientiousness through active practices? [25:40] Jared shares the two most common complaints he hears in his practice. [28:25] Jared speaks about the reasons partners talk about narcissism. [31:34] What is ADHD coping and self-management, and what is pure narcissism? [34:43] Do emotions sometimes take over, and you do not understand what to do with them? [39:09] Jared discusses what we can do about regulating our emotions. [41:02] Have you ever been in a self-imposed time out in your relationship? [43:43] Eric shares what someone in his coaching group shared about putting a timer on their discussion. [46:04] Eric talks about running mental interference with emotions. [47:20] Jared speaks about how cognitive elements can affect how you feel. [49:04] Jared talks about what a partner can say that can be helpful. [52:46] Can you say, I hear you, and I am working to do better! [54:13] Jared, thank you so much for being on the show! [56:14] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron click on our Patreon tap at Find Jared: | Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

Jul 07 2020

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328 | No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

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Eric's guest Jeremy is a forty-six-year-old freshman at Marshall University. His path back to school and most of his life has been anything but typical. He got into a lot of trouble but was lucky enough to have people in his life that helped him from one extreme to another along the way. Listen, as Jeremy tells his story on this episode of Jeremy shares the behavioral issues he had as a child but was still the kid that everyone liked in high school. He discusses getting married right out of high school to his pregnant girlfriend and quitting college to do the right thing. The relationship didn't last, and after trying to go back to school, he quit, and the challenges kept coming. Listen, as Jeremy shares the poor choices he made along the way with relationships. He speaks about choosing homelessness, about losing his dad, and going to jail. Jeremy met a woman that wanted to help and got the process started in jail, and once he was released. He speaks about getting diagnosed with ADHD and medicated finally a few months ago, and he finally feels like he is on his intended journey. Jeremy is on the path of improvement and is getting an engineering degree. His journey back to school was a long one, but now he has the tools to help him succeed. Do you resonate with Jeremy's story? If you do, this is an episode that you need to hear and share. You'll learn: [02:37] Welcome to the show, Jeremy! [03:36] Jeremy shares what life was like when he was a kid. [05:08] He speaks about his mom and the medication she was on while pregnant with him. [05:56] What were you like in high school? [08:26] Jeremy shares his life after high school and what happened in his life. [11:18] He speaks about not going to school because he wanted to do the right thing for his child. [15:33] Do you feel you tried to do the right thing, but when you tried to do that, everything got blown up? [16:31] Jeremy discusses the incidents in his life once he dropped out of college. [19:11] In 1996, he started drinking and getting into trouble while grieving for his mother. [21:08] Jeremy speaks about his extended family's strength and knowing he was loved and felt safe. [30:14] Jeremy discusses his hitchhiking days and the poor choices he made during that time. [33:46] He shares about his spirituality and what led to where he is now. [37:21] Jeremy speaks about a town that wanted him to get out. [41:22] What led you to get diagnosed? [44:05] Jeremy discusses his issues with the legal system, and people were telling him he was too smart to be where he was. [47:00] He shares about being homeless as a choice and finding a person who took an interest in him. [49:51] Jeremy speaks about having warrants but knowing his dad was dying and in hospice care. [51:34] He did two years in jail, but he found help to get him on the right track. [54:00] Jeremy shares about finally getting on medication for his ADHD, even though he had never been officially diagnosed. [58:22] Jeremy talks about what gave him the initiative to go back to school at 48 years old. [01:00:42] He speaks about asking for help and getting what he needed. [01:02:08] Jeremy says that you have to face the man in the mirror at some point in time. [01:04:14] Jeremy expresses how logical and practical he feels ADHD reWired is and how much he likes the show. [01:05:11] Eric says that Jeremy shows that it's never too late to get on the path to improvement. [01:06:46] Thank you for being on the show! [01:07:38] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

Jun 30 2020

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327 | Eating Well With ADHD - Luz Jaramillo

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Do you celebrate all of life's moments, good or bad, with food? Eric and his guest, Luz Jaramillo, discuss why this can lead to eating disorders, how you can break this habit, and achieve a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing plus much more on this episode of Luz is the owner of , has a Master's in Social Work, is a certified life coach, Masters in Neuro-Linguistic programming, a certified brain health coach, and many more. Luz is also a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and has ADHD, dyslexia, and learning difficulties. She has suffered from an eating disorder most of her life, but after studies and research, she could heal and lose over 50lbs, improving her focus and health. Listen, as Luz and Eric discuss how to switch your emotional thoughts, change thought patterns, and the importance of eating healthy food. Eric shares that the ADHD brain does not process carbs well, so most times, it is better to limit them and substitute protein for more energy. Consistency is the Key! Luz speaks about food, not being your friend; it is fuel and needs to be treated that way. Eat to live; don't live to eat! Luz and Eric share some ways that you can get healthy snacks prepared and portioned out so you can grab a bag and go quickly and conveniently. Know that if you slip, it's ok to get back up and try to be better tomorrow. Luz has been there, done that, she knows about eating disorders and ADHD. If any of this resonates with you, this is an episode that you can't miss. Listen to what she has to say. It may be the difference between life and death. You'll learn: [01:56] Welcome to the show, Luz! [03:24] Luz shares when she learned she had ADHD. [03:58] How did your eating disorder lead you to learn you had ADHD? [05:12] Luz speaks about what form her eating disorder took. [07:28] When did you decide you needed help with this disorder? [10:10] Luz used neuro linguistic programming to switch her emotional thoughts from food to thoughts of pleasure. [12: 23] When you change your thought patterns, your internal critic screams louder and calls you a fraud. This is normal, and it takes time. [14:35] Luz was ready to have weight loss surgery before her sister got her to change her mind. [16:29] Looking back, how do you feel about how desperate you were? [21:11] Eric speaks about some regular issues around food and how he deals with the cravings. [23:06] Set up your environment to be conducive to what you need. [23:57] Luz shares how important it is to have nutritious food for at least three meals a day. [26:01] Eric shares that the ADHD brain does not do a good job of breaking down carbs. [28:08] Consistency is the key! [31:04] Luz suggests to people that food is not your friend, food is fuel. [32:03] How do you suggest that people stop when they know they are in the middle of a binge? [34:04] Replace the food with something else. [35:20] Eric shares that many people he knows are doing a sugar detox. [37:00] How sensitive to sugar are you? Have you been tested? [38:03] Luz says you should tell yourself it's just for today, focus on one day at a time. [41:10] Meditation and mindfulness are the keys to success. [46:42] Luz shares some tips on how to have healthy food ready to eat for snacks. [49:55] Have you found any services or different resources to help people systemize eating nutritious foods? [52:01] You have to have the correct mindset, it might be harder if you have ADHD, but it is still doable. [52:46] Know that you will slip, and that's ok get yourself right back up. [55:00] Willpower starts strong in the morning, and it's a slippery slope later in the day if you don't recharge your system with the right food. [57:17] Thank you so much for being on the show! [58:17] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Find Luz: @brainbodycoach | | Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

Jun 23 2020

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326 | Holey ADHD with Marissa Marangoni

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Has taking medication for your ADHD changed your life? Eric and his guest, Marissa Marangoni, discuss what led her to look for a diagnosis for , her difficulties in college and grad school, and the challenges of working for herself on this episode of   Marissa is a mom, a writer, and a former teacher. She runs , where she works as an instructional designer and technical writer. Marissa writes creatively and podcasts when she's not working or spending time with her son. She loves lists, popcorn, and baking, animals, sweating, and deep human connection. Listen as Marissa shares her struggles through high school, college, and grad school without knowing she had ADHD. Her challenges with sensory processing, she shares that she cannot sleep with any noises that aren't even and steady. Marissa also has a powerful sense of smell, and her sense of touch keeps her from liking the feel of fleece on her skin. Marissa discusses some things that have been very helpful in dealing with her ADHD, like medication and Eric's coaching groups. She shares that the medication she is on has a lot, and if they had diagnosed her earlier, she wouldn't have had to work so hard in school. Marissa talks about the podcast she started with a friend with ADHD called ''  Eric and Marissa have a great conversation about some of their struggles with ADHD. Listen to see if you can pick up any tips or tricks that will help you as you travel the same journey they have. You'll learn: [02:27] Welcome to the show, Marissa! [02:45] Marissa shares what brought her to get her diagnosis with ADHD. [04:06] When you watched videos on ADHD, were there things that you recognized in yourself? [09:55] Marissa speaks about not being able to absorb what she was reading, which is crazy since she is a writer. [10:25] Marissa shares how she got through literature classes. [11:00] Do you love cliff notes? Did they help you understand what you were reading? [14:02] She discusses how she memorized everything to get through high school, but it didn't work so well in college. [16:41] Once she got her second master's degree, she became a literature teacher. [24:48] Marissa discusses the challenges she has around sensory processing. [25:15] She speaks about her issues with sleeping and why she needs a white noise machine.  [28:33] Marissa says that distinct smells will wake her up. [30:30] She describes the feel of fleece on her skin, but she loves a weighted blanket. [33:19] Do you have any senses that aren't as intense? [34:20] Eric and Marissa discuss their difficulties with their vision and wonder if their other senses are so keen to make up for their vision issues. [37:20] Marissa chats about having eye surgeries when she was a kid. [41:05] Marissa discusses her podcast called '.' [43:08] What are some things that have been the most helpful in managing your ADHD? [45:11] Eric and Marissa talk about the medication she is on. [46:56] Do generic drugs affect you differently than brand names? [49:07] Marissa shares how joining one of Eric's coaching groups has helped. [50:11] Marissa speaks about some things she took away from the coaching groups. [53:08] The group helped Marissa with anxiousness. [55:40] Thank you so much for coming on the show! [57:26] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Find Marissa: Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

Jun 16 2020

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325 | May 2020 Q & A with Brendan Mahan, Will Curb, and MJ

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Have a question for the brain trust?  Listen as with his guests , and MJ answer questions from the listeners in our monthly Q & A session of . We are taking questions from you, the listener, about situations you want to talk through. It doesn't matter if it's personal or professional; we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers.  We start the episode out with Erica asking what self-care means and when it is numbing instead of self-care. Eric shares that anything that restores health and wellbeing is self-care. Another listener asks about when something takes you off a task, what mental strategies he can use to resume the not so fun duties. Susan wants to know how to quell the agitation of waiting. Eric says to focus on the things you can control and influence, and boredom is the birthplace of creativity. Tyler discusses a late in life ADHD diagnosis, and Cheryl wants to know some alternatives to medication for focus, attention, and alertness. Melissa would like to know how to make herself get out of her chair in the evening to take her pills and brush her teeth. Ella wants to know how to stop losing things like her keys and glasses all the time. Steve makes the best chocolate, per Eric, and was in the middle of a significant expansion of his company when the coronavirus hit. He is having trouble dealing with the chaos of not knowing when he can resume, and it's hard on his mental health. The guys suggested that he make chocolate gift bags and take them to first responders and other people in his community to keep him busy and brighten their days. Brendan shares that we are in the middle of a pandemic. It is ok to feel frustrated, lost, and tired. Everyone is feeling the same way and waiting to get back to our daily lives is increasing frustration. Practice your self-care, exercise, get plenty of rest, and try to stop stressing. We all need to remember that this too shall pass and try to learn something from it. Your Resources: You'll Learn: [02:00] Welcome to our monthly Q & A with Will Curb, Brendan Mahan, and MJ. [03:43] Erica asks, what does self-care mean? [04:38] Eric says that things that restore health and wellbeing are self-care. [05:33] Brendan shares his thoughts on self-care and what SHRED means. [07:28] Are massages a luxury or self-care? [09:17] Will speaks about self-care and the difference between numbing and self-care. [12:03] Trang has a question about when something takes us off task what mental strategies can we use to disengage to resume not such fun duties. [13:15] Eric says the first thing is to realize that you are off track and pause. [14:25] Will shares some helpful tips to use to get back on track. [15:55] Brendan speaks about what he does to stay on task. [18:58] Susan asks how do you quell the agitation of waiting. [19:47] Will says the anticipation of being bored is worse than waiting. [20:59] Brendan speaks about how he plans for waiting. [23:11] Focus on the things you can control and influence. [24:16] Boredom is the birthplace of creativity. [25:23] Tyler wants to know how people who received a diagnosis late in life pivot and move forward. [32:08] Tyler speaks about the pain points he is having. [34:45] What are the things that are getting in your way right now? [36:38] Brendan shares what he did to figure out if he wanted to do ADHD Essentials. [39:01] Eric discusses therapy and coaching for Tyler. [40:44] Brendan shares a new, better sleep assessment tool. [43:21] Cheryl asks what other treatments besides medication are suitable for focus, attention, alertness, and energy. [43:58] Why are you looking for alternatives?  [44:28] Eric says he is 100% pro trying medication. [46:38] Exercise is one of the top things that you can do with ADHD. [47:43] Brendan's SHRED model encompasses everything that you need. [48:43] Melissa wants advice on self-activating in the evening instead of lounging. [50:47] Eric says to have realistic expectations of what you can accomplish in the evenings. [52:13] What can you prep, so it's easy for you to get things done? [54:14] As an alternative, Brendan suggests having something far away from you go off, so you have to get up to stop it from happening. [1:00:35] Steve shares that he is having trouble getting a new routine in this chaos and feeling tired all the time. [1:02:50] Steve speaks about trying to manage during the pandemic and waiting for funds from the government. [1:04:17] Are you able to produce your product? [1:05:06] Eric is trying to come up with ideas on how Steve can move forward with everything in New Jersey being shut down from COVID-19. [1:07:11] Brendan shares the trauma of this pandemic is bringing people down and making them tired and restless. [1:09:30] Do you have something that you can do to help people? [1:10:21] Steve is feeling recharged, thinking of how he can help first responders with his chocolate. [1:12:42] Ella wants suggestions on how to stop misplacing objects like glasses. [1:12:58] Brendan says he loses items because he doesn't realize he has put them down. Be mindful of where you put things. [1:13:48] Eric says that is the best invention for when you misplace something. [1:17:15] Thank you, everyone, for listening! [1:18:05] If you're a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at  Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

Jun 09 2020

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324 | Identifying Barriers through Coaching - Ruthie Lipschultz

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Do you have a problem with structure and clarity in your life? Listen, as Eric coaches his guest, Ruthie Lipschultz, on some of these same challenges. Ruthie is a musical performer and has studied voice her entire life, and now she is just trying to figure out life. She got her dream job straight out of college playing Pocahontas on a cruise ship, but her difficulty learning the material caused her not to get asked back. Listen as Ruthie needing accountability with structure when she is practicing. She shares her love of performing her goal of being a lead on Broadway and her challenges with the expectations that being in a lead role will have. Ruthie speaks about having to move back in with her parents when she lost her job and the issues that have caused. Ruthie discusses the fact that her parents' house has a lot of distractions; she describes what happens around her when she is trying to practice. Eric asks if there is another place that she could use outside of their home and if she is consistently practicing the same time each day. Ruthie discusses her mom's Codependency and what she can do to break that pull. The heart of being a successful adult with ADHD is accepting that you can't wait until you feel like doing something as your cue to do it. Eric shares the definition of distraction and tells Ruthie to start small, see if what you are doing is working, if not reassess and pivot. The questions that Ruthie has in this coaching call will resonate with many of you.  You'll learn: [01:52] Welcome to the show, Ruth! [02:39] Ruthie shares a little about her performing background and the challenges it brought her. [04:54] What problems are you facing? [07:01] Ruthie speaks about how she went about setting up routines to help her with structure and accountability. [09:22] Has there been a time when practicing was more accessible for you?  [10:00] Ruthie shares how much time she spends practicing and how she feels like her gut is resistant. [12:53] She shares why she performs and what her goal in the industry is to have a leading role. [14:39] Why is getting a prominent position on broadway so important? [16:32] Ruthie discusses the expectation of a performer in a lead role. [20:15] Eric says that looking at your environment in a context that you can be successful in is essential. [21:00] Ruthie shares that in her home, she has a lot of distractions. [22:40] Ruthie speaks about what is around her in her parents' house when she is trying to practice. [27:49] Are there any places you have been able to practice outside of your parents' home? [30:39] Eric suggests letting her guitar playing be good enough but let her voice carry her because she has been practicing voice her entire life. [32:10] Codependency can hold people back; talking with a therapist can help with the situation. [34:00] Ruthie asks what she needs to ask a therapist about this codependency issue. [36:06] What options do you have for other places to practice? [43:46] Is it possible for you to have a consistent time to practice every day? [45:05] Ruthie speaks about how important exercise is for her, but she feels pulled in different directions. [47:19] Eric shares the definition of a distraction. [49:01] Having acceptance of the fact that you can't wait until you feel like doing something as your cue to do it is the heart of being a successful adult with ADHD. [53:19] Start small and see what is working for you if it's not reevaluating and shifting focus could help. [55:59] Have you ever focused on something that felt big like moving a grand piano when all you needed to do was go downstairs. [58:55] What is one thing you want to commit to doing based on this conversation? [1:01:12] Eric tells Ruthie to ask herself what could get in the way when she is planning her day. [1:01:53] Ruth, thank you so much for being on the show today! [1:03:35] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

Jun 02 2020

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323 | Feedback and Leadership with Peter Montoya

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"Feedback is the oxygen of growth." Listen, as Eric and his guest Peter Montoya discuss what he means by this and why feedback should always be done confidentially. Peter talks about leadership development, conquering challenges, and the real-life experiences that drive his insights and ideas.  Peter Montoya is the  of “The Brand Called You” and his latest books, “Meetings Without Walls” & “Leadership Power”. He’s also a sought-after and highly motivational keynote speaker and leadership development strategist, specializing in developing high-performance teams. To find Peter, visit or call (949) 334-7070. Peter discusses what led to his ADHD diagnosis, how he tames his beast of a mind, and the barriers people have with self-reflection. Peter shares his secret sauce for helping people have better meetings and the three key steps to take to make them successful. Leadership development is the number one job of leaders today. Do you have trouble staying on task? Listen as Peter shares how he keeps focused on what he needs to do. He speaks about how leaders need to steer meetings and pull them back when they go off task, how to ask people for feedback, and accepting feedback without feeling defensive. Defensiveness is neurobiologically natural and healthy, we are wired to protect the image we want people to have of us. Peter is a triple threat, a gifted speaker, best-selling author, and successful entrepreneur. He has done so much in his life, and you won't want to miss him telling us some key things he has picked up along the way. You'll learn: [02:06] Welcome to the show, Peter! [02:26] Peter shares what he means by feedback is the oxygen of growth. [03:53] Peter says you should make sure your feedback is kind, honest, and specific. [05:12] Eric shares that sometimes feedback is delivered in two ways. [07:22] Peter speaks about how he was shamed in eighth grade. [09:58] When did you find out you had ADHD? [11:08] Peter discusses what it's like being an attendee at workshops. [14:30] Does it make you mad to not be understood? [15:52] Peter shares what he had to do to tame his beast of a mind. [17:04] Peter speaks about the barriers people have with self-reflection. [23:38] Peter shared his secret sauce for helping people have better meetings. [25:26] What are the critical steps to having a successful meeting? [27:23] Leadership development is the number one job of leaders today. [29:16] Peter speaks about how he stays on task and follows through with what needs to be done. [33:18] Peter shares suggestions on grabbing the key takeaway of a meeting in a more efficient way. [34:37] What do you do to bring a meeting back on task? [35:24] Peter speaks about how long and what he does to prepare for a meeting. [36:53] How long do you think a meeting should last? Should meetings be fun? [42:09] Peter shares how to ask people for feedback. [43:57] Peter speaks about what you should do if you get defensive while getting feedback. [46:17] Eric says that defensiveness is neurobiologically natural and healthy, we are wired to protect the image we want people to have of us. [48:48] What is the most influential piece of feedback you have ever received? [51:11] Peter speaks about how he keeps himself mindful when he tends to do something that isn't helpful in meetings. [53:54] Peter shares how people can learn more about him and his company. [54:36] Peter, thank you so much for sharing this time with us. [55:36] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Find Peter: Phone - (949) 334-7070 Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

May 26 2020

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322 | A World Without ADHD With Kirsten Milliken

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Boredom is the mother of creativity. Listen, as your host and his guest Dr.Kirsten Milliken discuss the ways you can keep yourself and your kids busy during social distancing, having fun at the grocery store, and more on this episode of . Dr. Milliken is a licensed clinical psychologist, an ADHD Coach, and the author of She works and plays in Portland, Maine, with her two kids and partner Perry. She has ADHD and often says three quarters kidding and half-serious if it's not fun, I'm probably not doing it. As a psychologist and Coach, Kirsten has focused on educating her clients on the value of play in all of its forums. Listen as Eric and Kirsten discuss the new project she is doing called the , why this project interested her, and the book she is writing with the same name. Kirsten speaks about feeling guilty about working and making money during this crisis when others are struggling and that she and her partner are rehabbing a classic RV to stay busy during the pandemic. Eric and Kirsten share their favorite board game and arcade games, and Kristen speaks about wearing an inflatable pink unicorn costume when she goes to the grocery store as PPE and the response she gets. If you want to participate in the World Without ADHD project, please submit artwork, written word, or stories to , and if they like it, we will showcase it in the book and online. Kirsten says to use your boredom to get creative and submit your entries before the July 1, 2020 deadline. You'll learn: [01:37] Welcome back to the show, Kirsten [04:10] Kirsten shares a new project she launched called World Without ADHD. [05:49] Would you like to imagine a world without ADHD? [08:23] Do you think ADHD holds you back? [11:33] Eric speaks about the virtual open mics on Zoom that he has been doing. [13:42] Kirsten shares the reason they started this project. [16:24] Kirsten chats about needing people to submit a piece of art or written words to compete to publish their work in the book they are writing. [26:15] Kirsten shares that if you want to participate in the project, go to the website [29:21] What kind of writing do you do besides writing books? [30:14] Kirsten speaks about rehabbing a classic RV. [31:59] Kirsten shares how she has fun at the grocery store in her pink rainbow unicorn costume. [34:51] She talks about her baby head garden that comes out in the spring. [40:50] Kirsten chats about being in the pink uniform costume and the response she gets at the grocery store. [42:31] The due date for submission for World Without ADHD book is July 1, 2020, but get it in as soon as possible. [44:06] Kirsten, do you have a story you can share that you wrote? [47:05] Kirsten says that she believes play is one of the real natural anecdotes to ADHD challenges. [49:03] Eric discusses the board game Catch Phrase. [ 49:55] Kirsten speaks about her favorite arcade game when she was young. [51:00] Use your boredom to be creative! [51:25] Thank you so much for being on the show! [52:21] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

May 19 2020

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321 | April 2020 Q&A with Brendan Mahan and Will Curb

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Are you almost always uncertain of the expectations and on shifting sand? This is just one topic we cover in our monthly Q & A session with guests Brendan Mahan and Will Curb. We are taking questions from you, the listener, about situations you want to talk through. It doesn't matter if it's personal or professional; we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers.  Andrea starts off the questions, wanting to know what the guys do to get started when there are things to get done. Kelvin has some questions about hair loss while taking Ritalin, and a listener wants to know if they should make a doctor's appointment for their child if they think they have symptoms of ADHD. Listen, as Eric speaks about Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, Sara wants to know how to take a break when she is hyper-focused, and a listener wants to know how to take a course while struggling with structure. There is also a question about the perfect app for ADHD life management, and MJ wants to know how the guys are handling food and nutrition for their children since they don't have to pack lunches. A listener asks about how to build consistency, how to address the stress of not having enough work to do, and Cheryl has a question about people talking so fast that she is having issues understanding them. Remember, during this time, your children are not expected to progress in school, they are expected to maintain what they have already learned so make learning fun. As usual, the answers are varied and entertaining, but with what is going in our world, being entertained is what we need. So listen to this episode of ADHD, it will put a smile on your face. Your Resources: You'll Learn: [01:42] Welcome to our monthly Q & A with Will Curb and Brendan Mahan. [03:22] Brendan shares his positive perspective on Covid-19 and ADHD. [05:48] What is it you can do to thrive during this pandemic? [07:31] Will shares that he has less time now with the pandemic. [10:04] Andrea wants to know if any of the guys have a mantra or saying that kicks them into action. [11:03] Will shares what he says to find his first steps. [12:08] Brendan gives us what makes him start in the morning. [14:26] We can do hard things, but we don't have to do them in the hardest way possible. [16:50] Kelvin wants to know if Ritalin has hair loss side effects and can a cardiologist tell if my heart is fit for Ritalin? [17:48] They will do an EKG, and the cardiologist can discuss it with you from there. [18:54] Should I make a Dr appointment for my child because I think he has ADHD? [20:36] What are your thoughts on Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? [21:55] Eric addresses this disorder and shares what they looked at during a study. [24:14] Sara asks, how do you stop and take a break when hyper-focus takes hold? [29:36] Will speaks about taking planned breaks, drinking lots of water so that it forces you to take breaks. [30:15] Brendan says there is no rule that says you have to take a break. [33:35] Eric says with all strategies experiment with what works for you. [36:34] I want to use this time to take a course but I am struggling with structure, any thoughts? [36:54] Brendan says to ask and see if anyone wants to take it with you, which will add structure. [38:09] Do you have a favorite recommended fully integrated ADHD life management app? [38:23] There is no perfect app, look for function over form. [39:29] How do you determine what is the most important thing you need to do that day instead of bouncing around from task to task? [39:39] Eric says he rolls a die sometimes, something is better than nothing. [40:34] Think about what one thing you can do that will have the domino effect to make all the other tasks more manageable. [42:04] MJ's question is, how is everyone navigating nutrition at home, with not needing to pack lunches. [42:51] Eric talks about ordering food online and how frustrating that you can't always have what you want. [43:42] Will talks about what his children asked him to give them for breakfast. [45:00] Brendan goes to the store and is making more of an effort to make healthy lunches. [54:24] How do I build consistency?  [54:48] Erics speaks about consistency is a byproduct, not a goal! [55:45] If you write things down, you won't have a blank page every day. [56:28] Have a schedule posted to remain consistent. [57:57] Please address the stress of not having enough work to do. [58:26] Check in's work, and it's okay not to work 8 hours a day. [59:03] Do what you can do if your boss is not being transparent about what they want you to do. [1:00:31] Cheryl's issue is when people speak too fast and get upset with me when I ask them to repeat it. [1:01:05] Eric addresses this and shares how difficult it can be. [1:02:32] MJ, what are your thoughts on this? [1:03:39] Do you have any advice for parents who are trying to come to terms with teaching children from home during this uncertainty? [1:04:14] Your kids are not expected to progress during this time, maintain what they have already learned. Have fun! [1:06:34] Brendan and Will do you have a goal about how you want to feel this time next month? [1:08:25] Brendan's goal is to lead and to help as many people as he can while prioritizing his family over everyone else. [1:09:18] Eric wants to be doing just a little much better than he is right now. [1:09:42] Thank you, Brendan, Will, and MJ for being on this show! [1:10:03] Always do your best and know that your best will be different every day. [1:10:54] If you're a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th.   We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions.  Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

May 12 2020

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320 | 6 Years of Podcasting Listeners Share Stories

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Have you ever done anything consistently for six years? Listen, as your host, , and all 20+ guests share stories about their connection to ADHD reWired and how the show has helped them on their ADHD journey. Join us as we celebrate six years of podcasting on this special episode of    Jessica shares what she has learned from Eric and how the show and being part of the ADHD community has helped her understand how her brain works. Adeola speaks about how he gained insight into his ADHD through the show and what he has accomplished in his life since he started listening to the podcast. Natalie talks about signing up for coaching with Eric after she heard her first episode, and Dr. Millican discusses what she is doing now. Listen, as Sharon speaks about how she found Eric and the podcast, another Jessica tells her story, and Eric shares what ADHD reWired is all about. Jessica Stilwell speaks about the scholarship she helped create for coaching groups, and Andrea talks about being diagnosed when she was nine but not understanding it until she started listening to the podcast. Jessica McCabe plays a song on her Ukulele and sings the beautiful words that mean so much to her. Gail discusses her diagnosis at age 58, and how she didn't have any information on it until she started listening to the show. MJ speaks about how she ended up in the community, and Daniel says he has no idea how he found Eric, but he is glad he did. These are just some of the stories from listeners who have been impacted by the ADHD reWired podcast, and they are all very grateful to Eric for shedding light on ADHD. You'll learn: [03:00] Hello, everyone! [03:51] Jessica McCabe shares where she heard of the show and how much she has learned from Eric. [06:19] Jessica thanks Eric for him helping her understand her brain. [08:11] How has being a part of an ADHD community helped you on your journey? [10:52] Adeola says he gained more insight into his ADHD and what he has accomplished since listening to the show. [12:35] Did many people reach out to you after you were on the show? [14:31] Natalie speaks about when she first started listening to the podcast and how she signed up for coaching right after she listened to the first episode. [17:01] She shares when she heard Eric say thank you to her on episode 300. [18:55] Adre chats about listening to the podcast for many years and how she met a bunch of people in Eric'sEric's mastermind. [21:34] The mastermind group let her know that she was good enough. [23:38] Hello Dr. Millican, how are you? [24:30] Eric shares who Dr. Millican is and what she is excited about doing now. [25:22] She is writing a book and is gathering words and artwork from people with ADHD. The website is [28:31] Sharon shares her story and how she found Eric and the podcast. [30:14] Sharon is now advising a group of coaches to notice the difference between ADHD and willpower. [39:00] Jessica says congratulations for six years and shares her story and diagnosis. [40:37] She speaks about starting at episode 1 and working her way through to the most current one. [42:46] Jessica joined a coaching group to be able to show up in her life. [44:31] Getting together, having a growth mindset, and working on stuff together is what ADHD reWired is all about. [46:04] Jessica Stilwell helped create a scholarship for the coaching group and has been listening to the podcast since the beginning and joined the accountability group. [49:22] How is your inbox? Is it still a struggle? [51:04] Andrea shares that she is very new to the group and was diagnosed with ADHD when she was nine. [53:09] She feels like in the last couple of weeks listening to the podcast she has learned more about herself than ever before. [54:52] Pat speaks about being in the most recent batch of the accountability group. [56:56] Thank you, Eric, for all the work you have done. [59:11] Jessica McCabe plays a song for us on her Ukelele that has a lot of meaning for her. [1:07:26] Gail discusses being diagnosed at age 58, but she still felt like there was no information for her, it wasn't until she met an adult ADHD coach. [1:10:31] She speaks about the fantastic support she has found in the community during this pandemic. [1:13:10] MJ shares how she ended up in the community and how she stumbled upon the podcast. [1:15:32] She loves being a part of such a like-minded group and she is a top-level Patreon. [1:16:17] Daniel says he has no idea how he found the podcast.  [1:17:30] He signed up for the coaching groups and noted that it helped so much and knowing that he wasn't alone. [1:19:56] Emily wants to express her gratitude and share her story. [1:20:39] She always considered herself chronically disorganized because she couldn't handle her email. [1:21:49] ADHD reWired is the first podcast she ever listened to and then signed up for an accountability group. [1:24:14] Mimota shares her story and what it felt like to connect with people. [1:27:00] Barbara shares what it has been like for her to get to know this community. [1:28:36] Thank you all for being here. [1:29:22] ADHD is the best community to connect to online. [1:30:00] We will do this again around year ten. [1:31:41] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at

May 05 2020

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319 | Breaking the Silence as an African American Woman with ADHD

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Have you ever asked yourself, 'what's wrong with me?' Listen, as your host and his guest Stacey Machelle discuss the challenges she faced in her career and personal life. Stacey talks about her diagnosis with ADD many years ago, and how her prayers and Ted Bundy led her to help. Stacey is a journalist by training and profession turned actor and stand up comedian. She works as a warm-up comic on , the late-night talk show on NBC, and she has about a dozen other side hustles. Stacey wanted to come on the show to talk about educating black women who are undiagnosed and untreated. Listen as Stacey shares her story and how she was diagnosed with ADD over twenty years ago and prescribed Ritalin. Still, since she saw no difference, and decided she didn't have it and forgot about it. Years later, when she was watching a Ted Bundy documentary, she heard what people said about him and thought hmmm.  Stacey discusses what happened when she disclosed her ADHD to her family and how it has gone a long way to healing the relationship she has with her mother. With her diagnosis, her mother and brother are looking at the possibility of also having , being very supportive, and learning all they can learn about ADHD. Listen as Stacy shares, wanting to get the message of ADHD out to the African American community because they will usually suffer in silence, put their head down and not tell anyone. Her message is you don't have to be silent any longer, talk about your mental health, and get help. She is using her platform as a comedian to raise awareness and put a face to ADHD. You'll learn: [03:02] Stacey, glad you are here! [03:12] Stacey shares her background and when she found that she was having challenges that others were not. [05:59] Stacey speaks about a therapist asking her if she thought she may have ADD. [08:55] Stacey shares that when she was working at the news stations she was fired and almost fired from many jobs. [10:48] What did you tell yourself when you had so many challenges in your careers? [12:58] Stacey talks about her therapist not knowing anything about ADHD. [16:43] Stacey shares a story of how she prayed for tools and the way her prayer was answered. [19:27] Stacey discusses Ted Bundy and how she googled her symptoms because she thought she might be a psychopath. [26:30] What was the response when you shared your ADHD with your family? [27:51] Stacey shares what happened when she disclosed her condition to a friend of many years. [30:47] Eric shares one of his favorite quotes from . [32:33] Stacey shares that her grandparents raised her. [33:49] Stacey discusses what happened when she told her mother. [37:23] Has your family been supportive of you and your diagnosis? [41:30] Stacey speaks about getting information to African American women and showing them the face of ADHD. [43:42] Stacey feels like nobody in the African American community will discuss mental health issues. [46:02] Stacey shares that her grandparents' generation didn't talk about their problems, but she is sure her grandfather had ADHD. [47:58] Stacey discusses going through a divorce and how her mother reacted when she set up a go fund me page. [51:30] She chats about being unmedicated for the last few days because she ran out of her medication. [53:04] Would you consider reaching out to your church to see if you could talk to the congregation about ADHD? [53:18] Stacey speaks about starting a YouTube channel and using sketch comedy to address symptoms. [54:55] What advice do you want to leave the listeners?  [57:42] When you are doing something that is purpose-driven and for others and changing people's lives, you get taken care of.  [59:10] Stacey, thank you so much for coming on and sharing your story! [1:00:26] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at

Apr 28 2020

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318 | Working From Home with Thanh Pham

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Are you finding it hard to be productive while working from home? Listen, as and his guest Thanh discuss easy ideas and tips for working more productively from home. Thanh is the founder of , where he helps people become more productive at work and in life. He's also the co-host of the top productivity podcast on which Eric enjoyed being a guest not too long ago. Listen as Thanh shares why he decided to, and his struggle to be productive in a different atmosphere. Having a home office is the number one thing he believes you need. It can be anywhere, but it needs to be a dedicated place for you to work. Thanh also tells us what three things he feels are most important to have for that office. Do you set yourself a schedule while working from home? Listen, as Thanh discusses how important having a schedule is for productivity. He says to make your schedule is based on the time of day that you are most focused, whether that be the morning or afternoon. Eric and Thanh discuss the different calendar and to-do apps they like and what they recommend. Listen as Thanh speaks about finding the triggers you used at the office to make you productive and implement them at home. Block websites that distract you and put your phone in a different room or drawer so you can stay focused on the job at hand. Thanh says to set one goal a day and follow through on that but also get yourself into a routine. With so many people working from home, these tips and tricks that Thanh is sharing will keep us all productive even when we don't have the office structure to fall back on. If you are struggling with your work from home routine, this is an episode that you need to hear. You'll learn: [02:00] Thanh, welcome to the podcast! [03:25] Thanh shares a little about his background and how hard his commute to work was. [06:00] Thanh talks about why he needed to work from home and how his boss responded to his request. [08:45] Thanh discusses the three things people need to work productively from home. [11:09] How do you guide people to get their homes set up? [12:26] Thanh says you need a lovely backdrop behind you when working from home. [14:26] Don't use a wrinkled bed sheet; it looks very unprofessional. [15:19] A desk lamp is another thing that Thanh thinks is very essential. [17:26] Thanh says that a standing desk is also a great addition to your home office. [22:02] Eric believes that having the things you want and need easily accessible is beneficial. [28:05] Thanh discusses how important it is to have a schedule when working from home. [29:59] Create your plan for when you are the most focused. [31:51] Using a calendar when you have ADHD it is almost like learning a foreign language. Experiment and find what works for you. [33:54] Do you have trouble sticking to what you put on your calendar? [35:47] Thanh believes that having a schedule allows you to coordinate some time with other people. [37:07] Thanh shares what he believes are the best calendar apps. [40:01] Eric speaks about the apps he likes and uses. [44:01] Eric shares what he teaches in his coaching groups around to-do lists. [49:04] Thanh discusses how to be productive and execute now that you have your office and schedule set up. [50:12] You need to be aware of the differences between working from home and going to the office like the dress code and the extra time you have because you don't have to drive. [51:51] He says to think about the triggers you have at the office that make you productive and recreate that at home. [53:01] Eric says to experiment with what works for you. He feels that he is more productive when he dresses casually. [55:12] Thanh believes that blocking websites that distract you is essential. [56:16] The number one distraction is your phone, so try putting it away in another room or a drawer. [58:24] Thanh speaks about setting one goal for yourself a day so you can get work done. [59:34] Eric says to make your one goal ridiculously simple if you have ADHD. [1:00:12] The last thing that Thanh suggests is to get yourself into a routine. [1:02:27] Thanh, do you have any final thoughts for the listeners? [1:04:51] Thank you so much for being on the show! [1:06:02] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Find Thanh:

Apr 21 2020

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317 | March 2020 Q & A with Brendan Mahan and Will Curb

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Do you have an issue getting out of the house early that you are not late? This is just one of the topics we cover in our monthly Q & A session with guests Brendan Mahan and Will Curb. We are taking questions from you, the listener, about situations you want to talk through. It doesn't matter if it's personal or professional; we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers.  Mary has the first question today about how to get out of the house early enough to be on time because she is always late, Karen needs some advice on how to get her fourteen-year-old daughter to speed things up, and Gail wants to know if she has ADHD or if her challenges could stem from being OCD. Listen as Eric, Brenan, and Will give their insight and advice to each of these listeners. Ella would like to know how to close loops and finish projects, Alison is always late and is looking for ways to leave the house without having to finish something and Blake asks about how he can figure out if he is getting close to burnout at his job. Listen to what the panel tells these listeners and see if there is something that you can learn from the answers they give. The monthly Q&A is for you the listeners; it's an easy way to get answers to questions you don't want to ask anyone else. Eric, Brendan, and Will usually have had experience or have heard any question you can ask, so you can be sure that they will always give you their perspective and insight.  Your Resources: You'll Learn: [01:20] Welcome to our monthly Q & A with Will Curb and Brendan Mahan. [02:07] Mary is asking what she can do to keep from being late to everything. [03:58] Will shares how he was able to get into the habit of being on time. [04:52] Eric speaks about the impulse to do just one more thing. [07:24] Do you pay attention to how long you take to get out of the house? [10:16] Eric believes you should make predictions and then track time. [11:09] Karen's question is about her daughter with ADHD, who is slow in all aspects of life and is asking for advice. [12:52] Brendan says to make things easier as much as possible, using music to set the pace. [14:29] They all believe that it's ok not to give your all in all things, sometimes it's ok to be good enough. [17:18] Redefine your best because it can change daily. [19:01] Gail asks how do I know if my challenges are ADHD or could I be OCD? [20:56] Executive functioning is any goal-oriented behavior that is sent out to the world with a feedback loop that comes back to ourselves. [23:09] Eric speaks about rewiring the brain by increasing anxiety and then alleviating it, and your mind will be happy that it has helped you out. [24:46] Brendan chats about one area that ADHD and OCD can hang out together. [27:11] How much is your OCD affecting other people? [27:50] Gail shares some specific things she wants advice about. [30:33] Eric believes that Gail should practice leaving her house the way she should so that her brain knows what that means. [33:27] Is it possible to layout your day and put the value you place on each item? [39:11] Ella has a question about closing loops and unfinished projects. [41:07] Eric shares his ideas to help Ella get things done. [43:47] Shrink the scope; you can organize a shelf by taking out just one object; you don't need to clear the whole rack. [45:44] They share the difference between a maximizer versus a satisfier. [48:03] Brendan says that you are allowed to have things in more than one place. [49:33] Alison shares that she is always late and would like to know what she should do. [53:35] Blake wants to know what he can do during his workday to find out the pace he is working at. [53:51] Will gives his insight into this question with examples. [55:18] What have you done to prevent burnout before it's too late? [58:12] Eric says to take your vacations, and figure out if there is a time of year you feel burned out. [59:16] Brendan speaks about planning a break when you want to take one, so he doesn't just go on Facebook. [1:03:02] Check out Brendan and Will's podcasts and coaching groups. [1:04:04] Thank you, everyone, for listening. [1:04:52] If you're a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at

Apr 14 2020

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BONUS COVID-19 Questions answered by Diana Hagar

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Hey there, ADHD reWired listeners, this is not a typical episode. This is a bonus episode that I am dropping in your feed. It is audio from a webinar with that we recorded on April 1, 2020. Diana is a medical doctor and a member of the ADHD reWired community, and I am just really grateful that she could spend an hour with us answering questions from a lot of you. Diana answered questions from the ADHD community on a variety of things like, how to keep yourself safe if you have asthma if you have kept yourself at home for two weeks can you be reasonably sure you don't have the virus and her thoughts on working from home. She also addressed how to keep people six feet away from you when they don't understand the meaning of social distancing and where to find your states updated information on the number of infected people and deaths from the coronavirus. They discuss throwing away the bags you bring your groceries home in, taking off your shoes when you walk in the door, and washing down your fruits and vegetables. Diana believes that you can use soap instead of disinfectants and that if you rinse with hot salty water, you can reduce your risk by forty to fifty percent.  Diana also debunks some myths around the virus and believes that it will not go away; we are all going to become immune to it. The virus doesn't seem to mutate as fast as the flu virus, so she believes that it will take about two years for a new strain to hit, and by then we should have a decent vaccination.  Diana shares that dealing with this virus while also having ADHD has enhanced all of her symptoms and made everything more intense. Have you noticed the same thing? Do you have any questions? This is the episode you need to listen to, so sit back and hit play. You'll learn: [03:14] Enjoy this special bonus episode with Dr. Diana Hager. [03:20] Diana starts out by giving us a little of her background and qualifications. [03:55] How has COVID19 impacted your work? [04:40] Diana answers Tara's question about how to keep safe when you have asthma. [07:11] Can we be reasonably confident that we don't have the virus if we have been quarantined for over two weeks? [09:22] Diana believes that if you work from home, you don't have to worry about touching your face at your desk. [10:58] How do you suggest we keep people six feet away from us when they don't seem to understand why. [13:31] Diana shares the world map that is updated with total infected and total deaths. [16:00] Check your state's health department for the most accurate totals. [18:00] Eric speaks about how he handled the sack he got his prescriptions in. [19:07] How can my partner, who is installing air conditioning units, protect himself when he goes to people's homes? [21:40] Diana doesn't think regular cloth masks are effective when working in the medical field. [24:35] Diana believes that sleep is very important, sleep when you can get your full amount of sleep will help your immune system the most. [26:01] Covering your hair and rinsing off your groceries are things that you should do when bringing your groceries home. [28:03] How can we keep ourselves from being bored to death? [30:05] Diana says that when our percent per day comes down below ten percent, the curve is flattening. [33:59] Can I use soap instead of disinfectants? [34:49] Diana shares that gargling with hot salty water can help forty to fifty percent. [36:51] How can you tell looking at a death rate of say 10% whether that is due to insufficient testing or the overwhelmed medical system? [38:18] Diana speaks that it could be another month before they do widespread testing. [41:06] What should someone do if they have an urgent medical need and they live in a hot spot? [44:16] Diana addresses a question about being exposed from walking on our dog's paws or the road. [45:37] Diana says that the virus is nothing more than a strand of genes inside of a protein capsule. [47:18] How do we handle mail and Amazon deliveries? [48:10] As a doctor with ADHD, how is ADHD showing up for you with all of this? Has it become more intense? [49:49] Diana debunks some myths around the virus. [51:12] Are we going to have to deal with this in the fall? [52:56] Are babies safe? Are children? Expectant mothers? [55:05] Is there anything else you want to share with the listeners? [55:29] Thank you so much for coming on the show and answering questions.

Apr 10 2020

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316 | Autism, ADHD, Gender and Conscientiousness

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Do you know anyone who has been diagnosed with both Autism and ADHD? Listen, as and his guest Becca discuss her diagnosis, how ADHD shows up differently in women, why she is interested in studying conscientiousness in this realm and much more on this episode of ADHD . Becca is earning her master's degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and hopes to use her knowledge in individual differences, such as ADHD in personality and training in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, to help organizations create inclusive work environments for employees.  Becca challenges the statement that people with Autism and ADHD are not high in conscientiousness. She shares her understanding of Autism and how it shows up for her, and how she has been told that she can't be on the spectrum because she is so smart. Eric discusses the difference between Autism and Aspergers and the arguments around both. Listen, as Becca speaks about how gender and conscientiousness change the manifestation of ADHD, withdrawing from people because of her daily struggles and what led her to seek a diagnosis for ADHD. She shares her sensory challenges, and the never-ending battle to be on time. Did you know that social communication is an executive social function? Eric and Becca discuss the fact that women are socially wired to mirror their environment and how she works through social interaction. Eric asks a hypothetical question about a red pill and a blue pill if one of them would cure ADHD. Would you take it? Becca shares her struggles with Autism and ADHD; some of them are embarrassing, while others are frustrating. Her goal is to help others by telling her story and let people who have the same issues know they are not alone. This is one of those conversations that will make you look at yourself and say, hmmm. You'll learn: [02:32] Becca, welcome to the podcast! [03:01] Becca shares her diagnoses of Autism and ADHD. [06:46] She challenges the statement that people with Autism are not high in conscientiousness. [09:03] Eric shares the definition of conscientiousness. [10:03] Becca questions whether people with ADHD are low in conscientiousness. [12:00] Have you been told you can't be on the spectrum because you are so smart? [13:14] Eric says that it is essential to understand that we are all different in the way we show up. [13:37] What got you interested in studying consciousness in this realm? [15:34] Becca shares her understanding of Autism and how it shows up for her. [18:02] Becca speaks about having a case manager come to talk to her and her mom and ask if she could use a spoon and fork. [19:45] Eric chats about the difference between Autism and Aspergers and the argument around both. [26:02] Becca speaks about how gender and conscientiousness change the manifestation of ADHD. [28:44] Have you felt shame or guilt because you forgot to go to the store or didn't have dinner? [30:18] Becca speaks about withdrawing from others because she struggles to manage her everyday life. [32:00] Becca shares a story about what led to her diagnosis of ADHD. [33:03] Becca chats about the struggle to be on time when she goes somewhere. [34:37] What is the hardest part for you of having ADHD? [36:34] Becca speaks about having sensory challenges and what it is like for her. [38:38] Did you know that social communication is an executive social function? [40:20] Eric speaks about some studies that show women are more socially wired to mirror their environment. [47:32] Becca shares how she works through social interaction in her brain. [49:30] Do you show empathy differently from people around you? [51:18] Becca speaks about smiling and laughing at funerals when everyone else is crying. Not because she is happy, but because she can't control it. [53:32] Eric chats about teaching micro-expressions and training. [56:02] Are you different but not less? Do you know your strengths and challenges? [58:16] Eric speaks about the hypothetical question about if you could take a pill to make your ADHD go away would you take it? [1:00:52] Is there anything you want to say to the listeners? [1:01:03] Becca, thank you so much for sharing your story! [1:01:18] If you are wondering if you have Autism or ADHD, find a specialist. [1:02:36] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at

Apr 07 2020

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315 | Finding Happy with Lindsay Weisner

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What is it about the word suicide that makes you want to whisper? Is it a feeling of shame, guilt, or isolation? Listen, as your host and his guest Dr. Lindsay Weisner discuss the stigma around the word suicide and how important it is for people to have the conversation. They also share that talking to someone about your feelings lets you know that you are not alone, and it might help you find happiness in your life, and much more on this episode of .   Lindsay is a clinical psychologist in Long Island, NY, and graduated from . She was awarded fellowships in child development at the and the . Lindsay also received her doctorate at and pursued postdoctoral training at the . Dr. Weisner is the current host of the and the Co-Author of the book Listen, as Lindsay describes being diagnosed with ADHD at forty-two, her son being diagnosed, and the impact that the prescribed medicines have had on them both. Lindsay also speaks about the book she co-authored and her mom's substance abuse and mental health issues. She shares about her mom's multiple suicide attempts, what that did to her family, and why she believes that helping individuals who are thinking about suicide is her calling. Talking about mental health issues and suicide isn't easy, but if you push the trepidation aside and open up the conversation, you might be surprised at what you can accomplish. Dr. Lindsay Weisner's passion is to help bring light to people who only see darkness. If you resonate with any of this, please listen to this episode and start the conversation. You'll learn: [02:38] Lindsay, welcome to the show! [05:10] Lindsay shares about being diagnosed with ADHD eight months ago after she was told she wasn't living up to her full potential as a child. [07:16] She speaks about her son being diagnosed with ADHD and depression.  [10:11] Lindsay shares how getting him on meds changed him completely. [11:11] She chats about being diagnosed with ADHD and what that meant for her. [14:00] They discuss her being a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. [18:44] Lindsay discusses her book and why she wrote it. [19:49] Eric warns that they will be talking about suicide. [21:16] Lindsay talks about winning the first-ever Cosmopolitan Fiction in 2014 and meeting the author she wrote the book with. [25:24] Lindsay speaks about a slew of teenagers in her small town killing themselves.  [28:04] She talks about growing up knowing her mom had some substance abuse issues and finding out her mom had attempted suicide. [30:03] Lindsay chats about being in graduate school and her mom's other suicide attempts. [36:50] Lindsay shares what made her want to work with the suicidal population. [38:48] She discusses the , which allows someone to be put on a 72 hours hold against their will. [43:15] Lindsay chats about setting up an event to raise awareness of suicide. [45:33] Lindsay speaks about all the celebrities she got to back the event. [47:54] How are you coping with this and taking care of yourself? [50:26] Lindsay gives her insight into why people are afraid to bring up suicide. [54:25] Lindsay shares her favorite one of the ten steps, which is 'find your passion, find your purpose.' [57:41] Thank you so much for sharing with us on the podcast today. [59:17] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Find Lindsay:  @psychshrinkmom |

Mar 31 2020

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314 | Toiletpaperpocalypse With Jessica McCabe

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Does humor help you get through insane moments in your life? Eric and Jessica wanted to do this special episode to give you the listeners some ideas on what you can do to stay sane during this uncertain time in the world, and humor is at the top of the list along with exercise and staying in touch with the ADHD community. They share the alternatives they found for exercise when the gym is too risky, why going to the store can bring on anxiety, and what they plan to do if they run out of toilet paper. Jessica speaks about what the media is reporting and how, at times like this, reporters need to be very careful about what they share. Eric and Jessica chat about the paper product shortage, the hope that mindsets will change once this is over, and the good that can come from all of this uncertainty. They discuss why social distancing is so essential and how this would be a good time for a futuristic technology like doors that don't have a doorknob. Since laughter is always the best medicine, they share jokes, Facebook posts, comments, and other nonsensical things to lighten the mood because you can only take so much of this new reality. Eric and Jessica also chat about being kind to your significant other if you are both stuck working from home. Try not to fight. Have you heard that meditation exercises are a great way to cope with stress and anxiety? Listen as Eric and Jessica give some tips and ideas on ways to use this technique. They also share how grateful they are for their ADHD communities and the hope that this episode will ease some issues that can come from the craziness in this beautiful world we live in. You'll learn: [02:38] We wanted to do this episode to share ideas on how to stay sane during this crazy time. [03:16] Jessica is here to discuss the importance of humor in this unique situation. [05:22] They speak about how things are weird now, especially for those with ADHD. [07:12] Have you found an alternative to exercise? What is it? [09:50] Eric shares how exercise helps him cope with life, but it isn't worth the risk of going to the gym. [12:01] Eric chats about what he found to replace going to the gym. [14:34] Jessica speaks about how overwhelming things are right now and how it is affecting her mental health. [16:40] Does going to Costco or Sam's right now cause you to have a panic attack? [18:51] When watching the news, think about what information you need in your life. [21:01] They discuss the shortage of toilet paper and paper towels and alternatives if they run out. [22:43] Jessica believes that some good stuff will come from all of this uncertainty. [23:42] Eric hopes the mindset changes around the culture of selfishness. [25:04] Jessica says that is very important for the media to be careful with what they share. [27:37] Eric shares why social distancing is so essential to keep the virus at manageable levels. [29:25] They discuss some funny things they have read on Facebook. [32:30] Are you working from home with your significant other? Are you fighting? [34:15] Eric speaks about posting on his Facebook page asking everyone how they were doing. [36:21] Jessica chats about posting on Twitter and the responses she is getting. [38:35] Eric and Jessica share jokes that were published in their groups. [42:01] Eric shares the audio of a government official forgetting to take their mic off when they went to the bathroom. [45:01] Do you think there will be futuristic technology put in place because of the coronavirus? [47:16] Jessica shares that Forbes agrees with her that laughing is the best medicine to deal with COVID-19. [49:00] Without a routine, do you feel like you don't know what you are doing or get anything done? [51:07] If you are new to ADHD and don't have any coping strategies and are quicker to frustration, try meditation practices. [53:49] Eric describes how you can use food as a form of meditation. [56:10] What do you have to have to keep you sane for the next few weeks? Food? Exercise? [59:00] Eric shares how his seasonal affective disorder makes him feel. [1:01:23] They feel like this situation is stripping everyone back to the basics. [1:03:58] Do gratitude practices make you feel worse?  [1:05:21] You can't chase happiness because a lot of things we do to pursue happiness make us unhappy. [1:07:26] Eric speaks about being grateful for the community that they have. [1:09:36] Jessica, what are you doing this weekend for self-care? [1:13:10] Drink water, hold on to an ice cube, or dunking your head in water are ways to ground you during an anxiety attack. [1:15:21] Eric discusses family planning during this time of self-quarantine. [1:16:45] While we may be dealing with some severe stuff, let's try not to take ourselves so seriously. [1:18:42] Stay connected to the community if you need to talk. [1:19:54] If you can support Jessica on Patreon at , it would be much appreciated. [1:25:30] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon.  ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th. We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT.  You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions. Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. 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Mar 24 2020

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313 | ADHD Inks in Creative Work & Relationships

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Has your ADHD meds made a difference in your life? Listen as and his guest, , discuss this and much more in this episode of . Jordan is a semi self-employed professional tattoo artist and single parent. He was diagnosed with ADHD about two years ago and is just now learning how profoundly his ADHD has affected his life and relationships and is possibly the reason he started doing tattoos as opposed to a more conventional career. Jordan shares the reason he started doing tattoos, why he enjoys giving and getting them, and the connection for him between pain and expression. He gives his opinion on what people don't understand about tattoos and the challenges he faces with being a single dad and his work schedule. Jordan chats about raising a child who has ADHD, how he reels himself in when his son is disrespectful, and how his meds have helped him in both work and his life at home with his son. Have you ever wanted to get a tattoo? Jordan talks about some tattoos he wishes he didn't have and why he got them. Take notes as he explains some ways to remove them and why colors sometimes don't look the same when you use them to cover up specific colors of tattoos. Listen as Jordan discusses how ADHD affected his past relationships, what he has learned about himself and relationships, and what he will look for in his next relationship. Jordan also describes his seasonal depression and the final thoughts he wants to share with the listeners. You won't want to miss Eric's conversation with this fascinating man with a highly misunderstood career. You'll learn: [02:31] Jordan, welcome to the show! [03:41] Jordan shares why he started in the tattoo field. [05:20] Why do you think tattoos are your passion? [07:32] Jordan explains the connection for him between pain and expression. [08:56] What do you think people don't understand about tattoos? [10:45] Jordan speaks about the tattoo on his face, why he got it there. [13:36] Jordan discusses being a single father and the challenges with his schedule. [15:08] Jordan shares what it's like being ADHD and raising an ADHD child. [16:24] What do you think helps you reel yourself back in when he's disrespectful? [23:32] Jordan explains why he said that his job is the most terrible, perfect job. [26:44] Jordan shares how being diagnosed with ADHD and taking the meds have affected his work. [28:50] Have you ever made a mistake when doing a tattoo? Can you tell us about it? [32:45] Jordan chats about constantly diagnosing his clients mentally with ADHD. [33:41] Do you have any tattoos you regret getting? Can you tell us why? [38:59] Jordan discusses how in hindsight he can see how ADHD affected his past relationships. [41:56] They talk about his son's mother and the relationship he had with her before being diagnosed with ADHD. [43:17] Jordan shares what pushed him to seek a diagnosis. [44:02] Jordan speaks about his last relationship and how it was affected by his ADHD. [45:42] What have you learned about yourself as a result of going through relationships now that you have ADHD? [47:55] Jordan chats about not wanting to disappoint people and feeling like he was never enough. [49:36] Jordan shares what he will watch for and look for in his next relationship and the whiteboard on which he writes everything he needs to remember. [51:52] Do you have any final thoughts for your listeners? [52:54] Jordan, thank you so much for sharing your story! [53:47] If you're a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at Find Jordan: |

Mar 17 2020

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312: February 2020 Q & A with Brendan Mahan and Will Curb

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Forgiveness and acceptance are critical when learning to manage your ADHD while remembering it is a rollercoaster, and the goal is to make the ups and downs a little less extreme. This is just one of the topics we cover in our monthly Q & A session with guests Brendan Mahan and Will Curb. We are taking questions from you the listener about situations that you want to talk through. It doesn't matter if it's personal or professional, we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers.  Our first question today is how to revive yourself after a hard task when your tank is empty, and Lauren asks for tips when prioritizing projects. Debra has two topics she wants to discuss: one is about comorbidities like attentive type anxiety and depression, and the second is advice on coping strategies for a nineteen-year-old. Another listener is requesting tips for scheduling life stuff rather than work stuff, Emma wants some ways to manage her hyperfocus at work, and Princess wants to know what the first thing she should tackle when trying to control her ADHD. A listener asks if it's okay to take her medication only during the week and take the weekends off, and Eric shares that it is recommended to maintain your dosage each day seven days a week. Listen in as we cover a wide range of topics, and we provide some creative takeaways no matter what stage you're in with your diagnosis. Listen in as we discuss not only your questions but also the struggle we still have dealing with our ADHD. Please note that when we discuss medications, we can only address personal experience. Anytime you have been prescribed a drug, you should reach out to your provider regarding your and your experiences. Not all medications are useful for all people. There are a variety of options, and you'll need individual help to determine which medicines are right for you. Your Resources: You'll Learn: [02:21] Welcome our monthly Q & A with Will Curb and Brendan Mahan. [03:23] Erica asks the first question about how to revive after a hard task when your tank is empty. [06:01] Erica and Eric speak about coping mechanisms. [08:20] Brendan shares his thoughts on Erica's question. [09:47] Will suggests scheduling a five to ten-minute walk to give the brain a break. [12:01] Lauren wants to know their best tips for prioritizing. [14:18] Eric shares a book that he requires his members to read called "."  [16:00] They speak about prioritizing self-care and planning goals in advance. [19:26] "You can do anything, but you can't do everything." [25:45] Debra has a question about comorbidities like attentive type anxiety and depression. [27:10] Eric shares his thoughts on how common anxiety and depression are with late-diagnosed ADHD. [28:43] What are some coping strategies for a nineteen-year-old in college? [30:11] Eric shares his college experience at nineteen and how hard it was for him to go to morning classes. [32:31] is a book that Eric recommends to any college student. [34:02] A listener wants some tips for scheduling life stuff rather than work stuff. [36:18] Brendan shares his ideas on this subject and how he handled it. [39:51] Will gives his insight on working so much you don't have time for life stuff. [43:30] Emma has a question about managing her hyperfocus at work. [46:09] Eric speaks about going into hyperfocus in a planned way. [49:12] Brendan, do you have anything you want to add? [51:22] Will shares his thoughts on hyperfocus and what she could try. [52:37] Princess wants to know the first thing they suggest to tackle when trying to manage her ADHD. [55:01] They all speak about knowing when ADHD wins and don't beat yourself up; forgiveness and acceptance are so important. [57:19] Do you recommend continuing your medication on weekends? [58:35] Eric chats about what can happen when you don't take your medicine as prescribed. [1:00:52] Will shares his experience with taking his meds. [1:03:14] As always, talk to your doctor and make sure they know ADHD. [1:04:10] Thank you, Brendan, and Will for being on the show. [1:05:24] If you're a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at

Mar 10 2020

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311 | Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Grit, Is It ADHD?

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Do suspect you have , but you don't know for sure because you have to wait months for your diagnosis? That is precisely what Eric's guest Angela is waiting on. Listen as Eric and Angela discuss the challenges she is facing trying to cope with this while balancing school, work, and family life while also dealing with and Angela shares how watching the way her son acted gave her flashbacks to herself at that age and was the catalyst that made her look into ADHD as a cause. She also speaks about having migraines most of her life and how her parents' mistrust of doctors made it challenging to find a medicine that would help. Angela describes what she goes through when she wakes up with a migraine and what steps she has to take to make sure she can function with her busy schedule. When you went to college, did you know what you wanted to do, or did you change majors multiple times? Listen as Angela shares her journey through college to finally determining that psychology is where her heart is. She also discusses her diagnosis, her pregnancies, going back to school to get her graduate degree, and why she won't stop until she achieves it. Angela speaks about how important it is to her to learn all she can about ADHD, so if the diagnosis is definite, she will know what to do and how to help her son. Angela is a very strong, determined woman and even though she has faced adversity her whole academic career she has never let go of the to finish what she started. Her strength and determination are to be celebrated, and maybe listening to her will push you forward to finishing something you didn't think you could do.  You'll Learn: [02:44] Angela, welcome to the show! [03:40] Angela shares that she has been waiting since October for the evaluation to diagnose ADHD. [04:27] What triggered the thought that you might have ADHD? [07:02] Angels speak about her family not really believing in doctors and dealing with migraines without proper treatment. [09:04] Angela chats about her sensor sensitivity and how it can sometimes be overwhelming. [11:20] Angela describes how it feels when she wakes up with a migraine. [13:09] How do you get up every day knowing that one of these episodes can knock your whole day off-kilter? [15:58] Angela shares why she has her drive and grit to succeed and doesn't let anything stop her. [18:00] Angela chats about being able to sing opera and what caused her to lose the joy of singing. [20:30] She speaks about how hard the decision was to quit singing. [22:50] Angela says that singing didn't fulfill her, and she felt like she was preparing to make other people happy when she didn't care about it at all. [26:43] Angela describes all the different majors she chose at the University of Oregon. [29:15] Angela shares what made her get into psychology. [32:44] How long has it taken you to get through the undergrad years in college? [35:00] Angela speaks about her grades and having incompletes which kept her from graduating in 2010. [36:54] She started taking pre-reqs for nursing in 2014 while pregnant. [37:41] How was your pregnancy with all of your sensory sensitivities? [40:34] Angela shares that two years after her son was born she went back to the for psychology and has almost finished her degree. [43:01] Being a stay at home mom left her feeling unfulfilled because she had things she wanted to do. [44:43] Angela shares when she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. [46:31] Angela describes what having Fibromyalgia feels like. [53:00] What was the tipping point that made you want to seek out an ADHD diagnosis? [55:14] Angela says that her life has a bunch of pieces like a messy puzzle. [57:55] Angela shares her job as a project coordinator for a neuroscience experience, and how much time it takes. [59:13] Angela started reading about ADHD and it resonated with her. [1:00:19] How has the experience been for you as you learn more about ADHD? [1:03:03] Angela speaks about the struggle she faces going back to school for her graduate degree. [1:04:52] Angela shares that she let her professor know the issues she was having and her waiting on the ADHD diagnosis and his lack of response. [1:07:10] They discuss how nervous she was to come on the podcast and talk about her possible ADHD diagnosis. [1:10:10] Eric acknowledges Angela's grit and tenacity to keep going to school even though it has taken many years. [1:12:36] Are you someone who appreciates harmony and beauty? Someone who resolves issues? [1:13:09] Angela, thank you for sharing so much with us! [1:15:20] Eric believes that everyone should make their mess their message. [1:16:46] Angela, do you have anything else you want to share with the listeners? [1:19:27 ] If you're a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at

Mar 03 2020

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By PhoebeKate87 - Apr 27 2020
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This podcast along with it’s sister podcast Hacking ADHD (15 minute episodes) has had a huge impact on my life. As someone that is well read in ADHD and strategies, I have tried other ADD podcasts that could NOT hold my attention. This podcast helps me feel connected to the wider ADHD community as well as helping me stay in touch with strategies that make an enormous difference in my life. Can’t recommend this podcast enough.

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By Juneinflames - Dec 31 2019
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Even when a topic doesn’t relate to me, I still learn something useful or inspiring