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November 20, 2012


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Jeff and I have just returned from the 25th annual CHADD conference.  WOW!  If you missed it, I would highly encourage you to listen to some of the lectures. I learned a lot, bought some new ADHD-friendly products (shopping!), and talked with a lot of brilliant and creative people.  


As you can see below, on Wednesday, November 28, Attention Talk Radio will host Gina Pera, author of the book Is It You, Me or Adult ADD?  The content of the show depends in part on YOU!  We are asking you, our listeners, viewers, and readers to send in audio recordings (up to one minute in length) of how ADHD manifests in your lives. Do you daydream in church? Leave the house without your shoes on? We are looking for both serious and humorous tales of ADHD manifestations.  Send your recordings to us at



Recent Shows to Listen to in Our Archives


Coaching and Training Helps Parents with ADHD Kids  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 8:00 PM  

Let's face it! The missing link for those with ADHD is having trained parents to help manage the ADHD. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interviewed Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster, founders of Impact ADHD. Basically, Elaine and Diane are two life coaches who focus on the parent in the household. Join us as we discuss their comprehensive training/coaching approach targeted towards empowering parents to help them manage their ADHD kids as a part of a multimodal support program. 


Defiant ADHD Teens: Tips from the Trenches  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 8:00 PM   

Got teenagers with ADHD? Are they defiant? If so, we've got a  show for you. Join us for this episode of Attention Talk Radio as co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interview Dr. Arthur Robin around helping your defiant teens. In the interview, the trio talk about defiance, factors that fuel millions of coercive interactions, and characteristics of both you and your teen that act like gasoline thrown on a fire.  Finally, Dr. Robin shares tips to help parents in the trenches.  


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The Impact of Humor on ADHD 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 8:00 PM   

 "If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane" ~ Jimmy Buffet.  That's right; we're all a little crazy in our own way, especially those with ADHD.  All too often, ADD-ers get caught up in the seriousness of life.  Most could use a little humor to lighten things up, and the ability to laugh at themselves to take off some of the pressure.  In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, we interview comedian and ADD-er Rick Green on humor and its impact on ADHD. If you have ADHD and need to lighten things up, this is the show for you.


ADHD: The Difference between Diagnosis and How It Manifests 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 8:00 PM  

Do you "get" attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Yeah, yeah,'s impulsivity, hyperactivity, and distractibility. You procrastinate, you're late, and you can't find anything. But do you really understand how ADHD manifests? Specifically, how does your individual ADHD manifest in relationships? In church? With friends or in athletics? In bed, for both sleep and romance? ADHD coach Jeff Copper and psychologist Kirsten Milliken find many persons with ADHD are oblivious to how and when their ADHD manifests.  In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff and Kirsten interview Gina Pera, author, speaker, and prize-winning journalist, to get her thoughts on the topic and share some fun stories around how ADHD can manifest. 


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Attention Talk Radio listeners, 

here is your chance to be a part of the show!

Email us audio clips that are less than one minute long, telling us how your ADHD "shows up." Specifically, we are looking for the impact of ADHD that is beyond what is listed in the DSM-IV (or 5). Some of these might include how ADHD impacts your relationships, emotions, perceptions, thinking, humor, driving, doing dishes.... We are looking to enlighten those who are unaware, help other ADDers know they are not alone, and create awareness of the broad and varied impact ADHD can have on people. You can send your audio clips to us at


Want to learn more about ADHD meds?  

Check out this edition of Attention Talk Video. Here, Jeff Interviewed Dr. Charles Parker, expanding on his previous interview titled, "ADHD Medication Rules: Paying Attention to the Meds for Paying Attention with Dr. Charles Parker," specifically around three key concepts: the burn rate (measuring metabolism), duration of effectiveness (DOE), and the therapeutic window that can help you and your mental health professional dial into the correct ADHD medication. The bottom line is this: Stimulants have to pass through the body to get to the brain. If they are obstructed in any way, they simply don't work as intended. In the interview Dr. Parker explains how each medication has a time period in which it is burned off. If your body burns the meds too fast, they never get to the right place at the right time in the right dose. If your body burns them too slowly, meds can build up and have a negative effect. Using this conceptual understanding, Dr. Parker explains how to use the therapeutic window to measure the effectiveness of the medication strategy. Click the image below to watch "Paying Attention to ADHD Meds: Burn Rate, Duration of Effectiveness & the Therapeutic Window."  


Guest Contributor


 By Dr. David Nowell  


Our brain is an amazing question-answering machine. Pose it a question--any question--and your brain is immediately set into action to come up with answers. Even creating answers out of excuses or blame or superstition...our brain just wants to "close the loop" and answer the question.


So be careful about the questions you present to your brain. When you start your morning routine and review the upcoming day's commitments and relationships and obligations, what question do you give your brain to answer?


"Oh man, how can I just get through this day?"  Your brain is set into motion to determine how you can, just barely, show up.


"What horrible thing will probably happen today?" Your amazing question-answering machine begins to answer that... a mugging, perhaps?  Or a tornado?  Or a malfunctioning fax machine?


On the other hand, ask questions like. "What will I notice today that I've never noticed before? At what point in the day will I learn the most amazing thing? Who will support me the most today, and how exactly will he/she do that? Who can I serve and support?" Once again, your brain will obligingly begin to answer, exactly, what you will learn, how you'll be supported, and how you will serve.  Try it!


Focus your brain's attentional resources on what you most desire--on what you'd really love to experience today. Spend 5-10 minutes in the morning--every morning--with your calendar in hand.  Review the events of the day, noticing which commitments and activities are pulling you forward into the day, making you feel excited and alive. And notice which activities you'll need help with--can you delegate something? Or break it down into really small manageable bits? And what about those unscheduled chunks of time over the course of this upcoming would you like to invest those?


Say you found a bag of money. Just an unearned bonus bag of cash. What would you most like to do with that found money? 


You and I have something even better every morning. A bag of time. Have fun with this. The best relationship with our calendar is not one of guilt or anxiety but, "Oh boy, what's the very best thing I want to cause to happen today?  How do I want to spend my bag of  time?"


Attention Teaser 

Justin Case and Auntie Bellum are fellow con artists who deliver coded messages to each other to communicate. Recently Auntie Bellum was put in jail for stealing a rare and expensive diamond. Only a few days after this, Justin Case sent her a friendly letter asking her how she was. On the inside of the envelope of the letter, he hid a code.

Yesterday, Auntie jail Bellum escaped and left the envelope and the letter inside the jail cell. The police did some research and found the code on the inside of the envelope, but they haven't been able to crack it. Could you help the police find out what the message is?

This is the code:

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Answer at bottom of page 



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Upcoming Shows

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 8:00 PM 
Guest: Gina Pera

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 8:00 PM 
Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein
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Teaser Answer:  
The message was "loose bricks in left wall." The message was put backward with words related to time in between.

This is how the message looks when separated:
ll watch awtfe clock lnisk sundial cirbe timer sool

If you take out watch, clock, sundial, and timer, this is what is left:

Look at this backwards and this is what you have:
loose bricks in left wall

Auntie Bellum took out the bricks and escaped in the night. Then, she put the bricks back where they were.


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Editor's Note

Kirsten Milliken, Editor


My intention is to share images, information, videos, and content to capture your interest and perhaps inspire you to pay attention to something differently. Enjoy!

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