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March 7, 2013 


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How do you overcome a fear?  Is it only momentary-- or more than that?  What would it mean for you to take a few seconds and take back your power? Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD offers her thoughts on facing our fears and tackling them head on. You will find her article entitled, "Practice 20 Seconds of Bravery," in our Guest Writer section of this edition. As Elaine points out, what you avoid tends to run your life.   


What is a mental health professional? Do you need to help with your ADHD? Do you know what mental health professionals do and the various ways they can help? In our "Facebook Corner" in this edition, we share a post by Veronique St. Martin on our Facebook page about our video interview with Dr. Russ Ramsay, titled "Navigating ADHD Professionals: Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors, Coaches, and Others."  


Also in this issue, check out our interview with Sunny Aldrich around her concept of emotional procrastination. Listen to our show, entitled "Procrastination: Attending to Emotion to Manage It," and find out what it would be like to stop procrastinating and keep moving forward. Also featured is our interview with Dr. David Nowell, "ADHD: How to Determine What Is Important," in which Dr. Nowell gives us two questions to help determine what's important to focus on and get our priorities straight. 


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Recent Shows to Listen to in Our Archives  

Procrastination: Attending to Emotion to Manage It  

What does a moose experience have to do with procrastination? How did Attention Talk Radio finally overcome procrastination and do a show on the subject?  What's your reason for procrastinating?  Get the scoop and learn from ADHD coach Sunny Aldrich as she talks about the impact of emotion on ADHD in our archives dated August 15, 2012, titled "Procrastination: Attending to Emotion to Manage it."


Do you have a system to determine what's important? Do you just wing it? Or do you simply react passively to whatever comes? Listen to our interview with Dr. David Nowell to get these answers and learn some tips to help find out what really matters to you. The show is in our archives, entitled "ADHD: How to Determine What Is Important," and dated July 16, 2012.   



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The ADHD Circus: Juggling It All 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:00 pm

Do you remember Steve Martin's bit in the 1970s about cat juggling? It might have been funny, but in reality it would be ugly and cruel to the cats. For many with ADHD, juggling work, sleep, eating right, exercise, stress management, friends and family, organization, time management, and the notion of simplification is ugly and anything but simple. If you identify with this, we want to help. Join us with two of our favorite guests, Dr. Ari Tuckman and Dr. Roberto Olivardia, as we talk about life balance and simplification. If you have ADHD, struggle to manage it all, know how good an interview with Dr. Tuckman and Dr. Olivardia can be, you don't want to miss this show. It promises to be very insightful and entertaining. here


ADHD Motivation: Three Approaches to Change Behavior  

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 8:00 pm 

In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts, Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken, interview Dr. Jeffrey Katz on three common approaches used to address behavior from a clinical perspective. It includes conventional behavior management, positive behavioral intervention and support, and collaborative problem solving. They also talk about coaching approaches to behavior management and brain stimulation from a coaching perspective by focusing on what stimulates the brain as a means to unlock the keys to motivational success. If you are looking for information on motivation, behavioral change, and different ways to address these issues, don't miss this insightful program. Attention Talk Radio is the leading site for self-help Internet radio shows focusing on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD), including managing symptoms of attention deficit disorder, adults with ADD, or adults who have children with ADHD.


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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ADD: Undiagnosed ADHD Before and After    


What is the power of getting an ADHD diagnosis? What does HALT mean to you? Find out in this episode of Attention Talk Video.  We caught up with My-Kel Hall at the 2012 CHADD conference and interviewed him around his personal story, starting with juvenile justice, moving to the criminal system and then to prison. Watch as My-Kel tells his story and see what getting an ADHD diagnosis can do!    


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Véronique St. Martin is an Attention Talk Radio listener in Canada who has been blogging her thoughts on our Facebook page about our video and radio shows. We want to share some of her comments. (The content has been edited, as much of it is written on the fly.)   



On "Navigating ADHD Professionals: Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors, Coaches, and Others" (Dr. Russ Ramsay Interview on Attention Talk Video)


It's true that it's not easy to find a professional that will pose an ADHD diagnosis. The principal reason is, according to me, the lack of information of health care professionals about ADHD. Many of them believe that, if we are not mounted on springs, we can't have an attention deficit disorder. Others think that if we never received the diagnosis in our childhood, we can't have it. Others, again, believe that, if we were good at school, we can't have ADHD. There are many myths yet linked with ADHD, and the health care specialists don't escape to it. In the other side, we ADDers lack information relating to meds and treatments and their effect on our body and on our health. So, I think it's really a good idea to talk about all of it in your show.


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Practice 20 Seconds of Bravery

by Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD  


I saw in a movie that you only need 20 seconds of true bravery to overcome obstacles in your life. When you take 20 seconds to risk embarrassment, or potential danger, you can change everything. That should be easy, shouldn't it?


Okay, maybe not easy, but it makes sense, because what you avoid tends to run your life.


When we avoid something, we give it power and control over us. We tend to spend a lot of time thinking about it and planning to keep it from happening. We worry, fret, obsess. That's where ADHD and anxiety intersect (though this is a pretty common challenge for everyone).


But most of the time, our fear far outstrips the reality of a situation. Things are (almost) never as bad as we imagine they will be. But we tend to act on what we fear, rather than on what is real.


For example, we know how important it is to set limits for our kids and let them know how we feel about important issues and potential dangers for them. Still, we avoid talking to them about drugs and alcohol, or setting limits, or making requests, because we don't want to be uncomfortable or disappointed.


But the worst of the discomfort is usually only momentary -- sorta like getting a shot. When we push through, when we bravely stand up to ourselves and whatever it is we are trying to avoid, the short-term discomfort tends to pale in comparison to the long-term gains.


So this week, we suggest you start getting into the habit of practicing mini-episodes of bravery. Start a difficult conversation, make an unpopular request, set a clear limit, and stand firm in your resolve.


Think about one thing you've been avoiding (I'm assuming, here, it's something you think is important and would be helpful). Take a deep breath. And tackle it square on. You can do it -- because the bravery part only takes about 20 seconds!


and is reproduced with permission of ImpactADHD™.


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