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April 23, 2013 


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In This Issue . . . 


Are those with ADHD susceptible to being seduced off task? What's the payoff for procrastinating? Is there a likelihood of high-risk behavior? In our Guest Writer section of this issue, Dr. David Nowell discusses how to "connect the dots" and stay on track in his article, "No Such Thing as Procrastination?"

Where can we look to find an ADHD clinical research project? And why should we volunteer for ADHD clinical research studies? In our "Facebook Corner" in this edition, we share a Facebook post by Veronique St. Martin about our video interview with Dr. Andrew Cutler, titled "Why Volunteer for ADHD Clinical Research Studies." 


Also featured in this issue of Attention Talk News:
  • Our interview with Dr. Ann Abramowitz and Dr. Theresa Maitland, titled "ADHD: Drowning in Media Sensationalism," as they discuss the kind of impact media reports can have on ADHD.
  • Our interview with Dr. Clifford Sussman at the Commonwealth Academy sponsored by the Northern Virginia chapter of CHADD on Attention Talk Radio, entitled "ADHD: Answers to Teen Questions Most Don't Ask." 
  • Our interview on Attention Talk Video, titled "Impact of ADHD on Sports Psychology from a Sports Psychiatrist," Dr. Andrew Cutler of Florida Clinical Research Center. 
  • And more.  
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ADHD: Drowning in Media Sensationalism 

The New York Times printed a tragic story of Richard Fee as told by reporter Alan Schwarz. The story is disturbing. In short, Richard Fee passed away because of inappropriate use of stimulant medication. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, Dr. Ann Abramowitz and Dr. Theresa Maitland share the tragic stories of many who suffer because of inappropriate use of media sensationalism. The story is disturbing. What is even more disturbing is that the media would capitalize on the pain of the Fee family, using sensationalism that causes further stigma on sufferers of ADHD who take medications properly. Very simply, the media could use counterbalance in their reporting by featuring positive outcomes. Join host and attention coach Jeff Copper to hear our guests tell the rest of the story!


The Northern Virginia Chapter of CHADD invited us to do a live interview on location at Commonwealth Academy, a school for students who have organizational, attention, or learning differences in Alexandria, Virginia. The focus is on answering questions most teens don't ask. On hand will be Dr. Clifford Sussman, board certified physician in psychiatry and neurology. We answer questions submitted by teens on a range of topics most are too afraid to ask. It's insightful and provides information that is difficult to obtain elsewhere. If you're a teen, have a teen, or know a teen who is impacted by ADHD, don't miss this show.


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ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - The Sequel 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:00 pm

On January 16, 2013, in our interview with Dr. Roberto Olivardia on ADHD and obsessive compulsive disorder, we defined "obsessive" in the context of OCD, as well as "compulsive." We looked at the nature of both words and how they differ; we also looked at the nature of OCD. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we go more in-depth about both ADHD and OCD and the fact that many are diagnosed with OCD first and don't realize they have ADHD. We also talk about treatments for them both and individually. Tune in as your co-hosts, Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken, spend more time on this topic with Dr. Olivardia. It promises to be an insightful show.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 8:00 pm
What does it mean to treat a disorder? Does it matter if it is something physical or psychological? What does it mean to take medication? If you take medication, who gets credit for your success? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview returning guest Dr. Ari Tuckman on all this and more as we discuss the psychology of medication and treatment. Join your host, ADHD coach Jeff Copper, for what promises to be an insightful show for anyone diagnosed with or impacted by ADHD.


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Impact of ADHD on Sports Psychology from a Sports Psychiatrist

Meet Andrew J. Cutler, M.D., sports psychiatrist for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In this episode of Attention Talk Video, host Jeff Copper talks with Dr. Cutler about his work with professional athletes, asking him to describe his experience with professional athletes who have ADHD and to share how sports psychiatry can help those with ADHD. If you are an athlete and have ADHD, this is a show you don't want to miss.  


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No Such Thing as Procrastination? 
by Dr. David Nowell 


One remarkable difference between ADHD and non-ADHD brains appears to be lower density of dopamine receptors in the first group. And because dopamine is thought to be the brain's chemical messenger of reward and motivation, it makes sense that many adults and children with ADHD are observed to (a) engage in high-risk or sensation-seeking behavior, and (b) demonstrate a greater-than-typical struggle with boring tasks.


At my ADHD workshops for clinicians and teachers, I suggest that there's no such thing as procrastination. There's just choosing. And choosing again. That moment by moment choosing is the "stuff" of longer-term goal attainment. If you know anyone with an academic degree, a savings account, a healthy body, or a relationship that's lasted longer than three weeks, give them (or yourself) a pat on the back! That goal required day-by-day, decision-by-decision commitment to a mental picture in which you believed, and towards which you strived, even when it wasn't fun or easy.


Our brains are wired for just this type of visualization and sequencing and "stick-to-it-iveness." But it's not easy, and we're surrounded by seductive distractions. And people with ADD/ADHD are at particular risk of being seduced off-task. If you really want to support a student or family member, do this: When you see me struggle with dull or difficult tasks, help me "connect the dots." Remind me of why I'm doing this and what the payoff will be for me. Describe for me in vivid sensory detail (the smells, the visuals, the feelings) what it will be like for me once I've attained that goal. We can actually increase our own dopamine - that chemical messenger of reward and motivation and forward momentum - by "connecting the dots" and anticipating a rewarding experience!


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Facebook Corner    

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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 "Why Volunteer for ADHD Clinical Research Studies"  
(Dr. Andrew Cutler Interview on Attention Talk Video)

Indeed, it can be very interesting to volunteer for ADHD clinical research because we can contribute to medical and behavioral research in this particular field, which we really need!  


In general, I'm wary of clinical studies, but in this case, I have less fear and I'd be more prone to volunteer, perhaps because it just impacts the neurotransmitters and the chemical brain and includes behavioral research. In Quebec, there are such studies, particularly in the universities.


Attention Teaser 

Pattern Recognition

Here's a puzzle to test your ability to find a pattern and integrate information. In this table, each row across follows the same pattern of numbers. See if you can identify the pattern and fill in the missing number in the bottom row.  For added challenge, time how long it takes you to find the solution. Then pass it along to someone else and see if they can solve it faster.  Whoever is slower has to provide dinner!

Executive functions, like planning and spatial processing, are handled by your frontal lobes.

Have you solved it yet?  If not, here's a hint. 

If you read your figures like words in the West, then multiple your efforts and subtract the rest. Keep reading for the answer and the solution.


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answerTeaser Answer:


(7 x 4) -  8 = 20
(3 x 9) -  7 = 20
(6 x 5) -10 = 20
(3 x 8) -  4 = 20

The answer is 3.


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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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