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ADHD students and their parents may understand the obvious legal and medical consequences associated with the use of ADHD medications, but they should also be aware of the invisible consequences. These include undermining the medical nature of ADHD and even causing damage to the ADHD community overall. In our featured article, "ADHD Medication Diversion and Its Impact on Stigma:  The Invisible Consequence," attorney Robert Tudisco ( explains medication diversion where students sometimes share their meds with others. He emphasizes that students must carefully safeguard their medications. They have a responsibility to use them properly and to understand that their actions could destroy the hard-won credibility of the ADHD community because of public stigma associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Wow! What a lineup of experts we had in recent interviews on Attention Talk Radio -- Dr. Charles Parker, Greg Riccardi, Wilma Fellman, and Dr. Thomas E. Brown. Here's some food for thought from those episodes:

Greg Riccardi and his body double, Tom, exchange verbal vitamins... like identifying what the other accomplished the last time they got together. Is that the kind of thing that would help your productivity?  Learn more in our interview titled, "ADHD: Power of a Body Double Shared by Greg Riccardi."

Wilma Fellman learned at age seven the power of writing out loud in a journal to better organize her thoughts and express herself. Do you ever write or talk out loud to organize your thoughts? Get more insight shared in our interview with her, titled "ADHD and Self-Expression: Collecting Your Thoughts to Communicate."

When it comes to treatment for ADHD, Dr. Charles Parker preaches comprehensive, comprehensive, comprehensive. Did I say comprehensive? If this is true, why are people so polarized to vague descriptions of one-source solutions? Get Dr. Parker's insight from our interview with him, titled "Supplements for ADHD Can Be as Tricky as Stimulants."

Dr. Thomas E. Brown explains ADHD is not about knowledge but, rather, the execution of the knowledge. If a person with ADHD is struggling to execute, should the prescription be to just try harder? Learn more in our interview with Dr. Brown, titled "ADHD and High IQs with Dr. Thomas E. Brown."

And on Attention Talk Video, we shared unique tips, techniques, and insight from the following:

Dr. David Teplin distinguishes personality disorders from personality types. If you don't have a personality disorder, but a strong personality type, could you benefit in managing your ADHD by knowing what personality type you have?  Our video interview with Dr. Teplin is titled, "ADHD: Personality Disorder vs. Personality Style."

Are there advantages to talking about or disclosing ADHD symptoms before diagnosis? You bet! Do you believe disclosing symptoms can be as effective as disclosing the diagnosis?  Get more perspective from Dr. Ari Tuckman in our video interview, "Disclosing ADD or ADHD."

ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper gives us a perspective on dealing with procrastination. If you're not clear on what to do, why not procrastinate and get something done by doing something else? Check out Jeff's video on location, titled "Procrastination Struggles #1."

The ADDiva Linda Roggli needed a support community when getting diagnosed with ADHD during "that" time of life, so she started the ADDiva Network. If you are 40 or better with ADHD, find your tribe in the ADDiva community. Learn more in our interview with Linda, titled "ADHD Women's Resource: The ADDiva Network."

Are you attending to the right thing? If you haven't done it yet, download our new a-Book (the "a" is for attention), "Identify YOUR Top Five Hurdles to Managing ADD/ADHD."  It has tips Jeff has learned from doing over 300 interviews with ADHD experts. Let your friends know about it, too! They can download it here:


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Diversion of ADHD Medication and Its Impact on Stigma:
The Invisible Consequence

When writing about ADHD medication diversion, it is important to educate students and their parents about the legal and administrative consequences that could lead to prosecution and/or expulsion. What many don't realize however, is there is another consequence to diversion that is not as readily apparent but damaging to the ADHD Community and undermine the medical nature of the disorder.

The biggest obstacles that face those of us who are diagnosed with ADHD are social stigmas that unfortunately still persist. When students divert their stimulant medication, they unwittingly perpetuate these stigmas and make it much more difficult for other students and for the disability community as a whole.

For years we have been faced with a public that either doesn't understand or refuses to believe that ADHD is real and that stimulant medication is both necessary and very effective in managing its symptoms. For many, the notion of giving something that is a "controlled substance" to children is a bad or dangerous thing. Even though these medications are prescribed and taken under the supervision of a doctor, many fear that children are somehow being drugged or given something to intoxicate them. This is not only incorrect, but unfair to students and adults with ADHD who need to improve their focus and manage their ADHD symptoms.

When students share their medication with others who have not been diagnosed with ADHD, or take their medication recreationally and not according to the prescription and supervision of a qualified doctor, they perpetuate the myth that ADHD medication somehow does get students high and/or has an intoxicating effect. This completely undermines the message that the ADHD community has been trying to educate the public about. Additionally, when students share their medication with someone who has not been diagnosed with ADHD, as a study aid, it also fuels the myth that there is no necessity to take medication even for those with a prescription because it is only a performance enhancement for those who are too lazy or unintelligent to work on their own. By extension, this actually undermines the diagnosis itself and the fact that ADHD is a neuro-biological disorder.

The message here to students with ADHD is that they must be careful about safeguarding their medication and not sharing it, not only because of the trouble they could get into legally or administratively. They have to think of the medication as a way of trying to level the playing field and give them the opportunity to focus in ways that their brain is not wired to. But that opportunity comes with a responsibility and an understanding that their actions could undermine the small amount of credibility that the ADHD community has fought so hard and so long for. Use your medication wisely and according to the instructions of your prescribing doctor.

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Motivation isn't always obvious. Many times, people focus in on just wanting to do it or willing their way past it, but motivation can be as simple as doing something in the company of someone else. In our interview with Greg Riccardi (, he talks about his real life experience of finding and working with a daily body double. It all started with watching an Attention Talk Video interview on the topic, and today it's a regular part of his daily routine and amazingly powerful. If you struggle to get things done in isolation, this is a show you won't want to miss.

As we have learned from interviewing experts, ADHD is an executive functioning issue that is about organizing, planning, prioritizing, and executing. A written document is the manifestation of taking knowledge, playing with it, and using your executive functioning brain to produce it. In this show, we interview author and ADHD expert Wilma Fellman on her writing process. If you struggle with writing, don't miss this insightful episode.

Have you been frightened away by something you read demonizing stimulant medications? Have you gone the supplement route? Is it natural? Are supplements that easy, OR are they complex? Do the details matter? In this interview, "Mr. Details Matter," Dr. Charles Parker (, gives us his insight on this important topic. He also discusses supplements, how they help, how they can hurt, and the importance of evidence over conjecture. If you are exploring the supplement route, you absolutely don't want to miss this show.

What impact does ADHD have on intelligence? Can those with ADHD have a high IQ? If so, what impact does it have? What is it like to work with individuals with ADHD and a high IQ? In this episode, we interview Dr. Thomas E. Brown ( on this fascinating topic and his experience working with individuals like this. if you have ADHD, this is a must-listen-to show.

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ADHD: Personality Disorder vs. Personality Style
Are there differences in personality disorders and personality styles? Is it helpful in treating ADHD to know an individual's personality style or if he has a personality disorder? Watch our interview with Dr. David Teplin ( on the topic. He makes a clear distinction between disorders and styles and their impact. If you are wondering if you have a personality disorder or if it is just your style and want to understand it in the context of ADHD, then you won't want to miss this show.
ADHD: Personality Disorder vs. Personality Style

Disclosing ADD or ADHD
Should you disclose your attention deficit disorder or behaviors like procrastination or time management issues? There is a big difference between disclosing diagnosis versus behavior. Watch our interview with Dr. Ari Tuckman ( to learn the subtle difference that can have significant consequences.

ADHD Tips: Procrastination Struggles #1

Procrastination is a huge issue for those with ADD or ADHD. In this video, ADHD coach Jeff Copper ( shares his insight on what to pay attention to in order to move past procrastination. If you struggle with procrastination or if those procrastination tips on the web are not helping, then you'll want to watch this video.


ADHD Women Resource: The ADDiva Network

Mature women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Know there is a great resource for you in the ADDiva Network. In this interview Linda Roggli, the ADDiva (, shares a wonderful resource for mature women with ADHD.
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