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June 1, 2015    

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In This Issue . . .
ADD Crusher, Alan Brown, brings us a retelling of some of his favorite ADHD stories from life events in what he calls his "dark past."  Yet he says, although he has emerged from the darkness, he still has thoughts of "getting caught" for things he did back then. In our featured article Alan shares some of the lessons from his past that may mirror those of others with ADHD. Check it out as our featured article in this issue.

Be sure to catch our recent shows on Attention Talk Radio. Here's a taste of what you'll get!

A tax accountant can't have ADHD; right? ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper says NOT! He's coached several who have thrived! This and more in his interview with ADHD coach Dr. Kirsten Milliken, titled "Be the Person, Not an ADHD Label."

In our show, "Brain-Based Solutions for ADHD Kids," ADHD coach Caroline Maguire talks about situational variability as an important factor to find solutions that work for those with ADHD. Do you agree?

What do you do about the challenges of ADHD that still remain after treatment has not worked? Get the answer from Dr. Ari Tuckman in our interview with him, titled "ADHD Acceptance: It Shouldn't Be Passive Resignation."

And in our video interviews last month, there's some great information for you there.

Do you get off track in the middle of routines? Laura did, but now she doesn't. Find out why in the interview, "A Tip to Help Those with Attention Deficit Disorder Follow Routines."

Do you organize your thoughts the old-fashioned way? Get Jeff Copper's insight from his video, "ADHD Tip: Getting Your Thoughts Out and Organizing Them." 

Got ADHD? Want to understand it? Watch our interview, titled "ADHD: Attention Deficit or a Self-Regulation Issue?" with Dr. Russell Barkley on his self-regulation construct.

What is the most effective way to get a job? ADHD career coach Wilma Fellman says the answer is in networking. Is that easier said than done? Learn more in the video, titled "Getting a Job with ADHD: Networking."

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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I was interviewed a while back by Jeff Copper on Attention Talk Radio. They've on occasion done interviews with various folks called "behind the scenes" - a sort of "unplugged" version of the show where ADHD personalities can let loose with tales of the darker/funnier side of their ADD.

My Undiagnosed ADHD Past: The G-Rated Version
I love telling stories about my dark years - mainly the years in my 20s when I had no idea what ADHD was, let alone that I was an epic ADDer. A lot of the stories are beyond "G" rating, but even the ugliest episodes are worth remembering and retelling, because they shed light on the nature of ADHD and inspire me NOT to revisit those days or those behaviors (more about that in a moment).

Some highlights of my undiagnosed, untreated, adult ADHD, much of which will likely sound familiar to many of you:
  • Banged up or totaled every car I ever got my hands on, including at least two dents on roofs (that I can remember). How do you dent a roof? Well, flipping it over is one way, but there are others - trust me, I know.
  • When you crack up eight motorcycles, you're lucky to be alive - though most of those were on a racetrack, which is way safer than on the street, believe it or not. I crashed one just a few weeks ago!
  • Alcohol was my escape - and my constant companion.
  • Drugs were my self-medication (though I didn't realize it at the time).
  • Crime (most minor, a few major ones) for which I never got caught, amazingly.

I still think I'm on the verge of getting caught for stuff I did, or somehow in trouble. I see a cop car, and I think he's looking right at me and knows every bad thing I've done! And on some level or another, nearly ALL adult ADDers - particularly those who went undiagnosed for a long time - have this kind of baggage. But, there are lessons to be drawn from our darker days...  


Lessons from Dark Days Can Support Alternative ADHD Treatment Efforts  

As I've said in this space many times, there are forms of alternative ADHD treatment in not only hard-fought changes to life habits, but also in simple acts and even simple thoughts and keener awareness. Here are lessons from my past that likely mirror some that any previously undiagnosed ADHD adult might have:  

  1. Understand your past . Know why you did what you did. For instance, I did drugs because I was self-medicating; I committed crimes because of stimulation-seeking and willingness to do stupid things for peer approval.
  2. Come to terms with it . Don't regret it - see it as part of the "quilt" that makes up your interesting life history. You're your stories!
  3. Use the painful memories as forward-moving fuel . This is what I call a Negative Nag, which can combine with a Positive Nag to provide consistently strong MOTIVATION (Way 2 in Video I).
  4. Know that we ADDers have the risk-taking, stimulation-seeking gene - and, most importantly, see the difference between stupid risk-taking and worthy risk-taking.


There's one more section of this blog - the ADHD strategies I developed to emerge from the darkness. But I'm running a bit long, so I'll pick up on those in a later blog. They're, of course, the foundation of what's taught in the ADD Crusher Videos, which you can preview here.  


And By the Way...  

Whether you're a regular Attention Talk Radio listener or not, I announced on the show a special discount code for ATR listeners: ATR15. If you're reading it here, you're entitled to use it for 15% off any purchase at Go for it!!  


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Got ADHD?  Are you ADHD, or are you YOU?  It is inconvenient for Society to label ADHD and generalize it, but does it serve you to let Society bully you into the label?  In this edition of Attention Talks Radio, host and co-host Jeff Copper and Dr. Kirsten Milliken ( discuss the advantages of being you, not the label.

Attention deficit disorder kids have unique brain wiring, and as such, they have unique systems, solutions, structures, and scaffolding. In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, your host, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper, interviews Caroline Maguire ( ) around actual unique solutions that might not be so obvious to you but work perfectly for the individuals who use them. If you are a parent, a teen, or an ADHD kid who is impacted by ADHD, this is a show you don't want to miss.
The key to helping those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is to improve functioning. But what about other challenges? What about the challenges that still remain, even after effective treatment and consistent strategies? In this episode Dr. Ari Tuckman ( talks about acceptance with host ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper. Is acceptance disempowering? Is it passive resignation? No, says Dr. Tuckman. Tune in to this interview to learn more!

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A Tip to Help Those with Attention Deficit Disorder Follow Routines  
An obstacle for those with attention deficit disorder to manage routines is to remember what they have to do, the most effective sequence, and time notations to stay on task. In this interview Laura shares her obvious solution to this problem which might not be so obvious to you!

A Tip to Help Those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Follow Routines  
An obstacle for those with attention deficit disorder to manage routines is to remember what they have to do, the most effective sequence, and time notations to stay on task. In this interview Laura shares her obvious solution to this problem which might not be so obvious to you!

Attention Deficit or a Self-Regulation Issue?
Is attention deficit disorder a deficit of attention? Not, says Dr. Russell Barkley ( It is a self-regulation issue. Watch our interview with Dr. Barkley and understand why this construct explains so much that the old paradigm didn't.

Getting a Job with ADHD: Networking
If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, happiness depends on casting yourself in the career you were born to do. Question is how do you get hired? In this interview, we interview ADHD career coach Wilma Fellman on the importance of networking to get a job. She shares an example of what networking can look like.

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