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August 1, 2015    

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Many people think they have the right solution for you if you have ADHD. While they may have the best of intentions, they actually have no idea how to help or what you may actually need. There are just too many misconceptions about ADHD out there. Does this drive you mad? Our guest writer in this edition, Jeff Rasmussen (, says it makes him crazy when people think they know better what he needs than he knows about himself. In his article in this edition, Jeff shares his insight on the matter in the article, titled "Grrr...So Many Misconceptions about ADHD!"

Catch up with what's been happening on Attention Talk Radio recently. Here's some of the good stuff you'll find there:

Finding the right people to support those in business with ADHD is effortful, according to entrepreneur Neil Peterson ( and ADHD coach Jeff Copper. If that is true, then the question becomes: Are you putting in the effort to find the right people? Learn more in our interview, titled "The ADHD Entrepreneur: Finding the People to Help You."

Want to change your organizational systems? Can you immerse yourself in the experience? If so, then your chances of success are much higher, according to ADHD coach Jeff Copper ( What do you think? Learn more from Jeff in the show, titled "ADHD: The Challenges of Changing Organizational Systems."

If the obvious solution isn't working, maybe you should quit reading the self-help books or listening to the webinars and just focus on the art of self-observation? After all, according to ADHD coach Jeff Copper and ADHD expert Dr. Ari Tuckman (, about one-third of great solutions are more than two standard deviations from the mean, that is, one-third of all great solutions will never be found in the self-help section of the bookstore! Get more insight in the show, titled "ADHD: Letting Go of What Doesn't Work."

In the presence of boredom, are those with ADHD prone to impulsive actions? Guest host Caroline Maguire ( believes ADHD coach Jeff Copper makes a good case for the argument. When you are bored, do you get into trouble? Learn more in our show, titled "Why the ADHD Brain Always Needs More."

Do you have a system to capture and organize your ideas? Dr. Dale Archer ( shares a few strategies that are not obvious to you but work for others. Consider listening to Jeff Copper's interview with Dr. Archer to see if one or more of these would work for you. The show is titled "Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Difference, with Dr. Dale Archer."

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

Getting around the denial is tough! What does this mean? Find out from Diane Dempster ( in our video interview titled "Dealing with an ADHD Spouse in Denial

When it comes to a job search, have you ever heard of an information interview? ADHD career coach Wilma Fellman has some great suggestions about that in our video interview with her, titled "ADHD Career Tips: Information Interviews."

Have you ever found an obvious solution to a problem that doesn't look so obvious to others? Laura has, and she shares how she manages a task list and visual clutter at the same time. Learn more in our video interview with her, titled "ADHD Organization Tip."

Is what works always obvious? In this interview, Jeff Copper ( illustrates how what works isn't always what you think it is! Learn more in the video, titled "ADHD Tip: Is the Solution Working or Is It the Environment?"

Are you attending to the right thing? If you haven't done it yet, download our 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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People think my parents are not doing a good job raising me.  How could they be? They don't stop me when I derp in public!   


They must be bad parents.  Don't my parents know that I should be scolded and forced to behave, sit still and do as I'm told?


Why does everyone else think they know what's best for kids with ADHD?


This sometimes drives me crazy, how about you? I know people are trying to help, but there are so many misconceptions about ADHD out there.


Misconceptions about ADHD

One of my teachers thought I should quit his class early this year because I was not behaving the way he thought I should. He never asked what was happening that was making all of us so frustrated.  He talked to the counselors on my behalf, maybe the principal too. He was building a case because he was sure he knew what is best for me. I guess it didn't fly, but man!


My mom's friend keeps hinting (like really loudly) that I shouldn't be fed sugar, or wheat, or milk or basically anything that might make me hyper. After all, look at me, and my behaviour.  I've overheard her say more than once to my mom that if we could just clean up my diet, my ADHD would go away.   


Even one of my other teachers came up with the bright idea I should spend more time in their classroom doing extra assignments - without ever even talking to me about it.  I don't get it, why does he think he knows better than I do about what I need?   


Help Clear Up Misconceptions about ADHD - ASK Us How You Can Help Us


Here is the deal: I think there are a lot of people out there who would like to help, but they have the wrong idea of how to help. How do we change this?   


Parents, teachers, strangers, STOP making assumptions about what is best for me or any kid with ADHD.


Instead, sit down with them and ASK them what they need and how YOU can help.  


ADHD is a mental health issue. Our brains are wired differently than yours. Please stop TELLING us what's best.


Don't get me wrong, I can use all the help I can get and I honestly appreciate your good intentions. It's just that, when you plan things without even asking me what I think, you are hurting me more than helping.   


If you want to know what is best for me just ask.  I don't have all the answers.  I need your guidance and love.


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The key to being a successful entrepreneur with ADHD is surrounding yourself with the right people. The right people typically need to be good at detail, can relate to you, are inspired by you, and have the patience to handle your ADHD impatience. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio we interview ADD entrepreneur Neil Peterson ( to gain insights on his experience finding the right people to help capture, organize, and execute the thousands of creative ideas spewing from his entrepreneurial brain. If you are an entrepreneur with ADHD, this is a show you won't want to miss.

As disorganized as you think you might be, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper ( has learned there is always a method to your madness. Changing organizational systems to better or more efficient ones sounds easy on paper but is more difficult than many might think, especially for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we take a look at the challenges of changing systems and talk about key items to focus on when making the change. If you have ever found yourself procrastinating on making the change to a better system, this is a show you will not want to miss. 

ADHD: Letting Go of What Doesn't Work
If the obvious solution isn't working, chances are you're attending to the wrong thing. It's such a simple yet true statement, but all too often, we keep proving what doesn't work as opposed to looking at something differently. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, our most frequent guest, Dr. Ari Tuckman (, will join host, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper, as they discuss and pontificate about why this is true. Why is it that, so often, those with ADHD are stuck on the very thing that does not work. If you are stuck, this is a show you will not want to miss.

Why the ADHD Brain Always Needs More
Need to be constantly on? Is there never enough stimulation? Scientific research shows why ADDers are always craving more, more , more! This all stems from the design of the reward pathway in the brain. Is the ADHD brain driving us to distraction?  In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, guest host Caroline Maguire  ( interviews host Jeff Copper ( about how the brain's setup plays a crucial role in our daily lives.

Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Difference, with Dr. Dale Archer
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is often described as a unique brain wiring. If that were the case, wouldn't it call for unique structures or solutions? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, host and ADHD coach Jeff Copper interviews Dr. Dale Archer (, author of The ADHD Advantage, on one of his favorite topics... obvious solutions that might not be so obvious. Dr. Archer will share some real solutions that are unique and fit the different ADHD brain wiring of specific individuals and at the same time talk about how the ADHD difference manifests in unique ways. If the obvious solutions are not working for your ADHD brain, this is a show you don't want to miss.

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Video News

Dealing with an ADHD Spouse in Denial

It's not always obvious to ADHD spouses when it's obvious they have ADHD. In this interview with Diane Dempster of Impact ADHD (, we talk about effective approaches to deal with such situations.

ADHD Career Tips: Information Interviews
Information interviews can be invaluable to those with ADHD. To find what an information interview is and how it works, check out this interview with ADHD career coach Wilma Fellman.

ADHD Organizational Tip

The obvious solution doesn't always work for those with attention deficit disorder. In this interview Laura shares her unique solution around managing tasks and managing them visually so she doesn't get overwhelmed by them.

ADHD Tip: Is the Solution Working or Is It the Environment?
Those with attention deficit disorder appear to be inconsistent in life. Why is that? In this episode of Attention Talk Video, we look at how it isn't always the structure or solution that works. Many times the environment or the interplay with a strategy is the key.

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Jeff Copper, Editor

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