Ask Dr B – about Addressing the Complexities of Depression, Anxiety & ADHD - Episode 044

Welcome to the twentieth Ask Dr B episode, and the forty-fourth episode overall of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

Hey ADDers! I’m so glad you could join me today, and hope that you’ve taken the time to listen to Monday’s episode on H.O.P.E., which stands for Help One Person Everyday and That Person Is YOU! I feel the message is relevant to everyone, whether you live with ADHD or not.

I’ve received a lot of questions lately about the complexities of living with depression, anxiety and/or ADHD, so that’s today’s focus. I’m also going to focus on what family members can do to help a loved one who is suffering with any or all of these.

For you to break free of the limitations of any of these, and have things get better for you, you’re going to need to change your attitude or...

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H.O.P.E. – Help One Person Everyday and That Person Is YOU! - Episode 043

h.o.p.e. help you hope Sep 18, 2017

Hey ADDers! I’m so glad you could join me for today. As Jim Rohn said, “For things to change, you have to change.” He was referring to your attitude and your mindset. Seriously! So let’s get to it!

HOPE is essential for you to achieve beyond your current limits. If you don’t have HOPE that your life can be different, then you must borrow my HOPE. I have an abundance of HOPE, and will gladly loan you as much as you need until you have restored your own.

When it comes to HOPE, there are two groups of people: High HOPE people and Low HOPE people. Let me tell you a little bit about each of them. High HOPE people set difficult goals for themselves and have several goals in different life areas at the same time. They embrace their goals and view them as welcome challenges. They use their goals as mental touchstones for success, direct their attention and effort to the demands of the situation, and are spurred on by obstacles to greater effort. They think of...

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Ask Dr B - about Best Diets for ADHD & Depression or Anxiety Misdiagnosed As ADHD - Episode 042

Welcome to the nineteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the forty-second episode overall of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

I’m so glad you could join me today!  I’m trying out a different format today and have two great topics for you as well, so let’s get to it! 

Last fall I learned how to go live on video; no small feat for sure.  I’ve been pretty consistent since then, and June of this year, I was asked to answer questions for groups and so I opted to do Ask Dr B live videos 3x/week and have done so since June of this year.  There have been a lot of great questions I’ve been asked and already responded to and thought I’d start sharing that information with you in the Ask Dr B episodes of my podcast show, so you can benefit from what’s already out there but you might...

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Life Is What Happens While You’re Making Other Plans - Episode 041

Hey ADDers!  I’m so glad you could join me today.  You know, if you don’t find a way to stay present every day and have some sort of tracking system for your important goals, then your life unfolds in kind of a haphazard way and those important goals might never be realized; which would be awful.

Years ago an anonymous quote came into my life - “Set a goal SO BIG that you can’t achieve it until YOU GROW INTO THE PERSON WHO CAN.” I love this quote because it told me where to focus my efforts. 

It’s important to point out here that my focus was on each day, rather than some distant day when I had become the person I needed to be. Instead, day-by-day, I focused on what I could do each day to become more of that person. I asked myself what I could do each day that would advance me closer to becoming more of my best self; how could I challenge myself to strengthen and grow in the direction of becoming more of me. I was developing habits...

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Ask Dr B about Prioritizing, Managing You Within Time & Productivity - Episode 040

Welcome to the eighteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the fortieth episode overall of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

I’m so glad you could join me today!

So, are any of today’s topics a challenge for you?  If you’re like most of the adults I know and love, then I already know that the answer is yes.  And I’m curious, if you’ve ever wondered “why” these are so challenging for you?  I used to wonder and don’t anymore, so let me share a bit about what I’ve figured out about “why” they can be so challenging

First a key piece about neuroplasticity; the brain that continually changes itself.  Your brain rapidly prunes disused circuits and strengthens most-used circuits, which means that what you don’t use you do lose to a greater or lesser...

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Let’s Start With Some Pre-Skills When So Much Needs Your Attention - Episode 039

Welcome to the thirty-ninth episode of Harness Your ADHD Power.

I’m so glad you could join me today. One of the episodes you all are listening to the most is 027, figuring out where to start when so much needs your attention now. That said, I decided that it’s important for you to understand what some of the steps are you need to be taking in order to be successful in getting a handle on all the moving parts of your life that need your attention now.

I talk a lot about pre-skills. What do I mean by this term? Pre-skills are whatever skills you need to learn or master in order to do what you want or need to do and you won’t be able to do so without the pre-skills.

I posed a question years ago. It was, if you were able to focus on what you need to focus on, when you need to focus on it, and how you need to focus on it and complete your tasks, AND, if you were able to regulate your moods or emotions when you needed to, and how you needed to so you didn’t become...

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Ask Dr B – about Relationship Development, Self-Acceptance, Over-Committing & Parenting An ADHD Child - Episode 038

Welcome to the seventeenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-eighth episode overall of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

I’m so glad you could join me today.  We’ve got four great topics so let’s get to it! 

First, since you’re on this journey with me, I want to applaud your courage straight away.  Truly!  It not only takes courage, but determination and commitment to yourself to get the training you need to rise up and become the person you were intended to become.  And it’s worth every bit of the time, effort and energy it takes!  I want you to have the life you want for yourself as much as any other person can want something for another.  I feel it’s your birthright to have a happy and productive life, and just because you haven’t had it up to now...

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Relationships Stir Things Up So We Can See Ourselves More Clearly - Episode 037

Welcome to the thirty-seventh episode of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

I’m so glad you could join me today.  Whether it’s the relationship with you, someone else or both, relationships are definitely wonderful vehicles for helping us to see ourselves more clearly and presenting us with opportunities for transformation.

I’m not just talking about the communication or lifestyle challenges or differences of opinion that you have with others or even within yourself.  No.  I’m talking about the deeper issues of your history or baggage, the meanings you’ve given it that have shaped your personal stories, and often slammed your self-confidence and self-esteem into the ground; and your beliefs and values that have taken a hit too.

And what about your intentionality in your...

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Ask Dr B – about the High Cost of Not Knowing About Executive Functions - Episode 036

Welcome to the sixteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-sixth episode overall of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

I’m so glad you could join me today.  We’ve got a lot to cover today, so let’s get to it.

I’ve been pretty hyperfocused lately on Executive Function overall and specifically the skills that we need to develop for a more successful adult life, especially if we didn’t develop them starting back in childhood.  So whether you’ve mastered them all (which probably isn’t true if you’re listening to my podcast show) or will be learning them now, the point is, you need to learn them because they’re the foundational skills that we build a successful adult life on; with greater ability to successfully navigate the responsibilities that comes with adulthood....

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When Criticism Is Abundant & Kind Words Are Scarce - Episode 035

criticism kind words Aug 21, 2017

Welcome to the thirty-fifth episode of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

I’m so glad you could join me today. Throughout my 30+ years of working with adults with ADHD, Executive Function deficits, depression, anxiety, addictions, and many other co-occurring challenges, I’ve noticed a theme that bears talking about today. And that is the abundance of “symptoms” that often present themselves to us, and are basically saying, “Hey you! There are things you need to pay attention to and take care of here.” And, if we are fortunate enough to both hear and understand the messages of those “symptoms,” and actually take action to search out what the underlying issues are, and follow through on resolving them, we can put an end to a lot of the suffering that we live with. Difficulties and...

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