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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Ask Dr B – about Mindfulness, Self-Reflection & Executive Function - Episode 034

Welcome to the fourteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-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 for my podcast show.  We’ve got a tighter format, great topics and clear steps to take starting today, so let’s get to it.

I’m going to be addressing three inter-related topics today to help you see the path from fuzzy to focused on becoming the successful adult living with ADHD you deserve to be.  It’s definitely a journey, one that’s unique for each person. 

And if you’re on this journey, I applaud you for your courage straight away.  Truly!  It definitely takes courage and a lot of what I’m going to be talking about today to rise up and become the person you were intended to become. ...

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A Closer Look At Procrastinating (Start, Middle & End) & What To Do - Episode 033

Welcome to the thirty-third 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.

If you’ve been trying to solve your procrastination challenges forever, without much success, perhaps it’s because procrastination is a “behavioral symptom” and not the real problem.  “Behavioral symptoms” are great because they tell us that something is wrong.  It’s just that we then need to look beyond them, if we’re going to solve the underlying issues that are presenting us with those “behavioral symptoms.”

It’s kind of like having a fever (the symptom) when the underlying issue is a raging infection.  I hope you’d be treating the raging infection and not just take something for the fever.

I want to introduce you to Professor Alfred Bandura, if you aren’t familiar...

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Ask Dr B – about Later In Life Diagnosis, Having Hope & Becoming Successful - Episode 032

Welcome to the fourteenth Ask Dr B episode, and the thirty-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 for my podcast show.  We’ve got a tighter format, hot topics and clear steps to take starting today, so let’s get to it.

So many of the adults I work with or dialogue with have been diagnosed later in life.  There are many reasons for this and it’s not the end of the world; far from it - it’s the beginning of your new life.  Borrowing a phrase from the Foreword to the First Edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous - “recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body” is what comes to mind when I think of ADHD and Executive Function Deficits.  Many adults have lived or continue to live in a...

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What’s Missing When Skillful Communication Is Just Not Happening - Episode 031

skillful communication Aug 07, 2017

Welcome to the thirty-first 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.

Just because you can speak, doesn’t mean you can communicate skillfully or say what you intend to convey.  Just because you know the words doesn’t mean that you are using them skillfully.  Just because you get everything out that you want to say, doesn’t mean it is received as you intended.  And, if you have beliefs about not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings, then you’ve already set yourself up to not say what’s on your mind because you’ll be focused on censoring yourself; not focused on what you want to convey.

Some of the goals for this episode are to provide you with a basic understanding of communication; what it is and is not.  What your responsibility is as the communicator.  What...

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