ADHD and Executive Function Skills Through Dr B’s Eyes - 069

Hey ADDers!  So glad you could join me for today’s episode – ADHD and Executive Function Skills Through Dr B’s Eyes.  

Back in the late 1970’s I had Graves Disease, which simply put is an overactive or hyperactive thyroid gland.  ...Being an options thinker, I explored acupuncture, which addresses issues of energy directly and visualization techniques, which have been researched as very effective in the treatment of cancer. Plus, some reading in Louise Hay’s book “Healing Your Body” helped me to understand the metaphysical aspects of my thyroid, which is about speaking my truth.  So, between the use of the medication, acupuncture, and visualization techniques with self-dialogue, I was able to release the hyperactive energy from my thyroid gland without the need for surgery or radiation.  Everything that had happened to my eyes and thyroid gland went back to normal and you couldn’t tell it ever...

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Executive Function Basics: Focus, Priorities and Effective Decision-Making - 068

Hey ADDers!  So glad you could join me for today’s episode - Executive Function Basics about Focus, Priorities and Effective Decision Making.  I wanted to share some important tools with you that I’ve taught students before.

Without the skills to focus, prioritize and make effective decisions, you are most likely going to be stressed and spinning your wheels a lot, seeing very little results at the end of each day.  And like you, I know how awful that feels, and am grateful to have developed the skills I needed to do these things more easily, and teach them to others so they are less stressed too.  I trust the information in this episode will give you a start at developing these critically important skills and lessen your stressors, especially during this holiday season when there is so much more to focus on, prioritize and of course, make decisions on.

In this episode Dr B talks about:

  • Focus
  • Prioritizing
  • Decision-Making
  • The importance of...
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Executive Function Basics - Planning, Scheduling and Following Through - 067

Hey ADDers! So glad you could join me for today’s episode about Executive Function Basics - Planning, Scheduling and Following Through. I decided to change up the format for a couple of weeks and provide you with some important tools that I’ve taught students before.

Without the skills to plan, schedule and follow through there is a lot that you won’t be able to do very efficiently. I trust the information in this episode will give you a start at developing these critically important skills and lessen your stressors, especially during this holiday season.

One of my goals with this episode is for you to realize that you didn’t have this level of skills years ago, and if you did, you’d have had more options. And since that’s the truth, let’s set blame aside, and focus on getting you the skills you can start developing today, that will make a significant difference in the quality of your life.

In this episode Dr B talks about:

  • What it's like...
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The Difference Between ADHD Coaching and Therapy - 066

Hey ADDers!  So glad you could join me for today’s episode about ADHD Coaching and Therapy – Differences and Similarities.  Before I talk about the similarities and differences, I’d like to take you on a little journey.

ADHD that is diagnosed in adulthood doesn’t travel alone; rather it often comes with “companion challenges” such as depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma and even illnesses.  Sometimes these “companion challenges” are there as a result of this later in life diagnosis and sometimes not.

In this episode Dr B talks about:

  • Later in life diagnosis of adult ADHD and what to do next
  • Adults learning essential executive function skills later in life
  • Embracing structure and cycles in all areas of your life
  • The importance of celebrating your WINS
  • Three Steps You Can Take to Start Getting Organized - The Fun Way!:  Free 1-Hour Live Webinar Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 5 pm Pacific time.  
  • Be the...
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Ask Dr B about Relationships: My ADHD Makes All Kinds of Relationships Hard - 059

Hey ADDers! If you’re married, living together, dating, have close friends or it’s you and you…these are all different forms of relationships that you are in. And where there are relationships, there are potential challenges and delightful times to be shared.

I look at relationships as kind of a progression. First, there is the relationship you have with yourself. Then there is the relationship you have with one other person, whether that’s a friendship or coupleship or partnership in business. From there, your coupleship or partnership could expand into a family or expansion of a business. Point is, in my mind it always starts with you.  If I'm describing your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Relationship With Yourself
  • Relationship With Another
  • Relationship With Family or Team
  • Stories About Relationships From Listeners
  • New Programs Coming Soon - Couples in Motion & ADDventures Companion
  • The Importance Of...
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Executive Function Skill of Inhibit – There’s more to it than you might think - 058

Hey ADDers! Do you have trouble “inhibiting” your impulses? Even though most of the executive function assessments typically look at the behavioral stuff, like blurting out, touching things you shouldn’t, cutting people off and more, to me there is so much more to understanding Inhibiting than just the behavioral manifestations. What about Inhibiting your thoughts and feelings? By that I mean, do your thoughts and feelings seem to have a mind of their own and “just happen” uninhibited, or do you have a say so in what you think and feel and when you think and feel what you do?  If I'm describing your life, then this episode is for you!!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • What Is Behavioral Inhibiting and How You Can Develop It
  • What Is Thinking Inhibiting and How You Can Develop It
  • What Is Emotional Inhibiting and How You Can Develop It
  • First Annual 2-Day Training in CA
  • The importance of celebrating your WINS

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Ask Dr B about Heritability of ADHD & Executive Function, Emotions & Feelings - 052

Hey ADDers!  Do you ever wonder about the heritability of ADHD or how your emotions and feelings impact your executive functioning?  In fact, do you know the difference between your emotions and your feelings?  If yes and no, this episode is for you!!

According to Pema Chodron, an American Tibetan Buddhist and ordained nun, if you allow an emotion to exist for 90 seconds without judging it, it will disappear. According to Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist and author of A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, “once triggered, the chemical released by your brain surges through your body and you have a physiological experience. Within 90 seconds from the initial trigger, the chemical component of anger has completely dissipated from your blood and your automatic response is over. If, however, you remain angry after those 90 seconds have passed, then it is because you have chosen to let that circuit continue to run.”

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  • The...
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An Executive Function – Self-Soothing When You’re Emotionally Dysregulated - 051

Hey ADDers!  Do you get overwhelmed, have meltdowns and generally have a hard time calming yourself down when you experience an intense emotion or emotional situation?  If so, this episode is for you!!

And if you haven’t yet listened to episode 050, it’s an important milestone for me and I shared four special things in that episode, including a free gift giveaway for you.  Be sure to listen and claim your free gift before the offer expires.  Enjoy!

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Grounding Techniques
  • Self-Soothing Strategies for Quick Shifts
  • Self-Soothing Self-Talk
  • Self-Soothing With Your Senses

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Ask Dr B about a pre-requisite to developing executive function skills - 050

executive function Oct 13, 2017

It's my 50th episode and I'm celebrating today!!  I have four special things to share with you as we move along in this episode.

There are some interesting stats I read and want to share with you; they’re actually kind of sad.  I read that roughly 20 percent of people needing to change an unhealthy behavior are actually prepared and ready to do so.  To me, that means that the other 80 percent needs to get prepared and ready to change – meaning go through those early stages of change, which are actually very important and deserve to be respected as such.  Puts a different spin on change, doesn’t it?  And that only 15-20 percent of people ever make it to Adoption.  That stat makes me really sad because it tells me that the majority of people don’t have what they need in order to make the changes they do want to make; or at least that’s the meaning I put to this information.

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  • Prochaska's...
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An Executive Function - You’ve Got To Feel Like It To Do It - 049

In the last episode, I talked about how we are a “feeling driven people” and if we don’t feel like it, we don’t do it; plain and simple.  Some might interpret this as immature and say that you have to do things you don’t feel like doing when you are a mature adult.  I don’t disagree.  However, I have a little different take on this.  Of course, we have to do things that we don’t feel like doing (meaning would rather not do; that’s part of maturity).  However, the part of this that’s important to distinguish is to “feel like it.”  There is a feeling that goes with what we do.  I might get the yard work done because I feel like doing it.  So, what is the “FEELING” that I experience that allows me to get it done?  It depends.  

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Cognition and Meta-Cognition
  • Affect and Meta-Affect
  • The importance of being able to shift your...
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