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Evernote 101: An Overview for Adults with ADHD and Everybody Else, Too
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Personality Disorders in the disability review process

So this morning I offered a training on Personality Disorders, including an overview of the DSM-5 alternative model.  Our focus was on the impact of these disorders on the disability review process.

Click through the slides and leave your comments or questions or observations in the comments below.  If you think a similar training would be a good match for your team, contact me  Thanks!



























And P.S. - hope to see you at an

ADHD in the Workplace

Hey kids - I was doing a websearch this afternoon for resources on this topic, and thought I'd share a couple of good ones with you guys.  Also (pretty) please (with sugar) pass on to me any good stuff you've got on the ADHD and HR theme.

CoachNancy Snelloffersthis postatDr Hallowell'swebsite.  Nice quote from her post:

"...looking back, I see that I performed very differently for different kinds of bosses. The ADD friendly bosses all had similar profiles and so did I when I worked for them.

Evernote 101: An Overview for Adults with ADHD and Everybody Else, Too


Evernote love
Listen, you don't have to have ADHD to love Evernote, but a lot of ADHD coaches, and a lot of adults and students are big Evernote fans. 

So in this post I'll provide a quick overview for how Evernote might help you in terms of organizing yourself, your time and your goals. 


3 basic functions
First of all Evernote essentially has 3 functions, you can writenotes, or takepicturesor recordsound.  Now the most obvious Evernote feature is the note taking and note saving function, Shopping lists for example are a great way to use Evernote, and packing lists and the ever popular bucket list.

I've scheduled a couple more local events

Free 1-Hour Programs at Local Libraries
Tonightis the first in a series of talks I'm offering at local libraries for parents of children and adolescents with ADD/ADHD.    The next one is in November inNorthborough

And then in January 2015 I'm offering the program at theClintonandWest Boylstonpublic libraries.

The one-hour interactive and high-energy program offers a practical introduction to ADHD, and an overview of what current brain research tells us about medication as well as non-medication interventions.

"The Rule of 3" approach to daily/weekly planning

Lifehacker continues to be a fount of awesome advice, hacks, tips, and ideas. AuthorMihir Patkar offers a brief overview, and the graphic below, of an approach to weekly activity scheduling called "The Rule of 3."

This looks a lot like the "weekly overview" and "morning review" we review at the ADHDworkshop.  The "Monday Vision" activity is a quick once-weekly preview of the week in which a "Rule of 3" practitioner identifies 3 top outcomes for the week.

Q: How similar are ADD and Asperger Syndrome and are they treated differently?

Q:  Dr. Nowell, I'm 21 and in high school my SLD instructor told my mother and I that I may have Asperger's Syndrome and not ADD, but we didn't follow this lead. How similar are ADD and Asperger's and are they treated differently? 
 
A: There is some overlap among the two disorders but they are conceptualized as two very different neurocognitive conditions, with different functional impact.  

How about you - when you think about your biggest challenges:

  • Where do you see it the most?

Q: What exactly was the physical activity in that #ADHD study you mentioned?


In response to a comment in mynewslettertoday, reader Jill Lack asks:

Q: I just got your email newsletter and was interested to know more about the ADHD study and exercise. Is there anyway you can tell me what 'before school exercise' was provided in the study that helped decrease the ADHD symptoms? Thanks so much!  Jill Lack,Building Blocks Occupational Therapy 

A:  Good question! So I reached out to one of the study's authors,Dr. Betsy Hozaof the University of Vermont, and she replies:

Q; How can I get past that perverse joy I take in getting good grades while barely working?

Q: My biggest struggle with ADHD right now is my tendency to just do the bare minimum. I'm in law school and I know I should be working harder, but I don't. I do way less than I should, get B+'s and call it a day. I want A's but can't find the strength to sit down and work for hours or even one hour. I want to be able to do it, but every time I try, I seem to fail.

I spend most of my time participating in hobbies, with not much to show for it. I want to find a way to perform better, but I take such pride in barely working and still doing pretty well.

Finally! A "foolproof" test for ADHD!

Okay, not really.  Or at least I'm not holding my breath.  Because ADHD is a) a clinical diagnosis requiring some time and skill; and b) not a constellation of bizarre symptoms but is rather a more-severe-than-is-developmentally-expected variability of motivation, focus, and sustained effort, there is constant pursuit to find more objective criteria for the condition.  

Most clinicians familiar with ADHD are aware of the neuroanatomical correlates and even "minor physical anomalies" which are statistically associated with the condition.

I occasionally go on "kicks."

Q: Hi Dr. Nowell,

I was recently (as in yesterday) diagnosed with ADHD. I occasionally go on "kicks." I don't really have a better term for it, but every few months, I get really interested in something, and read or watch as much about it as possible, to the point of spending days on end reading and thinking about whatever it is. A few days or maybe even a week later, I get bored and go back to my normal self. Is this just me, or is this a trait common to many people with ADHD?