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Quick overview of dopamine and serotonin pathways

I must have seen this illustration before but I stumbled upon it this morning and *sigh* it's just such an elegant and quick overview of two important neurotransmitter systems for our purposes as clinicians and coaches and teachers. 




















We specifically explored these and a couple of other key pathwaysduring the Virtual ADHDConferencea few weeks ago.  And we'll touch on this topic as it relates to motivation at next week's workshops inSavannah, Charleston, and Columbia.






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Interview with Susan Terkanian, Professional Organizer (with a Free Tip!)

Susan agreed to respond to my questions about the work of  Professional Organizer.  My curiosity comes from my own experience with clutter and from the concerns voiced by my clients and attendees at ADHDworkshops. By the way if you decide to meet Susan or get to hear her speak, you will find that her bracing optimism and laser-sharp problem solving skills bump your energy level up about 8 notches! 
 
Okay, here we go:

Question:Susan, I know that you strongly believe in the connection between our overall well-being and our personal organization, and is there a difference between cleaning and decluttering?

ADHD and Prospective Memory: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"

Thoughtless?
An adult with ADHD tells me that he sometimes runs into challenges with his wife and other important people in his life because of what others interpret as "thoughtless" behavior.  He explains that he will verbally agree to do something or be somewhere by an agreed-upon time.  And he willmeanit.  His heart is in it, hefully intends to stick with these commitments.  

But he says that the red hot second that he has moved on to the next conversation or task, it's like the commitment never happened.

Your Brain on ADHD: Understanding the Neurotransmitters and Everyday Behavior

Really excited to be among the Master Class presenters at this year's Virtual ADHD Conference.  It's in October, and discounted "early bird"registrationis available now.

My class,"Understanding the Neurotransmitters and Everyday Behavior"is scheduled for Thursday October 10.  Here's an overview:

Every experience and sensation and decision takes place in our brain, and is accompanied by tiny electrical signals initiated by chemical communication between brain cells.

Q: What about adults diagnosed with ADHD at midlife?

Q:  So many courses of treatment seem to be skewed towards children and young adults. As a 50-year-old who was undiagnosed until my forties, the standard recommended changes in lifestyle/habits are themselves overwhelming.  Is there anything that is being done to address mid/late-life diagnosis and treatment, especially on compensating for reduced learning plasticity and deeply ingrained habits? 

A: You sound understandably discouraged, in a way that I’ve particularly heard from adults diagnosed with ADHD later in life.

Q: The threat of my dad chewing me out used to keep me motivated...would behavioral support help someone like me?

Q:  Hi Doc. I have been treated for ADHD for over 15 years through medication, but I've never sought behavioral treatment. And I'm getting to the point where personal projects and lifelong dreams are being undermined by anxiety-fueled porn binges and video games which is ironic, because I want to become a video game designer and a trailblazer in the field. I know I have the skills to make my dream a reality, but I suck at the discipline.  It was easier when in high-school, because the immediate threat of my dad chewing me out always kept me motivated.

If It’s Harder Than a “Three out of Ten," Find Some Way to Make it Easier


If you are asking a student with ADHD to do a task which is harder than a three out of ten on a ten-point scale (where one is “super easy” and ten is “the most difficult thing in the world”), you might be asking too much.   Many times, our frustrations with students or family with executive challenges are related directly to our expectations that they complete a task which is simply harder than a three on a ten-point scale.   

Don't Expect Me To Do What's Typical If I'm Not "Typical"

What's the best defense against the manipulation of our attention?

Q:  David, there was a quote on one of your slides at the Atlanta workshop.  It began, "The best defense against the manipulation of our attention..."  I didn't get the rest.  Can you email that to me? JW

A:  I sure will, JW, and I'll share it here on my blog because I think it's worth repeating.  One hundred times!  From the rooftops!

The quote comes from the bookThe New Executive Brainby neuropsychologistElkhonon Goldberg and it goes like this:

31 Types of Happiness

I love this!  The "Secret Society of Happy People" (also onFacebook) suggests there are 31 types of happiness.  Conveniently, that's one for each day of a 31-day month for your consideration!

Alphabetically, these flavors of happy include(allow yourself to consider the nuances of each type of happiness and just try not to smile and relax a bit - I can't do it!)





Amused, Anticipation, Awestruck, Balanced, Blessed, Celebrate, Cheerful, Confident, Content, Enthusiasm, Helpful, Honorable, Humor, Inspired, Joyful, Kindness, Lively, Love, Mellow, Motivated, Nostalgic, Optimistic, Peaceful, Playful, Relieve, Satisfaction, Social, Spiritual, Thankful    

Lend Me Your Brain? (See you in Bellevue!)

In just two short weeks I'll be joining the good folks gathering in Bellevue WA for the11th Annual Conferenceof ADD Resources.

My keynote address ("Lend Me Your Brain:  Building Strategies for Success") might need a bit of explanation.  

Briefly, the central idea is this:  folks with ADD/ADHD are often bright and creative, but they struggle with organization and distractibility.  They are as good as anyone else at identifying the calling of their hearts - laying claim to their dreams and identifying their core values and goals.