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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 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.

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.