EP 147: Your brain is not broken-Understanding your ADHD brain

The topic of this podcast is about the feelings many with ADHD feel about having a different brain. Many with ADHD go as far as to feel that their brain is broken. That’s what many say to themselves.

Tamara Rosier, PhD, is the founder of the ADHD Center of West Michigan and the author of the book, Your Brain’s Not Broken. The book has received much praise from many in the ADHD community.

Tamara wants people to understand that ADHD is just a part of you and does not define you.

Tamara Rosier, PhDDave asks Tamara why many people with ADHD feel their brain is broken. They ask questions such as “Why am I like this? Or why do have this brain?” “Why can’t I be normal?” These are common messages we feed ourselves as individuals with ADHD. It’s not uncommon and the frustration that comes with having ADHD can feed this.

By the same token, Dave asks Tamara why many with ADHD have a default negative type of thinking? For example, “I have ADHD so I can’t do that.” she discusses what those of us can do to begin to change our negative way of thinking.

Tamara also spends an entire chapter in her new book on setting boundaries. It’s an important part of managing your life whether you have ADHD or not. But even more important if you’re an adult with ADHD. She explains why.

In chapter 12 of her book, Tamara explains practical ways to manage and thrive with ADHD. She discusses these briefly and tells people why it’s important to be practical. Building a solid foundation for managing your ADHD is one of the most important things you can do.

You can find Tamara’s new book here:


EP 146: Myths About ADHD and Productivity

Jeff Gibbard and Sara Ohanesian are back on the podcast to discuss ADHD and the myths surrounding productivity and focus.

Many people with ADHD have let Tick Tock, Twitter, and Instagram influence how they think about their behaviors and habits. Especially when it comes to strategies and tactics for being productive and focused. To be direct, we let others on social media tell us what works and doesn’t. When in fact, those with ADHD need to try a variety of these tactics to find out what works for us and our personal circumstances.

We discuss the following in this podcast about productivity and ADHD.

First, why do we let outside influences dictate our abilities? And have some of us just made up our minds?

We discuss why we need to be curious and not dismissive of productivity tactics. One tried, and true way is to break projects down into small chunks and learn about the different systems that allow us to complete these projects.

We talk about paying attention to what is working for you as a person with ADHD and what it feels like. We talk about paying attention to your reactions and when you try a certain productivity technique, try to understand if you like it or do not like it.

In the podcast covers so much more regarding myths about ADHD and productivity. Stay with it until the end because this podcast offers many great tips.

If you have your mind made up about the productivity techniques that are working or not working for you, this podcast will change your mind.

Find Jeff and Sarah here: https://getsuperproductive.com/


EP 145: How those with ADHD can return to the office successfully-Part 2

Grant Crowell is back to continue the conversation about how to return to the office successfully. Grant is the Author of Grantasms Creative twisted words for cool people! and a self-professed social wordsmith. Grant has extensive experience in corporate training and support.

Grant discusses several of the challenges some of us face when asked to return to an office setting. These include having a new work set up such as a desk or workspace as well as adjusting to a possible hybrid scenario. He also discusses maybe not having an ideal office setup.

Grant CrowellGrant also talks about how your routine could change because of a different schedule, and the need for different types of communication and real-time interaction.

Grand and Dave discuss the benefits of going back to the office. Those of us with ADHD are social animals so that face to face time for many of us is a benefit. Not only in the office but our ability to go out to lunch or other social activities. It also helps build new routines and work discipline. And of course, it gets us out of the house.

Grant talks about what we can do to analyze our best work and conditions. That includes an audit of what is working and what is not and what you may be challenged with within the workplace. He also discusses how to advocate for ourselves including having discussions and conversations with coworkers and your supervisor about how you prefer to work and how you can be most productive for your organization.

Find Grant’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/GRANTASMS-Creative-twisted-words-people-ebook/dp/B07ZY9JDPP

Connect with him on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/GrantCrowell

Do you want to work with Dave? https://overcomingdistractions.com/workwithme/

EP 144: How to make the most of going back to the office when you have ADHD

This week we have back Grant Crowell, Author of Grantasms Creative twisted words for cool people!  and a self-professed social wordsmith. Grant and Dave discuss how to go back to the office full time, survive in a continuing remote work environment or how to maximize hybrid working.

As we are all too familiar, the pandemic challenged our way of working for just about everyone. Especially if you work in an office environment. Now, after two plus years, many companies are refocusing their efforts on what their workforce will look like and how they will work.

Grant CrowellGrant is a seasoned corporate trainer in many different environments and industries and shares his tips in part one of this series on how to maximize your work environment, regardless of where you work.

Grant discusses what he saw that were some major challenges to remote work including the basic needs of having an office, inadequate Internet connections and getting used to sporadic communication with coworkers and supervisors. Create also talks about the challenges that come with remote work and a hybrid work model whether you have ADHD or not.

Dave and Grant discussed the importance of taking control of various aspects of your work in conditions. These include getting ahead of time management, speaking up when certain communication styles are not working for you as well as not being afraid to ask for the accommodations that will help you do your job better.

Keep your eye out for Part 2 of this podcast.

Find Grant’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/GRANTASMS-Creative-twisted-words-people-ebook/dp/B07ZY9JDPP

Connect with him on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/GrantCrowell

Do you want to work with Dave? https://overcomingdistractions.com/workwithme/


EP 143: ADHD and the power of routines and systems

One of the best ways to thrive with adult ADHD is through effective routines and proper systems. It’s also great if the important things in your life have a place where you can find them.

Effective routines that are tailored to our lives and our careers help guide us throughout the day and provide tremendous benefits for reducing the stress of having ADHD.

This week we have Skye Rapson on the podcast who is the founder of the Unconventional Organisation based in Auckland New Zealand. Skye and her team offer ADHD coaching and other services and everything are offered by those with ADHD.

Many people with ADHD feel they are stuck but Skye is a doctoral candidate. She is living proof that people with ADHD can thrive and achieve the goals they want. She discusses briefly how she has been able to navigate school and other life commitments to get to this point in her life.

Skye and her team focus a lot on routines with their clients including how they work closely to identify overwhelmed and create strategies to reduce overwhelming behavior with ADHD. She discusses how they do that.

Skye and Dave also have a discussion about the importance of developing systems because they do support our weaknesses.

Skye walks us through a process for creating routines in your life when you have ADHD. She also says that we need to consistently revisit our routines because circumstances in life and our careers are changing all the time. It’s important to adjust where needed.

Dave and Skye also talk about how creating proper systems and routines can reduce the effects of burnout. Running around scattered all day only creates stress and anxiety and will ultimately lead to burnout.

Find out more about Skye Rapson and her team here: https://www.unconventionalorganisation.com/

And don’t forget Dave’s new book Overcoming Burnout. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09WQ17T22

EP 142: How do we “own” our ADHD?

What is the difference between knowing about ADHD and owning our ADHD? Jeff Copper from DIG Coaching comes back on Overcoming Distractions to discuss this topic.

If adults with ADHD are going to thrive in life and in professional settings, we are going to have to understand how to own our ADHD. It’s important for us to understand our individual ADHD as well as how our brain operates but it is also equally important for those with ADHD to be able to take charge.

Jeff Copper ADHD CoachJeff Copper and Dave talk about what it takes to actually be in charge of your ADHD and take ownership of it.

First, Jeff gives us a refresher course on executive functions and includes information about how important self-awareness is as well as emotional self-regulation. He discusses exactly what self-awareness is and if those with ADHD can truly be aware of themselves and their surroundings.

Jeff and Dave also discussed the relationship our emotions and self-awareness have and how tuning into these can help us thrive in all areas of our life.

Another big question that Jeff answers is the difference between knowing about ADHD and owning ADHD.

And as always on overcoming distractions, there are many tips that you can walk away with to implement in your life. Jeff gives us a number of basic tips to get started on the process of owning your ADHD.

Learn more about DIG Coaching and Jeff Copper here as well as links to Attention Talk Video. www.digcoaching.com

EP 141: How different brains become an advantage in the business world

Every organization needs different viewpoints, regardless of its size. To solve problems and move forward, different types of brains and thinking styles can be a tremendous advantage in any size business.

Sarah Ohanesian and Jeff Gibbard join the podcast this week to discuss how they work together with different types of brains. Working together, they provide companies with productivity training. And because they each have a different type of brain, they can be far more effective than other consultants.

Jeff has ADHD, and Sarah does not. Because of this, they feel they have an advantage when working with clients.

Dave, Sarah, and Jeff have a wide-ranging discussion about how different brains can work well together.

One of the major advantages Jeff and Sarah see is that they have the ability to work with other different brains as well as identify people who may need different approaches to productivity.

They also discuss why clarity is the backbone of any business and any individual. If you are an adult with ADHD in the business world and you are not seeking clarity, you will find yourself having all types of challenges with productivity, procrastination, time management, and task initiation.

What can leaders of companies take away from having different types of brains in their workforce? Sarah and Jeff answered this question. But it all comes down to different ways of solving problems.

Because Sarah and Jeff teach productivity, Dave asks them for a few tips to maximize productivity in business and in life. First, recognize different people have different strengths and weaknesses. Next is be very open about clarity. You should seek it in every aspect of your life.

Honest conversations bring about that clarity and make productivity easier and teamwork much better. Also, Sarah and Jeff talk about the need to have systems in place especially when you need to manage adult ADHD.

And for many, visual processing is huge for being productive so look at techniques such as mind mapping and Kanban boards.

Find Jeff and Sarah here: https://getsuperproductive.com/


EP 140: ADHD- Trying harder OR trying differently?

One of the phrases that bother people who have ADHD the most is when people tell you to “try harder.” many of us with ADHD heard this phrase growing up, and even sort written on our report cards. But those with ADHD know better. “Trying harder” is far from a solution to improving our lives.

Burnout can come from trying harder so it’s important to understand how our brains operate.

Laura MacNiven from the Springboard Clinic in Toronto is back on Overcoming Distractions the podcast to discuss this very topic and to offer a different viewpoint. She is the co-author of May We have Your Attention Please? With Dr. Anne Bailey.

People with ADHD need to try differently rather than focus on trying harder.

Laura MacNiven Springboard ClinicLaura takes time to explain the core differences between trying harder and trying differently and Dave and Laura even pull the phrase apart “try harder” to understand what it actually means.

Laura says that a lot can be accomplished by understanding the stories we tell ourselves. If we can reshape those stories, we have a better chance of finding different ways to accomplish the things we want.

Dave and Laura also discuss what can happen if people with ADHD continue to just try harder including the effects of burnout.

Laura and Dave chat about why understanding our brains as adults with ADHD and some self-awareness can go a long way and understanding how to create different ways of getting things accomplished.

Laura gives some tips for understanding your ADHD brain as well as creating some personal awareness. That includes taking time to check in with yourself and to check the stories you are telling yourself. Take time to pause repeatedly to look inward. Understand what’s important in life and your career and what wakes your brain up. And finally, take some time to understand when you are at your best. That can be the time of day or the part of the week where you can operate smoothly and focus on what needs to be done.

Fine the Springboard Clinic here: https://www.springboardclinic.com/

Learn more about the book “May We Have Your Attention Please?” here:


EP 139: How high achievers with ADHD can minimize distractions

Are you a high achiever? And are you one of those go-getters that just happens to have adult ADHD? Even professional businesspeople and entrepreneurs can experience a whole host of distractions in their professional lives. And that’s what we are talking about in this podcast episode.

This week we have back Casey Dixon from Dixon Life Coaching. Casey coaches high achievers with ADHD including attorneys, professors, and many more in high-profile and demanding careers.

Casey Dixon Casey talks about what she classifies as a high achiever including some specific careers as well as some specific traits when it comes to those that are driven to succeed.

Casey and Dave also discuss whether those of us in high-demand careers suffer the same distractions as other people in different industries and careers. Casey suggests that many of us need to find the tasks and projects we are good at and try hard to delegate the tasks we do not like to do. She says working on things we are not good at reduces our focus.

Casey offers a number of suggestions to help high achievers with ADHD reduce distractions and gain more focus. She says even making small changes can produce high payoffs in productivity.

She highly recommends that those of us who are high achievers with ADHD take a step back and think about how we are working. This is where coaching can come in where you can work with a professional to pull apart the different aspects of your professional life and create solutions.

Casey and Dave also talk about reducing commitments to increase productivity. Some of us call it energy management and others call it obligation management. But analyzing your commitments can have big payoffs as well.

Casey also states that we are all human and we need to pay close attention to self-care. That includes proper sleep habits, exercise, and taking time to be mindful. Paying attention to these will only improve our executive functions.

More about Casey Dixon:

Casey is intensely focused on building top-tier training, coaching, consulting, and advising experiences for high achievers with ADHD. She created Dixon Life Coaching in response to the grievous lack of understanding and quality services for an often-overlooked population… exceptionally smart, highly-educated, wickedly-talented, overstressed, overworked, overwhelmed, successful-on-the-outside adults with ADHD. https://www.dixonlifecoaching.com/

Casey’s online courses:

The Mysterious Paradox of Being a High Achiever with ADHD


Live Well ADHD


EP 138: Adult ADHD and coping with addictions

Research has shown that adults with ADHD are more prone to addictions than others. That includes alcohol abuse and other substances. In this podcast, will discuss why those with ADHD are more prone to these behaviors and we will also discuss how to mitigate our reliance on alcohol and other addictive substances.

We have back Lara Honos-Webb, author of Brain Hacks and Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools to Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized, and Reach Their Goals as well as many other books. Dr. Lara Has been on Overcoming Distractions many times and it’s a wealth of knowledge in the area of ADHD.

Dr Lara Honos WebbDr. Lara Talks about how addictions such as those with alcohol and other substances not only affect those with ADHD to a greater percentage but how they have increased during the past two years of the pandemic. Lara talks about how prevalent addiction is in the ADHD community as well as why we’ve seen the increases recently.

She also answers the question about why those of us with ADHD have more challenges with addictive behaviors. Hint, it’s our impulsivity. She also discusses that those of us with ADHD are typically addicted to other types of uses such as digital addictions, our phones as well as social media.

Laura discusses how addictions can affect the executive functions of anyone but in particular adults with ADHD. She discusses how our executive functions decrease but overall if we protect our executive functions as a regular habit in our lives, we can help stave off addictions.

She says we must do our best to build self-confidence and self-efficacy as we try to limit our addictive behaviors. And by doing so focus on self-love versus shame to recover.

Lara says that there are all different types of support groups including those that work in moderation as well as those that demand abstinence.

And she describes what she calls urge surfing which is your ability to catch yourself and understand how you may be able to delay your actions. Yes those of us with ADHD are already good at delay but there is a case for making it be used in our favor when it comes to addictions.

Find Dr. Lara Honos-Webb at: