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Have you ever wondered whether you might have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)? Linda Roggli has... even though she's never been diagnosed.  But as she says, her perfectionism isn't driven by a willful selfish obsession or compulsion. She suggests that, for those with ADHD, it may be a fundamental lack of the ability to control themselves. In our featured article this month, " OCD and ADHD, a Love Affair," Linda shares her insight about her need to keep a clutter-free, serene environment. Do you agree?

Here's what's been happening on Attention Talk Radio recently:

Get this! If you apply to the Shark Tank training program, they don't care about spelling and grammar! Listing challenges can be the ticket to get you in. How ADHD cool is that! Learn more from Tom Bergeron of InventiveLabs in our episode, titled "ADHD Shark Tank Training: Fill out Your Application."

Get an ADHD diagnosis from a doctor and spend 15 minutes with this once a quarter versus getting a diagnosis and spending an hour a week with a doctor. Which would help you get on the most effective treatment path? Duh!? Get more information from Dr. Greg Mattingly in our episode, titled "The Best Place to Get a Complete ADHD Diagnosis."

As Peter Shankman sees it, alcoholics say they don't have time to go to a meeting but they find time to drink. If ADHD people want something bad enough, they will make it happen. Get more insight from Peter in our interview with him, titled "Is the Key to Managing ADHD Limiting Choices?"

Are ADHD meds good for everyone? No! The fact is, stimulants don't play well in the sandbox with other medications. Put differently, they don't interact well.. The key, according to Rick Green, is to get an education! Do you agree? Check out our interview with Rick, titled "ADHD Medication: Straight Answers to Big Questions."

If you haven't had an opportunity to catch up on our latest videos, here's a glimpse of what's new on Attention Talk Video:

If the obvious solution isn't working, you're attending to the wrong thing. ADDer Eric Tivers has cracked the code on getting to bed on time, but his solution might not be obvious to you. To learn his trick, watch our interview with him, titled "ADHD Time to Help You Get to Bed on Time."

ADHD Tip #299: How tangible reasons help those with ADHD say no. Get Jeff Copper's insight in this video, titled ADHD Tip for Those Who Struggle with Saying No."

ADHD Parenting Tip #47: How to help your ADHD child become more self-aware with ADHD coach and parent Caroline Maguire. Watch this video with her, titled "Mindfulness and ADHD Kids: Tips from the Trenches."

If you don't know how something works, should you procrastinate around figuring out how it does work? Jeff Copper offers his perspective in our video, titled "ADHD: Why I Procrastinate." 

Are you attending to the right thing? If you haven't done it yet, download our a-Book (the "a" is for attention), "Identify YOUR Top Five Hurdles to Managing ADD/ADHD." It has tips Jeff has learned from doing over 300 interviews with ADHD experts. Let your friends know about it, too! They can download it here:
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by Linda Roggli

As a kid, I wanted my books organized by color and size on the bookshelf so I could find them easily (plus it looked so neat and pretty with all Nancy Drew books lined up evenly). Today, I still want the bookshelves neat with soldier straight tomes, in color order. Although I've never been diagnosed, my obsession with order could be called OCD(obsessive compulsive disorder).

Yeah, yeah. All the docs will tell you it's the co-morbidity thing. When you have an ADHD brain it's highly likely that you have some other brain-y stuff going on, too. Like depression. Or anxiety. Or bi-polar disorder. Or learning disabilities. Or OCD.

Not to be too simplistic, but Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by either obsession (repeated thoughts that you try to stifle but that drive you crazy) or compulsion (thoughts or actions that repeat in an effort to calm your anxiety) or both. The classic example is Jack Nicolson's character in the movie "As Good as It Gets" with his compulsive hand washing and complex security routines. I'm not so sure that I have full-fledged OCD, though. I am not "driven by a motor" (to use ADHD diagnostic language) to organize my books, though it does calm my brain. And in other areas of my life, I am completely disorganized (I call myself a Professional Disorganizer). Instead, I suspect my ADDiva brain is trying its level best to introduce some semblance of order in my otherwise chaotic life. Maybe I have OCD Lite.

I've heard a lot of ADD folks talk about their compulsive need to have things "their way." It appears to the world that we are divas: it's our way or the highway. But it's not willful selfishness that drives our perfectionism. It's our fundamental lack of ability to control our stuff (and ourselves) with ease and flow.

It occurs to me that we can't depend on our brains in the linear sense, so we have to impose rigid order, vigorously conscious. We can't trust ourselves so we overcompensate by obsessing over details that are within our reach, like bookshelves.

The problem is that when our brains focus so intently on consciously creating order, the door opens w-i-d-e to forgetting other things. Like a doctor's appointment. Or buying toothpaste. Or even brushing our teeth (sigh). It's a vicious circle, this ADHD battle with control. Despite outward appearances to the contrary, I truly love living in a clutter free, serene environment. Small pools of blessed tranquility do exist in my life, emphasis on the word "small." While I continue to strive toward widening those oases of calm, my destractible busy brain often thwarts my best efforts.

That's a pretty frustrating way to live. The only option I see is to make peace with my clutter. Oh no. The minute I wrote those words, my anxiety kicked in. Can. Not. Allow. Clutter. For now, my motto will continue to be: Keep. Trying.


Published with permission.
Copyright 2015 Linda Roggli. 
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The ADHD Shark Tank: Fill out Your Application
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder has nothing to do with intelligence. That doesn't mean intelligent individuals will thrive in a linear school environment. Many need a purpose, creative outlet, and collaborative learning environment. InventiveLabs knows this to be true and has established the first ADHD business incubator. Think of it as the ADHD Shark Tank training, but you don't have to have a proven concept. You just need to have a proven passion, creative mindset, and a can-do attitude. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper interviews InventiveLabs Chief Operating Officer Tom Bergeron ( to discuss how InventiveLabs came about, how you can apply, and the mission and vision of this revolutionary new concept. If you've got a great idea, have an entrepreneurial spirit, or are just curious, you don't want to miss this show.
The Best Place to Get a Complete ADHD Diagnosis
Think you've got attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Diagnosed with ADHD but the treatment options you've been offered haven't been ideal? Consider this! Look for and sign up to participate in The Measure Study's clinical research program in an area near you. No matter what, you'll get a complete medical and psychological review and a thorough diagnosis. You'll get comprehensive follow-up visits and an enlightening awareness of your condition. What's more... it's free! You can't afford not to do it. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Dr. Greg Mattingly ( to discuss the advantages of participating in a clinical trial and to give you an idea of what to expect. If you are looking for an accurate diagnosis, be sure to listen in to this show. This episode of Attention Talk Radio is brought to you by Alcobra Pharma. Find an ADHD clinical study near you. Just visit to find locations in the United States and Israel.

Is the Key to Managing ADHD Limiting Choices?
Could keeping things simple be the key to managing ADHD? Rather than be overwhelmed by choices and decisions, Peter Shankman (, founder of HARO (Help A Reporter Out) and founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, embraces limiting his choices and keeping life simple. Peter talks about how he limited his choices rather than be overwhelmed by decisions. This includes putting himself in an environment where he has no choice but to work by getting on a flight to Singapore and working for 48 hours straight while strapped in an airline seat in order to write a bestselling novel. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio guest host Caroline Maguire ( interviews CEO and author Peter Shankman about living outside the box, surviving and thriving with ADHD.

ADHD Medication: Straight Answers to Big Questions
Rick Green and Jeff Copper, an ADHD and Attention coach agree. They don't want you to have to take ADHD medications. However, if you are like most other adults with ADHD, not taking meds and haven't done the research on the pros and cons, there is a good chance it is costing you and you're suffering needlessly from ignorance. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Rick Green of Totally ADD ( around the making of his biggest project to date - a five-video series covering every aspect of ADHD medication. Rick talks about the challenge of weaving together interviews with dozens of experts and 18 adults who have ADHD and were willing to tell their "medication stories." He also shares insights on ADHD meds and insights gained from producing the documentary. He now has a very different view of the potential and the limits of medication and a clear sense of the role of medication in a holistic treatment plan. It's become clear that people's fears about medication are misplaced. If you have been diagnosed with or are impacted by ADHD, it is huge mistake to miss this show.

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ADHD Time to Help You Get to Bed on Time
Many with Attention deficit disorder struggle to go to bed on time. Eric Tivers has cracked the code and found an obvious solution to the problem. But it might not be obvious to you. Learn more in Jeff Copper's interview with Eric (
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ADHD Tip for Those Who Struggle with Saying No
Got attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Do you have difficulty saying no? Are you over extended and realize life would be better if you said no more often? In this episode of Attention Talk Video, we share a story, an obvious reason why a person might struggle to say no, and then insight on how to make it easier to say no. If you are overwhelmed, you don't want to miss this show.
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Mindfulness and ADHD Kids: Tips from the Trenches 
elf-regulation... crack that code and those with ADHD can go far! Easy? No, but it is possible for ADHD kids to become more mindful. Learn how in our interview with ADHD coach Caroline Maguire (

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ADHD: Why I Procrastinate

Why do we procrastinate? In this video ADHD & attention coach Jeff Copper shares a specific example of something he is procrastinating on and identifies very legitimate reasons why he just kicks the can down the street. So what good is identifying the source of procrastination? What value is it to beat yourself up for not doing what isn't as easy as you think? If you procrastinate and feel guilty over it, watch this video!
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