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How would it feel to be completely free to be yourself? Where you find a place to be without judgment from others... or even from yourself... and just be happy? Well, this issue's guest writer did just that! In her blog, "How to Let Your Adult ADHD Out," Elizabeth Prager shares how she found the ultimate way to escape the bonds of her ADHD. Read the article. We think you'll find it's an interesting concept and one you might consider for yourself.

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

Does the pull of the "right now" mean we can't think about the future in the face of temptation? Dr. Ari Tuckman says that people with ADHD tell ourselves the lie, "I'll get to that in a minute." Get more insight from our interview with him, titled " ADHD Lies and Rationalizations: The Art of Self-Sabotage."

Can we improve ADHD symptoms by giving a reward for learning? It may be so, according to Dr. William A. Lambos. Get the details of that concept in our interview with him, titled " ADHD and Neurofeedback: In Theory, How Does This Work?"

Live with ADHD; don't be defined by it, says Elaine Taylor-Klaus. Does that translate to behavior not defining your values? Listen to our interview with her and learn more about it in our show, " ADHD Behavior and Values: What to Do When They Conflict."
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:

Watch the impact of the collision of math and exercise on an ADHD child in our video interview with Caroline Maguire, titled " ADHD Kids Learning and Processing Styles Unplugged."

Can telling a story be an effective strategy to remember what you struggle to recall? Check out Jeff Copper's ADHD tip in the video, titled " ADHD Tip #167: How to Recall or Remember Something."

Ever consider going backwards to go forward? Jeff Copper has an interesting concept to think about. Learn more in our video, titled " Executive Functioning Tip: Reverse-Engineer Planning Next Time."

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 Elizabeth Prager

Last night, I had just about the best night ever and I didn't have to think about keeping my hyperactive monster in check or about staying focused. I found the ultimate way to let my adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reign free! The way my brain wants me to work is to make jokes 99% of the time, move around a lot, make others laugh a lot (did I mention that), switch accents up when talking and entertain people. My brain's desire doesn't always serve me well when it's not kept in check, but it did last night. Why? Because I went to a murder mystery dinner.

As soon as my wife, pal and I arrived, we sat at our table and were greeted by the class president. I forgot to mention - the theme for this mystery dinner was a 1950s prom. I was feeling happy and relaxed (this night out was a gift for my birthday), so I gave the "class president" a hard time. Minutes later, the host returned with a silly hat and a name card for me. I got to be a character in the show! Better yet - my character was the class clown!

Being the Class Clown 
The description fit me perfectly. It said that I am smarter than I act and look and that my comedic timing is perfect. When all the evening's cast was introduced, I got to make a joke and it killed (no pun intended).

At different points during the evening, it was investigation time. Everyone had fake money to bribe the characters for whatever information they had to give. I had my Boston mixed with New York accent going in full force, made several puns and lots of jokes and was slaying everyone left and right (pun intended).

As the night came to a close, they announced whose team won (who solved the crime the best) and then they gave an award for the best actress. It was me! I got to be 100% myself and made people laugh and had the best time ever - and I won an award!

Being Myself and Letting My ADHD Out 
This isn't just a story about my night, though I liked telling it all the same. Like most of my posts (I hope), there is a moral or nugget of truth to glean. It feels amazing to feel free. When you find a place to be free and be without judgement from others or, worse, from yourself, you just get to be happy. Try and find that place for yourself. You might not win an award, but at least I did! Happy week, friends.
Published with permission.
Copyright 2016.

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Recent Radio Shows in Our Archives

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ADHD Lies and Rationalizations: The Art of Self-Sabotage
Those with ADHD are good at the art of self-sabotage. They have mastered the ability to tell themselves stories and to rationalize, which gets in the way of self-regulation. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, guest host Caroline Maguire ( interviews expert Dr. Ari Tuckman ( to gain insight on his perspective on this phenomena and how it inhibits forward progress. He gives ideas on what those with ADHD can do to reverse this trend and learn to self-regulate. If you find you are self-sabotaging, you won't want to miss this show.

ADHD Behavior and Values: What to Do When They Conflict
ADHD behavior manifests in many ways and is often in conflict with the values of a non-ADHD person. Values are at the core of who a person is. The question is what do you do in a relationship when ADHD behavior and your values are in conflict. In this episode, host Jeff Copper ( interviews ADHD expert Elaine Taylor Klaus ( on these challenges and offers up tips to help those troubled by this dilemma. If the title of this episode and its description speak to you, then you won't want to miss this interview.

ADHD and Neurofeedback: In Theory, How Does This Work?
Many of those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are interested in alternative treatment plans that don't involve medications. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, ADHD coach and show host, Jeff Copper, interviews Dr. William A. Lambos ( to get an understanding of what neurofeedback is and the theory around how it works, and they put it into a context with other alternative treatments. So, if you are interested in learning more about possible non-medication treatments for ADHD, you'll find this show very insightful.
ADHD: Permission to Play
Play is one of the most fundamental developmental tools to help children develop and mature into successful adults. It's also instrumental for those with ADHD to help develop skills that mediate managing, organizing, and activating. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Dr. Kirsten Milliken (, author of PlayDHD: Permission to Play...A Prescription for Adults With ADHD.

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ADHD Kids Learning and Processing Styles Unplugged
ADHD kids don't always learn in traditional settings. In this video, host Jeff Copper interviews ADHD coach Caroline Maguire ( around the advantages of working with ADHD kids and their individual processing styles. She then demonstrates it with her own daughter. If you are an ADHD parent, don't miss this interview.
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ADHD Tip #167: How to Recall or Remember Something
Those with ADD and ADHD often struggle with memory. As an ADHD and attention coach, Jeff Copper has come to realize that many with ADD and ADHD can more easily recall what they are trying to retrieve if they just tell "the story." If you have ADHD and struggle with memory, watch this video and gain insights on the topic.
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Executive Functioning Tip: Reverse-Engineer Planning Next Time
Having ADHD or executive functioning challenges is plain hard. Consider doing things backward to go forward. ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper explains.  See this related video ( See this related video!). 
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