ADHD or Social Learning Disability… or Both?

Individuals diagnosed with ADHD usually have difficulty with social skills, even though they may be extremely “sociable.” However, some children diagnosed with ADHD are extremely challenged socially; their parents and teachers often describe them as children who “just don’t get it.” These children usually have no idea why they are being punished and why they […]

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ADHD and Family Business

When one or more members of the family have ADHD and they also run a family business, life can get extremely complicated. I suggest that, as much as possible, the role of parent-child be overlooked. Professionally, family members must assume the roles of employer-employee. In addition, providing structure and job descriptions with concrete and specific […]

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More “Being” and Less “Doing”

Having lived in six different countries, I can say that our culture is primarily a “to do” culture versus a “to be” one. I believe that both of those are important and necessary, but what is missing out here is the balance between the two. In the case of a family with one or more […]

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The Secret Behind Transforming a “Boring” Job to a Less Boring One

It is well known that individuals who are diagnosed with ADHD have a very hard time performing “boring” tasks. Therefore, I suggest that they try to combine the less interesting activities with interesting ones. Here are some suggestions: Listen to music while doing chores and/or homework Find a buddy to go to the gym or […]

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ADHD Relationship Coaching: When One Partner Has ADHD

Imagine this scenario: A spouse that does not have ADHD writes a list of specific brands of foods and cleaning products and sends his or her ADHD spouse to the supermarket. The ADHD spouse comes back with 10 bags but few things that he/she was supposed to buy and mostly the wrong brands! Another scenario: […]

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ADHD and the Lack of Self-Esteem

The first time Rachel (not her real name) entered my office, I thought she could easily be a model! When she mentioned to me how unattractive and stupid she was feeling, I realized how low her self-esteem was. With low self-esteem and negative self-concept often comes low aspirations and expectations which, if not reversed, could […]

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How to Stop ADHD from Standing Between You and Your Partner

Gain a thorough understanding of ADHD in order to help distinguish behaviors attributed to lack of love or understanding from veritable features of the disorder. Diminish criticism, as too much on the part of the non-ADHD partner could result in the couple falling into a parent-child relationship pattern, which would be detrimental to the relationship. […]

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When Less is More!

Repeating everything to your children over and over again is like a vaccine that immunizes your children’s ears against your words! In order to really get your children to listen, try talking less and giving your child doable choices. Make what you say count and be consistent with the consequences. Say, for example, “Johnny, time […]

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The 3 WACKIEST Things About Having ADHD

Let’s be clear… there are some GREAT things about having ADHD! Don’t believe me? What about these: 1) You don’t always think like everyone else… but who cares?!? Linear thinkers don’t always get your wacky way of thinking. You might get lost in the details sometimes, but so what? You’re an out-of-the-box thinker who uses […]

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ADHD ~ It Can Happen to Anybody!

Recently, I had an intake session with a famous professor from an Ivy League University. Five minutes before the session, his secretary called to let me know he would be 10 minutes late for the call.
Exactly 10 minutes after the hour, my phone rang. The first thing this Ivy League professor told me was that […]

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