This course gives you a healthier perspective on the label of Attention Deficit Disorder. Where did the name come from? What have we forgotten? How do I take charge and take better care of myself.
In addition to the presentation slides, a reading list is provided.
There will be six course sections and over one hour of content.
Welcome...In this section, I outline what you're going to learn in this course.
First, there is a fascinating history behind the labels that ultimately ended up being Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I think you'll be pretty shocked how bad it really was.
You'll learn how we've painted ourselves in the corner in a lot of ways and how we can re-think and re-frame how we think about 1) how our brains are wired; 2) whether we are matched well with our environment and 3) how to protect our heart and soul.
Has anyone ever called you a moral idiot? An imbecile? Brain damaged? Well, all those terms used to be actual clinical terms used to describe people with attention and concentration issues.
In 15 minutes, you will hear about 200 years worth of horrific medical model labels for problems with attention, concentration and impulsivity.
You will also understand the cultural and historical dynamics lead us to these very negative descriptions and how we got way too organized around the negative and discounted the positive.
Finally, if Freud still ran the world, the treatment of choice for ADD/ADHD would be psychoanalysis...That's right, several days a week, you'd find yourself on a very uncomfortable couch free associating and exploring where you're stuck in the stages of psychosexual development!
This is really the turning point of the course.
You will learn about three key concepts that can help you start to reframe how you think about yourself and your challenges with attention, concentration and impulsivity.
You've already been introduced to the limitations of the medical model in this case. We'll talk about this a bit more.
Then, you will be introduced to the idea of self-regulation and how to reset your thinking about your profile of strengths and weaknesses in several different areas of your life.
Perhaps most importantly, you will begin to reflect on how your wiring in your brain either matches or mis-matches with your environment--both now and in the past.
These three concepts can free you up to reframe your relationships and how you want to negotiate life differently.
Out of the Box Creativity: Two Examples
If Justin Timberlake defined himself strictly on his performance in school, he would not be where he is today.
Mouseketeer, member of the one of the biggest boy bands, a musical star in his own right, an actor, an entrepreneur, Jessica Biel's husband...What were the factors that gave him the opportunity for such success? You'll find out in this lecture.
Also, did you know that Thomas Edison was kicked out of three schools by the time he was nine years old? They thought he was stupid. 1093 patents later...
Extreme examples of out of the box creativity? Yes, but very illustrative of the importance of creating an environment for super-charged brains to come to fruition.
In the second part of the this section, you will learn about two more examples of strengths that we often underestimate or misunderstand.
Listen to this lecture and find out why the NSA highly values people with atypical wiring...Super charged brains with the ability to make piercing insights and linkages of ideas and concepts in new and different ways. Unique problem solvers.
I also answer the one of the most pressing questions about attention and concentration: How is it that I (or my loved one) can't sit still for 5 minutes of reading but can play video games with laser-like focus for hours on end? I'm going to introduce you to a neural pathway called the reticular activating system. I keep it simple here but I think it will go a long way to answering the age-old question.
Welcome to the core of the course. Stop, step back and reset.
In the next 8 mini-lectures, I'm going to review over a dozen recommendations for truly addressing needless suffering and re-framing your life.
To be clear, many of these recommendations require commitment...This is not a quick fix but really embracing these ideas can have a profound impact in the long term.
I just want you to know that you do not have to suffer needlessly. We have to endure enough suffering in life already.
The first step in re-framing your life is educating yourself.
First, you will benefit from adopting a new language for describing how your brain is wired and how that impacts your behavior. Second, you must educate yourself so that you can make informed decisions about any changes you may want to undertake. For instance, you may be considering the use of medication. You definitely want to be armed with as much data as possible to make the best decision for you or your family.
For those of you who hate to read, be sure to use videos, audiobooks, podcasts or whatever is your best mode of learning.
I will have suggested supplementary material for you in several lectures. As a great starting point, I highly recommend Hallowell and Ratey's Driven to Distraction and Delivered From Distraction.
At the last minute, I decided that you don't need me to review specific organization tools. Talk about boring...
More important to me is the shift in attitude you have toward using organizational tools and structure in your life...In a way that works for you. How you perceive the issue will impact how you act on it.
Of course, you don't live in a vacuum. You've got to make room for partners and loved ones...and you have responsibilities at work.
The final word is experiment with structuring your life in ways that work for you.
Are meds right for you or your loved one?
What is the most effective decision making process for choosing to use medication...or not?
This obviously a very important issue for you. That's why there are three mini-lectures. And we should not throw the baby out with the bath water...It does make sense to closely explore the medical value of using medication to help us with our self-regulation challenges.
Even though there are three lectures here, this section is merely an overview and by no means exhaustive. You need to do your research. I've included a link in the Supplemental Materials from the American Psychiatric Association. It is decidedly very "disorder" oriented but the section on medications is good and thorough.
Do your web search. Ask friends and family who have gone through it before. And probably most importantly find a medical doctor in your area that will 1) do a thorough eval and really connect with you and 2) will be there for you as you test medications and dosages.
In this lecture, you will get an overview of many of the questions that need to be asked before you decide on medication for children.
Again, this is an overview for you and not an exhaustive discussion. This is why I urge you to connect with a medical doctor that is very well versed in working with children and families with this particular set of issues.
See also the Supplementary Material in Lecture 9.
In this lecture, we will have a discussion about the issues that an adult should consider when thinking about a trial of medication.
Not surprisingly, two key issues are the same as with the decision making process with children.
You've got to do your research (see the article in the Supplementary Material for a start) and be sure to find a medical doctor who will serve as an anchor for you.
The end of this lecture is a great segue to our last Section. Take better care of your heart and soul.
Stop. Step back. Reset. Rinse and repeat.
Eliminate needless suffering by taking better care of your heart and soul...Rediscover compassion for yourself and others.
There are two primary lessons in this lecture. First, part of taking care of your heart and soul is to take care of your body. You don't have to run a marathon. Keep it simple if you need to but commit to it.
Also in this lecture, you will learn about "breath moments." Thirty seconds, 45 seconds, maybe a minute. Find your "breath moments."
In this lecture, I discuss caring for others as a way to care for yourself. I also reference the power of telling someone two words--"You Matter"--I learned this from my good friend Angela Maiers. You can learn more about her in the links in the Supplementary Material.
See links for Brene Brown in the Supplementary Materials as well.
You can spend the rest of your life working on the recommendations in these last few lectures. And I hope you do. Far too many of us suffer needlessly and far too few of us have found the path away from that suffering. I hope I've helped just a little bit.
Thank you and good luck.
I am an accomplished business development professional and educational consultant with over 25 years of success in different professional environments.
I started my career as a psychologist with an expertise in learning problems and ADD/ADHD. After Wharton, I transferred my skills and assumed roles in business development and leadership in mostly early stage startups. Over time, I've developed a strong ability to understand future trends and communicate that vision in ways that motivates others and creates value.
In tune with the explosion of online learning, I'm now developing webinars for parents of children with learning problems as well as professional development courses for teachers and administrators. My initial focus is simplifying neuroscience and explaining its impact on literacy development.
Additionally, due to my success as one of the leaders of TEDxNashville, I'm also a part-time consultant for curating TED-like inspirational events.
International experience including India, Europe and Middle East.