320: What does accountability have to do with success?

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If you’re a regular listener of the show, you know we’re big fans of the accountability partner. Recruiting someone you trust to help you accomplish something new, build a new habit, conquer a pesky behavior can be critical to your success. This week on The ADHD Podcast, Nikki breaks down Levels of Accountability and shares a model for how you can apply an accountability partner depending on the change you want to experience in your life!

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319: The Importance of Language — Why Words Matter

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Words are important. Since our conversation with James Ochoa and our efforts to change our language around the words manage versus navigate, we’ve heard from many listeners who are trying to change their language, too. This week, we’re taking on so-called “binary language,” conditions we set for ourselves in which there are only two conditions; good or bad, sick or healthy, smart or dumb, organized or not. When you shine a light on this kind of language, it sounds ridiculous, but how often do we let these terms creep into our lives subconsciously?

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318: Silence Digital Noise and Try Writing Instead!

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We’re wrapping up ADHD Awareness Month with a Digital episode this week, taking a look at one of our long-standing requests: what do you need to look for to silence the notifications on your devices and help you take control of the things that have access to your attention. 

But once you’ve silenced the notifications, what are you going to do with all that reclaimed headspace? Put it to good use with some introspective journaling! We talk about Pete’s favorite tools and prompts for journaling, and invite you to check out our friend Michelle Chalfant’s 30-Day Journaling Challenge for the month of November!

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317: Celebrating your ADHD Strengths and Beating the Negative Spiral!

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It’s only too easy to get sucked into the negative spiral of doubt when confronted with your own unique ADHD challenges. This week on the show, we want to spin that inner dialog and focus on your inner ADHD strengths before you let the doubts determine your direction. We have our friends Gabriel and Heather back with us to give their insights on guiding our inner voices, developing our ideal day and week, and becoming the people we see in our own minds!

Gabriel Villarreal and Heather Clifft are the hosts of Informed Consent, a podcast designed to support and nurture incoming mental health clinicians who are in the trenches. Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in anxiety, trauma, family transitions, and counselor supervision. Gabriel is a Resident in Counseling and soon to be Licensed Practicing Counselor, providing therapy at his practice ADHD Counseling, he’s also a coach at his gym, LostBoys Strength and Conditioning. Both join us from Roanoke, Virginia.

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316: The Puzzle of ADHD Treatment with Laurie Dupar

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A diagnosis of ADHD can open doors to clarity in your life. But it doesn’t take long to feel like those open doors are really just more pieces to a puzzle you have to put together before you can feel like you’re making any progress at all. Our guest today is Laurie Dupar, one of our favorite experts and resources, who joins us to talk through this puzzle of ADHD treatment. From medication to coaching to therapy and nutrition and self-care, we’ve got answer to help you navigate your ADHD diagnosis with confidence!

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315: I'm Newly Diagnosed! Now What?

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If you’ve just found out you have ADHD, you’re likely swimming with questions. What do you need to know? How will your life change? How much research is too much research? If you’re overwhelmed and you don’t yet know how to talk about your new relationship with ADHD, listen to the show today. 

Our guest today is Michael Cimino. He is an entrepreneur and sales and marketing professional who has been supporting organizations as ADDA and CHADD in their work. But he’s also a member with his own story of his ADHD journey and he’s here to share today. In addition, Michael is going to share some news about the 2017 International Conference on ADHD, November 9-12, 2017 in Atlanta, where you can learn and connect with leaders in ADHD research, treatment, and coaching (like Nikki!). 

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314: Dissecting the Emotional Distress Syndrome of ADHD with James Ochoa

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When we first read his book, Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD, we became fast fans of James Ochoa. He writes candidly about his experience living with ADHD, struggling with ADHD, overcoming the hurdles of ADHD. But beyond that, he’s a counselor himself, working with the complex tapestries that are adults with ADHD. Today, we’re thrilled to be able to welcome James to the show to share a little bit about his own journey and to introduce us to one of the central themes in his work: the ADHD Emotional Distress Syndrome. We’re sure you’ll want to find out more about James and encourage you to pick up his book — easy and truly eye-opening reading!

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313: How do I talk to others about my ADHD?

Talking with others about our ADHD can be a tricky subject. If you’re not completely comfortable with your ADHD and how it affects your work and life, talking about it can be surrounded in self-judgment, even if that judgment isn’t reflected in reality. This week on the show, we have two guests and fellow podcasters to help us navigate this conversation and give you some great advice and a sound reality check on talking to others about your ADHD!

312: ADHD, Love & Chores!

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This week on the show, we’re picking up where we left off in our conversation with Melissa Orlov last week with key strategies on managing chores in an ADHD/Non-ADHD relationship. How do you maintain peace through the roadblocks of relationship challenges in keeping your home operating smoothly? We review Melissa’s five-step approach and share our ideas that help cement your efforts to even the field in the home. 

Plus, new this week we’re launching our very own Patreon! We count on support from listeners to continue to grow this podcast. If you've ever found the show a support to you in building the living systems you need to live with ADHD, we appreciate that you consider a regular donation through Patreon. Thank you!

We’re celebrating ADHD Awareness Month! Nikki will be presenting in the online ADHD Awareness Expo — a free virtual conference of ADHD Experts taking place October 1-7. Register now and learn more about organizing, time management, productivity, mindfulness and more, all in the context of ADHD!

Plus, October 3rd and October 17th, Nikki will be hosting two mysteryADHD webinars at 3 pm (Pacific). If you want to register, you do need to do so online, please sign up for the newsletter to make sure you don’t miss them. 

Every Friday starting September 22nd through the end of October, Nikki will be jumping on Facebook Live at 3 pm! She has different topics for each Friday and a chance for you to ask any questions you may have and get answers live!

For the month of October, we’re holding a promotion on coaching services and online products — you won’t want to miss it — be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get all of the details!

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309: Two Things You Need to Know to Make ANY Routine Successful

If you’ve been listening to the show for awhile, you know we love our routines. In the ADHD biz, routines are the gold standard for making change in your life. Running late? Better come up with a new routine! Lost your keys again? Better routine! But here’s the trick: just because routines are simple does not mean they are easy.

307: Get One More Project DONE — Fight the Dog Days of Summer and ADHD!

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As some parts of the country are just cresting back-to-school season, most of us are languishing in the final days of a hot summer. If you’ve been industrious at all, the projects you really want to have taken on are likely done. But what about the last few undesirables? You know those projects that take the extra push because you don’t want to do them, the environment isn’t conducive to doing them, and you’re exhausted from all the other great stuff you’ve been doing — and living with ADHD makes tackling those projects so much harder!

This week on the show, we’ve got some ideas for getting out of the rut to get one last project wrapped before the summer ends.

Finally, we mentioned a project Pete recently completed about Rory, the young man facing a big transition as he graduates from middle school and moves to high school. We hope you'll take a few minutes to watch it. 

Rory Neely is enormously charismatic. He's warm and kind, shakes hands with gusto, and revels in flags of all sizes. He lives with Down syndrome and autism, and thanks to the love and effort of his family and educational support team, he serves as a symbol of life as he moves into a future so many never expected him to experience.

306: Evaluating Options — Lessons from Sheryl Sandberg’s “Option B”

Thanks to a listener email inspired by a recent book recommendation on Nikki’s newsletter, we’re revisiting a book that has been inspirational in our search for joy when confronted with hopelessness. We’re talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy and using Sandberg’s journey through grief at the loss of her husband as a jumping off point for a conversation around finding hope, peace, and grace.

302: Embracing Problems, Finding Happiness

We’re diving head-first into our problems this week thanks to some inspiration from the Godfather of Help himself, Tony Robbins. Our journey is ultimately one of celebrating the lessons we learn from our challenges and adversity in our lives, collecting those experiences, and using them to make us stronger. If you've ever found yourself wandering through your own pain a bit too listlessly, maybe it’s time to sit up, reframe, and face the world anew.