Succeeding with ADHD

Succeeding with ADHD

The things that make us different are also often a potential advantage. People with conditions like ADHD must overcome challenges to conform and, in the process, often develop skills that make them exceptional leaders and entrepreneurs. In this session, we will explore how many of the most successful have turned these tendencies into an advantage and how you can do the same, regardless of your diagnosis.

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Gaines Kergosien

September 09, 2020
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  1. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Succeeding with ADHD How to use

    the ADHD brain to your advantage.
  2. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK What if your brain is faster

    than normal?
  3. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK During this test you’ll need to

    keep your own score by giving yourself one point for each yes. Sound like too much work? Give yourself a point! Unofficial ADHD Test
  4. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • This is not intended for

    diagnosis • The presenter is not a physician • References in slide notes Disclaimer
  5. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you missed what I just

    said and plan on using this test for diagnosis anyway, give yourself a point. Unofficial ADHD Test
  6. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Associated with impaired occupational, family,

    and relational functioning as well as poor driving skills • Linked to lower dopamine transporter density (DTD) • Estimated prevalence of ~11% in children • Estimated prevalence of ~2-4.4% in adults • Screening questionnaire available at ADD.org What is ADHD?
  7. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you’re thinking I took too

    long defining ADHD, give yourself a point. Unofficial ADHD Test
  8. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Common Presentations: • Inattentive (previously called

    ADD) ADHD Presentations
  9. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Signs: • Careless Mistakes • Difficulty

    Focusing ADHD Presentations - Inattention
  10. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Give yourself a point for each

    time you lose track of what I’m saying. Unofficial ADHD Test
  11. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Common Presentations: • Inattentive (previously called

    ADD) • Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD Presentations
  12. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Signs: • Fidgeting • Restlessness •

    Interrupting ADHD Presentations – Hyperactivity/Impulsivity
  13. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you pace during phone calls,

    give yourself a point. Unofficial ADHD Test
  14. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Common Presentations: • Inattentive (previously called

    ADD) • Hyperactive/Impulsive • Combined ADHD Presentations
  15. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Bonus points if you’re doing something

    else instead of paying attention to this presentation. Unofficial ADHD Test
  16. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Often linked with genetic variation

    of the 7-repeat allele of the DRD4 gene which varies by geography • May confer evolutionary advantages Disorder or Neurodiversity? “Atypical (neurodivergent) neurological development is a normal human difference that is to be recognized and respected as any other human variation.” -Thomas Armstrong, PhD
  17. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Poor Control/Application != Broken

  18. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • John F. Kennedy • Albert

    Einstein • Bill Gates • Sir Richard Branson • Paul Orfalea • Cameron Herold • Seth Godin • John Lee Dumas • David Neeleman • Michael Jordan • Michael Phelps • Justin Timberlake • James Carville Successful Individuals with ADHD* * Not all officially diagnosed
  19. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK 1. Self Analysis Steps to Harness

    Your Brain
  20. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you think you’re good at

    self-analysis, give yourself one point since many people with ADHD are not good at self-assessment. Unofficial ADHD Test
  21. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Handling Crisis Well • Creativity

    • Strong Intuition • Quick Study • Less Risk Averse Beneficial Traits
  22. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK ADHD Tendencies • Extreme focus in

    some activities • Easily distracted during other activities • Prefers working late at night • Craves stimulation and often restless • Drive for perfection in most or all endeavors • Goes overboard on some projects and avoids others • Routinely avoids commitments or takes on too much
  23. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you read the list of

    ADHD tendencies and thought, “this is just normal,” give yourself three points! Unofficial ADHD Test
  24. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Tendency – Hyperfocus / Microfocus

  25. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Moments of deep and

    intense concentration • Difficulty regulating one’s attention span Tendency – Hyperfocus / Microfocus
  26. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you drive like a maniac

    to get to a job you hate, give yourself a point. Unofficial ADHD Test
  27. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Tendency – Stimulation Craving

  28. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Stimulation craving results in

    destructive behavior • Restlessness leads to distraction and inattentiveness Tendency – Stimulation Craving
  29. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you’ve ever considered committing a

    crime rather than waiting in line, give yourself a point. Unofficial ADHD Test
  30. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Tendency – Out of Sight, Out

    of Mind…and In Sight Too
  31. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Living in the moment

    with little focus on the past or future • Going months without thinking about close friends • Forgetting to respond to messages despite wanting to continue the conversation • Leaving things out so you’ll see them when they are needed Tendency – Out of Sight, Out of Mind…and In Sight Too
  32. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Tendency – All or Nothing

  33. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Tend to seek perfection

    and invest 110% in projects • Avoid endeavors requiring limited investment Tendency – All or Nothing
  34. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you’re known for being a

    perfectionist in some things while not minding sloppiness in other areas, give yourself a point. Unofficial ADHD Test
  35. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Tendency – Perfectionist Procrastination

  36. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Compulsive need perfection in

    most efforts • Avoids activities where perfection is unattainable Tendency – Perfectionist Procrastination
  37. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Give yourself one point for every

    hobby you’ve picked up or business you’ve started in the last year to a maximum of 30 points. Unofficial ADHD Test
  38. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Give yourself a point for every

    report card that said: Unofficial ADHD Test • below their potential • can be disruptive • can’t keep hands to themselves • very smart, but needs to try harder
  39. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK 1. Self Analysis 2. Develop Strategies

    Steps to Harness Your Brain
  40. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Moments of deep and

    intense concentration • Difficulty regulating one’s attention span Techniques • Select time and environment to harness focus • Identify strategies to transition from hyperfocus Tendency – Hyperfocus / Microfocus
  41. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Stimulation craving results in

    destructive behavior • Restlessness leads to distraction and inattentiveness Techniques • Select time and environment to limit distractions • Substitute positive sources of stimulation • Tie distraction limitations to objective completion Tendency – Stimulation Craving
  42. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Can you…like if you want to

    talk about an exciting idea that…and you go like three minutes but you’re…and you never, because you just…you can’t finish one…because it’s so…and someone that has AD…they can follow, right? …and they get that’s what you’re talk…but you never actually finish one single…because you’re… Unofficial ADHD Test
  43. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Living in the moment

    with little focus on the past or future • Going weeks or months without thinking about close friends • Forgetting to respond to messages despite wanting to continue the conversation • Leaving things out so you’ll see them when they are needed Techniques • Select time and environment to harness focus • Identify strategies to transition from hyperfocus Tendency – Out of Sight, Out of Mind…and In Sight Too
  44. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Tend to seek perfection

    and invest 110% in projects • Avoid endeavors requiring limited investment Techniques • Micro-moment approach for dreaded tasks • Use time limits instead of task limits Tendency – All or Nothing
  45. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Manifestation • Compulsive need perfection in

    most efforts • Avoids activities where perfection is unattainable Techniques • Identify impact to determine appropriate effort • Focus on general analysis with limit on level of detail Tendency – Perfectionist Procrastination
  46. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK 1. Self Analysis 2. Develop Strategies

    3. Design Structure Steps to Harness Your Brain
  47. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Adopt a positive mentality •

    Eliminate decisions by making them in advance • Utilize tools to enforce your strategies Structure Techniques
  48. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If your microwave oven often contains

    forgotten coffee, snacks, or meals you were reheating, give yourself two points! Unofficial ADHD Test
  49. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Address inattention and impulsivity using: •

    List Making • Scheduling • Emailing • Project Planning • Break Taking • Outsourcing Organizational Coping Mechanisms (Skills) “If I compare my daily output with that of a normal person, then I achieve about 150% just because of what I can compress into a day…and it’s clearly because I am totally structured.”
  50. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Do you accomplish dozens of things

    on your to-do list every day, but fail to get the things done that matter? Unofficial ADHD Test
  51. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Does your to-do list include eat

    breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth…because you may forget, but mostly because you love checking things off? Unofficial ADHD Test
  52. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Do you then avoid brushing your

    teeth because it’s boring and takes two whole minutes? Unofficial ADHD Test
  53. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Adopt a positive mentality •

    Eliminate decisions by making them in advance • Utilize tools to enforce your strategies • Modify your habits to encourage positive change Structure Techniques
  54. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Habits are made up of

    a cue, routine, and reward • Cues fall into five categories –Location –Time –Emotional state –Other people –The immediately preceding action • Anticipation of rewards develop into a craving How Habits Work
  55. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Do you notice little things that

    other people miss? Unofficial ADHD Test
  56. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK When you feel the urge for

    your habit, ask yourself: • What time is it? • Where are you? • Who else is around? • What did you just do? • What emotion are you feeling? Hacking Your Habits – The Cue
  57. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK What craving do you think your

    habit is satisfying? • Try substituting another reward. • Try substituting the opposite reward. • Keep experimenting until you find a substitute. Hacking Your Habits – The Reward
  58. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Insert a new routine between the

    cue and reward. • Write a plan for what you will do when the cue occurs. • For example: “When [cue] I will [routine] because it provides me with [reward].” • Try it for a week and re-evaluate. Hacking Your Habits – The Routine
  59. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you’re starting to fade, give

    yourself a point…and a protein bar! We can be enthusiastic, but have trouble sustaining interest. Protein helps! Unofficial ADHD Test
  60. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK 1. Self Analysis 2. Develop Strategies

    3. Design Structure 4. Incorporate Support Steps to Harness Your Brain
  61. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Set reasonable goals and avoid

    perfectionism • Replace critical self-talk with positive encouragement • Incorporate rewards for correct behavior Self Support
  62. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Are you interested, but kind of

    yawning? Give yourself a point! Unofficial ADHD Test
  63. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Falling asleep? Give yourself two points!

    Unofficial ADHD Test
  64. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK • Seek allies with similar traits

    • Inform and involve family, colleagues, and friends • Explore trading tasks • Consider professional assistance External Support
  65. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Sound asleep already? Have someone else

    give you three points! Unofficial ADHD Test
  66. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you’re still watching but also

    put on a cat video, give yourself a point…and maybe buy a cat! Unofficial ADHD Test
  67. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK 1. Self Analysis 2. Develop Strategies

    3. Design Structure 4. Incorporate Support 5. Periodically Re-evaluate Steps to Harness Your Brain
  68. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If you were like this your

    whole life, give yourself three points! Unofficial ADHD Test
  69. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK If were not like this your

    whole life, get yourself checked out for depression, anxiety, thyroid problems, or ask someone who knew you as a child. Remember that poor self assessment and memory problems are common traits. Unofficial ADHD Test
  70. Succeeding with ADHD @GainesK Q & A Review 1. Self

    Analysis 2. Develop Strategies 3. Design Structure 4. Incorporate Support 5. Periodically Re-evaluate References • Faster Than Normal by Peter Shankman • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Slides at Kergosien.net