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Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.

The Faster Than Normal Podcast: ADD | ADHD | Health Peter Shankman

    • Health & Fitness

Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.

    ADHD Digital Marketing Disrupter Aaron Perlut

    ADHD Digital Marketing Disrupter Aaron Perlut

    Aaron Perlut is a cool ass dude. He is the founding partner of St. Louis-based integrated communications firm Elasticity, with some 25 years of diverse experience in journalism, public relations, digital marketing, yet perhaps is best known as the world's foremost freedom fighter for people of Mustached American descent. A modest pants enthusiast and former senior counselor for FleishmanHillard, as well as a communications executive for two of the nation's largest energy companies, he has helped a range of organizations – Fortune 500s, state governments, professional sports franchises, economic development authorities, well-funded startups and large non-profits – manage their reputation and market brands across diverse channels in an evolving media environment. Today we talk about his experiences growing up with ADHD, academics, medication, getting through college, fighting stereotypes, and how he feeds his non-stop hunger & curiosity. Enjoy!
     
     
    In this episode Peter & Aaron discuss:
    1:09-  Intro & welcome back Aaron!  Check out his agency:  www.GoElastic.com
    2:06-  So when were you diagnosed?
    3:04-  What was growing up like for you, pre and post meds?
    4:45-  What are some of the toughest things you had to deal with, that the medicine didn’t necessarily cure or “fix”?
    5:58-  About “normal” behaviors and social acceptance  ref: definition of “cancel culture”
    9:05-  On the challenges of helping neurotypicals to understand important stuff about ADHD
    11:20-  Tell us about the agency that you run
    13:30-  On how being neurodiverse can be liberating!
    14:42-  Please tell us about your upcoming book
    17:11-  How can people find you Aaron?  @AaronPerlut on Twitter  INSTA  FB  LinkedIN  www.GoElastic.com
    17:50-  Real quick- what’s it like to own a bar and not drink?  His bar in St. Louis is: Tiny Bar
    18:50-  Thank you Aaron for joining us! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    19:11-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 19 min
    ADHD Travel Journalist Photographer Podcaster Christopher Mitchell

    ADHD Travel Journalist Photographer Podcaster Christopher Mitchell

    Christopher Mitchell is a travel blogger, freelance writer, photographer and podcaster hailing from Toronto, Canada. He's also a Co-Founder of the Toronto Bloggers Collective, an organization which aims to help Toronto content creators turn their passion into their profession. He's lived on three continents, traveled to 80 countries, and has no intention of slowing down any time soon.  We talk about his ADHD, how he keeps himself on task and together while traveling, how he got his start, and his take on being a busy entrepreneur today. Enjoy!
     
    In this episode Peter & Chris discuss:
    0:45-  Intro & welcome Christopher Mitchell!  
    1:30-  So what’s your story; when were you first diagnosed?
    2:43-  So meds worked for you, cool! What did you do after you finished school?
    3:40-  On how traveling & being displaced may inspire a feeling of liberation
    5:05-  Did you ever have any doubts or fears about going out on your own?  
    6:30-  How do you manage your ADHD during your work week, and when traveling?
    8:12-  On glamorizing always “being busy” in our culture
    9:00-  How does your non-ADHD wife understand your ADHD? Do you have any advice?
    10:42-  What are the best and worst parts of your ADHD?
    12:55-  What’s an average day-in-the-life for you?  Ref:  The Five Minute Journal  Non-App version here
    15:24-  How can people find you?  www.TravelingMitch.com  www.UltimateOntario.com  Podcast: Rick Steves Over Brunch  @TravelingMitch on: Twitter  INSTA  FB  Pinterest or via email: chris@travelingmitch.com
    16:16-  Thank you Christopher for joining us! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    16:43-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 17 min
    You Are What You Eat- Part Two w/ Nutritionist Andrew Wade

    You Are What You Eat- Part Two w/ Nutritionist Andrew Wade

    The first interview with our guest today was so informative, we had to bring him back! If you haven’t listened to “Nutrition Wellness and ADHD w/ Fitness + Dietary Expert Andrew Wade” maybe try to start there. Either way this is a great one! We left off with “don’t eat cookies alone”… Today is a continuance of that interview. He expounds on that sentiment and we talk more about how important nutrition is in our hectic, everyday ADHD lives. Enjoy!
     
    A little bit more about our guest today- He is a Registered Dietitian, and owner of Case Specific Nutrition (CSN), a Dietitian Group Practice with 4 locations in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding area. CSN has various contracts servicing fitness centers, corporate wellness initiatives, health and rehabilitation sites, and family medical offices. Andrew completed his Master’s in Wellness & Human Performance at the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall of 2015 and is currently credentialed as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). In addition to his practice, Andrew is the creator of the accountability mobile app “Rate My Day”, the co-founder of the online habits course The Optilife Academy, the author of the book “Marathon Ready Runner’s Nutrition Guide: a quick reference tool”, and the owner of the Case Specific Wellness Fitness Center.
     
     
    In this episode Peter & Andrew discuss:
    0:40-  Intro & welcome back Andrew!!  Prior refs: RateMyDay App  The Optilife Academy Book: Marathon Ready Runner’s Guide: A Quick Reference Tool  Case Specific Wellness Center
    1:24-  When we last parted, I had the phrase “don’t eat cookies alone” stuck in my head all week! Would you please expound on that statement?
    3:19-  About more “lonely foods”
    4:26-  How should we keep our pattern of good nutrition when our regular, daily schedule is thrown out of a window?
    6:45-  On putting the day in “holidays”
    7:38-  On traveling, nutrition and planning  Ref:  Freshly.com  Factor75.com 
    10:45-  On resilience 
    11:15-  What else can we do to prevent getting into situations that make it hard for us to make good nutritional decisions?
    14:31-  Flat tire analogy about overeating
    16:00-  When our ADHD blows up, it seems like the first thing we stop being mindful of is food. Do you have any quick tips to prevent or combat that?  Ref for dopamine hits:  https://www.drybarcomedy.com also on YouTube  and  JustForLaughs on You Tube
    20:55-   Andrew has a NEW PODCAST called CSN3MPodcast You can find it here: https://casespecificnutrition.com/csn-3m/  
    *How can people find you? @casespecificnutrition on INSTA  FB  @CaseSpecificPGH on Twitter also at  www.CaseSpecificNutrition.com  & www.CaseSpecificWellness.com
    21:45-  Thank you Andrew Wade for joining us here again! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    22:08-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 22 min
    All-Star Performance Psychologist Dr. Jonathan Fader

    All-Star Performance Psychologist Dr. Jonathan Fader

    Mental conditioning is something many people don't know about- today's guest is trying to change that; meet Dr. Jonathan Fader. We’re talking Performance Coaching, APE- (Attitude Preparation Effort), the 2015 Mets, shorthands for dealing with stress, mindfulness, and about constructing a good mental performance routine. Enjoy! 
    A little it more about our guest today-  
    Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed clinical and performance psychologist. He is best known for working with professional athletes in the MLB and NFL, including The New York Mets and The New York Giants. He is the co-founder of Union Square Practice, a mental health center, and SportStrata, a performance coaching group, located in New York City. Dr. Fader regularly works with athletes, performers, entrepreneurs, businesses, schools, physicians and with first responder groups such as The New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He speaks to groups, on topics of mindfulness, motivation and Motivational Interviewing, improving performance, stress reduction, communication and team building. Jonathan is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Coaching Athletes To Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sport as well as his debut book Life as Sport 
     
    In this episode Peter & Dr. Fader discuss:
    0:57-  Intro & welcome Jonathan!  Ref:  Union Square Practice Center  2015 New York Mets  Michael Sergio’s jump into Mets Shea Stadium circa1986
    2:42-  What’s up Jared Faber ;-)  (hello from SB too)
    2:58-  Explain Performance Coaching?
    4:46-  Ref:  FTN Podcast #53 Adapt and Overcome, with US Navy SEAL Jack Walston
    6:18-  On how your mind may think you are finished with a workout / The mind’s central governor
    7:40-  So, how does one condition against the little yellow light that your brain sends sometimes? / On building a mental performance routine
    9:20-  What if you get mentally exhausted on a run?
    10:28-  On how sensations are like a wave
    10:57-  On being ADHD and practicing mindfulness
    12:58-  Jonathan’s shorthand for feeling stress
    13:30-  What would be your advice to folks who get stuck, or who fall off? APE (Attitude-Preparation-Effort)
    16:12-  How can people find you?  www.JonathanFader.com  INSTA: Jonathan_Fader  Twitter: @DrFader 
    16:42-  Thank you Dr. Fader! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    17:19-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 18 min
    Certified ADHD Sex Therapist Author Dr. Ari Tuckman

    Certified ADHD Sex Therapist Author Dr. Ari Tuckman

    This is not one for the kiddo’s folks, today we’re taking about Sex. It IS really important and good though, and you are very likely to feel better afterwards! Today we talk a little about Ari’s new book, “ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship”. We then discuss: The Neurotypical+ADHD relationship, Meds & Sex, Does our ADHD make us extra kinky, Why don’t we ever talk about Sex & ADHD at the same time, Communication habits, and Ari gives us lots of great advice. Enjoy! 
    A little more about our guest today:      
    Ari Tuckman, PsyD, CST is a psychologist, certified sex therapist, international speaker, and author of four books on ADHD, including his newest, ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship which helps couples with one ADHD partner improve their sexual and relationship satisfaction. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, and XM Radio and been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USnews.com, The Daily Mail (UK) and many other media outlets. He is a former board member and current conference committee co-chair for CHADD, the national ADHD advocacy organization. You can find more information about his books and upcoming and recorded presentations at adultADHDbook.com
     
     
     
    In this episode Peter & Ari discuss:
    0:57-  Intro & welcome Ari!  Get his new book here!
    1:30-  If you are not already familiar CHADD.org  is a great resource for all things ADHD! 
    1:55-  So Ari, what does ADHD have to do with sex?
    3:25-  Why do you think people don’t think, or maybe just don’t talk about how ADHD affects their sex lives?
    6:00-  Do you think the ADHD promotes a higher level of experimentation/kinkiness?
    7:54-  Talk about sex and communication differences/barriers in the “Neurotypical + ADHD” partnership?
    10:57-  On communication and circumstances in the relationship
    12:54-  Let’s talk about meds, stimulants and their effects on a sex life
    14:55-  On how stimulants are perhaps most effective
    16:38-  It takes two
    18:20-  What advice would you give to the partner with ADHD who is trying to make things better in a relationship?
    20:47-  Ari’s book is “ADHD After Dark You can find it at www.AdultADHDBook.com
    21:00-  Thank you Ari!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    21:27-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 22 min
    ADHD Father Author Medical Sales Expert Tyler Menke

    ADHD Father Author Medical Sales Expert Tyler Menke

    Author, Father, and Medical Salesperson Tyler Menke’s philosophy is: “Be present in the moment, live for the day, and build for tomorrow. Work for impact not reward.”  Today we’re talking about how Tyler found his way to a career in Sales from the impetus of simply wanting to help others through medicine.  He shares with us about his struggles throughout school, his late diagnosis of ADHD, on staying positive during slow seasons, his daily ADHD routines and all about his new book, “The Pirate’s Guide to Sales”.  Enjoy!
     
     
    In this episode Peter & Tyler Menke discuss:
    0:53-  WELCOME NEW LISTENERS! And an intro & welcome to Tyler!
    2:18-  Where did you get the idea to do an infographic?  Link to Tyler’s custom infographic template
    2:48-  What’s your story? What do you do for a living?
    4:24-  You were already in the workforce when you were diagnosed; tell us about that?
    6:00-  On getting your child tested in 2019!
    6:55-  When it comes to selling, people with ADHD seem to either love it or hate it. What is it about sales that you love, and how does your ADHD enter into that?
    10:12-  What do you hate about your day-to-day?  Ref:  Space Camp movie
    11:17-  How do you stay positive through a slow period or down time?
    12:10-  What’s your daily ADHD routine?  Ref:  Wim Hof Method  Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning Podcast
    14:20-  How does your married life work with ADHD
    15:03-  How can people find you and tell us about your NEW BOOK! Ref:  “The Pirate’s Guide to Sales” avail on: Amazon  Kindle  Paperback and also via www.ThePirateGuides.com
    17:17-  Thank you Tyler! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.
    17:55-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits
    As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

    • 18 min

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