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ADHD is one of the most researched yet least understood conditions of our time. Living Beyond ADHD host, Dr B, is here to explore relevant information that just isn't making it from the experts to the general public, and to close that gap. Those diagnoses missed in earlier years and made in adulthood, add many burdens to the discovery. Failed marriages, bankruptcy, unemployment, academic failure, underachieving, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and a deep mistrust of self, are just the tip of the iceberg. In order to live a happier, more productive and successful adult life in today’s world, you must learn the essential executive function skills and strategies. Those under-developed skills and strategies rather than just your ADHD could be what are driving your greatest challenges.

Living Beyond ADHD Dr B - Barbara A. Cohen, Ph.D., MFT, innovative educator, coach and psychot

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ADHD is one of the most researched yet least understood conditions of our time. Living Beyond ADHD host, Dr B, is here to explore relevant information that just isn't making it from the experts to the general public, and to close that gap. Those diagnoses missed in earlier years and made in adulthood, add many burdens to the discovery. Failed marriages, bankruptcy, unemployment, academic failure, underachieving, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and a deep mistrust of self, are just the tip of the iceberg. In order to live a happier, more productive and successful adult life in today’s world, you must learn the essential executive function skills and strategies. Those under-developed skills and strategies rather than just your ADHD could be what are driving your greatest challenges.

    You Think It's ADHD That's Been Biting You In The Butt All These Years - 080

    You Think It's ADHD That's Been Biting You In The Butt All These Years - 080

    Being an Achiever isn’t just about developing your EF Skills; you also need to become the person who is the Achiever, instead of thinking of yourself as the person who is the ADDer.  Saying “I am an Achiever” is the first step to taking on an empowering new Identity, just as saying “I am an ADDer, is a step that reinforces keeping the same old disempowering Identity.    
    Are you telling yourself stories or reliving your past failed attempts and making that your reality today?  You’re probably not doing this consciously, however, many of us base our current reality on possibilities of what you’ve done in the past.  Statements like, “this is just how I am” or “this doesn’t feel like me” or “I can’t see myself living that way” are common.  
    The good news?
    Executive Function skills can be learned, no matter what age you are.  No matter where you are located in the world.  All it takes is the right training, strategies and support. 
    In this episode Dr B talks about: What can happen when ADHD and under-developed executive function skills are lumped together for diagnosis and treatment Giving a new meaning to ADHD and under-developed executive function skills The importance of celebrating your wins Enrollment opening now for the January 2021 ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program  
    Developing your Executive Function Skills and shifting your limiting beliefs is the fastest and most effective way to overcome ADHD limitations, find focus, gain confidence, and a newfound freedom in your life!
     
    My mission is to put an end to the worldwide needless suffering of adults with ADHD and those with under-developed Executive Function Skills - whether from ADHD, chronic depression or anxiety, trauma, addictions or chronic illnesses.  And, you don't need a formal diagnosis to know you need help developing these executive function skills in order to greatly reduce your suffering.
    Episode Resources: 13 EF Skills:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/Executive-Function  Enrollment opening now for the January 2021 ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you, get on the Waitlist:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/AIA  Join the amazing Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group & hangout with your peeps Follow me on Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Download the mp3 audio file and listen whenever you like. Download the transcript for this episode A Favorite Quote: Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” The question I have for you at this point of our journey together is, “Are you ready to build your new life and move into it, rather than continually trying to remodel your old life?” I hope so – it’s a much better use of your energy.
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    • 36 min
    “Shelf-Help” Can Do More Harm Than Good - 079

    “Shelf-Help” Can Do More Harm Than Good - 079

    According to government statistics, last updated in 2018, there are a lot of unhappy people that are suffering in the world.  In the U.S. alone:
    32 million people suffer from anxiety 17 million suffer from depression Around 12 million suffer from PTSD And, according to Forbes magazine, the Self-Help industry generates over $11 billion annually. What I find interesting is that many of the self-help books and videos that get purchased sit on the shelf collecting dust. So for today’s podcast, I wanted to explore this phenomenon and help you get curious about what does work and why.  How much time do we have?  Not much.  So let’s get to it.
    And, if my podcast show is the first time you’ve been hearing about the difference between ADHD and executive function skills, you're not alone.  If you’re an adult who received a diagnosis of adult ADHD, executive function skills should also have been assessed and discussed with you, in my humble opinion.  The odds of having under-developed executive function skills along with ADHD are very high; in fact, almost a given that you will.  It's also highly probable that you will have under-developed executive function skills if you've lived with chronic depression, chronic anxiety, trauma, addictions, or chronic illness.
    In this episode Dr B talks about: How shelf-help can do more harm than good The kind of help we need to really advance and heal The importance of celebrating your wins Open enrollment NOW for the ADDventures in Achievement program until Thursday, July 2, 2020!! Developing your Executive Function Skills and shifting your limiting beliefs is the fastest and most effective way to overcome ADHD limitations, find focus, gain confidence, and a newfound freedom in your life!
    🎉   🎉 HAPPENING FOR A LIMITED TIME!   ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program is open for enrollment until July 2, 2020.  If you want to gain control of your life, click HERE for more information and to enroll.  Orientation starts on July 6, 2020.
    My mission is to put an end to the worldwide needless suffering of adults with ADHD and those with under-developed Executive Function Skills - whether from ADHD, chronic depression or anxiety, trauma, addictions or chronic illnesses.  And, you don't need a formal diagnosis to know you need help developing these executive function skills in order to greatly reduce your suffering.
    Episode Resources: Download the mp3 audio file and listen whenever you like. Join the Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group and hangout with your community. Follow me on my Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Free Resources and opportunities to learn from Dr B Questions for me - Ask Dr B Enrollment open now for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you: https://vip.drbarbaracohen.com/aia/join A Favorite Quote: Ann Voskamp said, “Shame dies when stories are told in safe places.” 
    So, the question I have for you at this point in our journey together is, do you have a safe place to tell your stories to transform your toxic shame and make a fresh start?  If you don’t, I hope you will consider joining me in our safe space so you can heal.
    To Help The Show: Subscribe at your favorite listening spot and my podcast player has social media links (icons) in the episode player so you can share episodes you love with others! 
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    Let's put an end to the worldwide needless suffering together!  
     

    • 35 min
    Dr B Interviewed By Meredith For Real: The Curious Introvert - 078

    Dr B Interviewed By Meredith For Real: The Curious Introvert - 078

    I have something a little different for you today.  In case you missed listening to my interview with Meredith for Real:  The Curious Introvert, she was kind enough to share the episode with me, so I could share it with you all directly.  I love responding to questions and thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Meredith.
    If my podcast show is the first time you’ve been hearing about the difference between ADHD and executive function skills, you're not alone.  If you’re an adult who received a diagnosis of adult ADHD, executive function skills should also have been assessed and discussed with you, in my humble opinion.  The odds of having under-developed executive function skills along with ADHD are very high; in fact, almost a given that you will.  It's also highly probable that you will have under-developed executive function skills if you've lived with chronic depression, chronic anxiety, trauma, addictions, or chronic illness.
    Today’s episode is about offering you hope; real hope that you can change your life.  How much time do we have?  Not much.  So let’s get to it.
    In this episode Dr B talks about: Understanding what ADHD is The difference between ADHD and executive function skills Strategies based on my responses to questions from Meredith's listeners The importance of celebrating your wins Developing your Executive Function Skills and shifting your limiting beliefs is the fastest and most effective way to overcome ADHD limitations, find focus, gain confidence, and a newfound freedom in your life!
     
    🎉   🎉 Save the Date - Special Event:  Living Beyond ADHD video training series starts Thursday, June 18, 2020.  If you want to gain control of your life, click HERE for more information and to save your seat.  It's free!! 
     
    My mission is to put an end to the worldwide needless suffering of adults with ADHD and those with under-developed Executive Function Skills - whether from ADHD, chronic depression or anxiety, trauma, addictions or chronic illnesses.  And, you don't need a formal diagnosis to know you need help developing these executive function skills in order to greatly reduce your suffering.
     
    Episode Resources: Download the mp3 audio file and listen whenever you like. Join the Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group and hangout with your community. Follow me on my Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Free Resources and opportunities to learn from Dr B Questions for me - Ask Dr B Enrollment opening in June 2020 for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you:  Waitlist for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program   A Favorite Quote: Carl Bard said, “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” 
    So, the question I have for you at this point in our journey together is, will you make a fresh start today, so you can make a new ending?
     
    To Help The Show: Subscribe at your favorite listening spot and my podcast player has social media links (icons) in the episode player so you can share episodes you love with others! 
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    Let's put an end to the worldwide needless suffering together!  
     
    About Meredith for Real:  The Curious Introvert https://www.meredithforreal.com 

    • 28 min
    EF Skill of Initiating - Starting and Following Through - 077

    EF Skill of Initiating - Starting and Following Through - 077

    I love responding to questions and enjoyed being interviewed by Meredith for Real so much that I decided to change the format of my show to focusing on a topic and responding to questions about it.  So, if you have a topic you’d like me to talk about and half a dozen questions you’d like answered on that topic, submit your topic and 6 questions to me directly at: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/ask-dr-b
    If my podcast show is the first time you’ve been hearing about executive function skills and strategies, you are not alone.  If you’re an adult who received a diagnosis of adult ADHD, executive function skills should also have been assessed and discussed with you, in my humble opinion.  The odds of having executive function deficits along with ADHD are very high; in fact, almost a given that you will. 
    Today’s episode is about the executive function skill of Initiating and some strategies to get you started on developing this important skill, as well as offering you hope; real hope that you can change your life.  How much time do we have?  Not much.  So let’s get to it.
    In this episode Dr B talks about: The simplest, bare-bones definition of Initiating that I could give How Initiating and Procrastination relate to each other The insult of "lazy" A few quick strategies to help you start developing your Initiating skillset A testimonial from a student on this topic If you don't believe this can work for you, listen up The importance of celebrating your wins My mission is to put an end to the worldwide needless suffering of adults with ADHD and those with under-developed Executive Function Skills - whether from ADHD, chronic depression or anxiety, trauma, addictions or chronic illnesses.  And, you don't need a formal diagnosis to know you need help developing these executive function skills in order to greatly reduce your suffering.
    Episode Resources: Download the mp3 audio file and listen whenever you like. Download the episode transcript if that's important for you. Join the Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group and hangout with your community. Follow me on my Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Free Resources and opportunities to learn from Dr B Questions for me - Ask Dr B Enrollment opening in June 2020 for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you:  Waitlist for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program A Favorite Quote: Carl Bard said, “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” 
    So, the question I have for you at this point in our journey together is, will you make a fresh start today, so you can make a new ending?
    To Help The Show: Subscribe at your favorite listening spot and my podcast player has social media links (icons) in the episode player so you can share episodes you love with others! 
    Please rate the show and leave a review on iTunes so I know you're benefiting from the episodes.  The greater the number of reviews, the higher the ranking, and the easier it will be for others to find the show; people who also need this information.  
    Let's put an end to the worldwide needless suffering together!  

    • 36 min
    Transforming ADDulting with ADHD - 076

    Transforming ADDulting with ADHD - 076

    For those of you who don’t know me yet …
    Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    That was me; living the majority of my academic life believing I was stupid, and chasing degrees to prove I wasn’t. The degrees never resolved the feelings; only accepting the truth did. I was smart; just differently. I wasn’t broken. I didn’t need fixing. I needed to understand what was great about me and build on that. I have, and so can you!
    The meanings you give the events of your life is so important.  They can either empower or destroy you. 
    In this episode Dr B talks about: Defining what ADDulting will look like for you Success comes from building a strong foundation and continuing to practice the basics Six important concepts that have radically transformed my life and others who apply these concepts The importance of celebrating your wins My mission is to put an end to the worldwide needless suffering of adults with ADHD and those with under-developed Executive Function Skills - whether from ADHD, chronic depression or anxiety, trauma, addictions or chronic illnesses.  And, you don't need a formal diagnosis to know you need help developing these executive function skills in order to greatly reduce your suffering.
    Episode Resources: Download the mp3 audio file and listen whenever you like. Download the episode transcript if that's important for you. Join the Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group and hangout with your community. Follow me on my Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Free Resources and opportunities to learn from Dr B Questions for me - Ask Dr B Enrollment opening in June 2020 for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you:  Waitlist for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program A Favorite Quote: Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” 
    So, the question I have for you at this point of our journey together is, are you longing for what was, so much so that you are missing what can be?  I hope you will release any regret about the closed door, so you can fully embrace the doors that are opening for you, even now.
    To Help The Show: Subscribe at your favorite listening spot and my podcast player has social media links (icons) in the episode player so you can share episodes you love with others! 
    Please rate the show and leave a review so I know you're benefiting from the episodes.  The greater the number of reviews, the higher the ranking, and the easier it will be for others to find the show; people who also need this information.  
    Let's put an end to the worldwide needless suffering together!  

    • 36 min
    Like a Fish in Water, This is All We Know - 075

    Like a Fish in Water, This is All We Know - 075

    We have a multi-dimensional mental health problem in the world.  Many professionals aren’t trained to recognize nor address issues with ADHD or executive function training.  Our family members might have had the same challenges we experience and just made the best of them.  And of course, whatever they modeled for us is what we learned.  Plus, nowhere along the way was it ever mentioned that we could do something about these challenges ourselves – even without a diagnosis!
    Prescribers aren’t recommending executive function skills training.  Therapists aren’t recommending executive function skills training.  Colleges aren’t recommending or offering executive function skills training; neither are employers.  So, if all the main people in your life weren’t making these recommendations, why would you even know or consider this as something you can do for yourself? 
    In this episode Dr B talks about: Multi-dimensional mental health problem in the world Importance of executive function skills training with scaffolding support Self-care beyond skills training - hydration, nutrients, movement, and more The importance of celebrating your wins My mission is to put an end to the worldwide needless suffering of adults with ADHD and those with under-developed Executive Function Skills - whether from ADHD, chronic depression or anxiety, trauma, addictions or chronic illnesses.  And, you don't need a formal diagnosis to know you need help developing these executive function skills in order to greatly reduce your suffering.
    Episode Resources: Download the mp3 audio file and listen whenever you like. Download the episode transcript if that's important for you. Join the Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group and hangout with your community. Follow me on my Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Free Resources and opportunities to learn from Dr B Questions for me - Ask Dr B Enrollment opening in June 2020 for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you:  Waitlist for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program A Favorite Quote: Kahlil Gibran said, “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” We can only control ourselves, no matter how much training we undertake; not other people, places or things. We need to cultivate a mindset of acceptance for that which we cannot control and take action on that which we can, without hesitation, least the window of opportunity pass us by.
    Are you willing to accept what is outside of your control, so you can focus your time, effort and energy on being mindful of who you are becoming on the way to where it is that you are going? I hope so.
    To Help The Show: Subscribe at your favorite listening spot and my podcast player has social media links (icons) in the episode player so you can share episodes you love with others! 
    Please rate the show and leave a review so I know you're benefiting from the episodes.  The greater the number of reviews, the higher the ranking, and the easier it will be for others to find the show; people who also need this information.  
    Let's put an end to the worldwide needless suffering together!  

    • 28 min

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