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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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 110 Ratings

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.

    Life With Executive Function Skills

    Life With Executive Function Skills

    So many of us grew up without the opportunity to become the person we want to be.  Whether our homes were filled with trauma or addictions or those who raised us were just missing the essential executive function skills to be able to pass them on to us, we didn’t get them.  And so, it goes.  Generation after generation of kids are growing up with under-developed executive function skills; the very life skills that are necessary for successful “adulting.”
    Some of you believe it’s too late for you to develop these skills or that it will take too long.  The fact is, it’s never too late and in our 7-month journey together you will make significant changes – from the inside out - that will change your life.  To me, that’s a relatively short period of time considering the lifetime many of us have spent without these skills and the difference that having them makes.
    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: Enrollment for the final 2021 group for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program closes on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10 pm PDT.   If you think this could be your time to make the changes you’ve wanted for years and you’re just wondering about the contents of the program, the time commitment and the financial investment, I highly recommend you at least take a look at the information on the enrollment page to fully understand what this opportunity holds for you, in the event you decide to embrace it before the deadline: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/aia-may-enrollment  
    13 EF Skills:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/Executive-Function Getting Unstuck: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/procrastination-opt-in  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 Favorite Quote: A favorite quote of mine is from Jim Rohn, who said, “The only way it gets better for you is when you get better. Better is not something you wish, it’s something you become.”   
    What this quote says to me is to be mindful of who you are becoming on the way to where it is that you are going.  And to take stock every night to make sure that you are better tonight than you were last night.  I suggest you make this a nightly practice for yourself.
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    • 41 min
    The Trauma of Not Knowing

    The Trauma of Not Knowing

    There's a lot of trauma that occurs as a result of not knowing what the source of our challenges are. And then so many mixed feelings when and if we get diagnosed, everything from a huge sense of relief, and having an explanation for entire life experiences, to a deep sadness over the missed opportunities. And we're left wondering what could have happened if we had known sooner? 
    What if the bigger issue with all the problems that we adults with or without ADHD have is because of the not knowing - the lack of a diagnosis and all the trauma that results from living with the unknown, or the unnamed explanation?
    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 Getting Unstuck: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/procrastination-opt-in  Enrollment open now for the final 2021 group for ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you, be sure to complete the program application and receive the email series educating you about the program as well as the link to early enrollment.  Complete the application now: 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 Favorite Quotes: Three of my favorite quotes by Socrates are:
    An unexamined life is not worth living. It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one, and Know thyself. What these three quotes say to me, is that we need to be curious about ourself, and understand that life is happening for us, not to us. Lessons abound, it is up to each of us to accept or reject our lessons and change accordingly. My wish for all of you is that you can learn to feel the same about your lessons in life, and set yourself free.
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    • 29 min
    Do You Forgive Yourself Or Others - 083

    Do You Forgive Yourself Or Others - 083

    Forgiveness is a gift.  We can give this gift at any time - to ourselves or to others.  It’s our “get out of jail” gift card – releasing each of us from a prison of our own making.  When we refuse to forgive, and choose to hold onto mistakes and use them against ourselves or others, we are setting ourselves up for a miserable life.  How many times do we need to relive the pain of the past before we’ve experienced enough pain or misery?
    To forgive is to stop feeling angry or resentful toward ourselves or to others for a mistake or harm caused.  To forgive doesn’t mean I forget or condone; it simply means that I stop poisoning myself with my past mistakes or the harms done to me by others.  And, as I said in the previous episode, “for things to change, you have to change.”  I had to learn how to forgive, let go and move on.  You also have to learn how to forgive, let go and move on.  If not, you could stay stuck forever.
    In this episode Dr B talks about: What is the point in forgiving myself, the damage is already done? What’s the point in apologizing to others for the mistakes I’ve made in the past; they continue to bring up my past mistakes and punish me with them. Forgiving myself or others is like me saying that what happened was okay, and it’s not okay. The importance of celebrating your wins Enrollment opens March 7th for the 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 opens March 7, 2021 for the ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you, be sure to get on the Waitlist and receive the new email series to educate and inform:  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: Oprah Winfrey said, “True forgiveness is when you can say ‘Thank you for that experience'."  
    What this quote says to me is that everything that is happening in my life is happening “for me” not “to me” – I am not a victim.  When I am grateful every day for the lessons in my life that are helping me to become more of the person I am intended to be, and I truly forgive myself and others, I take a huge step forward and set myself free.  My wish for all of you is that you can learn to feel the same about your lessons in life and truly forgive yourself and others – and set yourself free.
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    • 29 min
    What's Keeping You Stuck - 082

    What's Keeping You Stuck - 082

    Jim Rohn said - "For things to change, you have to change."
    It seems very obvious when you think about it, for things to change, you have to change. I've been thinking about this quote a lot lately. And it's taken on a much deeper meaning for me, because he didn't say, for things to change, you have to change things. What he said is for things to change, you have to change. I understand now that means that I have to change in whatever ways are necessary for things to change for me, whatever those things are; and if I don't change, which is an inside job, then things in the outside world are not going to change for me. So, for things to change, you have to change.
    In this episode Dr B talks about: Common limiting beliefs Counter-examples to limiting beliefs Upgrading your identity or sense of self The importance of celebrating your wins Enrollment opening in March for the 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 soon for the March 2021 ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills program.  If it's of interest to you, get on the Waitlist and start receiving the newest email series to educate and inform you:  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: John wooden said, "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."  
    What this quote says to me is that there is always something I can do in any situation, because I am always 100% responsible, 100% of the time for the outcomes in my life. And it's up to me to do what I can do. So, I asked myself continuously, how can I, and I do it, whatever it is. 
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    • 27 min
    If Your Feelings of Overwhelm Have Kicked into High Gear - 081

    If Your Feelings of Overwhelm Have Kicked into High Gear - 081

    Feeling overwhelmed isn’t automatically a positive or a negative experience; it depends on the emotion and on the meaning you give to the emotion you’re feeling.  You could be overwhelmed with gratitude and self-love or overwhelmed with grief and shame.
    The meaning I give overwhelmed is that it implies “too much” or “more than someone can comfortably handle.”  Is that you?
    Every time I imagine what life is like WITHOUT well-developed executive function skills before the pandemic, and then imagine it during this pandemic, the impact just 10x’d itself in terms of the negative overwhelm and impact that it is having on your lives.  And so many of you are telling me exactly that.
    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 it takes to stay out of overwhelming feelings Strategies for shifting your feelings The importance of celebrating your wins Enrollment opening in January for the ADDventures in Achievement Foundational Skills  Free Executive Function Training Series coming very soon 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 soon 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: Mother Teresa said,  “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.  Life is beauty, admire it.  Life is a dream, realize it.  Life is a challenge, meet it.  Life is a duty, complete it.  Life is a game, play it.  Life is a promise fulfill it.  Life is sorrow, overcome it.  Life is a song, sing it.  Life is a struggle, accept it.  Life is a tragedy, confront it.  Life is an adventure, dare it.  Life is luck, make it.  Life is too precious, do not destroy it.  Life is life, fight for it.”
    The question I have for you at this point of our journey together is, “Are you willing to go to any lengths and be all in so you can get what you need and want for your life?” I hope so – it’s a much better use of your energy.
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    • 25 min
    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.
    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!  

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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110 Ratings

110 Ratings

DJGlenda ,

So grateful for this podcast

Love the content it’s actually really helpful.

MLD Montclair ,

I Would Have Never Known

Dr B is the first person I’ve heard speak about Executive Function Skills and give such a thorough explanation at that.
She also, selflessly, gives free resources and tools to help those that have suffered in silence.
Thank You Dr B

Jo Emm ,

Thank you for the knowledge and straight talk!

I love your Podcast Dr. B! Your message is so spot on and inspirational! Thank you for your desire to work with others with ADHD!! ~Joellen

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