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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.

    Harness “Conscious Focusing” as Your Superpower! - 088

    Harness “Conscious Focusing” as Your Superpower! - 088

    If you could get yourself to focus when and where you need to AND could shift your state or feelings so you feel like doing things you’ve planned, when it’s time to take action, would having those skills change your life?  If you’re like other adults I’ve asked over the years, the answer is a resounding yes.  But how?
    You are where your attention is.  What you focus on grows.  You are the meaning maker in your life.  Your feelings are a direct result of your thinking.  You create your own reality; we all do. 
    So…are you ready to harness your focus before your dreams gently slip through your fingers or you run out of steam and just quit?  I hope so.
    Today I’m talking about one aspect of embracing your Superpower and becoming the visionary of your life.  That’s right - developing your Foresight and Conscious Focusing so you can connect with your ideas about how things can be different for you; how they can actually improve.       
     
    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 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: Put yourself on the informational Waitlist for the ADDventures In Achievement Foundational Skills Program, so that you receive all the amazing emails we’ve written to both educate you about Executive Function skills as well as the details of the program; there is absolutely no obligation by being on the Waitlist.  You’ll thank yourself for getting informed:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/AIAWaitlist 
     
    Free Video and e-Book - Many Mental Health Providers & ADHD:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/elephant-in-the-room  13 EF Skills:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/Executive-Function Take Control of Your Life with MasterClasses: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/MasterClasses  Join the amazing Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group & hang out with your peeps Follow me on Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Follow me on InstaGram and enjoy relevant resources Download the mp3 audio file and listen whenever you like. Download the transcript for this episode   Some Favorite Quotes About Focus:  Alexander Bell said, “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Will Durant said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

    Bruce Lee said, “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

    Zig Ziglar said, “I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there, you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”

    Steve Jobs said, “Focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex:  You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.  But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

    Mike Hawkins said, “you don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.”

    Jacqueline Leo said, “One look at an email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus. One call on your cell phone, one tweet, one instant message can destroy your schedule, forcing you to move meetings, or blow off really important things, like love and friendship.”

    Ralph Marston said, “Your destiny i

    • 31 min
    Does Everyone Who Gets a Diagnosis Do Better in Life Because of It - 087

    Does Everyone Who Gets a Diagnosis Do Better in Life Because of It - 087

    I pursued an ADHD diagnosis with many professionals, only to be refused an assessment with two and granted an assessment with one who decided there was nothing significantly amiss with me – just a little anxiety.
    Seriously?!  The two that turned me away said it would be a waste of time (whose time?) to assess me and the one that did, asked questions and did testing that would never have confirmed a diagnosis because they weren’t properly trained to assess me as an adult woman.  It was very discouraging.
    Peri-menopause was the great equalizer.  When my brain function went offline, all the skills and strategies I had successfully used prior to that hormonal shift stopped working for me.  I had developed my EF skills well enough to get my education and successfully serve clients in my private practice, however, my skills weren’t developed in the methodical manner I developed them after “my cognitive fall.”  What a gift that time in my life was for me, and what was to transpire as a result.
     
    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 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: Put yourself on the informational Waitlist for the ADDventures In Achievement Foundational Skills Program, so that you receive all the amazing emails we’ve written to both educate you about Executive Function skills as well as the details of the program; there is absolutely no obligation by being on the Waitlist.  You’ll thank yourself for getting informed:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/AIAWaitlist 
     
    Free Video and e-Book - Many Mental Health Providers & ADHD:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/elephant-in-the-room  13 EF Skills:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/Executive-Function Take Control of Your Life with MasterClasses: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/MasterClasses  Join the amazing Living Beyond ADHD Facebook Group & hang out with your peeps Follow me on Dr B Facebook Page and enjoy live videos and more Follow me on InstaGram and enjoy relevant resources 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 Nick Webb, who said, “We inhabit a world in which we tend to put labels on each other and expect that we will then march through life wearing them like permanent sandwich boards."
    I know that I live in a world that uses labels freely.  However, labels easily become identity statements about WHO we are instead of WHAT is challenging to us.  Therefore, I prefer to keep the WHAT as the challenge and the WHO as the sacred, precious child I am and you are.  I choose to BE me; not a label.  How about you?  What do you choose?
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    Let's put an end to the worldwide needless suffering together!  We can do this!  

    • 36 min
    Putting the Brakes on Negative Self-Talk - 086

    Putting the Brakes on Negative Self-Talk - 086

    You may not know if being free of negative self-talk is going to be right for you.  You may not know if you’re going to be SO happy with your new-found freedom that you’ll have to email me and tell me about it.  You may not know if this transformation is going to be really fun and exciting. 
    And, if it’s not as wonderful as others have experienced and you want your previous negative self-talk life back, you can re-create that life again – although you may want to give your new-found freedom a little time before you decide.
     
    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: Put yourself on the informational Waitlist for the ADDventures In Achievement Foundational Skills Program, so that you receive all the amazing emails we’ve written to both educate you about Executive Function skills as well as the details of the program; there is absolutely no obligation by being on the Waitlist.  You’ll thank yourself for getting informed:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/AIAWaitlist 
     
    13 EF Skills:  https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/Executive-Function Take Control of Your Life with MasterClasses: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/MasterClasses  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 Follow me on InstaGram and enjoy relevant resources 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 Lisa Hayes, who said, “Be careful how you talk to yourself because you are always listening.”   
    What this quote says to me is that the many parts of myself are always listening – that they are each sensitive to something I say, whether it’s encouraging or abusive.  And since I never know who is listening at any given time, and I am 100% responsible, 100% of the time for what I say to myself, it’s up to me to do what I can do to evict the negative and feed the positive in everything I will BE and DO.  So, I ask myself daily - “how can I” and I do that.
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    • 28 min
    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

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