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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

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    • 4.8 • 449 Ratings

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 Big Sea Dyslexia and ADHD w/ Outdoor Education Leadership Professor Ashley Brown

    The Big Sea Dyslexia and ADHD w/ Outdoor Education Leadership Professor Ashley Brown

    Ashley Brown teaches Coastal Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Instructor Development at the College of Charleston. She has developed these paddlesports courses over the past decade to include Sustainability Literacy and a First Year Experience course with a Biology class. Learning about sustainability and sharing it with the students led Ashley to start a Masters of Art at Prescott College in Outdoor Education Leadership. She only has a few more classes before she finishes her degree. Ashley shares her passion for teaching kayaking at all levels and challenging people to test their limits while learning and having a ton of fun. She has been developing a curriculum in Kayaking, SUP, and Instructor Development at the College of Charleston, where Ashley serves as an Adjunct Professor.  Ashley is the recipient of the American Canoe Association 2019 Excellence in Instruction Award.  This award is presented annually to an ACA member for outstanding contributions to paddlesports education and instruction. She earned the prestigious Level 5 American Canoe Association Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification and is also an ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor Trainer, Canoe Instructor, and L2 Standup Paddleboard Instructor. Ashley serves as a member of the executive committee of the Safety, Education, and Instruction Committee for the American Canoe Association. She loves to travel and has gone from Canada to Mexico and beyond, sharing her talent and knowledge with clubs, groups, schools, outfitters, events, and symposiums. Residing in Charleston, SC, she enjoys welcoming guests from all over the world to paddle in Charleston’s beautiful waterways.  One of her favorite venues is the “Edge of America”, the Atlantic Ocean off Folly Beach.  She provides paddlers an opportunity to have an exciting experience and widen their perspectives. Today we’re talking about how and why she got diagnosed, how an ADHD/ADD brain can often serve as a prerequisite, and what being buoyant may do for the ADHD in you! Enjoy!
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    In this episode Peter and Ashley discuss:  
    00:45 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    00:50 - Apologies for the near horrid audio- Peter is in a tourist-filled lobby today.
    01:05 - Intro and welcome Ashley Brown!
    01:53 - When were you first diagnosed and how did it happen?
    03:00 - What was the first big change you felt after your diagnosis?
    03:56 - What inspired you to seek out aquatic sports & activities; and to teach them?
    05:33 - Do you experience sort of a rebirth every time you go kayaking; like I do when skydiving or running?
    06:00 - On the good kind of exhaustion and a completely focused flow. 
    07:18 - How does scanning a wave, being outdoors and on the water help your ADHD?
    08:56 - I had never thought of ADHD/ADD as a requirement for something! For what else could ADHD possibly be a prerequisite?
    09:40 - On the importance of physical movement!
    11:30 - How can people find more about you? [Ashley isn’t a public figure but you can check into her courses via Web: www.wavepaddler.com and on their Facebook page here]
    12:34 - Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    19:08 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
    [00:00:38] Peter Shankman good morning. I am coming to you today from the lounge at a Hilton in Midtown Manhattan because, uh, my apartment was supposed to be finished two week

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    Simplifying Your Complexities w/ Impulsive Thinker Andre Brisson

    Simplifying Your Complexities w/ Impulsive Thinker Andre Brisson

    André Brisson, P. Eng., is the host of The Impulsive Thinker Podcast, the podcast for the high-achieving ADHD entrepreneur. Andre owns an entrepreneurial consulting engineering company and recently started Tactical Breakthroughs where he is developing the ADHDTransformation Journey program. Diagnosed late in life with severe ADHD and mild Asperger’s(ASD), the mechanisms and systems he created to overcome his undiagnosed ADHD havehelped him succeed. He credits his undiagnosed ADHD as key to his success and a factor in restricting success. Since discovering how to turn his ADHD into a strength, people havesought him out for help with using their ADHD as a strength to drive success. André Brisson has a special ability is devouring and learning complex information and simplifying for others to solve complex problems. Like most entrepreneurs, André has started multiple companies, the two of which failed for various reasons. Learning from those failures, André now operates three very successful companies, including a self-managing entrepreneurial engineering firm specializing in niche markets that require unique training, experience, and impulsive instinct to try new things. Enjoy!
    In this episode Peter and Andre discuss:  
    00:45 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    00:48 - Welcome Andre Brisson!
    02:40 - What is your success key for imparting complex information to the neurotypical? Ref: Ringette
    04:15 - Simplifying the complex
    05:06 - On the differences between informing and teaching
    05:30 - When did you get diagnosed and what brought all that about?
    06:02 - On inventing a “character” for yourself to be perceived as “not abnormal”.
    07:00 - On then importance of being unique 
    07:45 - You said you were beginning to scare your kids- can you go into details on that? Ref: emotional dysregulation
    09:55 - Have you ever bought anything strictly on impulse? Tell us in the comments! ;-)
    11:00 - Parenting with ADHD/mild Asperger’s prior to a diagnosis
    12:20 - So when you got diagnosed, what was the treatment plan? Ref: DBT, CBT Executive Function What is Time Blindness?
    13:36 - On learning your strengths and maintaining, managing and delegating what’s not best for you. Aka Peter’s “life rules”
    15:15 - A bit more on delegating and staying in the lane, on the road.
    16:38 - How can people find more about you? Email:  andre@andreb.ca
    André Brisson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andre.brisson.1447/
    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrebrisson/
    Twitter: @fatrol
    Website: www.andreb.ca
    Objective Engineering Inc.
    Website: www.objectiveeng.ca
    Tactical Breakthroughs
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TacticalBTs
    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tactical-breakthroughs/
    Twitter: @tacticalbts
    Website: www.tacticalbts.com
    The Impulsive Thinker Podcast
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/impulsivethinkerpodcast
    LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impulsive-thinker-podcast/
    Twitter: @impulsivthinker
    Website: www.theimpulsivethinker.com
    16:51 - Andre, thank you so much!  Ref: Faster Than Normal the book!
    17:75 - Thank you. Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    19:08 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
    [00:00:38] Hey everyone, Peter. Shankman welcome to the episode of Faster Than Normal. I'm thrilled that you're here. It is great to have you again, we have a fun gue

    • 18 min
    Modern Professional Journalism and ADHD w/ CNBC’s Gili Malinsky

    Modern Professional Journalism and ADHD w/ CNBC’s Gili Malinsky

    Gili Malinsky is a lead work reporter at CNBC where she covers labor and employment law, U.S. work trends, and mental health. She has contributed to outlets including The New York Times, NBC News, MTV News, the Village Voice, and many others. She’s also a playwright, having written a parody of the D.A.R.E. program called “The Drugstoppers” and, most recently, written and performed a monologue called “This is My First ADHD Support Group” at the New York Theater Festival. The monologue is loosely based on her experience getting let go and fired many times before discovering she has ADHD. She’s planning to expand it into a full-length play also touching on anxiety and depression. Gili is an Aquarius, thank you for asking. This is another good and fun one, enjoy! 
    In this episode Peter and Gili discuss:  
    00:45 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    00:46 - Live again from the flop house…
    01:21 - Welcome Gili Malinsky!
    02:22 - Welcome fellow BU Alumn! When did you get diagnosed?
    03:06 - Our stories are a little similar; what was it like for you growing up?
    05:01 - What if we had known we had ADHD during college?
    05:28 - Would Peter change anything about his life prior to his ADHD diagnosis?
    06:16 - Would Gili change anything? How about her work experiences?
    08:21 - Gili’s first ADHD epiphany about work, (via therapy)
    09:20 - On finding her condition actually has a name; not alone in this!
    09:45 - A note on self-forgiveness
    10:38 - Peter’s “leftover pizza concept”
    11:44 - Once diagnosed, what changed, what were you able to do, how do you keep on track?
    13:30: Ref: Books!  Smart But Stuck -Thomas E. Brown and Driven To Distraction -Edward M. Hallowell [Dr. Hallowell was Peter’s first ever guest on FTN, you can hear his interview HERE!]
    13:55  Ref: Peak Mind -Amishi Jha
    14:36 -How do you handle deadlines?
    15:49 - Talk about Imposter Syndrome?
    16:55 - How can people find more about you? 
    On the Web: https://www.cnbc.com/gili-malinsky-bio/
    Socials: @Malinskid on Twitter & INSTA
    17:42 - Thank you. Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to hear. I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via email at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    19:08 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits 
    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat:
    [00:00:36] Peter: Peter Shankman yo, yo, what's up everyone. Peter Shankman here from Faster Than Normal . Another episode. I am thrilled to have you with me. I am doing this again from the flop house. Reason I began started telling you about the flop house with my apartment. I had the massive water issue and, and it's finally being renovated. Uh, so I, in New York, you can't just move your stuff to another room. You actually have to move it out of your apartment. So a bunch of men came and they packed up everything I owned ever in my life, and they took it to some storage unit in Queens. I threw an air tag into a couple of boxes and I, I, I look at the air tag and remember, like, I used to have a Peloton and I used to have a bed and I used to have all this stuff. And now I'm, I'm, I'm, I'm on a couch in a one bedroom down in . Battery park city. And it's, it's a little odd. Either way life goes on as, as does Faster Than Normal!
    Welcome to the stage today, Gili and I probably, I probably just pronounced that wrong, even though she told me 10 seconds ago ahead pronounce so welcome to a ADD, Malinsky who is a lead. Did I pronounce it wrong? Gili Malinsky is a lead work reporter at CNBC. All right, so we're talking abou

    • 19 min
    What’s It Like to Love Someone With ADHD?

    What’s It Like to Love Someone With ADHD?

    Today we’re catching up with Peter en route to Northern Italy where he and his girlfriend Gabriella have recently spent a few days away. We’re allowed a candid peek into their serious relationship, and of course how ADHD plays it’s part too. This is a good and fun one, enjoy! [Editors note]: It is not lost on their sound engineer that G&P are so ‘in the moment’ that the windows of their vehicle remain down during the entirety of this recording. We’d like to say thank you for excusing the wind tunnel background ;-) 
    In this episode Peter and Gabriella discuss:  
    00:45 - Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!
    01:00 - Welcome to my wonderful girlfriend Gabriella Ribeiro!
    01:44 - So why don't you tell us where we are, where we're heading, and what we just survived?
    02:15 - Would you say it’s more the journey or the destination?
    04:00 - Why do you think my brain is doing what it’s doing since we’ve been together; the good and the bad?
    05:20 - The ADHD trouble w/ wanting the grandest of the very best, always for those you love
    06:00 - We hate making mistakes and we assimilate to our surroundings in funny ways..
    08:00 - When you have ADHD you’re your own worst critic, but by waaay much more than most. 
    09:00 - You can scroll to hear Gabriella’s episode about Iceland’s Evolving Seven Wonders here!  Ref: Gabby’s photo @theexplorateur on INSTA
    10:54 - So, [jokingly], is there anything good about dating someone with ADHD?
    11:31 - A little about dopamine hits
    12:00 - There is no accurate nor perfect matchmaking system for those of us with ADHD
    13:33 - Some honest, important information for you about relationships, dear listener.
    15:04 - One of Gabriella’s greatest, if not most important moments with Peter
    15:54 - One of the problems with ADHD that we’re trying really, really hard to change is…
    17:00 - How not to break-up in the Frankfurt airport
    17:40 - A short story on ‘using your words’
    19:26 - Gabby, what advice do you have for anyone listening to this podcast who’s dating or about to date some with ADHD?
    20:45 - How can people find more about you? 
    On the Web: The X8 Podcast also https://www.gabbyribeiro.com/about
    Socials: @theexplorateur on INSTA and Twitter and aka Explorateur Journeys on FB
    Buy her book “I'm Just Saying...: Real advice for real girls in a real world. From a real Mom” on Amazon 
    21:15 - Where are we going anyway? En route to Monterosso
    21:16 - On trust
    21:41 - Thank you! Guys, as always, we are here for you and we love the responses and the notes that we get from you so please continue to do that! Tell us who you want to hear on the podcast, we’d love to know.  Leave us a review on any of the places you get your podcasts, and if you ever need our help I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    22:27 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

    TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. somewhat: 
    Hello everyone Peter Shankman and welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal. This one is interesting. I am recording this live from, um, a car, uh, in, uh, just outside Milan Italy, where I landed about feels like about three hours ago cause we. Uh, for two hours through immigration? No, it wasn't two hours felt like it, but, um, I wanted to have, I, I wanted this interview for a while. This is gonna be an interview with me and my wonderful girlfriend, Gabriella Ribeiro um, Gabby and I have been together now about three years. And, um, I don't know why I have no idea why she, why she continues to, to, to, to stay with me. Um, but she

    • 23 min
    Breaking The Stigma w/ Mind Yr Life Founder Dr. Luisa Sanz

    Breaking The Stigma w/ Mind Yr Life Founder Dr. Luisa Sanz

     Dr. Luisa Sanz is a psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience working mainly with young people. She is immensely passionate about her work, and at the root of all she does, is the drive to help others through understanding, acceptance, compassion, respect and love. Such passion and devotion are unquestionably the results of having two brothers with schizophrenia and living its consequences from the age of 7. Being originally from Madrid, Spain, she moved to England at the age of 26 to specialize in Psychiatry and still lives there. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Sanz has actively contributed to developing services, improving the provision of care for individuals with ADHD/ASD and their families, including developing pathways to optimize diagnosis and treatment. Her special interest has always been in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly ADHD but also ASD, and this is where she’s mainly focussed her work. During her recent career break working as a regional Clinical Director for Mental Health services in the National Health Service, Dr. Sanz founded Mind Yr Life for the purpose of eradicating the stigma around Mental Health (MH). Mind Yr Life does so by, firstly, sharing credible information on MH conditions/illnesses, secondly, having open and honest conversations about personal experiences with MH problems and, thirdly, adopting an attitude towards a) acceptance and love, b) humbleness with an open mind, and c) staying grateful and positive. Today we’re talking about her organization and the path that lead her here. Enjoy!
    In this episode Peter and Luisa Sanz discuss:  
    1:12 - Intro and welcome Luisa! 
    2:17 - So what pushed you towards focusing your work towards ADHD, ADD, ASD?
    3:20 - Talk about some of the challenges you went up against; how attitudes towards the neurodiverse and the environment there was prior to, and after your time at NHS?
    5:30 - What have you noticed in terms of changing the conversation/ breaking the stigma?
    7:22 - How to break stigma?
    8:53 - Tell us about your organization Mind Yr Life!
    10:00 - We don’t exactly have a blood test for all things neurodiverse, do we
    10:50 - Dr. Sanz on her family’s experiences with mental health
    11:20 - A bad attitude and ignorance are usually contagious
     12:17 - When people don’t know about mental health illnesses, or about most things for that matter they may feel fearful or threatened; and often times they try and put a person down because that makes them feel more in control, more secured. So.. there is a lot of work to be done! 
    12:54: How can people find more about you and what you’re doing? 
    On the Web: www.MindYrLife.com
    Socials: @MindYrLifeMYL on Twitter  Facebook @mind.yr.life on INSTA and Luisa Sanz on YouTube
    16:00 - Thank you Luisa! Guys, as always, we are here for you and we love the responses and the notes that we get from you so please continue to do that! Tell us who you want to hear on the podcast, we’d love to know.  Leave us a review on any of the places you get your podcasts, and if you ever need our help I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    16:30 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

    TRANSCRIPT: 
     
    [00:00:38] Peter: Ladies and gentlemen, good day, and welcome to another episode of Faster Than Normal. My name is Peter Shankman. This is the number one podcast on ADD and ADHD and I'm thrilled that you joined us today. We have an unusual guest well all of our guests are a little unusual. This one is unusual, cause she's actually a Doctor. As you know, we have people from all over the world w

    • 17 min
    The Very Real, Totally Hidden, Costs of Being an Adult With ADHD. An Interview About Her Article w/ Author Jillian Ivey

    The Very Real, Totally Hidden, Costs of Being an Adult With ADHD. An Interview About Her Article w/ Author Jillian Ivey

    Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey (please, call her Jill) is a communications consultant, content strategist, writer, editor, voice actor, and yoga teacher based in South Philadelphia. No, she does not sleep. The thing that ties all of Jill's work together—yes, even yoga teaching—is storytelling. Jill has two degrees in creative writing that, contrary to her parents' initial reservations, she puts to use every day. She helps clients develop an authentic voice and works with them to create compelling narratives that resonate with their intended audience, and she helps her yoga students live the story their bodies tell. You can find Jill's recent essay, "The Very Real, Totally Hidden, Costs of Being an Adult With ADHD" on Medium. We’re old friends, and this is what we’re talking about today.
    In this episode Peter and Jillian Ivey discuss:  
    1:20 - Intro and welcome Jill! 
    1:40 - Jillian’s article on Medium that inspired today’s visit
    2:18 - So tell us your backstory; when did you get diagnosed and all of that?
    5:30 - About early morning risers and quiet time
    6:00 - Tell us about what inspired you to write this article?
    9:38 - About how companies will continue to charge us and how the ’fine print’ is too often the ‘find print’. Ref: TrueBill.com  Ref: House of Lies
    13:53 - So what’s our answer, what’s the solve; robots?!
    14:80 - On activism
    16:00 - Give us a couple of hacks that work for you which allow you to keep these kinds of things from happening?
    18:30 - We honor Nancy Shankman’s time-honed “task list scratcher” technique! Ref: https://www.followupthen.com
    20:30 - Jill this was awesome! How can people find more about you and what you’re doing? 
    On the Web: http://www.jilletante.com also www.JillianIvey.com Socials: @JillianIvey on all the socials except TikTok here:  Twitter  INSTA  Pinterest  and Facebook]
    20:52- Jillian’s consulting and new live story auditing service is at http://www.jilletante.com
    21:35 - Thank you Jillian! Guys, as always, we are here for you and we love the responses and the notes that we get from you; so please continue to do that! Tell us who you want to hear on the podcast, anything at all; we’d love to know.  Leave us a review on any of the places you get your podcasts, and if you ever need our help I'm www.petershankman.com and you can reach out anytime via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you 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! 
    22:41 - Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

    TRANSCRIPT: 
     Hello, everyone, happy day, whatever day it is, but it's probably a Wednesday. Cause that's when this podcast comes out and is actually a Wednesday here as well and I am recording live from New York city is a beautiful day out as finally. It looks like we're about to get to summer. The sun is shining. Birds are singing. People in New York are still assholes, but that's who we are. Anyway. It is great to have you on another episode of Faster Than Normal. I'm thrilled that you joined us as I always am humbled and love the fact that you’re here. 
    We are being joined today by an old friend of mine, a wonderful woman named Jillian Ivey. Jill and I have known each other since God, the early aughts, I guess, as they call them probably around, mid. 2007 ish, 2006 ish, something like that, I don't know. Uh, I've known Jill; she started in PR and then she went on her own, she started writing. Uh, I, when I met her, she was working for Philios, which was a similar site of Gothamist. Um, and she does a a hundred million things I'll let her tell you about, but one of the reasons that I wanted to bring it on the podcast, other than she's a great friend and I l

    • 23 min

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Fantastic Podcast 🔥🔥

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken

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Great Interview

Loved the episode with Theo Fleury - such great questions and deep discussion

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Cheers to leaning into our Gift!

Peter…Your podcasts shed such a great light on how we can think about and use our uniqueness as human beings with ADHD. The quality of your guests underscore your vision! Thank you!

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