ADHD Requires More Than Guesswork
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Brain Hacks: Alan Talks Directly To Specific Street Applications
Brain Hacks For ADHD Take Participants To An Improved Level Of Thinking And Action
An entrepreneur, ADHD/productivity coach and host of Crusher™TV [www.CrusherTV.com], Alan is the creative force behind ADD Crusher™, the award-winning video series designed for ADHD teens and adults that was named a CHADD Innovative Program in 2013.
Undiagnosed for decades, Alan’s untreated ADHD manifested in underachievement, failed relationships, substance abuse, and worse. Once diagnosed, he found it difficult to learn coping strategies from books, so he developed his own unique and interesting “brain hack” strategies while building a successful advertising career and several successful start-ups. He’s a featured presenter at ADHD conferences in the U.S. and abroad, at TEDx, and co-hosts ADDA’s weekly webinars as well as his own Crusher™TV, a weekly online TV show that teaches how to “unleash the power of your brain” via productivity brain hacks.
Parker Personal Note
You will love listening to Alan’s entertaining, insightful, street-wise-maven insights with his almost-in-your-face New Jersey candor. His intelligent, common sense approach carries the passion of a serious convert from his own painful experiences. He dives deeper for details below the surface that can change your life as they have changed his. I’ve known Alan for several years of speaking together at various ADHD conferences, and he is clearly making a difference for a wide variety of folks at many levels. Dig in and download his helpful PDF below to connect with strategy specifics.
Personal Brain Hack Notes From Alan
I love to teach productivity brain hacks. As someone who, as an undiagnosed ADHD adult, was not in control of my thoughts, focus and often, behaviors, I have made it my mission to develop and curate ways to be more productive with less stress and drama — by simply “throwing switches” in one’s mind. And, of course, while also feeding one’s brain with the right fuels – both physical and behavioral.
As an underachiever, drunk and drug addict until I was 29, I next struggled in the advertising business until I learned some basic “brain hacks” from Deepak Chopra, Dr. Stephen Covey and a few others. When I was diagnosed at 36 with ADHD, and properly treated, I set out to learn everything I could about my condition.
But I found it difficult to learn coping strategies from books (30% of those who suffer with ADHD are dyslexic; most of the other 70% have poor reading comprehension). I could not understand why there were no video/audio instructional systems. As a result of the frustration of not-knowing and after even more searches, I created ADD Crusher™ — video/audio/print tools for ADHD teens and adults. I wanted to become part of the solution.
From the time that I began working basic brain hacks for focus and accessing my underlying creativity, soon after I was first diagnosed and treated, my career trajectory amplified up at warp speed. From mid-5 figures in a lower-level exec position (at age 36!) to VP and Employee of the Year with six figures…all within two years. (And during that time I co-founded a start-up on the side that was later sold for eight figures).
Listen up, pass this CBJ/030 along – Alan talks to Main Street in understandable details – and he cares.
Links to Alan’s Brain Hack Insights
Alan Recommends These Books That Parallel His Thinking
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction – Mary Solanto, PhD – Global Amazon Link – Written very closely parallel to Alan’s recommendations.
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play Neil Fiore, PhD – Global Amazon Link – Alan: This a great example of “brain hacks” to help with procrastination. I quote him often.
- The Harvard Business Review’s Collection of Productivity Tips – Getting The Right Work Done – Global Amazon Link – Alan: This review is chock full of what I regard as serious, useful “brain hacks.”
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Our Next CoreBrain Journal Episode
031: Dr Bart Billings In this provocative CBJ/031 interview Dr Billings tells explicit details about his profoundly informed and moving experience [my words] based on years of dealing with wounded warriors. From direct front line experience as a clinical psychologist in charge of large PTSD and TBI programs, both on active duty and following as a civilian to the present day, Dr Billings is one of the singular most informed medical professionals in the country – and he’s opinionated. Buckle up. From his beginnings with Jesuit College philosophy of serving others, he was led to a career helping others as a Clinical Psychologist with 34 years of active military service. In 1975 he became aware of the poor services provided for veterans in mental health, and for the past 41 years, he dedicated his life’s work to helping these deserving vets. Dr Billings will provide his best-selling book, Invisible Scars, How To Treat Combat Stress And PTSD Without Medication, – for a drawing when I publish that CBJ/031 Episode. Special Note: 23 years ago Dr Billings founded the Combat Stress Conference, the largest, most comprehensive conference in the world that evolves specific diagnostic and treatment strategies for vets.
This guy pulls no punches with the same ineffective diagnosis and inadequate treatment I’ve also witnessed at our CorePsych offices here in Virginia Beach. Throwing psych meds at appearances is paleolithic medicine. Interestingly, I found myself almost hooted out of the Naval Regional Medical Center more than ten years ago when I brought these issues up in a presentation to their Department of Psychiatry at that time. I do think things are changing, but Dr Billings insights remain surprisingly controversial. On a more positive note: In a recent meeting with an active duty naval commander [about his wife], in service on an aircraft carrier, he surprised me when he indicated the US Navy now sponsors yoga practice at sea. Well done.
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