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Special Report:

ADHD Management Tips


from the Experts
Brought to you by ADHDmanagement.com,
Your Go-to Guide for Living with Adult
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Special Report: ADHD Management Tips from the Experts


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Dear Friends,
In honor of the launch of ADHDmanagement.com, I asked my friends and colleagues to
contribute to a special report on tips for livingly happily and successfully with adult Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I heard back from some the top experts in the world of ADHD
who took the time to share their very best tips with our readers.
The result is this special report that youre reading right now, which contains 20 tips from
experts in the world of ADHDmany of whom have ADHD themselves! Youll no doubt
recognize many of the names, including authors Drs. Ned Hallowell, Patricia Quinn, Kate
Kelly, Ari Tuckman, Stephanie Sarkis, David Giwerc, and 14 other doctors, psychologists,
coaches, and educators who actively work with and for adults with ADHD.
The tips contained in this special report are simple and practical pieces of information,
advice, and inspiration that you can use right away to take concrete, positive steps to manage
your ADHD and move forward in your life.
On behalf of the team here at ADHDmanagement.com and all the contributors, we wish you
all the best and hope you enjoy this special report!
Sincerely,

Jennifer Koretsky, SCAC


Managing Partner and CEO of ADHDmanagement.com

P.S. Youll no doubt want to share this Special Report: ADHD Management Tips
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Managing Overwhelm
Stress Management = ADHD Management! The more stressed out you are, the
more your ADHD challenges will present themselves and the harder life
becomes. But the more youre able to manage your stress, the easier it
becomes to buildand practiceyour ADHD management skills.
Jennifer Koretsky, SCAC
Managing Partner and CEO of ADHDmanagement.com
& ADD Management Group, LLC
Author of Odd One Out: The Mavericks Guide to Adult ADD
Resisting a distraction takes mental effort which drains off mental energy for
more important tasks. So get rid of potential distractions before they can
distract you: turn off the cell phone and email alert; move the extra stuff off
your desk, etc. Youll have more focus for what matters.
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA
Author of Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive
Functions Workbook
The most powerful technique I know for dealing with ADD (or ADHD) is to
train yourself to take a step back when you are spinning, or in overwhelm.
Most of us have developed a habit of "trying harder" to attack a task or
problem. Instead, develop a new habit. When you notice that you are
overwhelmed, close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a few
moments. This practice can dramatically cut down on the amount of time
you spend in overwhelm.
Kate Kelly, MSN, SCAC
Founder, ADDed Dimension Coaching Group
Co-author of You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!

Knowing Your ADHD


Understand your own unique ADHD. Become educated about how it affects
you day-to-day and from situation to situation. ADHD is a complex, often
misunderstood condition. Symptoms can present so differently from person
to person and throughout ones lifespan. Actively educate yourself to better
understand your ADHD and how to best manage it.
Keath Low, MA
About.com Guide to ADHD
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Managing ADHD successfully is impossible without self-awareness and selfacceptance. Understanding your authentic self (strengths and weaknesses)
in a non-judgmental manner opens you up to using many ADD-friendly tips.
Full acceptance means understanding your personal pitfalls and being
proactive and realistic as to how to address them, even if it is in an
unconventional manner.
Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Instructor,
Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Positive Thinking
Don't let shame over little "screw ups" lead to avoidance, making
consequences worse. Instead, ACT AS IF you were confident: laugh at
yourself, apologize and simply move on. When you take mistakes in stride,
instead of being paralyzed by shame, you will behave more functionally and
improve others' perception of you.
Bonnie Mincu, MA, MBA
Senior Certified ADHD Coach & President, "Thrive with ADD"
If you learn to Pause and Pay attention to the signals of distress that you feel
in your body, you can choose to change negative, dominant patterns of
thinking that create disharmony in your bodyand you can stop these
patterns in their tracks. You can then work on a new pattern of thoughts to
serve you well.
David Giwerc, MCC
Master Certified Coach, Founder and President, ADD Coach
Academy
Author of Permission to Proceed: The Keys to Creating a Life of
Passion, Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD

Planning & Organization


Set priorities to help reduce impulsivity when asked to take on more
responsibility. Rather than say yes to more than you can handle, know your
priorities and decide how each opportunity fits with those priorities. Decide
your top three priorities to start.
Laura Rolands, MILR
ADHD Coach and Consultant
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Do you leave a lot of things undone? If youll take a brief pause before
beginning to map the task/project through to completion, youre much more
likely to see the task/project through. That brief pause and mental mapping
process can help you enjoy an easy completion.
Barbara Luther
Master Certified ADHD Coach, Wind Beneath Your Wings
Tools are supposed to make your life easier. To do lists and calendars are
only useful if they work for you. They dont need to be pretty or perfect or
done some way you read in a book, and you aren't being graded on them.
They need to work for you!
Becca Colao MA, SCAC
Backing Independent Growth

Accept the fact that your home may never be as organized as your friends'
homes. Its best to create your own systems according to what works best for
you, even if your systems are very different from those of your friends,
family, and coworkers. Respect what workssnooty neighbors and Martha
Stewart be damned.
Erin Korey
Managing Partner and COO of ADHDmanagement.com &
ADD Management Group, LLC
Turn cleaning tasks into a speed contest. Set a timer for fifteen
minutes, then clean your desk/kitchen/garage (pick one) as quickly as
possible. You may be so pleased by the results that you may decide to set the
timer for another fifteen minute cleaning sprint.
Jeffrey Siegel
Blogger, Jeff's ADD Mind

Money & Finances


When you and/or your spouse/partner have ADHD, managing money can be a
challenge. To decrease the amount of money-related arguments in your relationship,
consider keeping separate checking accounts. You may still want to have your
spouse's name on the account so they have access to your funds in the event of an
emergency.
Stephanie Sarkis PhD NCC LMHC
Author of ADD and Your Money: A Guide to Personal Finance for Adults with
Attention Deficit Disorder
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Creating a system for managing finances is challenging, especially if you


have ADHD. A key reason financial systems fail is that they become too
complex and impossible to maintain. Instead of focusing on creating a
complex, perfect system, focus on creating a system that is easy to use and
maintain.
John MacKenzie, MBA
Blogger, Adult ADD and Money and Special Assistant, ADDclasses.com

Treatment Options
Its easy to determine if your medication is working if you know what to look
for. The main goal of treating AD/HD is to reduce symptoms to normalize
functioning. To do this you will want to set target symptoms and treat until
these symptoms fall within the range for people without AD/HD. Instead of
subjectively rating improvement, you (and your physician) can monitor
progress weekly by rating your target symptoms. If target symptoms do not
respond, medication dose can be increased or a change made to another
medication.
Patricia O. Quinn, MD
Director, National Center for Girls and Women with ADHD
Author of 100 Questions & Answers About AD/HD in Girls and Women

Get the Facts! ADHD Medications work 75-80% of the time so it is worth the
process (albeit sometimes laborious) of working with your doctor to find the
right medication. Many people are reluctant to try ADHD medications out of
fear. You may worry about side effectsor have experienced side effects
but dont give up!
Theresa Cerulli, M.D., Neuropsychiatrist
Medical Director, Cerulli and Associates &
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Career
People always ask for a list of ADD-Friendly Jobs. Like snowflakespeople
with ADD are all unique. It is a far better plan to assess your passions,
interests, skills and strengths, and thereby come up with your OWN list of
jobs that will be right for YOU!
Wilma Fellman, M.Ed., LPC
Career Counselor
Author of Finding a Career that Works for You
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Support
Whos on your team? Take stock of the people who get AD/HD, who help
you when you need their partnership or advice. Whos missing on your
team? Do you need to add a knowledgeable doctor, therapist, coach, an
organizer, financial planner or one really good friend?
Linda Anderson, MA, MCC
Master Certified Business and Personal Coach, Getting Clear
Quite often people with ADD / ADHD feel isolated and alone. It doesnt have
to be this way though. Community and connection are keys to understanding
and treating ADD / ADHD. Connecting with an in-person or online support
group can make a world of difference in living successfully with ADD /
ADHD.
Tara McGillicuddy, SCAC
ADHD Support Mentor, Founder and Director of ADDclasses.com

Inspiration
This notion that you cant be successful with ADHD is absolutely
preposterous. I can name Nobel prize winners, Pulitzer prize winners, CEOs,
professional athletes, billionairesnot just millionaires, but billionaires. Its
time to blow that myth up that you cant be successful with ADHD. Its true
that it can devastate your life. If you dont manage it correctly, it can ruin
your life. But if you do manage it correctly, it can take you to the very
heights. Thats why its so critical that people understand it and really get the
proper help.
Edward Ned Hallowell, M.D.
Child and Adult Psychiatrist and Founder of the Hallowell Centers
Author of Driven to Distraction, Delivered From Distraction, and many
other best selling books.

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Disorder!

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