312: February 2020 Q & A with Brendan Mahan and Will Curb

Forgiveness and acceptance are critical when learning to manage your ADHD while remembering it is a rollercoaster, and the goal is to make the ups and downs a little less extreme. This is just one of the topics we cover in our monthly Q & A session with guests Brendan Mahan and Will Curb. We are taking questions from you the listener about situations that you want to talk through. It doesn’t matter if it’s personal or professional, we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers. 

Our first question today is how to revive yourself after a hard task when your tank is empty, and Lauren asks for tips when prioritizing projects. Debra has two topics she wants to discuss: one is about comorbidities like attentive type anxiety and depression, and the second is advice on coping strategies for a nineteen-year-old.

Another listener is requesting tips for scheduling life stuff rather than work stuff, Emma wants some ways to manage her hyperfocus at work, and Princess wants to know what the first thing she should tackle when trying to control her ADHD. A listener asks if it’s okay to take her medication only during the week and take the weekends off, and Eric shares that it is recommended to maintain your dosage each day seven days a week.

Listen in as we cover a wide range of topics, and we provide some creative takeaways no matter what stage you’re in with your diagnosis. Listen in as we discuss not only your questions but also the struggle we still have dealing with our ADHD.

Please note that when we discuss medications, we can only address personal experience. Anytime you have been prescribed a drug, you should reach out to your provider regarding your and your experiences. Not all medications are useful for all people. There are a variety of options, and you’ll need individual help to determine which medicines are right for you.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:21] Welcome our monthly Q & A with Will Curb and Brendan Mahan.
  • [03:23] Erica asks the first question about how to revive after a hard task when your tank is empty.
  • [06:01] Erica and Eric speak about coping mechanisms.
  • [08:20] Brendan shares his thoughts on Erica’s question.
  • [09:47] Will suggests scheduling a five to ten-minute walk to give the brain a break.
  • [12:01] Lauren wants to know their best tips for prioritizing.
  • [14:18] Eric shares a book that he requires his members to read called “The ONE Thing.” 
  • [16:00] They speak about prioritizing self-care and planning goals in advance.
  • [19:26] “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”
  • [25:45] Debra has a question about comorbidities like attentive type anxiety and depression.
  • [27:10] Eric shares his thoughts on how common anxiety and depression are with late-diagnosed ADHD.
  • [28:43] What are some coping strategies for a nineteen-year-old in college?
  • [30:11] Eric shares his college experience at nineteen and how hard it was for him to go to morning classes.
  • [32:31] Make it Stick the Science of Learning is a book that Eric recommends to any college student.
  • [34:02] A listener wants some tips for scheduling life stuff rather than work stuff.
  • [36:18] Brendan shares his ideas on this subject and how he handled it.
  • [39:51] Will gives his insight on working so much you don’t have time for life stuff.
  • [43:30] Emma has a question about managing her hyperfocus at work.
  • [46:09] Eric speaks about going into hyperfocus in a planned way.
  • [49:12] Brendan, do you have anything you want to add?
  • [51:22] Will shares his thoughts on hyperfocus and what she could try.
  • [52:37] Princess wants to know the first thing they suggest to tackle when trying to manage her ADHD.
  • [55:01] They all speak about knowing when ADHD wins and don’t beat yourself up; forgiveness and acceptance are so important.
  • [57:19] Do you recommend continuing your medication on weekends?
  • [58:35] Eric chats about what can happen when you don’t take your medicine as prescribed.
  • [1:00:52] Will shares his experience with taking his meds.
  • [1:03:14] As always, talk to your doctor and make sure they know ADHD.
  • [1:04:10] Thank you, Brendan, and Will for being on the show.
  • [1:05:24] If you’re a regular listener, consider becoming a patron and on our Patreon at www.ADHDreWired.com

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