People who have an ADHD nervous system know that they can literally do anything IF they can get engaged and stay engaged with the task. The 90% of the world who are neurotypical get organized and motivated by Importance, Rewards, and Consequences. People with an ADHD style nervous systems can’t make use of these three features. The importance of an undone task does not help getting started on it; it is only a nag.
People with ADHD get engaged in five ways: Interest, Challenge, Novelty, Urgency, and Passion for what they are doing. The problem comes from the fact that all schools and most jobs are designed for people with Importance-based nervous systems who can make use of the notion that someone else thinks a task is important. All of the rules, methods, techniques etc. that are offered to most people with ADHD Interest-based brains do not have a chance of working because the ADHD brain isn’t engaged or motivated by Importance. It is as if they have been given the wrong owner’s manual for their brain.
This presentation is an introduction to how a person with ADHD can start the lifelong process of writing their personal Owner’s Manual of what works for their brain. It helps them get in the Zone on demand. When people learn how to do this, they can literally do anything.
- Become aware of the differences between how and ADHD nervous system is totally different from the dominant Neurotypical nervous system.
- Understand the implications that these differences make for success in a standard school system and in the workplace.
- Learn the basics of how to write a personal owner’s manual that will allow a person with ADHD to overcome procrastination and distractibility on demand.
Who: William W. Dodson, M.D., LF-APA
Dr. Dodson is a board certified adult psychiatrist who has specialized in adults with ADHD for the last 25 years.
He was named a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his clinical contributions to the field of ADHD (2012). He was recipient of the Maxwell Schleifer Award for Distinguished Service to Persons with Disabilities (2006). Dr. Dodson has a private practice in Greenwood Village, CO.
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