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Making ADHD your Superpower | George Cicci | TEDxWVU


Making ADHD your Superpower | George Cicci | TEDxWVU

After George Cicci was diagnosed with ADHD late in life, he set out to change the misconceptions surrounding individuals diagnosed with this disorder. In this TEDx talk, he argues that others diagnosed with ADHD should utilize their “superpower” as an advantageous characteristic at work and in everyday life. George Cicci took his late-in-life ADHD diagnosis as both an answer to his questions about his personal behavior and difficulties, and as an opportunity to hit the restart button on his life and make up for lost time. Since his diagnosis thirteen years ago, he has become obsessed with learning to hack “The Superpower” as he calls it and teaches others to do the same. He is currently exercising this superpower as the Chief Marketing Officer at Impakt Media, where he works with brands like NBC Sports, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and Major League Baseball affiliates. In addition to this, he is finishing his book “ADHD Life Hacker: the Four Rules for Success” and is launching an online course in productivity for people with ADHD. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

I have ADHD, What is Your Superpower? | Negar (Nikki) Amini | TEDxWPI

Nikki is a Pharm D. candidate that was diagnosed with ADHD when she came to the US, as it was not common in her own country and thus overlooked. She shares with us how this disease impacted her understanding of self, and how she learned to embrace her differences to make her a better person. Nikki Amini is a Pharm D. Candidate at MCPHS, with some great stories to tell! She is originally from Iran, but moved to Canada at the age of 19, and eventually to the US for her doctorate. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Adult ADHD: Mayo Clinic Radio

Dr. Robert Wilfahrt, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic, discusses ADHD in adults. Dr. Wilfahrt is also a content editor and board member for the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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Drugs, dopamine and drosophila -- A fly model for ADHD? | David Anderson | TEDxCaltech

David Anderson is the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology at Caltech and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. David received an A.B. at Harvard and a Ph.D. at Rockefeller University where he trained with Nobel laureate Günter Blobel. He performed postdoctoral studies at Columbia University with Nobel laureate Richard Axel. Among his awards are Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow, 1983-86; NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award 1986-87; Searle Scholars Award, 1987-88; Alfred P. Sloan research Fellowship in Neuroscience, Javits Investigator in Neuroscience (NIH), 1989-96; Charles Judson Herrick Award in Comparative Neurology, 1990; Alden Spencer Award in Neurobiology, Columbia University, 1999; Elected Associate, The Neurosciences Institute, 2001; American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, 2002; American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 2002; Alexander von Humboldt Award, 2005; elected to the National Academies of Sciences, 2007; named Allen Institute Distinguished Investigator, 2010.

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Understanding the Nuances of ADHD | Michael Manos, PhD

Kids and adults who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder often struggle to pay attention to just one thing – they demonstrate symptoms of inattention, distractibility and hyperactive impulsive behavior. Because of the nature of the disorder, it’s best treated outside of the therapist’s office, at the point of contact, says pediatric psychologist Michael Manos, PhD. Learn what causes ADHD, how it works in the brain and strategies to overcome symptoms.

ADHD as an Adult: How is it Different?

In the past everyone used to consider ADHD to be something that only affected children. Many professionals even believed that children who had been diagnosed with ADHD would later grow out of it. We now know that that is completely false, and ADHD is something that will be part of our entire life. ADHD can even present differently in adults versus children, and therefore can go undiagnosed for long periods of time. Here's more info on what ADHD is and how it’s diagnosed.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It is categorized by the number of symptoms one has in both the inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity categories. So let’s talk about inattention first:
A person must have at least 6 of these following symptoms and these symptoms must have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is inconsistent with developmental level and that negatively impacts their social or occupational functioning.
1. Often fails to pay attention to detail and makes careless mistakes
2. Has difficulty holding attention in tasks or hobbies
3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly...
The second category is hyperactivity and impulsivity, and again they must show at least 6 (5 if they are 17 and older) of the following symptoms. They also note that these symptoms cannot be just because someone is being oppositional or hostile towards someone else.
1. Will often fidget with or taps hands or feet or squirms in their seat.
2. Will often leave their seat during times when remaining seated is expected.
3. Often runs out or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate (in adults this may be limited to feeling restless).. Now let’s get into how it can be different in adults, and why many people are not getting properly diagnosed with ADHD until they are much older. First I think it’s important to know that all adults who are diagnosed with ADHD had it as a child, they just never got a proper diagnosis, and may have struggled in school without support as a result. Which, I have to be honest, is always upsetting for me to read about because children can grow up believing that they are stupid, lazy, or never going to fit in. If they understood what was going on they could have learned tools and techniques to better manage it.
Adults with ADHD may have trouble at work, change jobs frequently, and not feel very fulfilled with their work. They could also tend to smoke cigarettes, abuse alcohol with more frequency, and struggle with other mental health issues (most common are anxiety and depression). There are also reports that adults with ADHD get a lot of speeding tickets, aren’t good at saving money, and over salt their food. They also tend to struggle with relationships and due to their impulsiveness, often get married multiple times. Now obviously as I go through these traits know that everyone is going to be different, but these are some of the signs and symptoms that research over the years has shown.
There are many therapeutic techniques and tools you can use to help you better manage the symptoms. CBT has been the most researched and supported treatment, and here are some of the basic tools people find helpful 1. Setting small goals/tasks each and every day 2. Setting a timer so that you know how long you have to keep doing that thing, and then you get to do something else 3. Have a reward system for yourself where you get something you want (ie. watching that amazing youtube video you saw in your feed) as soon as you complete one task. 4. Establish a routine that you can follow most days 5. Come up with distraction tools and techniques that you can do (ie. doodling while in meetings to keep you focused). 6. Be kind to yourself. Behavioral changes take time and practice, and some days you may just be too tired to do it all. Just keep trying and know that it will get better and easier.

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ADHD: What parents need to know about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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Many parents have questions about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and are looking for guidance on how to identify it and care for a child with the disorder. We interviewed Dr. Barbara Calkins on Periscope today so she could share what parents need to know about ADHD. This interview was conducted by Korre Johnson, digital engagement manager, at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Behavioral Treatments for ADHD

Yes, there are effective behavioral interventions for ADHD!

Blake Lancaster, PhD, pediatric psychologist, presents a review of non-pharmacologic interventions for ADHD. The presentation includes an overview of current state of affairs in ADHD treatment, a review of behavioral approaches to treating ADHD, and recent research insights.

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Why Stimulants Help ADHD

It seems like stimulants and hyperactivity shouldn't mix, so why are they so often prescribed to treat ADHD?

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ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder: Stephen Tonti at TEDxCMU

Stephen is a Senior Directing major at Carnegie Mellon. He is also the current President of Carnegie Mellon's Film Club. He recently completed his Thesis Project within the School of Drama: a production of Mac Wellman's A Murder of Crows. He is currently working on creating a collective of Film Enthusiasts across Carnegie's Campus as well as other colleges and universities around Pittsburgh. You can find out more about Stephen and his talk on his website: or follow his blog Caffeine, Nicotine, and ADHD: a guide to maintaining sanity.

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Adult ADHD: Is it Real? - Charles Walker, PhD

We commonly associated ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - with children. But it's a problem that can afflict adults as well. Adult sufferers of ADHD often find it difficult to perform in the workplace and to maintain healthy relationships with family and friends.

In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast neuropsychologist Dr. Charles Walker answers questions about ADHD and its effect on adults.

ADHD: 'It's my superpower' - BBC Stories

Inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness - these are just some of the symptoms of ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. By some estimates, it is one of the most common behavioural disorders in the UK.
But instead of us here at the BBC deciding what questions to ask about ADHD, we wanted to give that job to people who know ADHD much better than us - an ADHD parents' support group.
The group came up with four questions and we at BBC Stories made four films to try to find answers for them
In this film, the parents asked us why ADHD is often seen as negative? So we made a film looking at some of the good things about it.
You can see the full film here ADHD: The questions parents want to ask.
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We BBC Stories, are a bunch of journalists making films, long and short, with the younger audience (18-24) in mind. The idea is to tackle issues which concern and impact this group of people. So think about anything from race and identity to mental health, money and much more.

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of ADHD in Children

Dr. Dehra Harris, a pediatric psychiatrist with Washington University at St. Louis Children’s Hospital discusses the signs and symptoms in ADHD in children.

Parents often ask me, “Is ADHD overdiagnosed?” That’s a tough question to answer. Many factors affect a child’s attention, making ADHD a complicated diagnosis. We follow standards and strict procedures to assess symptoms of ADHD and accurately diagnose the condition. If you see signs your child Is struggling in school or other aspects of life because of attention, talk to a trusted physician.

When you talk to your pediatrician, it is likely they will recommend involving the school and obtaining classroom assessments. Historically, ADHD has been more commonly diagnosed in boys, largely because boys often present disruptive behaviors that are easy to identify in the classroom. The inattentive type of ADHD is harder to identify in both boys and girls. In these circumstances, the child is more of a daydreamer who is missing concepts in the classroom because he or she is focused on something else.

Many parents are conflicted about whether or not to give their child medication to treat ADHD. Medication is a very personal decision, and there are a few natural remedies you can try before pursuing other options. These include:
- Changing diet by avoiding food dyes and preservatives
- Addressing sleep issues

While natural remedies for children with ADHD can help, they do not always work. When deciding whether to try ADHD medications, remember: these medicines have been used for over 50 years. When used correctly, they are very safe and effective.

If you suspect your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD, talk to your pediatrician. If you have additional concerns, they can help you decide when it’s time to connect with a specialist who works with more complicated cases.

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How To Turn ADHD Into a Superpower

In this video, I share with you how you can turn problems into opportunities. After years of being diagnosed with ADD, I was finally able to transform it into a superpower. Watch the video to learn how you can also stop fighting and start taking control of your life. I also share some daily routines that have helped me.

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I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 11 years old. To say that had an impact on my life would be an understatement. For many years, I felt I was “broken”. After going through challenging teenage years, I finally decided to take control of my diagnosis and read a lot on the subject.

Since that point I’ve turned it into my single biggest asset. I’ve been blessed (and surprised) to have since founded several companies, raising millions in venture capital and being involved in hiring over 1000 people through the business I've started or invested in. All of this was the bi-product of my super power ADHD!

Here's a list of ways I've learned to leverage it:

Meditation: I do really simple things like meditating in the morning to reset my mind

Workout in the Morning: I workout in the morning to reset my body and my energy level.

Energy Management: I also do a thing called “energy management” which I did a video on recently, which talks about how I structure the tasks and activities I do in my day to really get the most out of it… KNOWING that this is how my brain is wired.

I eat a “Clean” diet: This probably has the biggest impact on my ability to focus. I only eat high quality, earth grown ingredients. This means no processed anything, a little sugar, and very little carbs, etc. It’s not Paleo or the Slow Carb diet, it’s just clean ingredients. Lots of organic vegetables, fruits, lean meats and nuts.

Instead of fighting it, I used it to my advantage. Found ways to manage my energy levels through the day based on the tasks at hand, as well as daily practices that keep things in check.

P.S. It took me until I was 24 when I finally, honestly, truly believe I was no longer broken. I hope to share this message to let others know the same. We are blessed and it's time to shine.


Dan Martell is an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Clarity, a venture-backed startup that makes it easy to connect with top business minds over the phone. He previously co-founded Flowtown, a San Francisco-based social marketing product which raised funding, grew to over 50,000 small business customers and was eventually acquired by Demandforce in 2011. In 2012 he was named Canada's top angel investor having completed over 33 investments with companies like Udemy, Intercom and Unbounce. He believes you can only keep what you give away and is heavily involved in many charitable organizations & community events.

ADHD sucks, but not really | Salif Mahamane | TEDxUSU

In current society, people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to struggle if not suffer. Despite this, rather than a disorder, ADHD should be thought of as a particular neuro-cognitive profile; that is, a characteristic brain format that results in a different way of literally thinking. With so many people diagnosed with ADHD – and so many more undiagnosed — we must ask, where does ADHD come from and is it truly a problem in and of itself?

Salif shares a current hypothesis about ADHD’s root and an alternative perspective – including several benefits of the condition – regarding how we engage with it in our schools, homes and selves.

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Salif is currently a doctoral student in the Experimental and Applied Psychological Program at USU. On a day-to-day basis he manages Dr. Kerry Jordan’s Multisensory Cognition Lab. His research investigates cognitive and neurophysiological outcomes of exposure to, and immersion in, natural environments. Salif loves long walks in the mountains, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and planning his future homestead. Most of all, he loves having no idea whatsoever as to how to parent his two-year-old son, but trying anyway.

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The following is taken from ADHD Medication: Straight Answers to Big Questions. Better the devil you know or so we think. The problem with ADHD is that whole poor at self-assessment issue, because we have nothing else to compare it to.

ADHD is very heritable there's a strong genetic component, this is how we come into the world,. We're so used to the chaos we can be forgiven for not being able to imagine that we could experience this world in any other way.

Yes I sensed that medication might allow me to do some things faster with less stress, less chaos, some positive outcomes, but what I didn't appreciate was that it also might prevent me from experiencing some negative outcomes. Ones that most of us never consider.

Dr Ari Tuckman: So all that stuff that we know about how ADHD makes your life harder, you know might we want to consider that in this equation as well?

Dr Hallowell: When people talk about the side effects of medication I say fine we can talk about that but let's also talk about the side effects of not taking the medication.

Dr Lenard Adler: I would tell the parents that it's again never easy to medicate a child but there are consequences to not treating the ADHD.

Dr Ari Tuckman: and that's very well documented there's pounds and pounds of research on the effects that ADHD has when it's untreated.

Dr Adler: we know that there are clear issues in educational attainment.

Dr Adler: and it's everything from you know for kids, higher rates of school failure, more likely to drop out of high school, less likely to go to college if they do go they're less likely to graduate.

Rick Green: In other words we don't remember the lessons so we don't do as well in school as we could we flunk out or drop out or fail to finish our degree we opt for a lesser degree, we take a job that's beneath our skill level, we're far more likely to be fired or have our business go under or go bankrupt ourselves, and now many of us have report cards saying could do better if he only
paid attention more, could do better if she only listened.

Dr Donsky: it's the untreated disorder that puts people at risk.

Dr Adler: We don't treat the ADHD we know the risk of substance use goes way up.

Dr Donsky: If you are impulsive and if your ADHD has not been treated you might find yourself taking more risks as a teenager and getting involved. If in fact you're more organized competent functional you're less likely to resort to those sorts of street drugs and things.

Rick Green: if I could just find a really good organizing system or
or maybe join a gym or something. This time for sure Rocky. Every January a brand new agenda full of fresh hope, plus the renewed commitment to buckle down stick to it, and then by mid-February uh didn't have an agenda or something and then next January a brand new organizing system. I wanted to build personal habits.

I actually had personal habits. They weren't good and I was trying to see a better way, but I needed something to help me focus. That's why.

Dr Adler: Medications for adults tend to play a bit more of a primary role as compared to children because adults have lived with these symptoms for all of their lives.

ADHD and Me: How did harmful narratives sustain my silent struggle? | Kate Luebkeman | TEDxQuestU

This talk addresses the common stigmas and prejudices surrounding ADHD and raises awareness for people living with the condition with the aim of generating more nuanced discussions. Kate Luebkeman is a fourth-year student at Quest studying the experiences of women who perform stand-up comedy. Outside of advocacy work and school, she loves to sing loudly in the shower, watch Late Night With Seth Myers and Brooklyn Nine Nine, dance to Lizzo and Ariana Grande, film Youtube videos that she will never post, and obsessively check her email. She is also addicted to changing her room as an external manifestation of her ever-buzzing brain, so she completes a dorm renovation once every two months. She was inspired to speak at TEDx about ADHD after receiving a late-in-life diagnosis this past summer that changed her life. She believes that if we talked about ADHD in a more nuanced and informed way, she could have received the help she needed years earlier. Kate hopes this talk can address common stigmas and prejudices, and raise awareness for the people with ADHD that are often left on the margins, struggling in silence to stay afloat. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

ADHD as an Entrepreneur’s Superpower | John Torrens | TEDxSyracuseUniversity

In a sample of highly successful entrepreneurs, an astounding 62% identified as having traits consistent with an ADHD diagnosis. Is this a coincidence, or is there more to the story? In his talk, John Torrens, an entrepreneurship professor at Syracuse University, as well as a founder and president, analyzes recent research and his own personal experiences to highlight how ADHD can quite possibly be a entrepreneur's superpower. John Torrens is a Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His Talk explores his experience as an entrepreneur with ADHD and research showcasing that ADHD is quite possibly an extrepreneur's superpower. He hopes to spread his message that even though ADHD is considered a disability, there are ways that it can be an advantage in the context of entrepreneurship. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at