ADHD and The 5 Second Rule

Have you heard of the 5 Second Rule? It is a powerful metacognition technique that overrides the brain’s tendency to squash your good ideas and intentions. By using the 5 Second Rule, you can break the habit loop and start acting on things you have been meaning to do for years.

The 5 Second Rule was discovered by Mel Robbins when her life was spiraling downwards.

Through a series of unfortunate events Mel wasn’t working. Her husband owned a pizza restaurant and while it had won awards and looked successful on the outside, he was working exceptional long hours just to keep it afloat. They were struggling for money and had to accept a loan from her dad to pay their mortgage.
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How to Design Your ADHD Friendly Summer

Do you plan your summer? Or does it just unfold? In her Happier podcast, Gretch Rubin talks about designing your summer. She believes in making the summer months distinct so that they stand out from rest of the year. When you embrace the summer months and take advantage of what they offer, you create memories to carry with you when the weather turns cold and grey.

Gretchen makes a great point that summer doesn’t have to be about going into relaxation mode. It is really about creating a change from your regular day to day life to make sure summer is special.

This is good news for someone living with ADHD as the idea of unstructured ‘relaxing’ time can feel like a form of torture (this is why weekends can leave you feeling blah).
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Inattentive ADHD

Inattentive ADHD can often get overlooked. After all, it’s much easier to spot someone who is physically on the move and restless (hyperactive-impulsive) than to spot the person quietly reading and daydreaming.

Predominantly inattentive ADHD used to be known as ADD. While the official name has changed, the symptoms are the same!

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) identifies nine symptoms of inattentive ADHD. You can learn how they are used in the diagnostic process here.

In addition to the nine official symptoms, there are unofficial or soft symptoms of inattentive ADHD. Knowing all the subtle ways ADHD may appear in your life can give a huge sense of relief and help you know why you are the way you are. [Read more…]

Does ADHD Ever Go Away?

CarADHD is a life-long condition. That might seem like bad news if you are struggling right now.

However! take heart, because there are people who are treating and managing their ADHD so well, they think it must have disappeared.

In fact, I regularly get emails from confused blog readers asking if ADHD ever goes away.

Each of these emails has a detailed explanation of what their ADHD and life used to be like and what it’s like now. The common theme is these people created a life that works to their advantage.

For some people this happened by a happy accident, while others worked hard to design their life to suit them.

Here are some tips so that you can do this too! [Read more…]

Best ADHD Blogs of 2018 Award!

Good news!!!!  Untapped Brilliance has been named one of the best ADHD blogs on the internet for the fourth year in a row!!! It’s such an honor.

The winning blogs were selected because they are all actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with high-quality information.

The email I received from to tell me the exciting news said

“We feel Untapped Brilliance specifically earned this accolade by using your experience to build a wonderful resource for adults living with ADHD.”

Thanks to you all for reading, leaving blog comments and your emails this past year… it wouldn’t be the same without you.

Here is the list of winners; they are all awesome resources to check out!

Best ADHD Blogs of 2018




ADHD and Bags

Did you ever see the Friends episode where Joey starts to carry a bag that looks a bit like a woman’s purse? He is very proud of it and calls it a Man Bag.

This is how Joey describes his new bag to his skeptical friends.

‘At first I thought it just looked good, but it’s practical too. Check it out. It has compartments for all your stuff: wallet, keys, address book.’

Then he reaches into the front pocket and retrieves a sandwich to snack on. [Read more…]

ADHD and Your Work Environment

Last week’s article answered the question, “What are the best careers for ADHDers?” Rather than finding the answer in a generic list of careers, it’s all about you, your interests and unique strengths. This is because if your job doesn’t capture your interest, it’s hard to feel motivated and your ADHD symptoms get worse.

These days we know that ADHD lasts a lifetime, (it can be successfully treated and managed though!) but the old wisdom was that ADHD was a childhood condition that people outgrew. One factor that supported this belief is that ADHD symptoms can seem to ‘disappear’ (at least to an outsider). [Read more…]

What is The Best Career For ADHDers?

A question I get asked a lot is, ‘What are the best careers for people with ADHD?’

I wish there was an easy answer! Or a maybe even a list of jobs that people with ADHD enjoy and excel in.

But it’s not that simple.

Just as there isn’t one ADHD medication that works for everyone living with ADHD, or one type of exercise that all ADHDers love, it’s the same with careers and jobs.

A dream job for you could be another ADHDer’s worst job ever. [Read more…]

Depression and ADHD

When past client Harry booked a coaching session, I was excited to see him again. We had worked closely together 8 years ago and at that time, Harry had made many positive changes in his life. These changes helped his ADHD and created a life he loved. Now, like lots of past clients, he booked appointments every few years for a ‘top up’ session.

Harry arrived for his appointment and after happy exchanges –

‘It’s so good to see you again,’

‘You look just the same,’ 

–We took our seats and Harry promptly burst into tears.

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