Table of Contents

November 2nd, 2011

The material in Section I lays a foundation of knowledge about ADHD, the executive functions, and how to make the most of your abilities. Section II contains a series of exercises for each of the executive functions that work you through a step by step process to identify your struggles and then target the most effective strategies.

 

Introduction: Executive Functions Explain It All

 

Section I: SETTING THE STAGE

Introduction: We Live in a Complicated World

Knowing Is Easier than Doing

 

Ch. 1. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS

The Executive Functions Develop Over Time

Summaries of the Executive Functions

Response Inhibition: It Starts with Stopping

Neurology and Psychology

 

Ch. 2. PEAK MENTAL PERFORMANCE: MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU’VE GOT

Your Best Brain

A Vicious Cycle (Actually Two)

Some Treatments Help

Externalized Executive Functions

 

Ch. 3. REALITY-BASED MOTIVATION

We Can Tilt the Odds of Success

Build Strong Self-Esteem

Approach Challenges

Approach Challenges Like a Scientist

The Magic Threshold

What If…

Checking Back In

 

Ch. 4. WORK AS A TEAM

You’re in This Together

Work at It

 

Section II: MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER

Introduction: Get Down to Business

A Recipe for Success

Where to Begin?

Different Areas, Same Exercises

 

Ch. 5. RESPONSE INHIBITION: IT STARTS WITH STOPPING

Fundamental Strategies Improve Response Inhibition

Fundamental Strategies for Inattention

Fundamental Strategies for Hyperactivity

Fundamental Strategies for Impulsivity

The Stage is Set


Ch. 6. WORKING MEMORY: THE BRAIN’S RAM

What Working Memory Is

Identify Your Struggles

Identify Your Strategies

Apply Your Strategies

Fine-tune Your Approach

 

Ch. 7. SENSE OF TIME: IT CAN’T BE 5:00 ALREADY!

What the Sense of Time Is

Identify Your Struggles

Identify Your Strategies

Apply Your Strategies

Fine-tune Your Approach

 

Ch. 8. PROSPECTIVE MEMORY: REMEMBERING TO REMEMBER

What Prospective Memory Is

Identify Your Struggles

Identify Your Strategies

Apply Your Strategies

Fine-tune Your Approach

 

Ch. 9. EMOTIONAL SELF-CONTROL: HAVING FEELINGS WITHOUT ACTING ON THEM

What Emotional Control Is

Identify Your Struggles

Identify Your Strategies

Apply Your Strategies

Fine-tune Your Approach

 

Ch. 10. SELF-ACTIVATION: STARTING THEN FINISHING

What Self-Activation Is

Identify Your Struggles

Identify Your Strategies

Apply Your Strategies

Fine-tune Your Approach

 

Ch. 11. HINDSIGHT AND FORETHOUGHT: USING THE PAST AND FUTURE TO GUIDE THE PRESENT

What Hindsight and Forethought Is

Identify Your Struggles

Identify Your Strategies

Apply Your Strategies

Fine-tune Your Approach

 

Ch. 12. STRIVE FOR PERSISTENCE, NOT PERFECTION

This Is Important Stuff

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