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When you are lost in the sea of ADHD information -- you may want to consider what your definition of expert is. Many ADHD coaches have little or no clinical training. Many experts have financial ties to industry. I spent 6 years getting a Ph.D., 2 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Francisco and 4 years as tenure-track assistant professor. I specialize in ADHD.

Most psychologists don't specialize in any disorder. They often use one treatment approach to treat many disorders. Just as medical doctors specialize, I have chosen to specialize in ADHD and Depression. I also use tools from many treatment approaches to solve these specific problems in contrast to therapists who use one theory and limited set of tools to treat all or most disorders. Many therapists define themselves by their treatment approach rather than the disorder they specialize in. For example, you may find a psychodynamic therapist, or a cognitive-behavioral therapist who treats most disorders with their treatment approach.

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ADHD in a Global and Digital World

"The Gift Of ADHD" is brilliant, soulful, and insightful. Thank you for writing it!"
- Benny Rietveld ‏ - Grammy-winning bass player and Musical Director for Santana

“Dr. Lara Honos-Webb shows us how the demands of a global and digital culture may make the signature traits of ADD – inventiveness, need for stimulation, and interpersonal intuition – in high demand.” Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

Learn to Bounce Back

If you have ADHD you may fail more than others. An inhibited person is not going to experience disappointment as much as an impulsive person because inhibition is in the service of avoiding rejection or failure.


How did I show boldness or take a calculated risk, and how can that serve me in the future?
What skills or lessons did I learn from this failure?
If there is a better opportunity for me, what might it be?

ADHD - Gift and Special Needs

My books have been out for 10 years now and recently someone said to me “I was diagnosed with ADHD back when people thought it was only a disorder so I still believe that sometimes.” I was immensely gratified that the “adding insult to injury” model is viewed as outdated but heartbroken at the toll it continues to take. Many people mistake my approach as saying that ADHD is not an impairment which is not true. It is a real brain difference that creates problems in environments particularly current educational settings.


50 Brain Hacks

Goal Setting and Goal Getting

Put Results into your Resolutions

Remember that feeling you have on New Year’s Day? You have set some resolutions for yourself and you are determined to finally do things differently this year. This book is your map to finally achieving success. The reason is simple. Those resolutions are destinations, they are not a path to those destinations. This book is the field guide to achieving those resolutions. It is a constant practice. Here’s your first brain hack: Once a week, write in “NEW YEARS DAY” on your calendar to block out one hour. During that hour review your new year’s resolutions and schedule action steps toward them. This is a reminder to put some results into your resolutions.

Our goals are often limited by what we see around us or what the people who surround us believe we are capable of.  The value of going to a rocket launch is that it blows the lid off small minded goals. The rocket launch looks like a miracle but has another name – it’s called science.  Many space cadets, myself included get discouraged easily. Seeing the rocket go after a scrubbed attempt 24 hours earlier reminded me --- don’t walk away when it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. 

The Power of the Ultimate Hard Stop.

How do you get yourself to finish a project you start? If you have a rocket to launch your deadline is inelastic. The stakes are high. It is not an option to say to NASA and SpaceX control--

 “Houston, F9N2  thrusters are a no go, Clash of Clans called me to duty unexpectedly”.  

Space X plans to create settlement on Mars offering one avenue of alternative resources, and option for survival of humans. Approximately 20% of humans have a “nomadic gene” essentially programming them for exploration of the known and unknown world in the service of finding essential resources. There is evidence that the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is in part an effect of having the nomadic gene. This means that 20% of the population is likely to be enthusiastic about the agenda to colonize Mars due to their genetic inheritance to explore, make a contribution to human welfare by finding and cultivating necessary resources for the benefit of survival for human species.

Listen to The Psychology of Going to Mars: An Interview with George Hatcher




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