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Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.
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Oct 16, 2019

Ryan started his first business when he was 14 and has been hooked on business ownership ever since. He has learned to channel his ADHD into tons of energy which helps him to outwork his competitors, and has honed the creativity to find solutions for complex challenges. After graduating Saginaw Valley State University he moved to the paradisiacal Florida Keys, where he began his marketing business, Promotions Guy. In 2016, Promotions Guy expanded to Michigan to be closer to family. He’s a former City Commissioner, an active Rotarian, a guitarist in his church band, Youth Hockey Coach and a member of various Non-Profit Boards. He loves helping others in any way that he can and we at FTN do too! I hope you enjoy our visit with this creative marketing entrepreneur! 

 

In this episode Peter & Ryan discuss:

0:50-  Intro & welcome Ryan Schraffenberger!

1:45-  So, your resume is kinda all over the place and it still sounds like you love everything you do; tell us about that?

2:30-  When did you get diagnosed w/ ADHD; tell us your story?

3:22-  Tell us how you learned to harness all of you energy and turn it into positive energy.

4:13-  Why do you think so many people stick with jobs/professions, etc. in which they are not happy?

5:12-  On Mondays & then end of happiness for some

7:20-  You play guitar. Why and what role does it serve in your life?

8:47-  How do you balance your passion for hockey while coaching the game!?

10:17-  How do you handle bad calls in a game?

11:44-  On managing high energy

12:18-  What are your ‘go-to’s for staying calm?

13:00-  In Marketing, how do you deal with a client who just doesn’t, or will not get it?

14:10- What do you hope people will understand about us and about ADHD?

15:46-  How can people find you Ryan? www.PromotionsGuy.com email: Ryan@Promotionsguy.com or via LinkedIn or FB

16:41-  Thank you Ryan! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

17:11-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Oct 9, 2019

Andrew is a product strategist who currently spends most of his time focused

on mental health solutions. Andrew isn’t shy about his history with anxiety and

depression and talks openly about his past experiences to be a vocal advocate

for mental health. At the age of 33, Andrew was diagnosed with ADHD. It wasn’t something he had always suspected but rather Andrew stumbled into the realization. Since his

diagnosis, Andrew has used his ADHD to further advocate however he can -

even if that means in the boardroom.

 

Andrew is also a father of 3 boys and married to a wonderful woman who has

supported him throughout his career. She has been there through the highs and

lows. Andrew often leverages his own struggles to help connect with his Son as

Andrew’s Son tries to navigate his own battles with anxiety and potentially

faster than normal brain. At the end of the day, Andrew believes that if sharing his own story can help just one person then it’s totally worth it. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Andrew discuss:

0:45-  Intro & welcome Andrew!

1:36-  You weren’t diagnosed until you were 33 years old. What was school like for you?

2:43-  “Social Outcast” or “Coolest Kid in School”. Why do you think it’s so “all or nothing” for us?

5:17-  It wasn’t only ADHD with you though; tell us a little about some of your other challenges.

10:15-  What have you learned from the times when everything seems to be crumbling around you?

15:25-  On 3 minutes at a time.

16:24-  What’s it like to have a career in Mental Health, but also have the ability to draw from your own personal experiences, perspective and prerogative?

20:28-  How can people find you Andrew? @AndrewKelly on Twitter  INSTA  or via his new company at:  TOGTHR.ca and we found him here too: http://www.andrewkelly.ca

21:20-  Thank you Andrew! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

22:07-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Oct 2, 2019

Our guest today has been in the fitness industry since 2002 as a certified personal trainer, training manager, orthopedic massage therapist, college and university adjunct professor, NASM master instructor, fitness industry presenter, author, and subject matter expert/talent for fitness industry educational videos and written content. He’s the co-host of the Omnia Fitness Podcast with Rick and Drogo and host of the NASM CPT Podcast. He owns the Independent Training Spot, NYC-based personal training gyms and is the co-owner of RēCOVER, an orthopedic and cognitive stress recovery center in Manhattan. He holds a masters in exercise science and a doctorate in health science and exercise leadership. We first met when he was kicking my butt at the New York Sports Club and has continued to be a very positive influence. We talk about what works for his many clients, his studies, and he shares a ton of great reads & advice with us today. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter & Dr. Rick Richey discuss:

0:45-  Intro & welcome Rick!

1:40-  Ref: Omnia Fitness Podcast with Rick and Drogo Peter was on THIS episode :)  NASM-CPT Podcast  Independent Training Spot  ReCoverNYC 

1:45-  Lots to talk about here- where did you get your doctored Rick?

2:30-  We first met several years ago at New York Sports Club. Other than “Hey I wanna look good naked”, what is the No.1 reason you tell people that exercise and staying mentally & physically fit is so important, today more than ever?  Ref John J. Ratey book: “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

5:13-  On Rick’s Executive Function assistance and how it related to Exercise Science

7:20-  On making it past the hardest chore of working out. How do you get those of us that are neurodiverse to stick around… and then come back to work out again??

9:45-  On managing energy systems  Ref: study on benefits of exercise versus meds for depression. link to study link to article about study

11:45-  Peter: “A headache doesn’t mean you have an aspirin deficiency”.

12:54-  So ‘doctorally speaking’, what does exercise really do for the brain?  Ref: Attribution Theory and Attribution Retraining

15:16-  Ref: 23 and 1/2 Hours video. (Only several minutes, not an entire day in length)

16:23-  Exercise doesn’t have to be all about picking things up & putting them down. You can actually enjoy yourself! 

17:20-  On finding what clients like to do for exercise. i.e. “A little bit of something is better than a whole lotta nothing”

19:30-  Ref Dick Couch book: “The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 

21:30-  Ref Mel Robbins book: The 5 Second Rule

22:39-  Why Peter goes to the gym/works out first thing in the morning!

23:21-  Five rules Rick has found that work for ADHD Athletes

24:57-  How can people find you Rick? @Dr.RickRichey on INSTA  or  ReCOVER  or  http://independenttrainingspot.com

25:30-  Thank you Rick! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

26:13-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Sep 25, 2019

Our guest today is an old friend. I am happy to welcome Actor, (theatrical, television, silver screen), Songwriter, Musician (vocalist, pianist, guitarist), national Voiceover artist, Writer and fellow New York City kid, Chris Orbach to the podcast! In Chris’s travels, he’s cracked jokes with Jennifer Aniston, become drunk with Peter Dinklage, made Al Pacino laugh, beaten James Caan at a game of 8-ball, talked w/ John McEnroe about guitars, ate Chinese food with Tim Curry, watched Sir Robert Stephens do speeches from “The Scottish Play” in a restaurant in London, and listened -hunched and spellbound- in a corner of a recording studio while the great Sonny Rollins recorded. He has been a poet, a photographer, a swing dancer, and has finished multiple marathons- all in his 40’s and while staying true to his vegan diet. Of all the many things he’s done and the hats he’s worn, husband & father remain the two that make Chris most proud. He and designer/event planner Nicole Vallance married in 2011. He now splits his time between New York City and the Western Catskills where Nicole tends a bountiful garden, while Chris beats up an uncooperative lawnmower. No matter how long he lives in the country, he retains the inner tempo and sensibilities of a guy who grew up in New York City.. at a time when this city was still gritty. We talk about some of that jazz and his childhood experiences with ADHD here today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Chris discuss:

0:45-  Intro & welcome Chris Orbach!

1:45-  Ref: Specialized High School For Performing Arts that inspired the TV series FAME

2:22-  Ref: On Law & Order SVU

2:40-  Wondering what was it like for you, working with your father?

4:06-  We talked earlier about your childhood and how you thought you probably had ADHD. Would you share some of those stories/experiences with us?

7:48-  On school years and testing

8:38-  Embedded in your career/job, there seems to be a level of creativity along with certain personality quirks, habits, decision making tendencies- all traits that are in common with folks diagnosed with ADHD, unfortunately including addiction. Talk about some of the in-common positives and negatives you’ve learned about?

15:45-  On: as you understand that you are the one who must put guardrails in place, the better & better you become at staying at your best.

17:20-  On sobriety

18:12-  On ADHD & decision making

19:30-  What was it like for you growing up in New York City, in Chelsea, circa 1976?

25:30-  What are you most excited about in your life right now?

26:00-  On the current state of voiceover work in the entertainment/media business

29:44-  What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?

31:05-  How can people find you Chris? www.ChrisOrbach.com  IMDB  @chrisorbach on: Twitter  FB  INSTA

32:00-  Thank you Chris, see you in 2021! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

33:01-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Sep 18, 2019

Our guest today is a… deep breath, ready?.. Father, Theology & Philosophy major, PNC Banker, Crossfit owner, Real Estate broker, Cancer fighter, Car-T Therapy recipient, youth Minister, classical guitarist, cyclist, avid reader, semi-pro photographer and in 2002 he was diagnosed with ADD! Today we talk to Mr. Tim Card about his cancer fight, his many paths-to-date, and how he combines therapy, exercise & meds to focus, remain healthy and stay in the saddle. Oh- and this just in: Since our interview, he has started his own podcast- check below for the link!

Enjoy!

In this episode Peter & Tim discuss:

0:45-  Introducing my fellow cyclist and photog Tim Card- a bit about his background. Ref: Video about Tim & his treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gz9mMIV8uY

2:12-  Welcome Tim!

2:26-  So you mentioned that your wife usually notices that you have gone off your meds before you do. Do you think we with ADD&ADHD are generally an open book?

3:38-  Meds can often make the boring stuff ‘normal’ and the stuff we really love ‘awesome’. Tell us about your experience.

4:40-  You have combined medication and therapy; for you it’s a working combo- tell us about it.

5:33-  What does cycling specifically do to help you?

7:15-  Ref: “The Specialized Foundation” is now known as “Outride” https://outridebike.org  Our FTN podcast interview w/ Ted Theocheung and Dr. Kimberly Price.

7:40-  How did you wind up majoring in Theology AND Philosophy, and finishing it all?! 

9:02-  You’ve had multiple careers. For starters, how did you leave banking and start a Cross-fit?

11:20-  You had a big cancer fight. What changed for you and what did you learn through all of it?

16:48-  Was there ever a point in which you started to lose faith?

18:40-  You are a phenomenal photographer so obviously your Instagram is totally killer @TimCardPhotography, but how can people best get in touch with you Tim? FB @TimCardPhotography  Email: TimCard7399@gmail.com 

THIS JUST IN-  Tim has started his own podcast! Check out: http://dyinglaughingpodcast.buzzsprout.com

19:29-  Thank you so much Tim!  And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please write even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

19:52-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Do you know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Sep 11, 2019

Dan says: you've only got one life, so why not design it around your own personality and desires? And I totally agree!

Dan is a former entrepreneur turned freelance copywriter turned author and coach. He values freedom and experiences over money and things and believes that we’re all capable of designing our own lives. So far his life has included living in 7 countries, publishing 12 books, and working diligently to achieve his dream of being time & location independent. Along the way he’s shared his experiences, helping thousands of people start designing their own lives as well. He speaks about psychology, personal development, life design, and anything else he thinks you’ll find useful and inspiring. Always uplifting, funny and entertaining, we visit with Dan Johnston to learn about his journey on today’s podcast. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter & Dan discuss:

0:46-  Intro & welcome Dan Johnston.  Dan has a special offer for you! Check out https://www.dreamsaroundtheworld.com/fasterthannormal/ 

1:15-  So what’s your story Dan Johnston?

3:38-  And how did you become an entrepreneur? 

6:58-  You mentioned “time independence”- do you mean working in such a way where you’re not trading your time for revenue?

8:38-  What’s an average day like for you?

10:29-  On finding the balance of actually doing what you need to do be doing, versus what you want, or even can convince yourself that you should be doing.

11:30-  What’s a perfect day for you; where you achieve that perfect balance?

13:00-  Where can people find you?  www.DreamsAroundTheWorld.com YOUTUBE @thedanjohnston on Twitter on INSTA @DreamsAroundTheWorldHQ on FB and via his podcast

13:54-  Thank you Dan! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

14:13-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Aug 28, 2019

When you are any type of neuroatypical, whether that’s ADD, Autism, Asperger’s, Executive Function, ADHD, or anything that just makes you different; there-in lies your many gifts, but that can also mean a LOT of turmoil and strife as well. We talk about the positives & negatives of living in an online world, parenting nowadays, dealing with the constant messaging of social media, school shootings and other important but difficult topics with Dr. Reidenberg today. We hope this helps!  A little more about out guest today:

 

Dr. Dan Reidenberg PSYD, FAPA, DAPA, FACFEI, CRS, BCPC, CMT, CPAI. He is the Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and is on the Executive Board of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.  He is Co-Chair of the International Media and Suicide Task Force.  He is a Certified Psychological Autopsy Interviewer and expert in forensic cases.  He serves on the numerous national and international editorial advisory boards and is a proposal reviewer for SAMHSA and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

 

Dr. Reidenberg speaks internationally and has over 50 published articles and 3 book chapters on mental health and suicide prevention.  He developed one of only 3 evidence-based programs for schools listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs; several Best Practice materials; and he helps develop the next generation of mental health and suicide prevention technology with Facebook and the other leading technology companies for the online industry.  He specializes in training media on the best practices for reporting on suicide in the USA and around the world.  He led the development of and wrote the US Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide; the Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings; the Recommendations for Blogging on Suicide; and helped develop the Media Recommendations on Bullying, and was co-lead for the World Health Organization’s Media Guide for Reporting on Suicide.  

 

Dr. Reidenberg has been interviewed by major media sources from around the world including CNN, Larry King, Good Morning America, the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, Newsweek and radio in Australia, Russia, Canada and the UK.  He also led the workgroup on Warning Signs for Suicide and helped develop the US National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the National Research Agenda (US) and is assisting India in the development of their Best Practices.  

 

He has received numerous awards for his work including the Service to Humanity Award, Service to Suicidology Award, as a Champion of Change by The Obama Administration and he is recognized in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

 

In this episode Peter & Dan discuss:

1:00-  Intro & welcome Dr. Dan Reidenberg!  Ref: Executive Director of Suicidal Awareness- Voices of Educatio (SAVE)  Managing Director of National Council for Suicide Prevention Board member of International Association for Suicide Prevention 

2:22-  What do you see when you look at the Neurodiverse landscape in today’s world?

3:37-  On how social media has changed and magnified interpersonal dynamics

4:56-  What are some of the positives and solutions of an online world?

6:17-  What can parents do to keep involved in their kids online life?

7:32-  We live in a dangerous world nowadays. Some kids have a pretty bleak outlook. What do you see in your research about what’s really going on inside of kids?

10:15-  What can we do to work better with kids during the aftermath of trauma(s)?

11:05-  About hope

11:56-  If you could take every parent and put them in a room together, what would be the number one thing you’d impart to them about how to help their kids today?

13:21-  Many parents feel like they can’t compete with the influx of messaging that kids are receiving through all of the screens these days. What would you say to parents who feel like they just aren’t getting through?

15:40-  Where can people find you?  www.SAVE.org

15:54-  Thank you Dr. Reidenberg!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

17:20-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Aug 21, 2019

Johan Wiklund PhD, is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, USA, and Professor Two at Nord University, Norway His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the entry, performance, and exit of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with close to 100 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 25,000 citations. He is Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a premier entrepreneurship journal. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Johan discuss:

1:00-  Intro & welcome back Professor Johan Wiklund! Prior interview on FTN

2:10-  The continual link between ADHD & Entrepreneurship; why? 

4:58-  On people with ADHD not letting failures stop them; the reward is the fuel.

6:50-  What do you think public school systems should be doing to help kids with ADHD- given their limited budgets, class size, time, etc?

8:40-  On the importance of staying physically active

9:20-  On exercise being essential for daily health in the classroom

10:55-  About Johan’s latest research.  Ref: **see below for Johan’s forthcoming publications

15:50-  Where can people find you? Google=ADHD Johan,  Syracuse University homepage

16:42-  Thank you Professor Wiklund! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

17:20-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

**Johan’s Forthcoming Publications:

Mental Health in the Family Business: A Conceptual Model and a Research Agenda (ETP)

Dispositional positive and negative affect and self-employment transitions (ETP)

Entrepreneurship and wellbeing: Past, present and future (JBV)

What Are We Explaining? A Review and Agenda on Initiating, Engaging, Performing, and Contextualizing Entrepreneurship (JoM)

Conquering Relevance: Entrepreneurship Research's Grand Challenge (ETP)

Theories from the Lab: How Research on Science Commercialization can Contribute to Management Studies (JMS)

Entrepreneurial impulsivity is not rational judgment (JBVi)

Orchestrating boundaries: The effect of R&D boundary permeability on new venture growth (JBV)

Rethinking the Commercialization of Public Science: From Entrepreneurial Outcomes to Societal Impacts (AMP)

Aug 14, 2019

Luis Maimoni is a bilingual (Spanish/English) therapist in the outpatient department of a community mental health agency in Gardena, CA. His clients are children with problems at school, at home, with friends, or in the community. They may avoid family and friends, get in fights, purposefully harm themselves, or have a hard time getting things done. He collaborates with these children and their families to find and treat the root cause. Although there are many clinical aspects to his work, the most important things he provides are a listening mind, relentless curiosity, deep caring and respect, and a willingness to be his authentic self.  He is trained in several Evidence Based Practices, including Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). As Board Secretary of The Guidance Center, he is able to directly support the effort to erase the stigma associated with mental heath, and advocate for clients and providers. The Guidance Center provides mental health services to over 3,000 children and families each year in the communities of Long Beach, Compton, San Pedro, and Avalon. 

 

Prior to working in mental health, Luis’s career focused on sales and marketing. Which is how we met incidentally. For over 20 years, he lead teams that created engagement with customers, clients, and communities via highly targeted content and platforms. We focus on the children and parents here today though. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Luis discuss:

0:40-  Intro & welcome Luis!

1:50-  Sometimes ADHD is not at the actual root of a kid’s trouble.

2:30- How & why did you switch from running your own agency to helping and treating kids?

3:08-  So, with what types of kids are you usually working?

4:34-  Talk to us about the stigma attached to mental health from your experiences

6:16-  Why do you think it’s taking so long to break down the stigmas?

6:40-  On mental health within the stoic culture of many immigrant parents

8:53-  Kids on the spectrum usually have a pretty tough time opening up; what do you do to break through to them?  Ref:  Jennifer Hartstein interview  

12:28-  How are you framing ADHD to kids? How do you fight the “you are broken” residuals?

13:05-  On parenting an ADHD child

15:23-  Often, when parents hear a diagnosis, they go deaf to anything said afterwards. How do you handle that?

18:41-  Luis, how can people find you on the socials? LinkedIn @ Luis Maimoni

19:00-  Thank you Luis! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

19:20-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Aug 7, 2019

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Rachel Trobman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Upside Health, which is dedicated to reducing the economic and social impact of chronic pain for patients and providers, primarily through its technology product, Ouchie. Prior to her foray into healthcare, Rachel was a digital content producer, working for a wide range of news outlets including NY1, the New York Times and the TODAY Show. When she’s not wrangling health systems, Rachel is wrangling her two young daughters, Maisie and June, and is exploring the best ice cream spots in NJ with her husband, Jason. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Rachel discuss:

2:03-  Intro & welcome Rachel!  Ref: Upside Health, Ouchie App

3:28-  Are you ADHD? People with ADHD share many similarities to those living with chronic pain; sometimes they are one-in-the-same. The similarities exist in sensitization issues and treatment methods.

4:30-  What made you come up with this company?

6:30-  Much self-reporting of pain is tainted due to the ‘shake it off’ attitude surrounding hurt & pain. i.e. An “invisible illness”. 

7:42-  On the concept of “well, you don’t look sick”, and what being sick really means.

8:26- Penicillin won’t fix everything. It’s just not that easy, or simple, or mono.

9:04-  Tell us about some of the wins you’ve seen with the platform and what you are building!

10:12-  Talk about the benefit of finding support & solutions together, as a tribe.

11:56-  On talking to people who understand

13:30-  On acknowledgement of being in pain, by others in pain and dealing with it all

14:40-  Who is the perfect candidate for the Ouchie App?

15:48-  Awesome! Rachel, how can people find you on the socials? @RachieDT on Twitter, LinkedIn and the Ouchie App is out now and available on Apple & Android!

16:70-  Thank you Rachel! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

17:04-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jul 31, 2019

Thank you to RxGo for sponsoring this episode! RxGo is a free prescription discount card that can save you between 10 to 84percent of your out of pocket expenses. We all have to deal with medications, especially when you are neurodiverse like we are. With RxGo, not only can you search for your exact medication’s pricing at your local pharmacy, but if your insurance doesn’t cover it, and if you have to pay out of pocket, you can save between 10 and 84percent off of your medication costs by using this card! There is no application, no health restrictions, no fees and the card never expires! So, it you have any medication needs and want to save, please check out www.RxGo.com/faster  Thank you again to RxGo for sponsoring today’s podcast!

A full time speaker since 1995, Ben has been sharing his story of growing up with ADHD & Dyslexia with church groups, students, teachers athletes and organizations all over the world. Through the use of live art and storytelling he has curated a powerful & entertaining program! Adding to his many works of art, he is the author of “Simply Special: Learning to Love Your ADHD”. Today we talk about kids, (he credits his daughters for helping him overcome a fear of speaking to elementary age children), how to find teachable moments, The Chalkguy LEGO Drive, and how kindness can often be contagious. Enjoy!

 

 

In this episode Peter & Ben discuss:

2:14-  Intro & welcome Ben!

2:48-  What’s your story; when were you diagnosed?

3:48-  What was it like growing up; with what kinds of things were you dealing as a kid? Ref:  Simply Special book

6:33-  We develop survival skills early in school- did you realize that was happening? [How did you begin your career of speaking?]

8:10-  On deciding on a Major in college

9:48-  Tell his about this LEGO project you’ve started!

11:35-  On picking teachable moments

13:19-  On how generosity is contagious

15:00-  How can people get in touch if they want to join in? www.SimplyBenGlenn.com or directly at www.GiveYourBricks.com

16:32-  How can folks get in touch with you on the socials? www.SimplyBenGlenn.com  YouTube  INSTA FB Twitter: @SimpleADHDExpert 

17:59-  Thank you Ben! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

18:17-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jul 24, 2019

Thank you to RxGo for sponsoring this episode! RxGo is a free prescription discount card that can save you between 10 to 84percent of your out of pocket expenses. We all have to deal with medications, especially when you are neurodiverse like we are. With RxGo, not only can you search for your exact medication’s pricing at your local pharmacy, but if your insurance doesn’t cover it, and if you have to pay out of pocket, you can save between 10 and 84percent off of your medication costs by using this card! There is no application, no health restrictions, no fees and the card never expires! So, it you have any medication needs and want to save, please check out www.RxGo.com/faster  Thank you again to RxGo for sponsoring today’s podcast!

Today we’re talking about autism, orgy’s, lemon thievery, weighted blankets, feeling like an outcast, being called weird but learning to not give a hoot! (Sh*t’s about to get weird y’all, put the kids to bed!)  Jess, better known as “Jess the Prequel” on Instagram, is a comedian and host of PILF podcast, a sex-positive show where she delves into topics relating to love and relationships. Jess is proudly outspoken about being on the autism spectrum, and uses her platform to normalize autism, and break the myths and misconceptions related to the three A’s: Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety. We’re excited she’s joined us today. This is a fun one, enjoy! 

 

*WARNING: This episode contains QUITE  a lot more than just a pinch of salty language. Store the kids away and be aware of your surroundings please!

 

In this episode Peter & JessThePrequel discuss:

1:57-  Intro & welcome Jess!

3:05-  Jess, what does PILF mean?

3:40-  Tell us your story; when were you diagnosed?

5:00-  What kinds of things were you doing to mask your Autism? How did that effect you and what did you learn?

8:00-  When you are neurodiverse, do you have a stronger ability to prepare than say, the non-neurodiverse?  Ref:  weighted blankets

9:38-  On being outgoing and wanting to help others

11:00-  Ok. Let’s pivot for a few and talk about why & how you started PILF.

13:08-  The podcast is very good! So about Episode: “Rule 34, #2 Peter Cotton Gets Some Tail”… When do you think sex became this mainstream? Also, I dare say, when most people think of Autism they do & are NOT thinking about sex; yet you are bravely talking about all of the above! Do tell!  Ref:  Penelope Trunk @PenelopeTrunk 

19:35-  On how neurodivergent folks can relate to others who have been labeled “outcasts, weird, abnormal”, etc.  On learning how to not give a f&$#!

20:37-  So I wanna ask how people can find you, but first I really need to ask you about Episode 14, “Potluck Orgies”. Would you explain the context to our listeners please?  Ref: Lemon Stealer Porn

So, how can people find you? @JessThePrequel on Twitter & INSTA. PILF Podcast on Spotify & iTunes (Stitcher too)

22:36-  Thank you Jess!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

23:14-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jul 17, 2019

Thank you to RxGo for sponsoring this episode! RxGo is a free prescription discount card that can save you between 10 to 84 percent of your out of pocket expenses. We all have to deal with medications, especially when you are neurodiverse like we are. With RxGo, not only can you search for your exact medication’s pricing at your local pharmacy, but if your insurance doesn’t cover it, and if you have to pay out of pocket, you can save between 10 and 84percent off of your medication costs by using this card! There is no application, no health restrictions, no fees and the card never expires! So, it you have any medication needs and want to save, please check out www.RxGo.com/faster  Thank you again to RxGo for sponsoring today’s podcast!

We are live & onsite in Brooklyn today! So, I have known Allison Robicelli forever, like way before I even started HARO. She & her husband Matt once owned a bakery near here and would bring me cakes, specialty donuts & things.. I remember the first time they went viral with their Chicken & Waffle cupcakes! That was a big deal. She has since continued on to become a best selling & critically acclaimed author, a James Beard nominated food writer, has written for Medium magazine, is a serial entrepreneur and consultant, an idea sailor, a Mom, has remained a fast-talker and oh, and she has ADHD too. Allison is full of great perspective and advice. Happy to visit with my ol’pal here today. Enjoy! 

*This episode contains a few pinches of salty language, best to be aware of your surroundings.

In this episode Peter & Allison discuss:

2:13-  Intro & welcome Allison!-  I’ve known you forever, but for our audience, give us a bit of your background story? ref: Robicelli's a Love Story, with Cupcakes book, Robicelli’s Bakery  

4:56-  On seeing an idea for what it is & being able to run with it

5:30- How do you harness the ADHD for good, without going all over the place, losing perspective and having things turn out crappy; what’s your secret?

6:35-  How does your having ADHD and your husband not, work in your marriage & business partnership?

8:40-  On starting your own business right as everything is changing around you, AND you have ADHD

11:05-  On work & play not being mutually exclusive, and the importance of using your imagination. Ref:  3 books, Robicelli Argument Clinic podcast

13:00-  It is ok to be very selective about the people with whom you spend time.

13:45-  On the yin&yang of finding your superpower

15:30-  Do you think those of us with ADHD just need to work for ourselves?

18:00-  “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein is often credited with this wonderful quote, but it may actually have come from a variety of different sources, which is quite fitting given its subject matter. It takes all sorts of people with all sorts of different talents and skills to create positive things in the world. -Virgin.com

18:17-  What do you say to people who are miserable and can’t seem to figure out from where the happiness comes?

19:09-  On being OK with failing!

21:12-  Allison’s journey right out of high school 

22:00-  On finding what you love. Ref: Say Anything, Quotes from Say Anything. What Allison & Matt are loving now:  Oaxaca Taqueria, Rip’s Malt Shop

25:25-  Have dessert!

26:30-  How can people find you if they would like to learn more?  www.Robicellis.com Twitter: @ROBICELLIS If you want to see Allison’s cats in bowties, (food also), go to her Instagram: @allisonrobicelli 

27:51-  Thank you Allison! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

28:23-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jul 10, 2019

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Diagnosed with ADHD at age 23, Jonathan has earned his BA in Criminal Justice and a Masters in School Psychology. His first career was in Juvenile corrections, but for the past six years he has changed things to become a school psychologist. During his tenure, he has implemented precise academic & behavior systems, (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support+ADHD= MTSS on Steroids), to ensure he & his fellow educators are providing adequate support for all types of students. His work has focused on creating data systems where educators & helpers can use the data to guide their instructional practices while providing targeted interventions for the students who need it, (Academic and Behavior). The data system gives educators access to students’ demographics, academic present levels, (based on formative assessments), and behavior needs, with just a click of a button. In addition, all the information is presented in one document so that the data can be sorted for further analyses. The staff has fully embraced it, and this has led to an overall improvement of student’s academics, behavior and social/ emotional knowledge. Recently earning his doctorate in Education Learning, Jonathan’s life is now dedicated to helping all students become fearless and courageous, at any moment. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Jonathan discuss:

2:03-  Intro & welcome Jonathan!

3:16-  What’s your background story?

4:45-  You said the system failed you; what did you mean by that strong statement?

6:50-  What do you say to teachers & school districts who are trying their best to fix things, and make things work better?

9:09-  What do you think parents can do to help?

12:42-  What do you tell kids who have been made to feel that they are somehow broken?

16:38-  How can people find you if they would like to learn more?  @jrizo62 on Twitter, INSTA, FB  RizoJonathan62@gmail.com

17:30-  Thank you Jonathan! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please continue to do so. Each review you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me via peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

18:03-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jun 26, 2019

Today’s podcast is made possible by Sudio headphones! They are the most incredible sounding headphones I’ve ever heard in my life! They give you 7 HOURS of battery life, look beautiful and the portable case will give you up to 6 days of standby time! Our discount code is fasterthannormal which will give you 15% off any purchase! Just click on this link to use the discount: https://www.sudio.com/us/earphones/tolv-pastel-blue  Thank you Sudio for sponsoring today’s podcast!

Remember that rainy night, just this past Winter’s eve, when you resolved to drop 25lbs, be fit & super-excited by the time this Summer’s swimsuit season arrived? Us too. Today we’re talking about strategies, just in case that didn’t just magically happen for you. We are joined by Katie Rickel. Dr. Rickel graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida. She completed an APA-accredited clinical internship in health psychology at Duke University Medical Center, with advanced training in behavioral and bariatric obesity treatment, as well as the psychological management of chronic pain and illness. Dr. Rickel has expertise in treating anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias. Her research has been presented at various professional conferences and published in scientific journals. She has also appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” and has been quoted in several popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Health magazine, Yahoo! Health, Women’s Health magazine, Weight Watchers magazine, andabcnews.com. She is now the CEO of Structure House, which has been named the nation’s leading weight loss treatment program. In existence since 1977, Structure House has helped more than 40,000 participants achieve their wellness goals and live their best lives. Dr. Rickel generously shares her expertise & experience with us here today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Katie discuss:

2:28-  Intro & welcome Dr. Rickel!  ref:  www.StructureHouse.com

3:20-  Before we get into all of this, would you tell us a little bit more about your background please?

6:20-  Let’s talk about ADHD & that premise of “all or nothing”

9:25-  On how emotions play a role in cycles of an “all or nothing” mindset, especially when it comes to weight loss

10:20-  What are some tips you might share in order to keep us from getting into a bad cycle?  ref:  The National Weight Control Registry 

12:50-  Apps for ADHD food journaling:  Lose It!  My Fitness Pal or just take a picture of your meals.

14:31-  What other secret tricks would you recommend?

16:00-  On the importance of how you look & feel

17:00-  On turning to your strengths

18:14-  What percentage of your patients have ADHD?

19:21-  How can people find you if they would like to learn more?  www.StructureHouse.com @StructureHouse on: Twitter, FB, INSTA, Pinterest, LinkedIn

20:38-  Thank you Dr. Rickel! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! But.. even if you’ve reviewed us before, please continue to do so, so that word will continue to spread and we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

21:14-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jun 19, 2019

Today’s podcast is made possible by Sudio headphones! They are the most incredible sounding headphones I’ve ever heard in my life! They give you 7 HOURS of battery life, look beautiful and the portable case will give you up to 6 days of standby time! Our discount code is fasterthannormal which will give you 15% off any purchase! Just click on this link to use the discount: https://www.sudio.com/us/earphones/tolv-pastel-blue  Thank you Sudio for sponsoring today’s podcast!

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Pete White was born and raised in the North East of England. At age 21 he joined the Royal Air Force. At 22 years old he was eagerly on his way to Afghanistan. Things took an unexpected turn there for him. He found himself in a bad spot- suffering from the crippling effects of PTSD and severe depression. After 7 years of that suffering, and a lot of medication & therapy, he was medically discharged from the military. Still mentally unwell and unsure of what he was going to do in his new life as a civilian, he made the tough decision to put his past behind him, take control and build the life that he wanted to live. 

Obsessed with the idea of personal success in every area of life, he developed methods and habits to channel his experience to benefit himself and others, creating his own version of success using his super-alert ADHD brain. Pete now spends his time helping other people to overcome their personal challenges, put their negative circumstances behind them, and create their own idea of success. He has recently written a book about his experiences named “From The Bottom Of The Barrel”. He generously shares his story with us here today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Pete discuss:

2:16-  Intro & welcome Pete!

2:58-  So, what led you to joining the military?

3:50-  What led to your PTDS & depression after having such a good start?

5:43-  A lot of people in the military, in this country anyway, still fight a strong stigma against mental repair. How did it go for you in the UK?

7:02-  When people hear the phrase “the crippling effects of depression, or PTSD”, they don’t always comprehend what that means really, unless they’ve experienced them first hand. Would you share with us some of the effects you have experienced please?

8:45-  What were some of the therapies that helped you get through it and climb out?  ref:  EMDR Therapy

11:48-  The military is completely schedule-driven. Regimented. When you were discharged, you lost that order in your life. How did you handle that?

13:06-  What do you tell people who are re-entering civilian life?

14:15-  So, what prompted you to write this book: “From The Bottom Of The Barrel”?

15:43-  Is it available on Amazon? YES via Amazon.co.uk 

15:54-  How can people find you?  www.ImperiumLifeCoaching.com  Facebook: @imperiumlifecoaching Via email:  Pete@ImperiumLifeCoaching.com  

16:34-  Thank you Pete!  And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews have been working! But.. EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, please continue to do so, so that word will continue to spread and we will all be able to reach & help even more people! You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

17:12-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and please drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jun 12, 2019

Dave Fox has been all around the globe. Tunisia, Northern Africa, Norway, the UK you name it! He was born in the states, but at age eight he moved to England with his family. That move at such a young age triggered something that permanently changed his life. From that age forward he’s been obsessed with learning about foreign cultures. He spent two years of high school in Oslo, taught English in Turkey, traveled independently, then worked, edited and wrote for renowned travel guru Rick Steves for sixteen years, (which is no small feat if you’re familiar with Rick’s work)! For many years, Dave’s career focus was on Europe, but things took a dramatic turn in 2008 when he went on what was supposed to be a one-time, one-week vacation in Vietnam. He felt so mesmerized by the frenetic pulse of Ho Chi Minh City – or Saigon as it’s still casually called – that he moved there. It turns out that Saigon works out well for the ADHD brain because he & his wife still live there! We talk about it all here today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter & Dave discuss:

0:58-  Intro & welcome Dave!

1:50-  When travel became an addiction for you- did you embrace it, or try to ignore it?

3:00-  What took you to England for the first time?  ref:  Rick Steves

6:10-  Amidst the constant craziness, stimulation and beauty of daily life in Saigon, how do you focus down and get work done.. especially when it’s all around you like that?

12:32-  Do you travel outside of Vietnam very often? Tell us about your weekends.

14:00-  What other destinations have you fallen in love with?

15:08-  How can people find out more about you and your Writing, Life Coaching, Classes, Books, etc?  www.GlobeJotting.com Twitter: @GlobeJotter FB: @GlobeJotting INSTA: @GlobeJotting YouTube: GlobeJotting 

15:35-  Thank you Dave- I am so envious!  And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

16:00-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Jun 5, 2019

I have been listening to our guests for well more than a decade! They have been part of my playlist since the summer of 2006 when their music helped me run the NYC Marathon faster than I ever had before. You surely know their music too, even if you’ve never heard the name Shinedown! Their song “Get Up” is the most inspiring, straight to the point, song I’ve ever heard that challenges the stigmas of talking honestly about mental health. They are some of the hardest working Artists in the world, so I was honored when they agreed to spend some time with us here today, helping to grow & inspire more honest conversations about mental health. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter, Brent and Eric discuss:

1:08-  Intro and welcome Brent Smith and Eric Bass!

2:00-  After 136 shows spanning 48,000 miles, you guys were labeled The Hardest Working Artists of 2018! That’s a ton of work & a healthy mantle! How do you make sure that you are taking care of yourselves mentally?

4:56-  Peter on working to relax  ref:  The New Yorker cartoon

5:37-  On loving what you do & being driven

6:10-  On the importance of surrounding yourself with good people & a good support system

9:49-  Brent, you wrote “Get Up” for Eric. The majority of folks don’t know how to talk to a friend who is, or might be struggling. What did you learn from writing this song?

14:08-  “You are not going to be defined by your failures. You are going to be defined by the fact that you refuse to give up- no matter what” -Brent Smith

16:05-  Peter on the importance of Music, and how music will pull you through  ref: “I Dare You  ref:  Peter gets arrested for exercising, makes news.

18:24-  What is it about music, not books, movies, tv, etc, but music that people always credit with bringing them through a rough spell, or helping them remember a moment in time, etc. Why?

20:52-  Talk to me about the stigma around mental health. Finally there is a solid movement- between you guys, people like Erik Kussin who have started WeAreAllALittleCrazy.org, etc. What can people do to help grow the national/international conversation about mental health? ref:  Erik Kussin’s FTN interview here #SameHere

Follow Shinedown at:  http://www.shinedown.com FB Twitter INSTA YouTube AppleMusic Shazam Spotify

26:07-  Thank you Brent and Eric!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

27:02-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

May 29, 2019

I met our next guest at the Adobe Summit in glittery Las Vegas a couple of months ago. She was the youngest presenter in attendance! She’s an award winning actress, film writer, co-author of a young adult novel “Then and There, Here and Where” -which is set to publish this Spring. (Did I mention her age yet..?) Recently nominated a top GenZ influencer, she is currently creating her own greeting card line, oh yes, and she too has been diagnosed with ADHD, and also Dyslexia. Esabella Karena joins us today to talk about her journey thus far. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Esabella discuss:

1:00-  Intro & welcome Esabella!

2:30-  When were you diagnosed with ADHD?

2:50-  So ‘grade one’ was in 2010 for you aye..

3:20-  How did ADHD blossom for you; how did things go after your diagnosis?

4:05-  What was different for you when you moved to your new school?

4:50-  On knowing if you’re in the right school

5:25-  Was it easy for you to fit-in & make friends?

6:08-  How did you get through that tough time?

6:48-  Kids are going to understand that it’s ok to be different. What advice would you give to kids who have just been diagnosed, or who are maybe just realizing that they have a gift; that they are special.

7:30-  Tell us more about you! What else are you up to lately?

8:32-  How long have you had your tutor?

8:50-  Tell us more about the extra-curricular activities that may be ‘not so normal’ for someone your age; like hosting a Variety show for example!

9:58-  What do you think makes a good Influencer?  ref: Generation Z Program

10:57-  It seems you’re prettymuch on top of the world right now; what’s next for you?

11:37-  What would you tell kids, especially ADHD & Dyslexic kids, who might have parents who are not as understanding as your’s? Or, what advice would you give to parents in general?

12:41-  Talk about some of your screw-ups?

13:37-  Do you think making mistakes is how you learn?

14:00-  What quote would you want people to remember you by?

16:12-  How can people reach you?  INSTA, Twitter, FB @EsabellaKarena www.EsabellaKarena.com

16:40-  Thank you Esabella! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

17:12-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

May 22, 2019

Today we visit with a Graphic Designer, Artist & ADHD Cartoon specialist, (and in my opinion, future superhero character designer). You have probably already seen Dani’s Art without even realizing that it’s her work, or that it was originally inspired by her ADHD. It was her Art & her fearlessness that brought us together today. I really want to share her full bio with you:  Dani Donovan is a designer and illustrator who's recently risen to internet fame creating ADHD comics. Her first graphic (a storytelling flowchart) went viral, amassed over 100 million views, and has been reposted and praised by celebrities such as Mindy Kahling, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Garner. Within a couple months, she quickly became a prominent voice in the online ADHD community. Dani’s comics aim to help those with ADHD understand themselves and explain their struggles to loved ones. Her artwork struck a global chord and has been translated into four languages. She's partnering with Penguin Random House to illustrate a children's book based on her childhood experiences with ADHD. Dani works full-time as a designer for Gallup, runs a freelance branding business, and served on the board of directors for Nebraska’s chapter of AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts). Her online store, ADHDDD.com, opens in early May. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Dani discuss:

:46-  Intro & welcome superhero Dani Donovan!

1:33-  You tweeted that you were nervous to join us today- why would you possibly be nervous!?  ref: Dani’s tweet 

2:11-  So you got diagnosed in college; tell us about what it was like growing-up undiagnosed?

3:56-  When you got into college, what prompted the diagnosis?

5:25-  Were you put on medication?  ref:  Adderall versus Ritalin&Vyvanse 

5:50-  Was it sort of a wake-up call- whenever you got a name for your ADHD?

6:50-  How long have you been drawing?

7:16-  Being an Artist, do you find that writing/drawing puts you at peace?

8:03-  I found you through your cartoons. Tell us about how you got started & what happened?

9:20-  Tell us about your experience with an Art Therapist?

10:43-  What kind of responses have you been getting from your Art?

12:16-  What’s your personal favorite piece thus far?

13:10-  Note to self:  Brand everything you do! ref:  Imposter syndrome

13:40-  How can we find you & see your beautiful Art?  Patreon.com/DaniDonovan  Twitter, INSTA Behance LinkedIN Dribbble: @DaniDonovan. Facebook @DaniDonovanArt

14:36-  One last question. What do you tell creatives & budding artists who are afraid to post their works?

16:05-  So…“done is better than perfect”?

16:15-  Thank you Dani! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  Please.. stop right now and write us a review, EVEN IF you’ve reviewed us before, so that we will all be able to help & reach even more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

17:01-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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May 15, 2019

I am talking to someone on today’s show that has shouted the 2nd-best four words that I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!! The Man you’re about to meet is named Mike Reilly. He is probably best known as the "Voice of IRONMAN," (not the movie, the sport). If you are one of the 350k+ finishers of an Ironman challenge, chances are he has shouted your name also! In his great career, Mike also done on-site announcing and television coverage for over a thousand other triathlon & running events spanning ten countries. He is the only person inducted into all three endurance sports Halls of Fame: IRONMAN (2011), Running USA (2017), and USA Triathlon (2018).  Mike and his wife of 43 years, Rose, live in San Diego. They have two children, Erin Paulson, (a Boston Marathon finisher), and Andy Reilly, (an IRONMAN & Boston Marathon finisher), and two grandsons. A bit more about Mike here. It is an total honor to welcome him today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Mike discuss:

:46-  Intro and welcome Mike Reilly!!

1:58-  You have been doing this for roughly 30 years? For those of us who don’t know, could you describe a little about Ironman?

3:19-  About Mike’s new book:  Finding My Voice

3:42-  Peter’s experience in doing his first Triathlon

4:20-  Mike, would you agree with the statement: “Once a triathlete, always a triathlete”?

5:50-  On how training can affect relationships ref:  I’m Training For An Ironman Video

6:32-  On finding something great in your life

7:12-  On addiction & Imposter syndrome, versus the Triathlete 

8:30-  “We are the cause of our own experiences”

9:37-  On crossing the Finish line  and my blog post about my first Ironman in Cozumel 

10:36-  I’ve read that the Triathlon is the sport with the largest amount of recovering addicts. Why do you think this may be true? 

12:48-  On setting dizzyingly difficult goals

14:20-  Tell us a story about someone who credits finishing an Ironman with saving their life.

18:58-  Wow.. if exercise could do something like that, for someone like him, imagine what it could do for school kids!!

19:40-  About Eric Byrnes Triathlon & his physical education outreach. Let Them Play Foundation 

20:14-  Riding For Focus Specialized Foundation Podcast interview w/ Ted Theocheung, the CEO of the Specialized Foundation, and Kimberly Price, Ph.D., Director of Research & School Programs for the Specialized Foundation

20:57-  Peter on “Must be present to win”

23:19-  On Ironman has no shape or size. Working from the inside out.

24:10-  What do you tell someone who says “Oh I could never, ever do a triathlon”?

25:37-  When is your book “Finding My Voice” available for purchase? You can find it everywhere! 

26:10-  Thank you Mike Reilly!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

26:21:  THE 2nd-best FOUR WORDS EVER!!!!!

26:58  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

Mr. Mike Reilly on socials: MikeReilly.net  Facebook  Twitter & INSTA@IronManVoice  LinkedIn

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

May 8, 2019

We are joined today by a scientist! I love interviewing scientists! Although diagnosed as a child, Janice did not get fully treated for ADHD until her second year at Harvard. She is doing amazing research as she finishes her fifth year of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program there, and has found her way to rock life with ADHD! Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Janice discuss:

:46-  Intro & welcome Janice Marie Nieves Bonilla de Ouellette!

1:40-  You didn’t get diagnosed until you got to Harvard, correct?  Tell us your story.

2:56-  How was growing up for you; how did school & your classes go?

4:36-  Can you tell any of our listeners who may be feeling like: “My ADHD is preventing me from being smart, or from being brilliant” exactly what it is that you are studying at Harvard?  ref: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Immunology and Autoimmunity, Joslin Diabetes Center

6:02-  Your first language is Spanish. Sometimes people with ADHD are not great with languages; how are you with learning new ones?

7:04-  Tell me about the medication you are on and how it’s working out for you?

8:08-  What is your dosage frequency?

8:55-  You have been very active in Theater, Dance, etc. Do you find that physical activity helps you?

10:47-  You mentioned in your 3 page bio that you didn’t have many friend that were your age growing up. Do you think that’s an ADHD thing- to have friends that are older or younger?

12:26-  Your husband does not have ADHD. If you had to tell the non-ADHD listeners of this podcast what the one thing they could do to survive someone with ADHD, that they love, what would that be? 

14:37-  How can people find you if they want to learn more about you and what you are doing?  

INSTA & Twitter @Janice_Nieves  Email: JNievesBonilla@g.harvard.edu

15:22-  Thank you Janice!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

15:47-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

May 1, 2019

As you may know, I worked at AOL for a few years and then for a company called Jumbo- my last ever full-time job. I lasted for about 7 months before I realized I just did not work well with people; my friend Paul couldn’t either! We kinda bonded over that and we’re still friends to this day! Paul is currently the Director of Sales-Technical Sales North America for Varian Medical Systems.  He has been with them for 17 years w/ extensive experience in physical & virtual Oncology IT architecture.  He is helping hospitals all over the world design the best possible network to help treat cancer patients from India, Europe and North America. Today we reminisce about what it was like to have ADHD 20 years ago, and we talk about the tools & systems we have in place to help us run things ’on our own’ these days. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Paul discuss:

:46-  Intro and welcome Paul Berkson

1:23-  You and I are very similar in some ways; it always felt good to have sort of an ally in the ADHD world, back in the day when we ‘too talkative’ and were first climbing!

2:00-  How was it growing up for you?

2:38-  How did you get through school and stuff?

3:18-  You pretty much work on your own now. Explain to us a little bit about your job & your dynamic there?

4:10-  You are happy in your job. What is it about the job that keeps you happy & thriving?

5:00-  Being on your own is great! How do you keep yourself on-track & on top of things like schedules, deadlines, etc?

5:56-  On daily routines

6:28-  How do you chill out, relax and stay sane?

7:18-  Are you able to come directly out of ‘work mode’ and straight into ‘family mode’? 

8:09-  Tell me about how you get past your demons; how do you deal with the negative stuff?

9:19-  What tools do you use to keep organized?  ref: Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Teams, Outlook AutoTools, Skype Business, and Google Drive

10:40-  Do you keep a duplicate suitcase when traveling/working?

12:22-  Do you ever screw-up ‘en route’ and have to restart?

12:45- On ‘Proper Planning & Practice make for a Perfect Performance” *aka Michael P’s 5P’s  ref: The SCOTTeVEST, Peloton Bike

15:20 How can people find you on the socials? Facebook email: BerksonP@optonline.net  I couldn't seem to locate @BerkyBerk on INSTA 

15:47-  Thank you Paul and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

16:10-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Apr 25, 2019

So, I’ve been reading about this new eTNS system that was recently approved by the FDA and it kinda freaked me out. The thoughts of me using this on my kid!? I’m not a medical professional, but my dear friend Dr. Jen IS. (her bio is here and she’s been on the podcast before today- you can listen to that here). I wanted to get her medical option and thoughts about this new machine.. and she freaked out too! So I invited her to come visit and share her opinion and about what she has learned with you. Let’s talk and discuss. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Jen discuss:

:50-  Neurosigma’s “eTNS System 

1:18-  Intro and welcome back Dr. Jen Hartstein

1:40-  I showed this thing to you yesterday and you also freaked out! What are your thoughts about it today?

3:00-  About the study group used in getting it’s FDA approval  ref: Dr. Stephen Hinshaw

3:50-  Side effects and intended usage for ages 7-12.

4:21-  About stimulation threshold(s) and other possible side effects listed.

5:04-  As compared to non-stimulant medications

5:25-  Four psychologists surveyed say…

6:51-  Only sixty-two kids were studied, how do you think this was granted FDA approval so quickly?

7:52-  Some benefits of ECT

8:18-  We don’t know how children’s brains develop after this type of treatment, do we?

10:05-  Is this maybe the next “good thing”?

10:25-  Under the “Pills Don’t Teach Skills” heading…

12:03-  In our culture and educational systems in the US, we are missing ways to help people manage emotions effectively.

12:40-  “A headache is not an aspirin deficiency”

12:46-  I know people are going to have questions Jen, how can people find you?  http://www.hartsteinpsychological.com  www.drjen.com  Twitter: @drjenonline  FB  YouTube

20:00-  Thank you for coming on such notice Dr. Jen and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

20:36-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

Apr 24, 2019

Sometimes with ADHD, we can’t figure out why things just aren’t working out right. So when we finally get diagnosed, there can be a sense of relief- because we finally have a name for what’s wrong.  This guy knows all about that! After struggling through all of his high school & part of his college years, JO was diagnosed with Dyslexia and later with ADHD.  He was struggling into his 30’s. He has written a book about it, (in addition to a couple of others), that I started recently and am just loving. Now a husband and father, JO’s mission is to help parents and families- particularly stay at home dads- redefine life & family according to what works best for them. We talk about how excruciatingly painful having undiagnosed ADHD & Dyslexia can be, (especially in classroom settings), about self-love, about what finding a true mentor can mean, and about his new book, which is J.O.’s love letter to his younger self, here today. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Peter and Jonathan discuss:

1:14-  Intro and welcome J.O.!

1:45-  You had a really tough time in school; tell us about it?

2:20-  On reading aloud in the classroom

4:40-  On his second time taking a collegiate Genetics exam, and finally getting tested for a learning disability.

5:50-  Upon Jonathan’s Dyslexia diagnosis and getting some new resources!

7:00-  On turning 30, beginning a book, then being diagnosed with ADHD

7:53-  On using his superpower

8:52-  J.O.’s next challenge was learning how to ‘miss correctly’ and to love his younger self.

10:28-  What do you do to get yourself out of the times when you find yourself in an Imposter syndrome?

11:57-  J.O. & Peter agree that therapy should be mandatory.

12:38-  On not fighting yourself

14:28-  Tell us about your new book! To The Little Boy In Me Learning With Dyslexia and ADHD

17:13-  Was writing this book maybe part of a catharsis for you? 

19:37-  How can people find you?  www.JonathanOliverOnline.com  Twitter: @JOStayAtHomeDad  INSTA: jonathan_jo_oliver  Facebook  LinkedIN  YouTube  Books 

20:00-  Thank you Jonathan and Thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at peter@shankman.com or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

20:36-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

As always, leave us a comment below and PLEASE drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! The more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse! Know of anyone you think should be on the FTN podcast? Shoot us a note, we’d love to hear!

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