Hosted by David Pomeroy, MD
ADHD – What does it mean and how do you deal with it? From diagnosis to treatment, ADHD Focus will explore all aspects of ADHD. The latest research, trends and interpretations will be discussed with prominent experts in the field. We’ll also talk with people who have been diagnosed and, their families to learn their techniques for coping and pursuing a productive, happy life!
Here you go….
Brendan Mahan and the Wall of Awful
“Yup, I failed again, messed it up”. “I’ve disappointed Mom again, she probably wishes I
wasn’t her kid.”
“I’ll be up until 2am getting this report done, why didn’t I get started
earlier instead of watching Netflix again? I’m stupid, that’s why”.
Ever heard yourself saying that? Ever heard your child say that? Ouch! It hurts!
My guest today is Brendan Mahan, Executive Function coach/consultant, speaker and
educator (former 6th grade teacher). And parent. And person with ADHD. He came up
with the concept of the Wall of Awful as the representation of the negative emotions and
self-talk that accumulate faster and grow higher for those of us with ADHD than for
neurotypicals. Kids, parents, adults with ADHD are very good at adding those emotional
“bricks” to the Wall of Awful. Join Brendan and I as we discuss how the Wall gets built
and the 5 ways of dealing with it, 2 of which work well and get us to the other side of the
Wall of Awful. Listen and learn!
Brendan’s podcast is ADHD Essentials, his website www.adhdessentials.com
Dr. Pomeroy has practiced Family Medicine in a variety of settings in the Pacific Northwest since completing his Family Practice Residency training program in Seattle in 1979, after having the good sense to move out west from the East Coast where he was raised. He did full-spectrum Family Practice including care of patients in hospital, delivering babies, assisting at surgery, and maintaining a busy office practice while in private practice in Puyallup and Gig Harbor then with large multi-specialty practices in primary care offices in Redmond and Issaquah.
When primary care office practice degenerated into a blur of “see patients every 15 minutes” and “come back if you have a second problem”, he left it behind in 2005 to start his practice specializing in the field of ADHD. Over the past 10 years he has evaluated over 3000 patients of all ages and managed their care for ADHD and a variety of co-occurring disorders.
He is well versed in all aspects of ADHD. He has presented talks to lay and professional groups and participates actively in the nationalADHD community. He continues to add to his working knowledge of ADHD by listening to his patients, attending national meetings of ADHD specialists as well as keeping up to date with research in the field reported in ADHD professional journals.
In his spare time he enjoys long-distance cycling, Lindy Hop swing dancing, listening to music of all genres (not much country…), skiing and being outdoors in the great Pacific Northwest.