ADHD Coaching with Eric Hornak
Without effectively balancing doing and being, our lives pass unfulfilled. For those with undiagnosed or untreated ADHD the challenge is even greater.
Whether you struggle with:
- Any attentional difficulties
Eric's specialized training as an ADHD Coach can help you find greater effectiveness in your work, confidence and order in your everyday life, and greater success in your relationships.
Imagine being able to:
- Organize your life
- Identify your life goals
- Get your taxes done and on time
- Bring order to work space
- Be a better partner in all your relationships
- Be a better listener in conversations
- Start and finish your homework
- Get projects or papers done on time
- Be on time!
- Exercise regularly
- Eat well
- Balance your check book
- Sustain effective performance at work
- Identify a fulfilling career
- Know your life's purpose
- Find a functional fit in life and society
- Maintain relationships
- Be a better husband or wife
- Stop procrastinating
- Control your distractibility and impulsivity
- Complete projects, or simply finish whatever you've started
- Manage money
- Be on time
- Remember your commitments
- Sustain attention in conversation (be a good listener)
- Resist addictive behaviors
Just think of the satisfaction success in any of these areas of your challenged abilities could bring!
The even greater news is this:
It's your biology, not your character. ADHD is not a character flaw. It's a neurological difference, not a disorder.
Here is how Dr. William Dodson, one of Denver's paragons in the treatment of ADHD, explains this in his upcoming book:
It seems odd to call a condition a disorder when it usually conveys so many positive features. There is mounting evidence that, on average, people with ADHD nervous systems have higher IQ's than Neurotypicals (see Horrigan's work in the section on "impediments to diagnosis"). People with ADHD-style nervous systems tend to be great problem solvers. They are able to wade in to problems that have stumped everyone else and jump right to the answer. They tend to be affable, likable people with a zany sense of humor. They also have what Paul Wender  referred to as "relentless determination." When they finally do get hooked into a challenge, they pursue it with one approach after another until they master the problem (although then they may drop it entirely when it ceases to pose a challenge). If I could choose the qualities that would assure a person's success in life, I would chose being bright, I would want to be creative about how I used that intelligence, I would want to be well liked, and I would want to be hardworking and diligent. These are very valuable traits that, luckily, are not diminished when the ADHD is treated.
This is not meant to inflate ADHD as a gift, nor to deny its challenging nature as an empirical disorder. In fact, at the most recent CHADD National Conference (November 2011), one of the most august researchers, Dr. Russell Barkley and one of the most august clinicians, Dr. Ned Hallowell, closed the conference with a keynote presentation where they addressed the way many in the ADHD community have inflated ADHD. While they didn't totally pathologize it, their critical distinction was between treated and untreated ADHD. Untreated ADHD will more likely than not dominate a persons life as a compromising disorder. Treated, a person's fullest capacities as outlined above by Dr. Dodson have a chance to be revealed and serve to actualize their life. Clearly, however, neuroscience has come to the rescue of such a large percentage of the population who share this diversity of neurology that our neuroscience researchers, clinicians and ADHD coaches serve not only struggling individuals with ADHD, but a society too long deprived of their great talents.
Vindication! Not Humiliation
There is a common experience when older folks like myself come upon their ADHD diagnosis so late in life. Such folks are compelled to feel grief as this diagnosis completely rewrites their life story. They can look back and see how different their lives would have been had they known that their challenges were genetic, biological and not of their doing. So much suffering would have been avoided; so much damage to their self-effectiveness and consequently their self esteem would not haunt them now.
I must share that my reaction was different. Upon my diagnosis I exclaimed, "You mean I'm not a loser?!!" I actually felt vindicated and profoundly relieved, and as I studied the literature I came to feel such great joy that I can realize the fullness of capacity I always sensed about myself. This is what I wish to bring to you.
- Wender, Paul H. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Website by Tony Beach
Kim and Eric Hornak with their daughter, Leah, who has ADHD, and two Bolognese dogs. Photo: Karl Gehring, The Denver Post.
(See article below)
Please join us for the
ADHD Support Group
A Tele-Support Group
for Parents and Adults with ADHD
with Eric Hornak, ADHD Coach
While the primary intent of these sessions is to provide Denver-Metro CHADD members additional support between meetings, tele-conferencing enables folks all over the country struggling with ADHD to particpate. All are welcome!
Questions? Please email me using the form at the left.
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Sessions will be held by telephone using FreeConferenceCall.com.
Any long distance charges (if applicable) will apply to participants.
Time: 7 to 8 PM (Mountain Time)
Dates: The first Monday of each month from February 4th to June 3rd.
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Cost for the 6 Month Program:
$100 (Get 2 sessions free)
Single Session Option:
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From The Denver Post (10.11.11):
Denver Couple's Crusade for Students with ADHD Has Positive Impact
By Anthony Cotton
When Kim and Eric Hornak learned daughter Leah might have attention deficit disorder, they immediately sprung to action, boning up on the topic.
After the diagnosis was confirmed, the couple set out to find a local support group.
There wasn't one, necessitating a little more activity — as in starting one themselves.
Now, just a little more than a year later, the Hornaks' work is making an impact.
The national offices of [CHADD] Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder recently conferred chapter status on the Denver branch and has named it national chapter of the year....
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Sometimes a Great Insight....
Was it the cumulative effect of over two years of extensively studying ADHD, or was it the clarity of his explanation? I can't be sure. I only know that after Dr. Bill Dodson, one of our pre-eminent ADHD psychiatrists here in Denver, allowed me to read the manuscript of his soon-to-be-published book, my understanding of ADHD deepened.
The impact was like the moment when you're learning a foreign language where you cease translating and begin thinking in the new language. Similarly, instead of seeing ADHD as an object of study, I shifted to understanding it from the inside. Since that moment, I've so better understood my own ADHD that my ADHD coaching has taken a great leap forward....
He [Dodson] writes on page 15, "ADHD is a brain-based condition. It is not a failure of character or will." Epiphany! I'm not a slouch after all! Well, we certainly covered this at ADDCA, but later on Dr. Dodson went on to give this absolution from character flaw a name. Clinically it is known as Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria; basically a big word for defensiveness. He went on to elaborate at length about how this condition develops very early on as a child recognizes that he/she is not learning or responding to the world as "neurotypicals" do....
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Bringing It Into the Body