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Episode 016: How Can I Increase My Attention Span?

Is there a way to develop a stronger attention span without drugs from a doctor?

A damn good question and we have a damn good answer. Answers at that really. Adam provides some really good insight on ways that you can increase your attention span without any doctors or drugs. We also talk about kids today that appear to have a lot of obstacles in the way fighting for their attention or inhibiting it; the need for Ritalin, media, the Internet, chatting while doing homework and the schizophrenic presentation of movies and television today.

Thanks Hurd, this one is for you. You’re the bomb. And let’s see if you guys have enough attention span for the whole show.

Length: 28:10
Special Guest: Adam and Don The Producer

6 Responses to Episode 016: How Can I Increase My Attention Span?

  1. hurd4 2011.03.11 8:55 pm

    i am sure this guy wont kill you in your sleep. gross bodily harm maybe, but not murder.

    i think i will try the abc’s with my left hand thing. because i am slowly turning into a bunny on coke. i cant even finish a 30 minute tv show anymore.

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    1. Don The Producer 2011.03.14 7:35 pm

      I haven’t tried these techniques yet. I did turn off my chat and Facebook though while getting my homework done. That helps A LOT!

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  2. Da Coconut 2011.03.16 11:51 pm

    DSM-IV-TR Criteria for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

    Either A or B:

    A. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and developmentally inappropriate:

    1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
    2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
    3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
    4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
    5. Often has trouble organizing activities.
    6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn’t want to do tasks involving prolonged mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).
    7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments).
    8. Is often easily distracted.
    9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.

    B. Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and developmentally inappropriate:


    1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
    2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.
    3. Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).
    4. Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly.
    5. Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”.
    6. Often talks excessively


    1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.
    2. Often has trouble waiting one’s turn.
    3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g. butts into conversation or games).

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    1. Don The Producer 2011.03.18 10:02 am

      Being a layman in diagnosing people with ADHD and ADD, it seems to me that some people can easily get these REAL symptoms mixed up with normal hyperactive kids. I once knew a couple that really didn’t’ have a relationship with their 4 year old since they both worked 60 hours a week each and had a nanny take care of their kid. When they saw their daughter running around the house they asked the nanny if their daughter needed meds because she was so active. The nanny had to tell the parents that it was just a sugar rush from a lollipop.
      I’m not saying that these conditions don’t exist because I know they do. But I think there needs to be a middle-way when approaching situations like this.

      Thanks for the Criteria Da Coconut.

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    2. The Adam 2011.03.20 9:26 pm

      Thanks for the information Da Coconut. Reading them I’m left with an additional question…
      Aren’t these symptoms which one would also see with parental malpractice? I think of the three Hyperactivity is the most likely to be legitimate as it is closely related to chemical imbalances.
      I do know that these issues exist out there naturally, but I am a firm believer in that these situations are created by our environment much more commonly. I’d like to see unbiased research done on this. I know my personal observations lead me to this opinion, but real evidence would be nice. The issue is that rarely in this day and age research on such things granted without some sway in one particular observation or another.
      Thanks again Da Coconut, a pleasure to read your info as always… and thank Miss Da Coconut too…she’s had a hand in it too, right?
      -The Adam

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