There’s a segment of the population out there who have heard a constant drumbeat for their entire lives, and yet have no idea where exactly it comes from. Sometimes a pounding cacophony, and sometimes a subtle drone, but it’s always there, the echoing and uncomfortable distress of Adult ADHD.

Thankfully, after much study, author and therapist James Ochoa, LPC has figured out how to effectively manage it. He knows firsthand how disabling it can be because he has dealt with ADHD in his own life and in the life of his patients. Patients describe it in many different ways,” says Ochoa. “But the debilitating effects are the same.”

“It’s like I was born with a small, sharp pebble in my shoe. I can never get this pebble out. Sometimes I find shoes that fit better, or I get in better shape and somehow walk better, or the pebble shifts and becomes a little less annoying, or it forms a callous. But then I’m just walking along and out of nowhere, there’s a sharp pain" 

After an extensive study of the psychology and neuroscience of ADHD and countless hours counseling patients, Ochoa has finally put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. What he has found as he has gained more knowledge and tools is that his patients are getting better quicker, which, of course, thrills him to no end. “These days,” he says, “my patients stay with me for as long as they need to, and then they fly.”

For many years flying was the last thing James or any of his patients ever thought about on a daily basis. Survival was most often the daily duty, not thriving. But the new tools he has discovered and the knowledge he has gained from his research and experience are changing all of that. In his new book, Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD (Empowering Minds Press, March 2016), he lays out in riveting and relatable detail the tools that can help manage adult ADHD on a daily basis, including:

  • Acceptance
  • Mindfulness
  • Spirituality
  • EMDR
  • Imagination
  • Intuition
  • Humor
  • Strategic, Therapeutic Daydreaming

He also describes your emotional safe place and how to get there when necessary; the importance of a mental support group; how to thrive rather than just survive; and how to move forward to what’s next. With its hopeful message, Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD is a welcome oasis of truth and healing.