The Life Empowerment Center


Focused Forward

Living with adult ADHD can feel like you’re in a constant battle with your brain.

Every day, you have to fight to stay in control, to meet your obligations, to not screw up—forget actually living up to your potential. But what you might not know about, and what’s even more damaging, is the constant, corrosive emotional stress of a lifetime spent wondering what the hell is wrong with you.

In Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD, author and self proclaimed “ADHD-er“ James M Ochoa, LPC goes beyond the management and scheduling techniques most ADHD books focus on to deal with what really holds so many ADHD-ers back—the emotional fallout of ADHD. He helps readers identify, manage and alleviate symptoms of a PTSD-like condition he calls the Emotional Distress Syndrome, with practical, proven advice including:

  • Understanding the link between ADHD and emotional distress
  • What Emotional Distress Syndrome (“EDS”) feels like
  • How to construct an Emotional Safe Place
  • How to recruit your own Mental Support Group
  • Eight essential tools to help you cope
  • And more...

With wisdom, humor, and plenty of (sometimes painful) empathy, Focused Forward  helps adults with ADHD move past the pain and shame toward a future full of possibility, balance and joy.

“Oh my goodness, after beginning to read your book, I feel like I understand my son at a more profound level than I ever have and am so grateful to you for being “this” voice. I don’t know if there’s a single book out there that evokes this much compassion from family members of those diagnosed with ADHD. I think it’s going to be a great resource.”  – BD