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.

Praise for Focused Forward:

“Finally, a book that gets to the heart of the matter! ... This book is a must for people with ADHD, their loved ones and their helping professionals!”
--Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC, bestselling author of The Disorganized Mind

“The tools in this book are what I have been looking for ever since I was diagnosed with ADHD... I was missing the techniques for dealing with my internal world but could not find them, until now. I dove into the middle of the book as James suggested for someone like me and found techniques that I was able to immediately put to use.”
--Tom Viets, ADHD Life Coach

“I have already started recommending this book to my clients! Mr. Ochoa’s ground-breaking concept of the Emotional Distress Syndrome profoundly affects countless adults with adult ADHD and ... can lead to healing the wounds of the accumulated assaults of growing up with ADHD.”
--Sari Solden, MS, LMFT, bestselling author of Women with Attention Deficit Disorder and Journeys Through ADDulthood

“If you’ve struggled to make sense of your adult ADHD brain, Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD is the owner’s manual you’ve been waiting for.”
--Christie Sprowls, Psy.D

Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD ... is a small, but powerful book that will change lives for those with ADHD and their significant others who read it...”
--Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., Professor, Texas Tech University, College of Education-Special Education Program

“[James Ochoa, LPC] truly understands how I feel because he has been there/is there himself. The way he describes the experiences of ADHD made me feel like I'm OK, not a freak and perhaps I even have a chance at a fulfilling life...”
--Sasha, Verified Amazon Customer

“Unique part in this book compared to other ADHD books is his identification of the symptoms of the ongoing emotional difficulty caused by the crises of an ADHD life that is not well managed. Highly recommend to other psychotherapists.”
--Patricia J. Geary, Verified Amazon Customer

“Insightful and plain spoken, this book goes to the heart of what can be the crippling self-doubt and self-sabotage of adult ADHD. The analogy in the title to a ’storm’ is very powerful image for the ADHD individual who has often struggled for years. The diagnosis of Emotional Distress Syndrome captures that overwhelming sense of private hopelessness with a public face that is maintained to attempt functioning with a crippling emotional distress.”
--Kern Vanderburg, Business Development Professional

“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, Verified Amazon Customer