This is how you treat ADHD based off science, Dr Russell Barkley part of 2012 Burnett Lecture

Published 2014-09-23
The original video is from the 2012 Burnett Lecture located here. This is the very end of the 2nd vidoe right before the Q&A…

The playlist for the entire lecture and Q&A is located here

This video is from the end of Part 2.

The powerpoint slides are located here…

Dr. Barkley has far more info on this subject and more lectures on his website located here

All Comments (21)
  • Lucas Jordan
    I’ve always told people who ask “what does it feel like having adhd” I tell them “it doesn’t feel like anything. It just shows itself in your life. Imagine you wake up and everything you were supposed to do, or wanted to do, just never happened.”
  • Tacticool Rick
    1. This man validated my entire existence
    2. He spoke so fast I was able to actually sit and listen to the whole (okay most, but like 90%) of the talk.
  • theforce .for
    OMFG, THIS MAN JUST MADE A TUTORIAL ON SPEED-RUNNING ADHD TREATMENT, my adhd brain likes it, thank you so much for putting your research online and on youtube on a ADHD-friendly format
  • SagaciousScallop
    1 minute and 34 seconds in and this man already seems to understand me on a deeper level than all of the people I've ever spoken to (including psychiatrists) combined. Wow
  • Jared Teel
    That first sentence literally sums it up. Unable to follow through has been my Achilles heel since I was a teenager. Took medication from 1st grade through 12th and made straight A's. Started college, stopped medication, and my whole behavior changed. I would literally drive to the college campus, and sometimes just sit in my car or hang outside campus and skip class. SELF SABATOGE is how I've come to describe my adhd behavior over the years. I know what I need to do, but I find a way to mentally psych myself out. Its as if I fail because I'm afraid to fail. A Viscious cycle.
  • Mhx Air
    Painfully true. Watching me procrastinate, time flies by, my days off work vanish, and unless there's an actual threatening deadline, I never do anything. I try to, but man it's so easy to just never do it. Such an agonizing disorder to watch yourself struggle with little to no self control, like you're two different people in your head. You want to do something vs you need to something you don't want to do, so you're always mad at yourself all the time.
  • Ritalie
    Woa! The opening sentence. "You can know stuff, but you won't do stuff." That's the absolute definition of what it feels like. So many aspirations, ideas and dreams, and yet, when it comes to execution.... Just no.
  • Natalia H
    My entire life I built systems around me that kept me accountable- when I was in 6th grade I voluntarily went to afterschool detention because they forced you to do homework. When the teachers realized I wasn't supposed to be there they were baffled. I LIKED it, and otherwise I would never start my homework until two hours before the deadline. I purposely applied to a college that was known for being a "boot camp". Then COVID came and crumbled those systems I carefully chose. Until then I didn't realize I had ADHD because I was doing well (still struggling but doing well). I failed a class for the first time in my life on the first semester of online class. I felt like I derailed my life because I was lazy and unmotivated. My self esteem tanked, I went through depression, and I'm still slowly picking my way back up with the help of videos like these. Thank you!!
  • Freedom
    Omg. I can't stop crying. I finally feel seen. Someone finally gets it. Someone finally believes me. Someone finally takes this seriously. A lot of us go through life feeling broken and being told how lazy we are. This is validating and life changing. Thank you so much for this. 💗
  • Nick
    For some reason this popped back into my feed. I don’t know if this video truly changed my life or not, but things have gotten a lot better for me since the last time I watched it years and years ago. I finished college, have a career, and even bought a condo. For whatever contribution to my success this video was, thank you.
  • Monsterzjw
    ADHD for me has always felt like two things. One is like, rush hour traffic playing nonstop all the time. Every conversation is accompanied by honking horns and bright lights from oncoming traffic. My brain is overstimulated by intrusive thoughts and external forces, and focus is hard to maintain and easy to lose.

    The other version I've encountered. Is like a deer in headlights. I think about all of these things, and plan plenty of activities. But once I have to make a decision on what of these thoughts I want to act on. I lock up. Sometimes, I look through the sea of options and they don't seem interesting enough. I end up spending all of the time I could have been doing something, mindlessly doing nothing. Watching YouTube shorts on an endless loop while I argue with my brain on what to do. From the outside, I just seem lazy and unmotivated. But in reality I'm running every scenario in my head with no real push towards a resolve. It only ends when I either fall asleep, or something finally grabs my attention.

    I can't help but feel like the attention issues are accompanied by depression. But considering nothing is diagnosed because of money, I could just be talking out of my ass.
  • Smohn Jith
    I'm at a point where my ADHD is finally overcoming the little natural ability I have when it comes to finding success. Struggling so hard with knowing what needs to be done but never really being able to do it has seriously demolished my faith in myself. This video articulates the external motivations very well, which perfectly explains why I am so obsessed with video games (aside from the aspect of escaping my life that is crumbling by my own hand). I've been driven to a very dark place having struggled with seeing the crappy fate I am damning myself to while not having what I thought was raw willpower to change it, but this video has shined a ray of hope. I realize now that I have become nigh obsessive with cleaning just for a taste of order and executive function. No clue how this came into my recommended, but it gives me hope :)
  • It’s like watching your life in third person. I’m constantly yelling at the guy holding the wheel not to do things or TO do things and it rarely connects. Then I have a day or week of epiphany where I decide how I’m going to get my life together, start writing things down and what not. I get so into it that I forget other things like eating, drinking water, self care and get so exhausted from all of the effort it takes to be “normal” that I abandon it all together and do it all again a month or two later. I’m tired.
  • BlurryNova
    I feel both personally attacked and supported at the same time. He'd bring up an issue I have and explain to the T and Id feel like utter shit, but then give some nice ass advice on how to deal with it so I go from feeling horrible to feeling hopeful. What a roller-coaster ride this was, imma need to take that 3 minute break lmao
  • Josh S
    Best thing for my ADHD was having externally imposed obligation. Health, sleep, exercise, stress are all important factors too. People needing me and promises that I make to people, whether they know I made it or not is a great motivator. Problem is getting to a point where you have "sacred" responsibilities is very difficult in the the first decades of ones life. Great video though. 10 years of college and gradschool...definitely have to go for the "low hanging fruit" in terms of production. Anything that there is will, awareness, or motivation to do regardless of the importance must be done.
  • As someone who has ADHD it took me about 3 hours to get through this video without being distracted.

    I've found that my phone is my biggest distraction, limiting phone time is vital to outgrowing ADHD.
  • Jez Pen
    It makes me sad that it took 53 years for me to get diagnosed and it was at my request to be evaluated for ADHD, thanks to YouTube and everyone that posts videos about their experience, I realized that this is what has been wrong with me for so long. I’m praying that my non-stimulant medication will work. I’m so tired of struggling.
  • Ignacio Navarro
    This is crazy, it has taken me about 26 years to understand half of this stuff and it's all summed up here, all the struggle I've had in my life summed up in 13 minutes and possible solutions I haven't implemented, this has been really informative, thanks a lot
  • Jennifer
    i'm someone who's been viewed as intellectually brilliant (34 ACT score, top college, etc) but can never bring myself to do anything but the minimum. everything is rushed, last minute, i have no motivation. i always blamed myself, or thought i was just depressed or thought i was just lazy. this guy literally made me cry. i have been a prisoner to my adhd for years but blamed myself the whole time. i see a psychiatrist for medication this week.
  • Just me
    taking medication, even as an adult, helped me learn what "normal" felt and acted. I'm retired now and have learned so well how to act and behave that I can go without meds. The only thing I still struggle with off meds is short term memory.

    one of the best things I learned to do is find a spot for every single thing and return things to thier place after use. I NEVER loose things like I used to. In fact, I'm so organized that I can intentionally leave something out of place to remind myself of things! like leaving the toothpaste on the counter becomes a reminder I need to add it to my grocery list in the morning. I can also remember things by visualizing doing something when I start the car or turn on a light. Now I rarely forget to take things with me because when I start the car I have gotten myself into thinking about the things I need to take or do....