In this enlightening podcast episode, renowned ADHD expert Dr. Ari Tuckman joins host Tara McGillicuddy to delve into the important topic of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in relation to motivation. As both Tara and Dr. Tuckman have extensive experience in the field, their insightful discussion promises to shed light on key issues faced by individuals with ADHD and provide practical strategies to enhance motivation and overall well-being.

  1. Understanding Adult ADD / ADHD:

To set the stage, Tara and Dr. Tuckman begin by exploring the unique challenges faced by adults with ADHD. They discuss the core symptoms, such as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, and how these symptoms can manifest differently in adulthood compared to childhood. By understanding the specific dynamics of Adult ADD / ADHD, listeners gain a clearer picture of how these symptoms can impact motivation and daily functioning.

  1. The Role of Motivation in ADHD:

Motivation plays a vital role in achieving goals and maintaining focus, but individuals with ADHD often struggle in this area. Tara and Dr. Tuckman delve into the underlying factors that contribute to motivational difficulties in adults with ADHD. They discuss the interplay between executive functions, such as planning and organization, and the dopamine system, which is closely tied to motivation and reward. This exploration helps listeners comprehend the complex nature of motivation challenges and their connection to ADHD.

  1. Practical Strategies to Enhance Motivation:

The podcast episode offers a wealth of practical strategies to help individuals with ADHD improve their motivation levels. Tara and Dr. Tuckman share evidence-based techniques that have been proven effective in managing ADHD-related motivational issues. These strategies include setting clear goals, breaking tasks into manageable steps, utilizing external reminders and accountability systems, and capitalizing on personal strengths and interests. Listeners can expect to gain valuable insights and actionable advice to enhance their motivation and productivity.

  1. Overcoming Obstacles and Staying on Track:

In this episode, Tara and Dr. Tuckman also address the common obstacles that individuals with ADHD may encounter on their journey towards improved motivation. They provide guidance on managing setbacks, dealing with perfectionism, and overcoming negative self-talk. By addressing these obstacles head-on, listeners gain tools and strategies to maintain motivation even when faced with challenges.


The podcast episode featuring Dr. Ari Tuckman and host Tara McGillicuddy offers a comprehensive exploration of the relationship between Adult ADD / ADHD and motivation. Their insightful discussion provides a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by individuals with ADHD and offers practical strategies to enhance motivation and overall well-being.

By gaining insights from an esteemed ADHD expert and drawing on Tara’s extensive experience, listeners are equipped with valuable tools to navigate the complexities of motivation in the context of ADHD. Whether you are an individual with ADHD seeking to improve your motivation or a caregiver or loved one supporting someone with ADHD, this podcast episode provides valuable guidance and support for overcoming obstacles and fostering success in all aspects of life.

This ADHD Podcast episode originally aired on 11/8/2011.

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA has given more than 300 presentations and routinely earns excellent reviews for his ability to make complicated information understandable and useful. He is the author of three books:  Understand Your Brain, Get More Done, More Attention, Less Deficit, and Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD. His “More Attention, Less Deficit” podcast has more than 100 episodes and has had almost two million downloads. He is a psychologist in private practice in West Chester, PA, a board member of CHADD National, and co-chair of the CHADD conference committee.

 Learn more about Dr. Ari Tuckman and his ADD / ADHD resources at 


Dr. Tuckman is a regular instructor at and these classes of his can be found in the ADD Audio Library.

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ADHD Support Talk Radio is an award winning Podcast for Adults with ADD / ADHD. Co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris are joined by Adult ADHD experts and they cover important topics related to Adult ADD / ADHD. Podcast guests include Dr. Edward Hallowell, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Dr. Ari Tuckman, Laurie Dupar, Terry Matlen and many more.

Tara McGillicuddy is the Producer, Owner and Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Tara with general questions or feedback about the podcast.

Lynne Edris is the Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Lynne with feedback about her episodes or if you are interested in having her interview you as a guest.

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