ABOUT The Brain-Transplant Series

Remember – links on this site are dark grey to reduce distraction potential
while you’re reading. They turn red on mouseover.

Brain Transplants Available Here!
from the ADD Poster Girl, Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, MCC, SCAC

My friend and colleague Peggy Ramundo (co-author of the ADD classic, You Mean I’m NOT Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!) makes fun of me all the time.

“Madelyn,” says she, “it’s like you are trying to give them a BRAIN transplant in every communication.”

Well, maybe not the WHOLE brain – but I do want to insert a few modules that will help you learn to drive the very brain you were born with.™

Really!  I can help with that.  That’s what I DO – for my clients, my students, my colleagues and my friends.  I’ve been doing it for 25 years now.

ADD Driving Lessons

Although sharing ADD information, coaching and training ADD Coaches
are how I earn the money to keep a roof over my head and food on my
table, I have a soft-spot for the many ADDers who are struggling and
can’t AFFORD to pay for services, no matter how important or useful
they might be.

So, in addition to the many free and practically free TeleClasses and ADD Hours™ I have run over the past several decades, I have taken a great deal of time out of my life and out of my schedule to write, edit and post many, MANY articles with content that could change your life — available for FREE right here on this blog.

But not enough of you are not reading them. 😦

Why NOT?

There are A LOT of answers to that question.  The biggest ones seem to be these:

  • Too much ADD-info out there now for you to be able to remember where you read what (much less recall where you’d like to visit again)
    Taking the time to sign up for notification of new content will remedy that one.  It’s QUICK! All it takes is your email address. (I don’t SPAM, I promise!)
  • Poorish reading skills in the ADD community overall — insufficient time, technology (and money!) are currently keeping me from my eventual goal of reading the content TO you and posting that option on every page – but it’s coming!
  • Not enough of you remembering to “like” and “share” and “rate” to help me get the word out to your friends and colleagues after you read the content (ADD, anyone?)
    You tell ME – what will it take to remember to DO that? 

The biggest problem, I believe, is the one that the Brain-Transplant Series is designed to attempt to remedy:

You are unaware that the articles exist or
which ones have help for YOUR situation.
I might have figured out a work-around for THAT one!

The Medium is the Muddle

The problem with the blog format is that, no matter how long a list of “recently published” articles I post on the sidebar, the oldest article in the queue “ages off” every time I add new content.

  • That’s a great idea if the blog is one of those “what I am doing or thinking today” sites
  • NOT SO MUCH for an Evergreen blog like mine, where the content is designed to build on itself, and much has been written to educate and inform.
  • Since I try to post new content many times each month, that presents QUITE a problem over time — one that I have been spending WAY too much additional time attempting to work around — time that would be better spent coaching or creating NEW content –
    or sitting around eating bon-bons! ( 😀

I’ve tried to get around that “blog-format” limitation
in a number of ways:

(READ these – they’ll help you learn how the site works!) 

  • With the almost-too-long-to-be-useful siteblogroll of most recent articles in the right menubar of every page on this site (newest on top)
  • Through a cross-posted menu of categories so comprehensive and varied I fear that Google takes that to mean that I surely must be a spammer and throws me in the trash, rather than helping me let you know I’m here
  • Through two TOP menubars (nested – hold before clicking to see what’s there)
  • AND two other ways to find content at the very bottom of every page:
    by date posted (bottom left) and by category (bottom right)
  • By adding links to related content at the bottom of almost every article


I suppose I could repost periodically, but that would quickly annoy those of you who have signed up for notification of NEW content.

So, I have decided try this:  from time to time, as I HAVE the time, I will post a list of links to available articles targeted for specific issues.  For the most part, there won’t be a lot of other content on those posts, to encourage you to click through the list of links to read the articles themselves.

First up was When you are NEW to ADD
(much of which most of my TBI readers will probably find useful as well)

Links below to lists of more . . .

I will use a specific TAG to identify each of the new articles in the series, and will create a new Brain-Transplant category under the “Hopefully Helpful” category already on the menubar.

You will be able to find articles in THIS Series by using the search box
– in the header at the VERY top of each page  (above the menus) –
for exactly this term (without the quotes):

Brain Transplant Series

I can’t add very much MORE unbillable time and stay out of “bag-ladydom,” but if you have any other suggestions I might implement quickly, and with a minimum of technical know-how and NO cash outlay, leave em’ in the comments section below.

As always, if you want notification of new articles in this Series – or any new posts on this blog – give your email address to the nice form on the top of the skinny column to the right. (You only have to do this once, so if you’ve already asked for notification about a prior series, you’re covered for this one too). STRICT No Spam Policy

IN ANY CASE, stay tuned.
There’s a lot to know, a lot here already, and a lot more to come – in this Series and in others.
Get it here while it’s still free for the taking.

Want to work directly with me? If you’d like some coaching help with anything that came up while you were reading this Series (one-on-one couples or group), click HERE for Brain-based Coaching with mgh, with a contact form at its end (or click the E-me link on the menubar at the top of every page). Fill out the form, submit, and an email SOS is on its way to me; we’ll schedule a call to talk about what you need. I’ll get back to you ASAP (accent on the “P”ossible!)

You might also be interested in some of the following articles
available right now – on this site and elsewhere.

For links in context: run your cursor over the article above and the dark grey links will turn dark red;
(subtle, so they don’t pull focus while you read, but you can find them to click when you’re ready for them)
— and check out the links to other Related Content in each of the articles themselves —

Related articles right here on ADDandSoMuchMore.com
(in case you missed them above)

Favorites from the Brain-Transplant Series

AND, the comprehensive resource list of articles by subject & type:


About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

10 Responses to ABOUT The Brain-Transplant Series

  1. annieller says:

    A pensieve was a magic basin that certain characters, including the wise Dumbledore, used to store collected memories. . . “One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.”

    (check out the new avatar- success!)


    • Not wanting to rain on your parade – the new avatar is supposed to show up here (like my photo) – unless this IS your new avatar (it looks like some of the other “no avatar” avatars anyway)

      But I would like to have one of those pensieve dealibobs. Do they sell them at Target?



      • annieller says:

        I am not getting notified when you post a comment – maybe I forgot to check the little box.

        That IS my avatar – I picked a generic from word press, haven’t gotten around to putting my picture there.

        You cannot get a pensieve at Target, you have to go to the dealiebobs-r-us website
        / brain dohickies division.

        So great to be back in class this week – looking forward to lab tonight!



  2. annie ellerbusch says:

    The day Madelyn Griffith-Haynie sits around eating bon-bons is the day I eat my hat!!

    I did boggle a little, also in the blog related area of this article because I know very little about blogs. I have been finding my way around this site by trial and error and am able to use most (I think) of the helps you have installed so – thank you!

    Now that I have that success under my belt I am planning to go back into the article little by little and find any of the helps I may be missing.

    I am presently using my brain reserves to ignore the temptation to spend another half-hour of my time (which I do not have to spare) attempting to change my avatar – ugh! I thought I had it in the bag yesterday but alas, all my efforts have not paid off.

    mgh comment: I FEEL your pain. If I could remember what I finally did that worked, I’d tell you – but I was so stunned at my success after HOURS of failure I think I blew it right out of my memory banks! (I DO believe, once you get it done, that all the gravatar dealies immediately pick up your new “face” – not positive, but I sort-of remember that mine did)

    Let it go Annie – let it go . . . .

    mgh edits: besides my comment (above) I added spacing to make Annie’s comments easier to read for those of you who struggle


  3. glenhogard says:

    It is a problem, even for me as a friend, colleague and coach who thinks you write some of the best (but most densly informative) ADHD information on the web.

    In the section “getting around the blog format limitation” I am so uninformed about the blog format that I couldn’t even follow those references without stopping and checking to look at the sections you were referring to: which I didn’t.

    I boggled at that task as being too much work to do at this time-which means I’ll not do it until it happens to me when I’m forced to understand how all these blog administrative details work. Perhaps never. So for me, it’s still a problem.

    But I appreciate the attempt and am continually amazed at the quality of your thinking, Madelyn. Perhaps it’s because you, Peggy, and Kate were my first teachers, so I’m definitly from the OFI school of ADHD thought philosophically. And that’s a great way to be a coach (in my not so humble opinion).
    Glen Hogard dot com


    • WOW! — I found *this* comment AFTER my long reply at the bottom of “When you are NEW to ADD” — here is a perfect example of that “setting in the first links is painful” thing AGAIN — this time re: blog format.

      You KNOW you can do it – it won’t be as hateful as you fear because it only seems complex — but that “tiered task” thing gets in our ADD way every single time.

      Wish I had a Brainstorm helmet I could shoot your way!!

      LOL re: “most densely informative” – you have no IDEA how much I cut out before I post.

      Somebody needs to invent that Brainstorm thingie!!

      Miss you!


      • annie ellerbusch says:

        I don’t know how much you know about Harry Potter Madelyn – but you could sure use a


        • Yeah – what she said! Huh? Is that like a thought-transfer thingie?

          btw- I think Impulsivity is good to go now. Go see if it makes sense to you

          HEY – did you catch the slight “grey” to “Impulsivity” in the last para? – Did you hover? (meaning run your mouse pointer over it but don’t click)

          Did it turn red with an underline?

          Did you hover long enough to see the little drop-down box with the title in it?

          Sometimes I have the time to put MORE info there – so it’s usually a good idea to hover for long enough to see if I did.

          Hover on some of the links on the skinny right sidebar (start at the BOTTOM – not the article links) — see what I put in those.

          BTW – ALL links on this site work this way.


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