This episode of the Purpose Driven Person originally aired on Matthew’s Las Vegas Radio Show, The Never Give Up Show.

In this episode, Matthew sits down with Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) in children and adults who has dedicated his career to widely disseminating science-based information about ADHD. Dr. Barkley is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA.

About the Guest:

Dr. Barkley is a Diplomate (board certified) in three specialties, Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP). He is also a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. A clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner, he has published 25 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals now numbering 43 separate editions. He has also published more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD and related disorders. He founded The ADHD Report (Guilford), a clinical newsletter in its 28th year and on which he serves as Editor. He has created seven award winning professional videos on ADHD and defiant children. Dr. Barkley has served on the editorial boards of and as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He was the President of the Section of Clinical Child Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association (1988)[now Division 53], and was President of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (1991).

He has presented more than 800 invited lectures in more than 30 countries, and appeared on nationally televised programs including 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and many other programs. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. In 1996, he was awarded the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his research career in child development. In 1998, he received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research from the Section on Clinical Child Psychology, (now Division 53) of the American Psychological Association. In 2002, he received the Dissemination Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association for his career long efforts to educate the public and other professionals about the science of ADHD. In 2012 he received the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the Division of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), and in 2018 he also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Children and Adults with ADHD ( His websites are and

About the Host:

Matthew Cox spent his elementary and middle school years thinking there was something wrong with his brain. For him, schoolwork was a daunting, frustrating, and often embarrassing challenge. He was the kid who never seemed to catch up with his classmates, no matter how hard he tried. “Growing up with a disability was like having an elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about,” Matthew explained. Being diagnosed with a learning disability during high school helped he finally put a name to the problem, and to begin his journey to personal and academic success. “I’ve learned to befriend my elephant, I’ve named him George,” Matthew said. “George is not going away but I can choose how I feel about him.”

Through his own experience, Matthew knows what it means to be a teenager in trouble as well as what it takes to run a business. Matthew brings inspiration, humor, and practical strategies during his speaking engagements, inspiring change to those he works with.

Thanks to family members and caring adults in his life, Matthew was able to overcome the hardship of his disability and has dedicated his life to helping others find their purpose and help families succeed.

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