About Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith, LMSW, helps people with ADHD to harness their creative capacities, channel their energy into life-affirming activities, productive pursuits, and develop success strategies to deal with life’s many challenges. Aaron founded Potential Within Reach to give back and to help people with ADHD and their families live more fulfilling lives. He expertly guides others through the difficulties and opportunities that ADHD presents, meeting them wherever they are in their personal journeys.
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6 Ways to Reduce Stress and Increase Performance

It goes without saying that school can be stressful at times. No matter how far along in school you are, assignments and studying can start to feel overwhelming. This is especially true if you are trying to study for a big exam, project, or paper. Everyone encounters some amount of stress and at low levels, stress can be helpful, but at higher levels, it can become debilitating. That’s where stress can spill over into overwhelm, anxiety, and even panic attacks if it gets really bad. Students need to know how to manage their stress effectively and not let it get in the way of their performance. Below we will talk about how stress can get in your way academically and what you can do to get a handle on it.  
By |Tuesday, September 5, 2017|Academic Issues, College Students|

It’s Crunch Time – Finals, Studying, and What You Need To Know to Pass

Finals week is fast approaching and all around the nation college students are starting to feel that all too familiar feeling of overwhelmed, stressed, and an overarching sense of dread. If you are just starting out in college, you may have realized by now that the concept of studying in college, is vastly different Read More

ADHD & Productivity: Apps, Tech, Organizational Systems

Productivity: Getting Things Done

One of the hardest things to do when you have ADHD is to prioritize. We all know what we “should be doing,” but actually doing it. Well, that’s another story. ADHD is a powerful tool when we utilize our creative brain on tasks that are interesting, engaging, or fun. That said, Read More

By |Sunday, October 12, 2014|ADHD Resources|

Robin Williams: Exploring Impulsivity and Suicide

First of all, I want to say that my heart goes out to his children, family, and all of his adoring fans who loved him dearly. Robin touched the hearts of many fans, including me, and was an inspirational figure.

What would lead a person, such as Robin Williams, a critically acclaimed genius of both Read More

Let’s End ADD/ADHD Shaming

Together We Can End the Cycle of ADD/ADHD Shame

Sharing my story of ADHD Shaming

Growing up I felt shame about having ADD (as it was called back then). I was diagnosed at the age of 7, but my struggles started even earlier. I remember that I hated nap time. I was the only child in pre-school Read More

By |Wednesday, August 13, 2014|ADHD Strategies|

Is ADHD real? Here’s the evidence.

You’ve heard it before.

Your friend or colleague laughs and says, “Ha! ADHD is just a made-up disorder. It doesn’t really exist.” Or “ADHD is a marketing ploy used by drug companies to push pills on our children.”

Those who deny the existence of ADHD are usually well-intentioned, but sadly they are also ill-informed. ADHD is Read More

By |Thursday, August 7, 2014|ADHD Resources|

5 Ways to Prevent the College Freshmen Crash

I’ve seen this happen time and time again. A bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshmen, entering into their first year of college decides to live it up… I mean it’s college after all, but the impulse to socialize or party, sleep through classes, let your messy room pile up with dirty clothes for a month, and Read More

7 Facts You Need to Know About ADHD

When I hear parents or adults that I work with say something like, “well I have a friend who told me _______,” I start to get an uneasy feeling in my stomach, knowing that what is likely to follow, is a question that (more often than not) relates the mythology of ADHD rather than Read More

By |Monday, July 14, 2014|ADHD Resources|

Bet You Didn’t Know, These Famous People Have ADHD

Everybody with ADHD has wondered from time to time, "Am I alone with this?"... I know I have! Well there's good news, you are not alone. Actually there are countless celebrities, entrepreneurs, scientists, and some of the most interesting and successful people on the planet who have ADHD. So fear not my friends, you are in good company....
By |Friday, June 13, 2014|ADHD Celebrities|

Seven Ways Coaching Is Different From Therapy

Coaching is different from therapy in several important ways:

1. Therapy often goes into a person’s developmental history—past experiences, traumas, and mental health concerns—while coaching is focused on setting goals and finding solutions for current life issues.

2. Therapists tend to take on the role of “expert,” Read More

By |Tuesday, May 6, 2014|Coaching|