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Author: Tracy Otsuka

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I have NEVER met an ADHD woman who wasn't truly brilliant at something! **This podcast with over 6.5 million downloads is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. If you want to fall in love with your ADHD brain and discover where your brilliance lies, this podcast is for you! **ADHD for Smart Ass Women is globally ranked in the top one-tenth of one percent of all podcasts in the world on any subject. It's streamed in more than 160 countries and is downloaded by more than 150,000 listeners every month.**

I’m Tracy Otsuka your host. I'm a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long learner and a certified ADHD coach. I’m committed to changing the conversation around ADHD. **When I was diagnosed eight months after my son, my entire life suddenly made perfect sense but all I heard and read about was everything that my ADHD brain SHOULD be struggling with when in fact I would come to learn that my ADHD is responsible for some of my greatest superpowers. **One other thing, we constantly hear about all the successful ADHD men, but no one talks about the women. This podcast is here to change that dynamic. ADHD women are my people, and I’m here to acknowledge, support and cheer them on.***


294 Episodes
Harnessing hyper-focus, effective prioritization, and community support are the ADHD traits that Michelle Harris credits for her success. Initially, her signs of ADHD were overlooked due to cultural misunderstandings, but she has since embraced her unique abilities. This episode highlights how unexpected life changes can bring lifelong conditions into clear focus.Michelle's entrepreneurial spirit showed early on, selling snacks at school and later exploring the MLM and insurance world. Inspir...
Imagine homeschooling five kids, battling chronic pain, and navigating life with ADHD—all during a pandemic. That's the incredible journey of our guest, Sarah McGlory. After years of dismissal by doctors, she finally received an ADHD diagnosis in her 40s, bringing much-needed validation. Her story is one of resilience and innovation.Sarah's ingenuity shines through in her creation of the Adaptive Cleaning system. Born out of necessity, this system helps manage a household without succumbing t...
Heather Florio's journey is one of resilience and growth. Her advice? Do overwhelming things one step at a time.Diagnosed with ADHD in high school and discovering she was autistic at age 41, Heather turned these traits into sources of strength and creativity. Growing up in a military family in Germany, she embraced her unique perspective and developed innovative strategies to manage her symptoms, such as using music to aid her focus and finding solace in books. Heather’s experiences highlight...
Struggling with perfectionism? Feeling like there's always more to achieve? You're not alone!Join us as Laura Key, host of the ADHD AHA podcast, shares her journey from an anxiety disorder diagnosis to discovering her ADHD. She talks about the moments that led to her diagnosis, including a discovery in her childhood journals. Laura reflects on her sensitive and perfectionist childhood, revealing how she turned struggles with focus and burnout into strengths. This episode highlights the inspir...
Managing time with an ADHD brain can be tough, but what if there were ways to make it easier?Join us as Alexis Haselberger shares her story of being diagnosed with ADHD in her 40s and how it changed her life for the better. She talked about practical strategies for coping with ADHD, tips for managing digital communication, and the benefits of using tools like TickTick. Alexis revealed her secrets to staying focused and balancing work and life, all while celebrating the unique strengths of neu...
Can creativity and chaos coexist to create brilliance? Let’s unlock the secrets to mastering storytelling and entrepreneurship with Kris Jones in this week’s episode of the ADHD for Smart Ass Women.Kris Jones is a pioneer in storytelling and entrepreneurship. She founded Red Door Stories in 2003 after overcoming significant challenges, including a struggle with writing and a fear of being seen. Kris has worked with experts like Donald Miller of "Building a StoryBrand" and has collaborated wit...
Do you love true crime stories and want to see how ADHD plays a role in them? Then, this episode is for you!Lori Hellis is a former lawyer turned true crime author. Her journey from law to writing is driven by her restless mind's need for new challenges and constant stimulation.Lori's impressive background includes working as a prosecutor, public defender, and advocate. She holds degrees in Journalism and Creative Nonfiction, which enable her to turn complex legal matters into compelling stor...
Did you know there's such a thing as productive anxiety and toxic anxiety? One can give you a boost, while the other can drag you down. Managing ADHD, anxiety, time management, and social expectations can be tricky, but they also open doors to self-discovery and growth. Dr. Saline, with over 30 years of experience and a strengths-based approach, offers down-to-earth advice to help you tackle social anxiety, emotional regulation, and time management, especially during life transitions like men...
Is it possible that the vibrant energy of ADHD can harmonize beautifully with the serene practice of mindful gardening? Kendall Marie Platt, who was diagnosed with ADHD at 36, is living proof that it can. She shares how this diagnosis transformed her life, channeling her dynamic energy into the calming rhythms of gardening. Throughout our conversation, Kendall and I delve into the unique strengths that ADHD brings—such as creativity, hyperfocus, and resilience—discussing how these qualities e...
What makes us different can be the very thing that makes us shine. For writers with ADHD, navigating the creative process is both a challenge and a fascinating opportunity. Bestselling author Allison Larkin has turned the unique challenges of ADHD into the fertile ground from which her successful writing career has blossomed. Join us as we explore Allison’s journey from facing academic struggles in an unsupportive environment to discovering her passion for storytelling—a powerful expression o...
Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) bring unique strengths and opportunities, showcasing the extraordinary capabilities and resilience of those who experience these conditions. In our latest podcast episode, Linda Karanzalis, a board-certified cognitive specialist, shares her enriching personal and professional insights into NVLD and ADHD. She highlights how these conditions enhance everyday interactions with unique social perspectives and in...
Recognizing the importance of self-care and body connection is crucial for those with ADHD, which is what makes Caitlin Doherty’s work with Mindful Movement for Misfits so significant. As a therapeutic yoga and movement practitioner, Caitlin not only offers guidance but also embodies the vibrant possibilities of living with ADHD and autism. Her personal journey is one of resilience, navigating the obstacles of a late diagnosis and limited early support to transform her unique traits from chil...
Get ready to crack up and nod in agreement as the hilarious Ellie Hino, a Minneapolis gem in the stand-up comedy realm, joins me, Tracy Otsuka, for this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. llie's candid recount of her diagnosis following the trials of motherhood, her journey through emotional regulation, and the quest for effective coping strategies isn't just relatable – it's a masterclass in finding humor in the chaos. Her stand-up comedy illuminates the ups and downs of ADHD with a wit th...
In a world where ADHD and neurodiversity often complicate the seemingly simple task of eating, Stephanie Sorrentino Mulholland brings a refreshing and enlightening perspective to the table. As a pediatric speech-language pathologist and a neurodivergent individual herself, Stephanie delves deep into the heart of 'picky eating,' transforming it from a common challenge into an inclusive, enriching experience.Our discussion ventures beyond mere coping mechanisms, delving into the personal narrat...
Alyssa Fontaine's life story highlights the crucial need for mental health diagnosis and care accuracy. Misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager, she faced the challenges of ADHD and medication mismanagement, which set her on a path to self-advocacy and profound change. This experience fueled her passion to support women entangled in cycles of incarceration and addiction and to lead a transformative cheerleading program in her hometown, demonstrating the power of empathy and proper ca...
Navigating grief can be a challenging and emotional journey, especially when coupled with the complexities of ADHD. However, it can also be an opportunity for growth and resilience. In this upcoming discussion, we'll hear from a group of remarkable women, including Sandra Centorino, the beacon of positivity, Laurie Peterson, an authority on ADHD and educational assessments, and Anita Robertson, the insightful psychotherapist, as they share their personal experiences of loss and how they have ...
In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, I have the pleasure of chatting with Dulce Vasquez, who's not only making waves in the political arena by running for California State Assembly District 57 but also reshaping the conversation around ADHD and mental health. At 36, Dulce's life took a transformative turn with her ADHD diagnosis, providing her with the clarity she'd been seeking in both her academic pursuits and political endeavors.As a formerly undocumented LGBTQ+ Latina, Dulce bring...
Brooke Schnittman worked closely with ADHDers for years providing disability supports, not realizing she had ADHD herself until she moved to virtual coaching and was suddenly unable to focus and stay on top of administrative tasks like she was before. Getting a diagnosis gave Brooke the tools and understanding to take her services and self-care to the next level. Through her company, Coaching with Brooke, she and her eight coaches help ADHDers transform their chaos and frustration into ...
The term “self-care” has become synonymous with bubble baths and meditation classes, but for ADHDers who are already overwhelmed by endless to-do lists, the last thing we need is to pile more “shoulds” onto our plates. Taylor Elyse Morrison always felt overwhelmed by the idea of self-care until she realized that, in her words, “self-care is listening within and responding in the most loving way possible,” and it completely changed her perspective on what it looks like to care for herself.&nbs...
Priscilla Tollin was born with neurofibromatosis (NF), a neurological disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue and can impact mobility. Priscilla’s physical limitations meant that any hyperactivity she experienced growing up was turned inwards, and her ADHD flew under the radar until finally getting a diagnosis at 32. Once Priscilla understood her ADHD brain, so many pieces of the puzzle fell into place. She was able to address her RSD, to shift her mindset to one of o...
Comments (20)

Meadowview Academy of Homeschoolers

I just discovered this podcast. I struggled to stop myself from crying because the guest in this episode made me feel not a chaotic mess. From the trauma, fatigue and chronic pain, struggling with life and kids, and trying to understand why I am failing, I finally feel like maybe things are not hopeless.

Jul 10th

Janey Schellenberg

This lady is TOTALLY AWESOME!! WHO does any of these things?? .... starting with excelling on SAT at 11 yr old?! I LOVE her spunk, spirit, attitude, skill set, ... outlook on life! She's my newest hero! (Sorry, Tracy, you're still my hero for your brilliance and positive outlook!)

Jun 24th

Clarissa Steinbach Constantine

This podcast hit so close to home. I can relate to SO MUCH of what you've shared of your experience. holding you in love and light. <3

Mar 16th

fahimeh noei

that was great👍👍

Apr 15th

fahimeh noei


Apr 13th

rana fz

Dear Tracy, I'm Fardane's friend. As you know, she wants to translate your podcast into Persian And I want to translate it into Turkish along with her and introduce your podcast Do I have this permission?

Feb 15th

Fardane Jahangiri

I wish I had the right to translate this podcast and talk about it in my IG with my followers and friends. this is incredible. I feel this is going to change me a lot to become more peaceful with me and my issue

Feb 12th

Fardane Jahangiri

this made me cry, and you know what's so painful? when people says " don't label yourself with these nonsense, You are just instilling it into yourself. there is no such thing u are just lazy🥲🥲🥲

Feb 9th

Ashley McClellan

Episode starts at 2:12. Blank audio after featured snippet in intro.

Dec 21st

Vanessa Emailvanessawilliams

I soo appreciated this podcast. Thank you!

Jan 29th

Carrie Steele Miccichi

I am crying happy tears while listening to your podcast! I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and am currently working on getting my son evaluated. how can I get a list of all the books you have mentioned in your podcasts? I am ready to start reading.

Dec 29th

Lindsey Darnell

No epsisodes in awhile? 😭😭😭

Dec 16th

Stephanie Ruloph

thank you for this! Denese is lovely and I enjoyed the energy between you, two. I'm one who wants to just barrel through. Amazingly Denese's example of one who minimizes by saying "oh my mom... oh my uncle..." is literally me. Its no coincidence I'm listening. Time to get stop bypassing! great show again, Tracy!

Dec 4th

Kasey Zielinski

I wonder if neurotypical people can follow her stream of thought?

Dec 1st

Karin V

I would love an episode on self-esteem related to being diagnosed later in life

Nov 16th

Breanne Menth

I would love to see a show on ADHD and better sleep!

Aug 2nd

Tina Squire

amazing episode. thank you

May 30th

Amanda Gordon

thank you, so appreciative for you and these podcasts!! this was the first podcast I listened too. so greatful!!

Dec 17th

Lindsey Darnell

Wow! I have listened to a lot of ADHD podcasts, and this is the first one that resinates with me. Thank you!

Jun 12th

Janetta Maclean

This is the best ADHD podcast for me. amazing and inspiring.

Sep 28th