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Episode 105 with Paulina Chełstowska. “I was always told that I’m talented but lazy. Nobody could understand why such an intelligent person could fail so badly at school.” Paulina is a social worker and a soft skills trainer and facilitator living in Poland. She specializes in using games as tools for team-building and education, working mostly with underprivileged youth at risk of exclusion and in foster care, and she advocates for play as a fundamental human right. She is also the host of the Polish language podcast about women & ADHD called “Kobiety i ADHD.” Paulina and I talk about the myth of laziness and prosperity, as well as some of the unique differences between the Western and Slavic perspectives on ADHD, especially in women. Paulina is so expressive and perceptive, and I just know you’re going to love this interview.  Facebook: @Kobiety.i.ADHD Instagram: @kobiety_i_adhd   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 104 with Dr. Kellie Stecher. “Many of our parents were of the mindset that you don’t need help, you don’t need therapy, you don’t need coaching, you don’t need medicine. You can just figure it out.” Dr. Stecher is an OBGYN and Co-Founder and President of Patient Care Heroes, as well as the Governor of the 7th district of the American Medical Women’s Association, and advisor to multiple other companies focusing on patient and staff safety, and mental health. She has won the Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine’s Top Doctors' Rising Star award for the last three years. She was recently runner-up for The Sharp Index: Physician Well-being Leader of the Year.  She also won a silver Anthem Award.  She is the author of the book “Delivering,” a powerful personal memoir meant to empower women, mothers, working women, and women in healthcare. Dr. Stecher and I talk about rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) and what it looks like starting in childhood and then following us into adulthood. We also talk about emotional bandwidth, boundaries, and professional burnout, especially in healthcare. Trigger Warning: We discuss sexual abuse in this episode, so if that’s a difficult topic for you, you might want to skip this interview. Website: kelliestechermd.com Instagram: @kelliestecher   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 103 with Christine Syrad. “Our attention is like a river. Sometimes you could do with a dam because you can’t stop yourself from focusing. And other times you go through massive droughts.” Christine is a gastronomist and fermentation enthusiast who also happens to speak 5 languages. She grew up between the UK, Japan, and Italy and has spent the last decade or so in Switzerland, where she now resides with her husband and daughter.  She is also the face of fermentable, where she not only teaches workshops to other chefs about the art of fermentation, but also packages and sells her own fermented products.  Christine and I talk all about her globe-trotting childhood and mixed-race heritage, and how her ADHD contributed to her many varied career paths over the years, as well as how her hypersensitivity helped her learn so many languages over the years.  We also talk about her years living in Japan and how ADHD is viewed in Japanese culture.  Christine is an absolute delight and a wonderful storyteller — I truly hope you love this interview as much as I did! Website: fermentable.ch Instagram: @fermentable     Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 102 with Dr. Janina Elbert. “I’m not sure if I would call ADHD my superpower, but certain strengths or ideas I get from my creative brain is definitely a superpower.” Dr. Elbert has a PhD in clinical psychology with an extensive background in prenatal risk factors and child development. She is also an ADHD advocate and a certified ADHD coach. Through her ADHD Empowerment Coaching practice, Dr. Elbert helps individuals with ADHD to learn, understand, and work with their unique brains to reach their full potential and feel empowered in their life.  She also recently moved from Germany to Connecticut with her boyfriend. We talk all about executive functioning coaching and what it entails, as well as the difference between therapy and coaching as different treatment modalities for ADHD. And we discuss when it’s time to get coaching versus therapy. We also talk about how ADHD is regarded in Germany, and some of the differences and similarities faced by women seeking an ADHD diagnosis in Europe versus North America. Website: adhdempowermentcoaching.com Instagram: @adhd_empowerment_coaching   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 101 with Robin Buchanan. “I call it ‛reasonable minimalism,’ where we only keep what we use. Having less stuff around means less distraction and better focus.” Robyn is a registered nurse, life and focus coach, and Youtube creator who specializes in the topics of minimalism and decluttering.  Living in a house full of ADHDers, including three teenage boys, Robin learned firsthand the value of minimalism and decluttering and recognized how important a decluttered environment was to helping with focus, creativity, productivity, and happiness. She is an advocate for people with ADHD to capitalize on their strengths and push the mundane aside to live their best lives.  Robin & I talk about “environmental design” and how minimalism and decluttering are ideal for our ADHD brains, but what do we do when executive dysfunction gets in the way? We talk about object permanence and memory, and Robyn offers tips on how to manage the need to keep all things visible while also decluttering your space. And we also talk about minimizing our lives, doing less, and setting boundaries, and resisting the urge to constantly over-schedule ourselves. Most of us have a clutter type that keeps us living with extra stuff. Take Robin’s 2 minute quiz to find out what your clutter type is and specific strategies to overcome your struggles so you can live in a supportive and cozy environment. Website: robynbuchanan.com YouTube: Robyn Buchanan Instagram: @minimalisthomeplease     Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 100 with Nancy Armstrong. “There’s a lot of finger-pointing that this is your fault and if you were trying harder, you could overcome this, but clearly you’re not trying.” Nancy is the executive producer of the powerful, award-winning documentary “The Disruptors,” which debunks many prevailing negative stereotypes around ADHD and includes interviews with celebrities, athletes & entrepreneurs with ADHD, as well as many prominent ADHD experts. Nancy’s husband, their son and their two daughters have all been diagnosed with ADHD, and the documentary was inspired by her family’s experiences navigating life with ADHD, and the frustrating stigmas and misconceptions they’ve experienced along the way.  We talk all about the making of the documentary, the difficult journeys and choices faced by the families in the film, and the heartwarming advice from celebrities like Paris Hilton, will.i.am, Scott Kelly, Howie Mandel, Michelle Carter, and tons more. If you have ADHD or love someone with ADHD, then this film is an absolute “must-watch”! You can find the documentary to rent on iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon, and Vudu. Website: disruptorsfilm.com Instagram: @adhddisruptors   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - -   If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 99 with Anne Bartolucci. “I now look back at some of the stupid things I did when I was younger and think, ‛Oh, that’s why!’ I’m more compassionate with my younger self now, which has been healing.” Anne is a licensed psychologist, certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, and the founder and chief psychologist of Atlanta Insomnia & Behavioral Health Services. She is also adjunct faculty at Emory University and enjoys sharing her knowledge as an author, speaker, trainer, and now writing coach.  When she’s not helping people sleep, Anne is a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and steampunk under her not-so-secret pen name Cecilia Dominic Anne and I talk about what led to her own diagnosis in adulthood. We also discuss her book, Better Sleep for the Overachiever, and we talk about some of the more common sleep issues experienced by adults with ADHD, such as delayed circadian rhythms, restless sleep, and “revenge bedtime procrastination.”  We also talk about healthy sleep etiquette for adults with ADHD, and the benefits of productive relaxation. Website: sleepyintheatl.com Instagram: @psychupacademy   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions   Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 98 with Sarah Wheeler. “I was like, Why do I have all these ambitions, yet so much incompetence? Like, I know I’m smart. Why can’t I just get it together?” Sarah is a writer, educational psychologist, and neurodiversity trainer based in Oakland. I first discovered Sarah through her Substack newsletter Momspreading. She wrote a piece reflecting back on her adult ADHD diagnosis, and it was just so compelling and nuanced and thought-provoking and hilarious that I kind of started stalking her a little bit online after that. Thankfully, she agreed to sit down with me and talk about her own diagnosis journey and how she managed to spend 15 years studying and diagnosing ADHD in children without realizing she herself had ADHD.  We talk about how a diagnosis in adulthood can feel both profoundly life-changing and, at the same time, inconsequential. We also talk about internalized hyperactivity in girls and those good old-fashioned ADHD tangents and long-winded conversational curlicues for which more than a few of us are known.  And we talk about one of Sarah's favorite studies involving the Ariaal tribe of northern Kenya, and how environment and social factors can play an integral role in whether or not someone with ADHD thrives.  Website: sarahwheelerphd.com Instagram: @thewheeler1   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - -   If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 97 with Kalin Johnson. “When I was growing up, my mom used to ask, ‘Don’t you ever get tired of thinking?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, but what am I going to do? Is there an alternative?’” Kalin is an American healthcare provider, mental health advocate, and entrepreneur. She shows high-achieving, neurodivergent individuals how to unmask their health and feel their best through concierge whole person care. As a licensed clinical pharmacist, functional medicine specialist, healthcare advocate, and neurodivergent mentor, Kalin bridges the gap between mental health and physical health through her professional and personal experience. After a year of struggling with extreme burnout and depression, she was diagnosed with ADHD, autism, and PTSD at the age of 33.  Contrary to some, she had always suspected she was autistic but she was shocked when her therapist first told her she suspected ADHD. Kalin had to unpack a lot of the overzealous coping mechanisms that had been in place since she was young to compensate for her mostly inattentive ADHD symptoms.   We discuss what it takes to curate a neurodivergent-affirming care team. We also discuss self-advocacy and finding the right medications for your treatment plan. And we chat about her experience coming out as queer versus her experience "coming out" as ADHD & autistic, and why the latter proved to be the more difficult experience for her. - - - - - Kalin will be hosting a live Q&A in the Women & ADHD online community on Sunday, August 21, where she will be giving an intro to ADHD medications, explaining the different types of popular ADHD medications, their classifications, and what symptoms they target. She'll also be available to answer your burning questions about medications and ADHD treatment plans!  For more info and to register, head to www.womenandadhd.com/events. - - - - - Kalin is also hosting a free webinar on September 27 on the topic of neurodivergent advocacy.   Website: kalinjohnson.com Instagram: @kalinpharmd   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 96 with Diana Heldfond. “No child shows up to school wanting to be the anxious kid in class or the disorganized one. There’s something else going on that’s inhibiting that child from succeeding.” Diana is the founder and CEO of Parallel Learning. As early as 7 years old, Diana realized she was not progressing at the pace of her fellow classmates. Soon thereafter, she was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD.  Diana was fortunate enough to have the support to get the help she needed in order to thrive. As an adult, she realized that while 1 in every 5 students has a cognitive difference, support is confusing, expensive, and inefficient. Diana is now on a mission to make psycho-educational services widely available across the nation. As founder and CEO of Parallel, Diana is building the first tech-enabled, integrated care model for children with learning and thinking differences.  Diana & I talk all about the online assessment process for kids, which is a relatively new option for families and schools. We also talk about empowered learning and the importance of positive framing and teaching kids about the strengths of ADHD at an early age rather than simply diagnosing a disorder.  I loved getting the chance to sit down with Diana and hear her personal story and chat all about this incredible business she started and how much it has benefited my family’s journey. ** If you are interested in learning more about how Parallel can help your child, please call 914.377.5655 or visit www.parallellearning.com. Use the discount code “WOMENANDADHD" for 50% off your child’s first month of services and $250 off an evaluation. ** Website: Parallel Learning Instagram: @joinparallel   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - -   If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 95 with Courtney Ruckman. “At first, I didn’t see the hyperactivity piece in myself, until I realized it applies to thoughts. My brain is like 20 radio stations at the same time.” Courtney was diagnosed with ADHD in October 2021 and the Women & ADHD podcast was one of the first resources she found (yay!). Courtney spent 11 years as a professional opera singer before retiring about 2 years ago and transitioning into arts marketing. Following her ADHD diagnosis, she looked back at her career as a performer and realized the extent to which ADHD was at the heart of her challenges as a singer and her decision to retire. She now loves using her neurodivergent creativity to help artists shine online, and she is the founder of Ossia Media, a digital marketing agency for emerging artists and non-profits. Courtney and I talk all about working memory as a singer and performer, as well as internalized hyperactivity and racing thoughts. We also talk about just how damaging the words “you have so much potential” can be to many neurodivergent kids. Website: Ossia Media Instagram: @crsoprano ; @ossiamedia   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com   - - - - - If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 94 with Ebony Washington. “On tests, I would read a sentence over and over and over again because it wasn’t processing in my brain. I’d think, ‘I’m smart. Why can’t I understand this?’” Ebony is a writer, artist, martial artist, and writers’ assistant on ABC’s hit medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. Ebony was officially diagnosed with ADHD back in 2012 while in college, and we talk all about the various coping strategies she relied on while in school before and after her diagnosis. We talk about the many ways she masked as a girl, as well as her journey to finding the right medication and treatment plan in adulthood. And we also talk about working in the TV industry and how her ADHD helps her with multitasking and hyper-focusing in such a high-stress environment. Instagram: @eebbonyy   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - -   If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 93 with Izzie Chea “There are families that don’t want to think of the idea that their child might be different. It makes it very hard to be yourself or to be an authentic person.” Izzie is a Dominican-Mexican-American creative, music educator, storyteller, and mental health advocate. After a late diagnosis of ADHD at age 35, she took her talent of content creation to Instagram, where @izzieandadhd has experienced tremendous growth through her Reels, expressing with incredible relatability and honesty what it is like to be a newly-diagnosed neurodivergent woman.  As a music educator, Izzie operates a very successful YouTube channel providing engaging virtual piano lessons for all ages. She is currently pursuing her alternative certification to teach music in Texas public schools. We talk about the stigma around mental health in the Latino culture, as well as the concept of masking in society, at work, and among family. We also talk about being lifelong students and the importance of creating communities for ADHD women where they can be our weird, wonderful selves together without any feelings of shame or guilt. Website: IzzieandADHD/links Instagram: @izzieandadhd     Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - -   If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 92 with Sharon McCarthy. “I will start talking and lose my train of thought mid-sentence because my brain has suddenly gone off on a completely different tangent.” Sharon is the founding director of Autism Journeys, a training and consultancy service based in Cork, Ireland, where she supports autistic children and young people and their families from both an advocacy and educational standpoint. She is also the host of Autism Journeys, the fabulous radio show & podcast that shares stories and perspectives of members of the worldwide autism community. Sharon has worked in the autism field in a number of capacities over the last 20 years. She lectures at University College Dublin, coordinates and delivers autism-centric courses in her local community college, and delivers autism-specific training workshops to different disability and training services across Ireland.  We talk about her incredible journey as a mother to multiply-identified neurodivergent children, which led her to become a fierce advocate for her kids. And more recently, this journey has led to her being identified as both autistic and an ADHDer, and she is now finally empowered to be her authentic neurodivergent self.  We also talk about the dual diagnosis and overlap of traits, how autism presents in girls and women, how the definition and understanding of autism has changed over the years, as well as when it might be time to seek an autism diagnosis either for your child or yourself. Website: Autism Journeys Instagram: @autism.journeys   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com   - - - - -   If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 91 with Lisa Dos Santos. “Since I was 5 or 6, I was told I was lazy, messy, and forgetful. They used to call me lostkop in Afrikaans, which literally means your head is lost.” Lisa is a 35-year-old South African who was recently diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type. She suspected something was different about her growing up but always assumed it was due to the trauma of being raised in an abusive home. However, when a teacher suggested Lisa’s 6-year-old daughter might have ADHD, Lisa started connecting the dots in her own life.  After 11 different jobs and 17 years in the corporate world, Lisa now runs an online mindful yoga practice @yogalisa.online where she focuses on “bite-sized mindfulness,” breath work, and feeling good. Lisa’s teachings are inclusive, spiritual, and rooted closely in the origins of yoga. We talk about her history of codependency and how ADHD has played a role in those behaviors. We also talk about the concept of multipotentiality and the inability to stay still in our lives, especially when it comes to professions.  And we also discuss the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for ADHD, and how intentionally slowing down and listening to our bodies has helped us rebuild self-trust and have more compassion and patience with ourselves and our kids. Website: YogaLisa.online     Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd     - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - - Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com - - - - -   If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 90 with Laura Key. “ADHD is that thing you didn’t know you had, but once you do realize you have it, everything else makes sense.” Laura Key, a longtime editor and content creator, is the editorial director at Understood.org, a resource for the millions of people with learning and thinking differences like ADHD and dyslexia.  Laura is also the host of the ADHD Aha! podcast, where her guests talk about the single moment when it clicked that they — or someone they know — has ADHD. Not only does Laura co-lead the Understood Podcast Network, she also spearheaded the creation of the Medium publication for/by. And she has two kids who keep her busy when she’s not working — and sometimes when she is working. Laura shares her diagnosis story and her “ADHD aha” moment, as well as her history with anxiety and perfectionism. We compare notes on hosting an ADHD-themed podcast, and talk all about the healing power of conversation and sharing our lived experiences with other ADHD people. We also talk about medication, looking for signs of ADHD in your children, and some of the inherent difficulties in figuring out the best ways to help our kids — and ourselves, for that matter!  Instagram: @understoodorg     Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd   - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com   - - - - -     If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 89 with Layla Touchet. “I was actually a hyperactive child, but the school told my mom that I’m just gifted and bored. I mean, y’all were right. But y’all were wrong, too. It was more than that.” Layla is a 29 year old neurodivergent female who works as a school counselor in Louisiana, working with tiny humans in grades pre-k through 2nd grade, most of whom are neurodivergent as well.  She’s also a licensed mental health counselor with certifications in Autism and ADHD and she’s working on her PhD in Counseling.  Layla was first diagnosed with ADHD about a year-and-a-half ago. After she started medication for her ADHD, she realized there were still some things not adding up, and that’s when she received her Autism diagnosis. We talk about her dual diagnosis and what it’s been like to look back over the course of her life, especially childhood, and see the traits of ADHD and Autism throughout. We also talk about how her discovery of her own neurodivergence has helped shape her as a mental health counselor and how she’s now educating the teachers and staff at her school and in her entire district on how to recognize some of the more overlooked neurodivergent traits in children, especially in girls. And we talk about her love of karate and kickboxing, as well as our shared love of office supplies.  Instagram: @theneurodivergentcounselor   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd     - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com   - - - - -     If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 88 with Candin Phillips. “I’m one of those people who keeps chugging along, and it takes something really big to knock me off course before I step down and take care of myself.” Candin is a licensed clinician and supervisor in South Carolina. She specializes in diagnosing ADHD and educating others — especially other therapists — to recognize traits of ADHD.  She is the founder of Humanity Hive, an online platform and business focused on providing information to support those with ADHD. In addition to her fabulous Instagram account, she also now offers self-guided online classes on ADHD, including an overview and one that specializes in feelings. We also spoke all about her own diagnosis journey and the pressures of perfectionism and pushing ourselves to the point of burnout. We also spoke about the power of music for the neurodivergent brain. 🛑 TRIGGER WARNING 🛑 We talk about the recent death of Candin’s mother via suicide as well as how she has been publicly processing it, so if that is a difficult topic for you, you might want to skip this interview. Website: HumanityHive.info Instagram: @humanity_hive   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd     - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com   - - - - -     If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 87 with Amy Marie Hann. “We try so hard to do all these things, and we end up feeling like failures. In reality, we’re just supposed to be doing life in a different way.” Amy Marie is an ADHD advocate, entrepreneur and mom of 3 young kids. She was diagnosed with ADD in kindergarten but found motherhood and especially being a stay-at-home mom to be the most challenging season for her brain.  Amy Marie now teaches moms with ADHD to manage their home life with ease in order to have more time and energy. In addition to her Activated ADHD Mamas Facebook group, Amy also runs a Master the Mundane course and training system for moms so they can better understand their brain wiring and develop the best home management systems for themselves and their families. She also wrote a 16-page e-book called Thrive in Motherhood with ADHD, which comes with practical tips, mindset shifts and resources for personal growth. You can get that for free at her website. Amy Marie and I talk all about domestic life and the unique pressures on women to be able to “do it all” as a mom and entrepreneur — and to somehow also be satisfied and sane. And we also talk about the Christian community and the church and some of the expectations on Christian moms that simply don’t work when you have neurodivergent kids. **Register for Amy's Master the Mundane course** Website: AmyMarieHann.com Instagram: @activatedadhdmama   Episode edited by E Podcast Productions Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd     - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com   - - - - -     If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
Episode 86 with Dr. Tamara Rosier. “We have a toggle like a light switch — we’re either on or off. We don’t have a dimmer switch.” Dr. Rosier is the founder of the ADHD Center of West Michigan, where she and her staff work with individuals with ADHD (and their families) to learn strategies and develop new skills to live effectively with ADHD.  Dr. Rosier is also the president of the ADHD Coaches Organization and author of Your Brain's Not Broken: Strategies for Navigating Your Emotions and Life with ADHD. We talk about her mission to de-stigmatize ADHD and teach her clients and their families to reframe how they view ADHD and their brains.  We also talk about the many misconceptions about ADHD in the medical field, and we discuss the “all or nothing” approach we can have to task management and some of the healthy and not-so-healthy ways in which we tend to motivate ourselves. Dr. Rosier’s Solve-It Grid Websites: TamaraRosier.com , miadhd.com Instagram: @brain_not_broken   Find the transcript of this episode at www.womenandadhd.com/transcripts   This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. As a Women & ADHD listener, you’ll receive 10% off your first month of BetterHelp when you use this link: betterhelp.com/womenadhd     - - - - - Small group coaching with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/groupcoaching - - - - - Work 1-on-1 with Katy: www.womenandadhd.com/coaching - - - - -   Finally ... you've found your people! Now come join us in the Women & ADHD online community: www.womenandadhd.com   - - - - -     If you are a woman who was diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood and you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, please reach out to Katy via email womenandADHDpodcast (at) gmail.com. Instagram: @womenandadhdpodcast Tiktok: @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter: @womenandadhd Facebook: @womenandadhd
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S. M.

Not impressed. My best friend was diagnosed with Adhd so i was looking for a podcast that would help me better understand her experience. I just listened to Episode 21 with Kerry Mead. First, Kerry believes she has Adhd but HASNT EVEN BEEN DIAGNOSED! So the whole episode is an interview with this woman who thinks (but has no proof) that she actually has the condition. What's next: an entire episode interviewing a woman who doesn't have Adhd but once dreamt that she did? Second, Kerry spends a chunk of the interview whining about her political views, attacking her country's government. Lady, you seem to think we care that you hate Boris trying to streamline NHS bloat; why not get a decent job (instead of a Masters in Creative Writing that you can't afford) and pay for a private appointment instead of whining in my ear? I agree with the reviewer (Logan Marie Young) above; it's off-putting to tune into an Adhd podcast and have political opinions foisted on me. I'll look elsewhere, thanks.

Apr 20th
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Purple Picasso

This is the perfect podcast for me right now. I was diagnosed with ADHD in July of 2021 at the age of fifty. Katy's story and the stories and perspectives of her guests are relatable and so helpful for me to hear. Listening to the podcast, I feel much less isolated and more forgiving of myself.

Jan 19th
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Logan Marie Young

just found this podcast and fell in love with finding this episode until they mentioned Trump. 1st he was our president show some respect 2nd didn't think this was political but definitely going to another adhd podcast and not listening to this anymore.

Oct 15th
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