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I have NEVER met an ADHD woman who wasn't truly brilliant at something! * * This podcast with over 3 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-half percent of all podcasts in the world on any subject. It's streamed in m ...
 
Welcome to "Let's Raise Awareness of Mental Health," produced by your hostess Victoria Kidson! Are you tired of seeing women with autism overlooked and under-represented in society? Victoria will share her personal insights and experience with mental health and recovery. She will discuss the importance of taking care of our mental wellbeing and the power of positivity in the journey towards healing. Victoria will also share some tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy mindset, and offer so ...
 
Productivity, Parenting, and Education for Moms with Adult ADHD Are you overwhelmed by the never-ending to do list of motherhood? Are you burnt out and barely keeping your head above water? Are you confused and frustrated by how all the other moms make it look so easy? And somehow you're still floundering despite trying even harder... Your purse is as overflowing as your mind, you never feel like a good enough mom, and you don't dare have anyone over to visit to witness your messy home. You ...
 
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Emily Yudofsky struggled with reading growing up, but luckily her dyslexia was identified at a young age and she was given the proper reading interventions to support her differently-wired brain. Emily knows how different her life would’ve been if her dyslexia had gone undiagnosed, which is what inspired her to co-found her company, Marker Learning…
 
In this episode of Happy-Go-Lucky At Heart, we are celebrating Black women power in honor of Black History Month (USA). This month is dedicated to remembering and recognising the achievements, struggles, and contributions of African Americans throughout history. Why is it important to celebrate Black women power? It is important to celebrate Black …
 
I always talk about how creative the ADHD mind is, but creativity can only get us so far if we don’t also have structure to make things happen. The problem is, there’s so much advice out there on how to create that structure and monetize creativity, most of which isn’t written for our unique brains, that it’s hard to know where to begin. This is wh…
 
Welcome to Happy-Go-Lucky At Heart, the podcast where we explore different aspects of Autism in women and mental health In this episode, we're diving into the world of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) with my special guest, Maddy Moore from Designs in Mind in Oswestry. Maddy is a member at Designs In Mind who has ME/CFS. …
 
Kacy Peterson DeLong will tell you that she’s had a lot of goofy jobs that sometimes seemed like they were all over the place: librarian, apprentice cabinet maker, artist's live model, soooo much food service, bouncy castle carnival operator, Christmas tree shearer, goat-herder, self-employed science communicator, and fundraiser for kidney disease……
 
Kristen Baird-Goldman is a licensed psychotherapist and ADHD certified clinical specialist with a unique perspective on the intersection of psychology and integrative wellness. Kristen recently released her first book, The CBT Workbook for Adult ADHD, which was inspired by her and her clients’ experiences as adults with ADHD. Reading through the wo…
 
This episode I'm delighted to re-introduce you to Vanessa Garkin. We talked to Vanessa a few months ago about occupational therapy (go back and listen to Episode 198 if you haven’t already!), and as we were wrapping it up, it became very clear to me that in Vanessa we also had an expert in emotional dysregulation, rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD…
 
For years I used to write out a long list of New Year’s resolutions, only to not be able to remember what was on the list a week later, let alone where the hell the list even was. So a couple of years ago I started choosing one word and one word only to set the direction for my new year instead, and I discovered that I too could set goals and stick…
 
We know that shame grows in silence, but the thought of actually sharing our traumas and innermost thoughts out loud can feel so scary that many of us end up burying it down deep instead. Allison Lane, a marketer for non-fiction authors and people who should be, tried using this approach with her own childhood trauma; for years she kept everything …
 
I hate goal trackers. They are sticker charts for grownups. (I also despise sticker charts.) I’m not a New Year’s resolution person. I never stick with them. I’m annoyed by the New Year, New You messaging in January. Barf. I am, however, big into Growth. Goals. Being the best version of you. Goal setting is difficult for ADHD so I’m offering 3 ques…
 
I initially started talking with fitness coach Marnie Bothmer because I told her that I often get pushback from ADHD women around exercise; they know it’s beneficial for the ADHD brain, but they want to know how “real people” are supposed to fit it into their busy lives. Marnie pointed out that the whole concept of what “real people” can do for exe…
 
We’re in the thick of the holidays and perhaps your sanity is already wavering. School performances, shopping, baking, less sleep, unusual schedules, no routines, more asks… yikes! We still have 2 more weeks to go! In today’s episode, I’m sharing 4 ways to lower your stress and make the holidays enjoyable for both you and your family. Free resource…
 
Luzia Tschirky was born and raised in the Swiss Mountains in a small town close to the border of Austria and Lichtenstein. As a child, she knew she wanted to become a journalist, so much so that she started her own newspaper at the age of eight and began working for the local newspaper at 14. Now 28, not only is Luzia a professional journalist, she…
 
In this week's episode, I celebrate World Disability Day and continues to raise awareness about violence against women and marginalised people as part of UN Women UK's #16daysofactivism campaign. I discuss how autistic traits and ADHD can make individuals more vulnerable to sexual abuse and provides tips on how to spot signs of abuse in children an…
 
What’s the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan? While many kids with ADHD do well in school, a much greater percentage struggle to excel. The system is complicated and confusing. The first step is understanding what your options are. In public schools in the US, there are both 504 plans and IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) to help stud…
 
I’ve been doing intermittent fasting, well, intermittently for a few years now and have found that for me personally, it helps me eat intuitively and clears my brain fog. However, I’ve been hesitant to talk about it on the podcast because I know it isn’t a lifestyle that works for everyone, but when a listener recommended author Gin Stephens as a g…
 
In this week's episode, I join UN Women UK's #16daysofactivism campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. The host discusses the concept of rape culture and the issue of corrective rape, and highlights the fact that abuse can take many forms and is not always physical. I share my own insights and experiences as I discuss th…
 
Thank you, sweet mama! In the US, it’s Thanksgiving today and I’m so thankful for you and this community. And to say thank you, I’m sharing my Black Friday specials today. You can grab them through Cyber Monday with the coupon codes on my website. If you’ve been thinking of joining me for a course, community, or coaching in 2023, this weekend is th…
 
When Martha Barnard-Rae was finally diagnosed with ADHD after years of being told it was just anxiety, she started structuring her home and work life around her brain’s unique needs and saw a complete transformation in how she lives and speaks to herself. Since getting her diagnosis, Martha has gone on to give an inspiring TedX talk about ADHD and …
 
When you have ADHD, you often know what you should do and why you should do it. And yet, you still don’t do it. Ugh. This week on the podcast, I’m sharing a mini-series on Goal Setting with ADHD. But I’m not talking about the usual advice about consistency and breaking it down into steps. You’ve heard all that before. We’re talking about how to mak…
 
Alexis Tomaszewski knew she wanted to be a dentist by the age of 12. When she got to dental school, however, she realized that although she had the clinical and hand skills for dentistry, she struggled with multi-choice tests, which led to her essentially flunking out the first time around. Alexis thought about not returning to dental school, but a…
 
When you have ADHD, you often know what you should do and why you should do it. And yet, you still don’t do it. Ugh. This week on the podcast, I’m sharing a mini-series on Goal Setting with ADHD. But I’m not talking about the usual advice about consistency and breaking it down into steps. You’ve heard all that before. We’re talking about how to mak…
 
When you have ADHD, you often know what you should do and why you should do it. And yet, you still don’t do it. Ugh. This week on the podcast, I’m sharing a mini-series on Goal Setting with ADHD. But I’m not talking about the usual advice about consistency and breaking it down into steps. You’ve heard all that before. We’re talking about how to mak…
 
When you have ADHD, you often know what you should do and why you should do it. And yet, you still don’t do it. Ugh. This week on the podcast, I’m sharing a mini-series on Goal Setting with ADHD. But I’m not talking about the usual advice about consistency and breaking it down into steps. You’ve heard all that before. We’re talking about how to mak…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Jo Hazell-Watkins, a trauma-informed personal trainer from Oswestry, North Shropshire. Jo is a passionate and dedicated strength trainer who shares her insights on the connection between mental health and physical fitness. Jo and I discuss the benefits of strength training for those with PTSD and other mental health …
 
We’ve officially entered the marathon of the holiday season! How can we prepare for the holidays so that our sanity is still intact come January? Maybe you want to start some holiday traditions instead of zipping through in a blur by the skin of your teeth? Maybe you want to enjoy the season instead of drowning in overwhelm after 17 special events,…
 
I first met Amanda Smith in my Your ADHD Brain is A-OK program, and ever since she has been bringing so much empathy and joy to the group that I knew I had to get her on the podcast. In Amanda’s own words, she is not your typical ADHD brain. She didn’t struggle with executive functioning or memory growing up, so when doctors discovered Amanda had a…
 
When a thought pops in your head, do you feel like you need to do something with it right away or else you’ll forget? That whack-a-mole thinking is a stressful way to live. Not everything we think of is both urgent and important. Actually, most things are not important and very few are urgent. But how do we determine what really matters? Prioritizi…
 
I wasn’t planning to do anything special for this 200th episode, but my wonderful friend Sandra wouldn’t hear of it. She suggested I invite my family onto the podcast to mark the occasion–after all, they’ve been putting up with this for 200 episodes now–so that’s exactly what I decided to do. In a podcast first, I’m sitting down with my husband and…
 
In this episode, I discuss my journey with Smart TMS, a non-invasive, medication-free treatment for mental health conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and addictions to cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol. I share my experience with the treatment and the positive impact it has had on my life, particularly in the wake of…
 
Maybe you’re not as terrible as you think. Do you often explain away your achievements? You got that new job by sheer luck… Not sure how you won that award…Must have been a fluke! See how everyone else is brilliant and accomplishes their dreams… and you’re just sucking at regular life? STOP. Give yourself some credit, mama! What if Imposter Syndrom…
 
Okay, so you did a bunch of learning and self-reflecting and you suspect you might have ADHD. Now what? The process of getting an ADHD diagnosis can, ironically, be super inaccessible for the ADHD brain, so I wanted to do an episode on how to seek out a diagnosis for those of you who don’t know where to start. Whether you’re afraid that you won’t b…
 
In this episode, we discuss the challenges caused by Herefordshire Children Social Services and the impact that these struggles can have on mental health. Our special guest is the my mother, Mary Kidson, who shares her own experiences with the organisation and the difficulties they have faced. We also talk about how to deal with the stress that can…
 
How many times a day do you get stuck spinning in circles because you have no idea what to do next? You know you have a lot to do, but you’re not sure what to do next. So your anxiety goes up, making it harder to figure out. Maybe you panic about how much you need to do (and nothing gets done during a panic attack.) Maybe you disassociate to escape…
 
I’ve always had a general idea of what an occupational therapist does, but I didn’t realize just how many areas of ADHD they can help with until I invited occupational therapist Vanessa Goreklin onto the podcast. As a licensed OT, Vanessa’s work focuses on helping ADHDers live their lives to the fullest while harnessing their unique skills. She may…
 
You wake up in the morning and think, "Dang it! I wasn't gonna drink last night." Now you feel like crap and don't want to get out of bed. A lot of us live in the middle ground: you wouldn't consider yourself an alcoholic, but you also aren't exactly happy with your relationship with alcohol. It’s an awkward place to be. …Maybe you're making up rul…
 
This episode is a little different from how I usually do things, but this story was so moving and has such a unique tie-in to ADHD, I knew I had to share it. Renee Grewe, who is the granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, recently received a translated copy of her grandfather's journal that details his capture and imprisonment by Nazi soldiers an…
 
As we enter ADHD Awareness Month, our theme is “Do Less to Lower Your Stress.” You have an overflowing plate as a mom with ADHD. How do you take things off your plate? *panic ensues* Good question! I’m giving you permission to scrap some stuff and make your life easier today. Tell me what you did to lighten your load, Successful Mama! Free resource…
 
There are so many great ADHD podcasts out there that deliver the latest research and feature leading experts, but I think that what makes this podcast so different and valuable are the stories. Hearing about the lives and internal thoughts of other ADHD women who seem to have it all together from the outside reminds us that we’re not alone in our s…
 
What do you do when your ADHD child is always making you late? How do you deal with an ADHD kid who takes a hundred years to get ready in the morning or at bedtime (or all the time!)? Jaymi asks this question about what to do when her ADHD daughter is not moving in our free Facebook community. Not only is it stressful and frustrating, it creates a …
 
When I first started this podcast I had so many creative ideas and big ambitions for how to connect with other ADHD women, but actually executing my ideas consistently was a whole different story. Even though I was drowning on my own, I couldn’t imagine hiring someone to help me with the tasks I was struggling with. What if their work wasn’t up to …
 
I recently got rejected from something that mattered to me. And it stunk. RSD (rejection sensitivity dysphoria) and trauma response all rolled into one giant ball of suck. One of the hardest parts of parenting is talking to our kids about hard things, like rejection, sadness, and disappointment especially when we don’t feel like we are good at thos…
 
ADHD and trauma overlap quite a bit in how they affect the brain, so much so that clinicians often misdiagnose one for the other. So how do clinicians distinguish between ADHD and trauma when both impact the same areas of the brain and can cause similar symptoms? And moreover, what happens when ADHD and trauma co-occur, which they so often do, due …
 
We went to the Johnson Space Center during the last week of summer and got to sit in Mission Control for the Apollo 13 mission. At Mission Control, they monitor everything from the fuel level, oxygen level, the trajectory, and even the poo. Guess who is Mission Control for your entire family? Yup, you. No wonder you’re exhausted before you even get…
 
When ADHDers are faced with a problem, we often try to either go around it or develop new strategies to get better at it. My guest this episode, author and money mentor Denise Duffield-Thomas, has mastered the art of stepping back from the problem and determining whether she can eliminate it altogether, which is the foundation of her “keyless life”…
 
“Is this an ADHD thing?” This question comes up a lot! It’s hard to say because there is a wide spectrum on how ADHD symptoms present in your day to day activities. At the same time, there is so much value in knowing you aren’t the only one struggling with something. In today’s episode, I’m sharing the themes that I see in the symptoms of ADHD in w…
 
It isn’t a stretch to say that imposter syndrome likely takes up space in most ADHD brains (and how could it not when we’re constantly feeling like we aren’t reaching our potential?), but there’s an extra layer of self-doubt that comes with the vulnerability of putting yourself out into the world creatively. Artist and entrepreneur Katie Hayes alwa…
 
When impulsive behavior bites you in the butt again, it’s discouraging! I’m sharing how I slow down impulsive leaps that kick my butt. In a brand new format, a listener (one of you, mama!) shares her question and I answer! Today Irina asks how to stop impulsive spending. It’s not as easy as “well, just don’t buy that.”🙄 These impulsivity tips aren’…
 
It was our worst morning last school year. I screwed up big time, and left school drop off feeling demoralized and ashamed. This is not how I want mornings to go with my kids. Do you feel that way in the mornings, too? When our ADHD causes consequences for our kids, the guilt and shame kick into high gear. Thankfully, most mornings are not like thi…
 
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