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Episode 114: ADHD, Women and Hormones

In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy talks about women, ADHD and hormones. She starts out by thanking those female pioneers, most of whom have ADHD, for leading the charge in teaching us about what ADHD looks like in women. Experts like Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Dr. Ellen Littman, Dr. Patricia Quinn, Dr. Sari Solden, Dr. Sandra Kooj who she has learned so much from.  

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In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy talks about women, ADHD and hormones. She starts out by thanking those female pioneers, most of whom have ADHD, for leading the charge in teaching us about what ADHD looks like in women. Experts like Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Dr. Ellen Littman, Dr. Patricia Quinn, Dr. Sari Solden, Dr. Sandra Kooj who she has learned so much from. 

Tracy shares:

  • Why ADHD has always been about the boys
  • How ADHD looks different in girls
  • The biggest problem among health care practitioners that impacts women
  • Why girls/women are often misdiagnosed
  • Who struggles more with ADHD, men or women
  • How societal pressures and gender role expectations affect ADHD women
  • Her thoughts around perfectionism and ADHD
  • How estrogen impacts ADHD symptoms and is not stable during our lifespan
  • New research about hormone related mood disorders that may impact ADHD women
  • Whether or not there’s such a thing as adult onset ADHD
  • Some information on is it dementia or ADHD

Resources: 

https://www.tracyotsuka.com/aok

https://adhdpalooza.com/women/

https://chesapeakeadd.com/home/our-team/kathleen-nadeau/

http://www.drellenlittman.com/

https://www.sarisolden.com/

https://www.eunetworkadultadhd.com/author/sandra-kooij/ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPerPxb-RNs&fbclid=IwAR2WmX55i1V5jCoGxVsRJLK7Ee42KeYaiVKvGcV8sftahJ6kvpq_IZigilw&ab_channel=BroadcastingADHDEurope

https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/adhd-in-women-symptoms-treatment-support-podcast-337/

https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/adhd-in-older-adults-dementia-medication-podcast-331/ 

https://www.additudemag.com/pmdd-adhd-in-women/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=diagnosis&fbclid=IwAR2R6hdGmEN53XqbecFAeGE9caRriHos9nE184yoeryTTBKg8f3szC99Cnw

https://adhdpalooza.com/women/

Episode 113: How to Live to Your Potential with ADHD

Join Tracy on Episode 113 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she talks about how to live a life of meaning and to your potential with an ADHD brain. 

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Join Tracy on Episode 113 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she talks about how to live a life of meaning and to your potential with an ADHD brain. 

Tracy shares:

  • How to know that the decisions you’re making in your life are the right decisions for you. 
  • What are the questions that you need to ask regarding if you’re in the right career, relationship, friendships, etc.
  • Her 6-step Your ADHD Brain is A-OK! system
  • How to answer the What Should I Do With My Life question
  • Whether or not ADHD women care more than neurotypical women of living a life of meaning and to their potential
  • Her favorite ADHD strength-focused resource
  • What ADHD women need to be doing in order to be happy
  • Her 25%/75% theory
  • The sweet spot that plays right into our ADHD brilliance
  • Why environment is so important to our ADHD brains

Resources:

https://adhdpalooza.com/women

tracyotsuka.com/ilovemybrain

https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-life-plan-questions/

Episode 112: ADHD, Working Memory, Hip-hop and STEM with Raven the Science Maven

In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Raven Baxter. Raven is also known as Raven the Science Maven, she is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed science communicator, educator and molecular biologist who is working to  share science and champion for inclusivity and diversity in STEM.

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  • In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Raven Baxter. Raven is also known as Raven the Science Maven, she is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed science communicator, educator and molecular biologist who is working to  share science and champion for inclusivity and diversity in STEM. 

    Raven is also the founder of Science Haven, a non-profit organization that operates at the intersections of science, education, and the public. Science Haven houses STEMbassy, a live web series that connects the public with science and technology professionals, and Black In Science Communication, a group that works to build relationships in the science community, equipping others with the knowledge and resources necessary to share science with the world in their own flavor.

    Raven is an entertainer and content creator known for her unique style of combining science and hip hop music that teaches and empowers those in STEM and beyond. 

    She has recently been featured in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 List of the most influential young leaders for the year, BuzzFeed News, Mother Jones Magazine, on the mayor of Buffalo’s social media accounts trying to convince teenagers to stay home in the age of Covid; and of course, she has her own TedX Talk. 

     

    Raven shares:

    • The circumstances surrounding both her ADHD diagnoses
    • The tweet that she shared regarding her struggle to memorize even small snippets of text
    • What has changed since her last diagnosis
    • Why she started her science rap music videos
    • What she thinks the key to living successfully with ADHD is

    ADHD brains work so that they too may discover their amazing strengths. And your reviews really help in that regard. 

     

    Resources:


    Instagram: instagram.com/raventhesciencemaven
    Twitter: twitter.com/ravenscimaven
    Facebook: facebook.com/raventhesciencemaven
    Website: scimaven.com


    5 Days to Fall in Love with Your ADHD Brain: tracyotsuka.com/ilovemybrain

Episode 111: ADHD and Medical School with Dr. Diana Mercado

Join Tracy as she welcomes Dr. Diana Mercado to Episode 111 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Dr. Mercado is the daughter of Mexican immigrant workers. She graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, earned her medical degree from the University of Texas and did her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Diana became a family medicine physician so that minority patients would have a physician who “looks like them.” Today Dr. Diana Mercado is a Nurse Practitioner mentor, Clinic Medical Director and was just elected Chief Medical Officer for Jackson County Hospital in Texas.

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Join Tracy as she welcomes Dr. Diana Mercado to Episode 111 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Dr. Mercado is the daughter of Mexican immigrant workers. She graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, earned her medical degree from the University of Texas and did her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Diana became a family medicine physician so that minority patients would have a physician who “looks like them.” Today Dr. Diana Mercado is a Nurse Practitioner mentor, Clinic Medical Director and was just elected Chief Medical Officer for Jackson County Hospital in Texas.

 

Diana shares with us:

  • Her struggles in medical school
  • The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis
  • Her symptoms in childhood
  • What changed once she was diagnosed
  • Her struggle with imposter syndrome
  • The medication that works best for her
  • The ADHD traits that make her a better doctor?
  • What she believes to be the key to living successfully with ADHD
  • Her interest in coaching

 

Resources:

Episode 110: ADHD, Science, and Creativity with Infectious Disease and Genetics Expert, Dr. Amy Cain

In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Dr. Amy Cain. Dr. Cain is a Molecular Biologist who uses genomics to study deadly, antibiotic resistant bacteria. She completed both her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (graduating with first class honours) and then her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Sydney, Australia. After PhD submission, she moved to Cambridge, UK, for a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (where they first sequenced the human genome!) and was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Cain then moved to Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa to track outbreaks in hospitals, employed by the Wellcome Trust charity. 

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In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Dr. Amy Cain. Dr. Cain is a Molecular Biologist who uses genomics to study deadly, antibiotic resistant bacteria. She completed both her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (graduating with first class honours) and then her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Sydney, Australia. After PhD submission, she moved to Cambridge, UK, for a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (where they first sequenced the human genome!) and was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Cain then moved to Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa to track outbreaks in hospitals, employed by the Wellcome Trust charity. 

 

Since 2018, Dr. Cain has been a Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor at Macquarie Macquary University, Sydney, having received a number of grants to develop new antibiotics and study antibiotic resistance; setting up her research group across 3 different labs. Dr. Amy Cain is also Deputy Director of the JAMS organisation, a microbiology society that runs over 5 countries and she has just started a podcast called JAMSpod to spread microbiology knowledge far and wide. She loves travelling (having visited 70-odd countries so far), scuba diving, live music and cooking.

 

Amy shares:

  • The circumstances surrounding her diagnosis
  • The ADHD symptoms that she always wondered about but now recognizes as clearly ADHD.
  • Why she became an infectious disease and genetics expert
  • What has changed since her diagnosis
  • Why she loves science so much
  • Why she started a podcast interviewing microbiologists
  • Her advice to young women with ADHD
  • Her ADHD workarounds
  • What she believes the key is to living successfully with ADHD

 

Resources:

Amy's Facebook Profile Page

Amy’s Twitter handle: @flamycain

The Waking Up App

Manuka Honey

Episode 109: The ADHD Artist with Sarah Gise

In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Sarah Gise. Sarah is an award nominated Chicago actor who got her BFA degree for Acting at the University of Southern California (USC). She’s worked a thousand different jobs and gigs because she experiences intense FOMO (fear of missing out), so in addition to acting, she’s dipped her toes into teaching, writing, directing, podcasting, bartending, and coaching. She is currently an ensemble member with Interrobang Theatre Project, and has performed in numerous shows with different companies around Chicago. Her performance in Interrobang Theatre Project’s production of the one woman show THE AMISH PROJECT (2016) was nominated for Best Solo Performance at the 2017 Joseph Jefferson Awards. In addition to theatre, she has appeared in several web series, films, commercials, and audiobooks. Sarah currently works as an Executive Functioning Coach for Effective Artistry, and is the Host/Producer of The ADHD Artist Podcast, which explores and celebrates the lives of artists with ADHD.

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In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Sarah Gise. Sarah is an award nominated Chicago actor who got her BFA degree for Acting at the University of Southern California (USC). She’s worked a thousand different jobs and gigs because she experiences intense FOMO (fear of missing out), so in addition to acting, she’s dipped her toes into teaching, writing, directing, podcasting, bartending, and coaching. She is currently an ensemble member with Interrobang Theatre Project, and has performed in numerous shows with different companies around Chicago. Her performance in Interrobang Theatre Project’s production of the one woman show THE AMISH PROJECT (2016) was nominated for Best Solo Performance at the 2017 Joseph Jefferson Awards. In addition to theatre, she has appeared in several web series, films, commercials, and audiobooks. Sarah currently works as an Executive Functioning Coach for Effective Artistry, and is the Host/Producer of The ADHD Artist Podcast, which explores and celebrates the lives of artists with ADHD.

 

Sarah shares:

  • The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis
  • Her childhood symptoms
  • Why she chose to study the arts
  • Her experience with medication
  • What made her start The ADHD Artist Podcast
  • The key to living successfully with ADHD

 

Resources:

Actor website: http://sarahgise05.wixsite.com/sarahgise

ADHD Artist Podcast: https://linktr.ee/Theadhdartistpod 

Effective Artistry: EffectiveArtistry.com

UCLA Mindfulness (the one Sarah uses every day is the first one, "Breathing Meditation" 5 min): uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations

The Headspace App

Interrobang Theatre Project: interrobangtheatreproject.com

 

Tracy's FREE 5-day workshop, How to Fall in Love with Your ADHD Brain

 

Episode 108: Professional Organizer Judith Houlding

Join Tracy in episode 108 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she introduces you to Judith Houlding. Judith has been a professional organizer for 11 years. She is also an ADHD coach who has trained in “brain-based differences” and has received certification from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Coach Approach for Organizers, and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. Judith is the mother of three adult children, two of which were diagnosed as having ADHD. She describes herself as being on the ADHD spectrum … but not quite at the tipping point. Judith understands the frustrations and struggles that the ADHD brain deals with when it comes to organization. She believes that perfection is an illusion that no organizer will ever promise you. Judith believes that, good enough is truly Good Enough!

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Join Tracy in episode 108 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she introduces you to Judith Houlding. Judith has been a professional organizer for 11 years. She is also an ADHD coach who has trained in “brain-based differences” and has received certification from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Coach Approach for Organizers, and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. Judith is the mother of three adult children, two of which were diagnosed as having ADHD. She describes herself as being on the ADHD spectrum … but not quite at the tipping point. Judith understands the frustrations and struggles that the ADHD brain deals with when it comes to organization. She believes that perfection is an illusion that no organizer will ever promise you. Judith believes that, good enough is truly Good Enough!

 

Judith shares:

  • Her own personal story with ADHD.
  • Why she decided to become a professional organizer
  • What the Institute for Challenging Disorganization does
  • Concepts that she uses with ADHD clients to help them with organization 
  • The questions to ask when you’re trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid of 
  • Organization tips and workarounds for the ADHD brain
  • What to start with when everything is a mess
  • Tips on school organization 

 

Resources:

Judith Houlding's Website

Institute for Challenging Disorganization

National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals

Join the waitlist for the FREE 5-day Workshop, How to Fall in Love with Your ADHD Brain here.

Episode 107: From High School Dropout to College Success with Lucy Van den Heuvel

Join Tracy and her delightful guest, 18-year-old Lucy Van den Heuvel. At 16 Lucy left high school, not knowing how she was going to go forward with her education. She eventually found a college that accepted students as young as 16, and applied. In May, Lucy will graduate from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, where she will receive her Associates of Arts degree instead of a high school diploma. In college she is studying sustainable agriculture, and co-manages the campus farm. When she’s not farming or studying, she spends her time hiking, oil painting, rock climbing, and crocheting. 

 

Today she looks at the decision to leave high school without graduating as one of the best she’s ever made.

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Join Tracy and her delightful guest, 18-year-old Lucy Van den Heuvel. At 16 Lucy left high school, not knowing how she was going to go forward with her education. She eventually found a college that accepted students as young as 16, and applied. In May, Lucy will graduate from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, where she will receive her Associates of Arts degree instead of a high school diploma. In college she is studying sustainable agriculture, and co-manages the campus farm. When she’s not farming or studying, she spends her time hiking, oil painting, rock climbing, and crocheting. 

 

Today she looks at the decision to leave high school without graduating as one of the best she’s ever made.

 

Lucy shares:

  • The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis
  • Her childhood symptoms
  • How her love of storytime got her into trouble in pre-K
  • Her life-long struggle with school
  • Her struggle with anxiety
  • Why she decided to drop out of high school
  • Why Bard college was the perfect fit for her curious brain
  • Her plans after graduation
  • What has changed since she was diagnosed
  • The ADHD traits that she feels are responsible for her success?

 

Resources:

Lucy's Facebook

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Episode 106: ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction with Edward Hallowell

Join Tracy as she breaks her women only guest rule by welcoming Dr. Edward Hallowell to Episode 106 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. If you know anything at all about ADHD you recognize Dr. Hallowell’s name as the leading authority in the field of ADHD. Dr. Hallowell is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, and a New York Times bestselling author. He, along with Dr. John Ratey wrote what Tracy considers to be the bible of ADHD, Driven to Distraction. Now retired from the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hallowell has been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Oprah, PBS, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, and in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time. He is a regular columnist for ADDitude magazine, and is also the host of his weekly podcast called Distraction. Dr. Hallowell is the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Seattle. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and their three grown children. 

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Join Tracy as she breaks her women only guest rule by welcoming Dr. Edward Hallowell to Episode 106 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. If you know anything at all about ADHD you recognize Dr. Hallowell’s name as the leading authority in the field of ADHD. Dr. Hallowell is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, and a New York Times bestselling author. He, along with Dr. John Ratey wrote what Tracy considers to be the bible of ADHD, Driven to Distraction. Now retired from the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hallowell has been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Oprah, PBS, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, and in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time. He is a regular columnist for ADDitude magazine, and is also the host of his weekly podcast called Distraction. Dr. Hallowell is the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Seattle. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and their three grown children. 

Dr. Hallowell shares:

  • The circumstances surrounding his ADHD diagnosis
  • Why he and Dr. John Ratey decided to write their new book ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction.
  • Who he wrote this book for
  • Why most medical professionals have ignored the strengths in ADHD for so long 
  • His opinion on ADHD and intelligence
  • Exciting research around the task positive network and default mode network and how you can use them to benefit the ADHD brain
  • The ADHDers need to create and constantly improve their life
  • Why those of us with ADHD should never worry alone
  • Where he believes the field of ADHD research and treatment is going
  • Whether he believes that there’s a relationship between introversion/extroversion and ADHD types
  • Why ADHD women have not been part of ADHD studies

Resources:

https://drhallowell.com/
ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction

Amazon: ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction - from Childhood through Adulthood

Fall in Love with Your ADHD Brain, 5 Day Challenge

Episode 105: ADHD, Emotion and Choosing the Right College with Collegiate Athlete, Mikayla Kee

In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to 21 year-old, Mikayla Kee. Mikayla is currently a senior, finishing her bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College in Washington. She will be entering the Master’s in Teaching program next. Mikayla also volunteers as a para educator at a local elementary school and, in true ADHD fashion, Mikayla has been doing all of this while working as a semi professional soccer player for the past three years. 

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In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to 21 year-old, Mikayla Kee. Mikayla is currently a senior, finishing her bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College in Washington. She will be entering the Master’s in Teaching program next. Mikayla also volunteers as a para educator at a local elementary school and, in true ADHD fashion, Mikayla has been doing all of this while working as a semi professional soccer player for the past three years. 

 

Mikayla shares:

  • The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis
  • Her ADHD symptoms
  • Her struggles during her first year in college
  • How collegiate athletics is the perfect ADHD compliment to her education 
  • When she connected soccer as a workaround for her ADHD
  • How her college addresses different learning styles and why this works so well for her ADHD brain 
  • How important trust is in dealing with emotional dysregulation
  • What has changed since she was diagnosed
  • The ADHD traits that she feels are responsible for her success
  • The key to living successfully with ADHD
  • Her number one ADHD workaround

 

Resources:

Instagram - @mikaylakfit

John Ratey's book Spark

Episode 104: Goal Setting and Planning for ADHD

Tracy Otsuka welcomes you to Episode 104 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she talks about goal setting, planners and planning, the perfect subject for the last podcast of 2020.

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Tracy Otsuka welcomes you to Episode 104 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she talks about goal setting, planners and planning, the perfect subject for the last podcast of 2020.

 

Tracy talks about

 

  • Why ADHD brains may need to externalize time
  • What it means to have a short time horizon
  • What time is actually linked to
  • What it means to develop an awareness around time and how that can help you
  • Why focusing on the actions rather than the goal might work better for you
  • How to choose the right goal
  • Why looking inside yourself rather than outside of yourself works better for us in choosing a goal
  • Why knowing your values and what’s important to you helps makes goal setting so much easier
  • Why having goals is even important
  • The thing that most of us with ADHD share in common
  • When a practice of gratitude may make goal setting easier
  • Creative themes/mottos to help you reach goals and generate positive emotion
  • What to look for in a planner for the ADHD brain
  • Her A-OK! Brain Download and how she uses it to get everything out of her brain
  • Her Goal Decode process that allows her to break down her goals into much smaller tasks
  • Why Saturday morning planning sessions are the best thing that Tracy does
  • If you’re procrastinating what the problem may be
Episode 103: Helping Black Women Kick the Shame of ADHD with Stacey Machelle

Join Tracy as she welcomes Stacey Machelle to Episode 103 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Stacey is a multi-hyphenate doer of things. She is a sketch writer/performer, producer, comedian and former broadcast news reporter and anchor. Stacey’s credits include on-air contributor and writer for TMZ, commercials, television and film roles. She is also a live studio audience warmup comic in Los Angeles, most recently for the late-night show "A Little Late With Lilly Singh."

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Join Tracy as she welcomes Stacey Machelle to Episode 103 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Stacey is a multi-hyphenate doer of things. She is a sketch writer/performer, producer, comedian and former broadcast news reporter and anchor. Stacey’s credits include on-air contributor and writer for TMZ, commercials, television and film roles. She is also a live studio audience warmup comic in Los Angeles, most recently for the late-night show "A Little Late With Lilly Singh."

 

But the biggest reason that Stacey really needs to be here with us today is the YouTube show that she created to raise awareness in black women and women of color about ADHD. It is called ADHD Is The New Black.

 

Stacey shares:

  • The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis the first time, and the second time
  • The symptoms she had as a child and now recognizes as ADHD
  • What made her decide to start her YouTube show, ADHD is the New Black
  • How ADHD is different when you’re a woman of color
  • The ADHD traits that she feels are responsible for her success?
  • Her number one ADHD workaround? 



Resources:

Stacey Machelle's YouTube show, ADHD is the New Black

The A-OK! EVERY DAY Planner

Episode 102: ADHD, RSD and How to Pursue Higher Education with Dr. Melody Kuphal

In Episode 102 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy welcomes Dr. Melody Kuphal. Dr. Kuphal has a bachelor’s in Special Education with a minor in music, a Master’s in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies. She currently works as Adjunct Professor at Judson University, is a member of the Teaching Faculty of IWS teaching research writing, works full-time as Music Director at Hosana Church, teaches private music lessons,and is a recording artist who records at least one new album per year. 

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In Episode 102 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy welcomes Dr. Melody Kuphal. Dr. Kuphal has a bachelor’s in Special Education with a minor in music, a Master’s in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies. She currently works as Adjunct Professor at Judson University, is a member of the Teaching Faculty of IWS teaching research writing, works full-time as Music Director at Hosana Church, teaches private music lessons,and is a recording artist who records at least one new album per year. 

 

Melody shares:

  • Her own ADHD story
  • The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis
  • RSD and her struggle with the emotional aspects of ADHD
  • Her experience with medication
  • The Qb-test and what she learned about herself
  • Advice on better reading and note taking for ADHD students pursuing higher education
  • Advice on better writing for ADHD students pursuing higher education
  • The key to living successfully with ADHD
  • Her theory of leaving life with empty pockets

 

Resources:

Melody's Website: melodysmusic.com
Tracyotsuka.com/podcastindex

Episode 101: Pt. 2, What 99 Episodes Taught Me About the ADHD Brain

Episode 101 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, is actually part two of the 100th episode of this podcast. In the 100th episode Tracy reviewed all previous 99 episodes of her podcast and shared the key thoughts that reframed her personal understanding of ADHD. There was so much content that this ultimately ended up becoming not only podcast episode #100 but also episode #101. Episode #101 starts with a discussion on ADHD and RSD or Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria. Tracy also created a 100th episode gift for her listeners which is a Podcast Index that organizes all 99 episodes. You can find it here. tracyotsuka.com/podcastindex

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Episode 101 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, is actually part two of the 100th episode of this podcast. In the 100th episode Tracy reviewed all previous 99 episodes of her podcast and shared the key thoughts that reframed her personal understanding of ADHD. There was so much content that this ultimately ended up becoming not only podcast episode #100 but also episode #101. Episode #101 starts with a discussion on ADHD and RSD or Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria. Tracy also created a 100th episode gift for her listeners which is a Podcast Index that organizes all 99 episodes. You can find it here. tracyotsuka.com/podcastindex


Episode 19: ADHD and Rejection Sensitivity

Episode 25: ADHD and Addiction

Episode 29: Psychotherapist Perry Janssen who talks about ADHD, emotion and feelings.

Episode 30: My Favorite Tech Tool, How the Apple Watch Saved My ADHD Brain

Episode 34: ADHD and Repetitive Body Focused Behavior (RBFB)

Episode 40: How to Prepare for a Meeting with Your ADHD Doctor

Episode 49: What you can do about it

Episode 50: ADHD Life Coach, former therapist and former USC adjunct professor Diann Wingert about meditation is also a must listen.

Episode 53: Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness, Meditation and ADHD

Episode 62: Cannabis and ADHD

Episode 63: Choose to be the Hero, not the Victim in Your ADHD Life

Episode 75: Why ADHD Coaching Works

Episode 78: What Does ADHD Look Like in Women? The Update. (Ep. 2)

Episode 87: ADHD Means That You’re Never Too Old


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