Episode 53: Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness, Meditation and ADHD

In Episode #53, of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy tackles the science behind meditation, specifically neuroplasticity. After recording Episode #50 on meditation, she wanted to know why mindfulness and meditation works so well for the ADHD brain.

EP. 53: Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness, Meditation and ADHD

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In Episode #53 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy tackles the science behind meditation, specifically neuroplasticity. Tracy introduces the book, Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD, An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions and Achieving Your Goals by Lidia Zylowska, MD.

Episode 52: How Choosing A Word For The New Year Helps Me Better Manage My ADHD Brain

In Episode #52, Tracy shares a New Year hack that has helped her to be more productive and move her life forward in a manner that is consistent with her values and purpose. It also happens to work especially well for her ADHD brain in that she’s able to stick with it throughout the entire year.

EP. 52: How Choosing a Word for the New Year Helps Me Better Manage My ADHD Brain

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In Episode #52, Tracy shares a New Year hack that has helped her to be more productive and move her life forward in a manner that is consistent with her values and purpose.

Episode 51: Meet My Son Markus, An ADHD Underdog Success Story Plus My Article on ADDitudeMAG

In Episode #51, Tracy talks about an article that she wrote for additudemag.com (It’s the leading media network for parents and adults living with ADHD and for professionals working in the field of ADHD). Since the article touches on the importance of hope, positive emotion, focusing on strengths and how her 17-year-old son did just that to successfully crack his learning code, she invited him on the podcast as her guest and he accepted! If you’re looking for a real ADHD underdog success story you’ll like this one.

EP. 51: Meet My Son Markus: An ADHD Underdog Success Story Plus My Article on ADDitude

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In Episode #51, Tracy talks about an article that she wrote for ADDitude (It's the leading media network for parents and adults living with ADHD and for professionals working in the field of ADHD).

Episode 50: ADHD and Meditation That Even You Can Do (Especially if You’re Inattentive or Have RSD) with Dawn Wingert

This episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women is definitely among my favorites. In fact, it might be my favorite. In Episode #50, I invite ADHD expert, psychotherapist, former USC adjunct professor and life coach Diann Wingert back to discuss meditation for the ADHD brain.

EP. 50: Meditation That Even You Can Do (Especially if You're Inattentive or Have RSD) with ADHD Life Coach, Diann Wingert

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. This episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women is definitely among my favorites. In fact, it might be my favorite. In Episode #50, I invite ADHD expert, psychotherapist, former USC adjunct professor and life coach Diann Wingert back to discuss meditation for the ADHD brain.

Episode 49: ADHD and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD), Part 2: How to Reduce and Even Eliminate Its Symptoms

Our podcast on Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria or RSD (Ep. 19) is among our most downloaded episodes. Members of our Facebook Group also continue to post about RSD. Since it’s such a popular topic, I wanted to close the loop on RSD with the optimism that you have come to expect from me. I do not feel that I delivered that in Episode #19.

EP. 49: ADHD and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD), Part 2: How to Reduce and Even Eliminate Its Symptoms

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Our podcast on Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria or RSD (Ep. 19) is among our most downloaded episodes. Members of our Facebook Group also continue to post about RSD.

Episode 48: When You Grow Up Poor, Adopted, Bullied, 2E And The Only Black Girl In Your Town, No One Ever Thinks It Might Be ADHD

In Episode #48 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, I invite you to meet Sandra Coral. Sandra is a 41 yr old black woman who was adopted at 3 by a poor, white family in Canada and was diagnosed with ADHD last year. She joins us from London, where she lives with her husband and 5-year old son.

EP. 48: When You Grow Up Poor, Adopted, Bullied, Angry, 2E and the Only Black Girl In Your Town, No One Ever Thinks It Might Be ADHD. Meet Our Brilliant Guest, Sandra Coral

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In Episode #48 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, I invite you to meet Sandra Coral. Sandra is a 41 yr old black woman who was adopted at 3 by a poor, white family in Canada and was diagnosed with ADHD last year.

Episode 47: Why Gratitude is Even More Important to the ADHD Brain

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Tracy talks about ADHD and gratitude. A practice of gratitude is important for every one but for those of us with ADHD it’s even more important. Why? Because processing emotions start in the brain itself and emotions motivate action. That means that if your emotions are negative you will be completely unmotivated but if you’re emotions are positive and you’re working in an area of high interest, the sky is the limit.

EP. 47: Why Gratitude is Even More Important to the ADHD Brain

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Tracy talks about ADHD and gratitude. A practice of gratitude is important for every one but for those of us with ADHD it's even more important. Why?

Episode 46: How ADHD Helped Caryn Prall Build a Two Billion Dollar Real Estate Empire

In this episode, Tracy chats with Caryn Prall who is a co-owner and operator of six Keller Williams Realty locations in Illinois. In this role, she is responsible for over 900 agents and $2 billion dollars in yearly volume. Caryn wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until she was 46 but she’s known that she has ADHD since grade school. Caryn always felt that her ADHD worked for her until one day she woke up and it suddenly didn’t.

EP. 46: How ADHD Helped Caryn Prall Build a Two Billion Dollar Real Estate Empire

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Caryn wasn't diagnosed with ADHD until she was 46 but she's known that she has ADHD since grade school. Caryn always felt that her ADHD worked for her until one day she woke up and it suddenly didn't.

Episode 45: When ADHD is Misdiagnosed as Bipolar Disorder in Real Life; Meet 27-Year-Old MMA Fighter, Emma Elizabeth Megan

In Episode #45 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to 27-year-old MMA fighter Emma Elizabeth Megan (“Em”) who was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 18. Em began struggling after experiencing a lot of stress in her first year of college. She was initially diagnosed with depression and put on citalopram. This medication caused her to be “buzzy” or hyper and ultimately led to her misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder.

EP. 45: When ADHD is Misdiagnosed as Bi-Polar Disorder, Meet 27 Year-Old MMA Fighter Elizabeth Megan

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Episode 44: Why ADHD and Bi-Polar Disorder Are Commonly Misdiagnosed

This week’s topic is all about bipolar disorder and why ADHD often gets misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder. Tracy posted a simple question in her Facebook Group, HAVE YOU BEEN MISDIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER? She was shocked to discover how many women had been misdiagnosed and so she decided to research the subject.

EP. 44: Why ADHD and BiPolar Disorder Are Commonly Misdiagnosed

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. This weeks topic is all about bipolar disorder and why ADHD often gets misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder. Tracy posted a simple question in her Facebook Group, HAVE YOU BEEN MISDIAGNOSED WITH BI-POLAR DISORDER?

Episode 43: How Megan Burlingame Failed Her Way to Success and Discovered her ADHD Superpowers

In Episode #43 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy speaks with the delightful Megan Margaret Burlingame. Megan is 34 years old, a wife and the mother of two very busy boys. Throughout her childhood, Megan struggled mightily with her ADHD but is clear about the fact that her struggles also led her to discover her Superpowers.

EP. 43: How Megan Burlingame Failed Her Way to Success and Discovered her ADHD Superpowers

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In Episode #43 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy speaks with the delightful Megan Margaret Burlingame. Megan is 34 years old, a wife and the mother of two very busy boys.

Episode 42: Everyone Does NOT Have ADHD!

In this episode Tracy talks about the myth that “everyone has ADHD.” Discover what behavioral characteristics the general population shares with those of us with ADHD. You’ll learn about the following:

EP. 42: Everyone Does NOT Have ADHD!

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In this episode Tracy talks about the myth that "everyone has ADHD." Discover what behavioral characteristics the general population shares with those of us with ADHD. You'll learn about the following: What distinguishes adults with ADHD from the general population who display ADHD characteristics?

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