Episode 2: ADHD, The Facts, The Symptoms And The Advantages of ADHD

EP. 2: ADHD, The Facts, The Symptoms and the Advantages of the ADHD Condition

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Tracy covers the basic facts about ADHD diagnoses. Find out what’s included, how does it show up, the differences in symptoms in children and adults. She gives specific examples of behaviors that you may find very familiar.

Tracy covers the basic facts about an ADHD diagnoses. Find out what’s included, how does it show up, the differences in symptoms in children and adults. She gives specific examples of behaviors that you may find very familiar. She also talks about why many women are not diagnosed and the seldom discussed advantage of having an ADHD brain.

Knowledge is powerful in understanding how the ADHD brain works. Get a practical, real-life understanding of how it affects women.


Here’s what Tracy covers in detail:

  • What ADHD can look like in real women.
  • Tracy outlines the technical symptoms and shares how ADHD has affected her personally.
  • Find out the 3 sub-types of ADHD to see if any of them feel familiar to you.
  • ADHD explained, and why it’s not always a negative. This is so important and not discussed enough!
  • Why traits aren’t the same in all people and why it varies. This is a big reason why most women have not been diagnosed.
  • ADHD is heritable, but it doesn’t always show up the same way. Find out why (related) people who are diagnosed can have much different symptoms.
  • Learn what qualifies for a diagnosis as explained in the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
  • There are 18 symptoms, 9 focused on inattention and 9 focused on hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. These were developed for diagnosing children.
  • Learn what the 9 traits are for adults according to the work done by Russell Barkley.
  • Understand how a diagnosis is determined and the differences between how symptoms show up when you are a child vs. as an adult.
  • Note: Every ADHD brain is wired differently so symptoms may show up in a variety of ways.
  • Tracy outlines 43 general symptoms. You may resonate with many of these – but some may not apply to you at all.
  • Tracy covers 24 positive symptoms of ADHD. This is the part that is seldom covered but they should be!
  • Find out why exercise is so good for our brains – and why many with ADHD exercise regularly.
  • What resonated with you? Is there something that affects you that wasn’t mentioned? I’d love to know so we can all understand the unique ways that ADHD impacts women.

About Tracy

Host Tracy Otsuka is a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long student, not a coach. She’s also the creator of Coretography a patent pending system that helps smart, driven women understand their own unique ADHD brain and use it to their advantage.

Tracy will be talking about ADHD. Your super powers, your symptoms, your solutions and work-arounds and how you proudly stand out. Tracy credits ADHD for some of her superpowers and much of her success in life.

Experts Tracy Mentions:
Thomas Hallowell
John Ratey
Terry Matlin
Russell Barkley
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey

Contact Tracy:
[email protected]

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