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Episode 194: ADHD & Trauma

ADHD and trauma overlap quite a bit in how they affect the brain, so much so that clinicians often misdiagnose one for the other. 

EP. 194: ADHD & Trauma

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. ADHD and trauma overlap quite a bit in how they affect the brain, so much so that clinicians often misdiagnose one for the other.

Episode 193: ADHD, Money and The Keyless Life with Denise Duffield-Thomas

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” philosophy. Born from the idea to literally go keyless by installing keypads on the doors after losing her house keys so many times, Denise’s keyless life philosophy is all about protecting your mental energy by automating, delegating, or removing the difficult-to-manage tasks that drain you the most, rather than trying to muscle or self-improve your way through them

EP. 193: ADHD, Money and The Keyless Life with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. When ADHDers are faced with a problem, we often try to either go around it or develop new strategies to get better at it.

Episode 192: ADHD and Imposter Syndrome with Artist and Entrepreneur, Katie Hayes

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 always felt drawn to art growing up and knew she had a great talent for it, but she never considered that she was good enough to turn her art into a full-time creative career. 

EP. 192: ADHD and Imposter Syndrome with Artist and Entrepreneur, Katie Hayes

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. 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.

Episode 191: Raising Differently Wired ADHD Kids with Debbie Reber

Parenting activist and author Debbie Reber had a difficult time with the structure of school growing up, so when her son Asher also started struggling to have his unique learning needs supported in the classroom, she knew she had to do things differently. Incorporating expert advice and a strengths-based philosophy, Debbie started creating the resources that she wishes she’d had when she was younger, and, after much collaborating and fine-tuning, she found an approach to teaching that supported Asher’s ADHD learning needs and encouraged emotional intelligence and self-understanding. 

EP. 191: Raising Differently Wired ADHD Kids with Debbie Reber

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Parenting activist and author Debbie Reber had a difficult time with the structure of school growing up, so when her son Asher also started struggling to have his unique learning needs supported in the classroom, she knew she had to do things differently.

Episode 190: PTSD, Trauma and EMDR: When Your Career Makes You Sick with Former Lawyer, Lara Connolly

Talk therapy can be a valuable resource, but what happens when you’re all talked out and still feel your body is holding onto trauma? This is where teacher’s assistant Lara Connolly found herself after years of trying talk therapy and never feeling like it was quite enough to help alleviate her physical exhaustion and stress. It wasn’t until she tried EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), a form of psychotherapy designed to alleviate the distress caused by traumatic memories, that she finally started to feel her body come back to life.

Ep. 190: PTSD, Trauma, and EMDR: When Your Career Makes You Sick with Former Lawyer, Lara Connolly

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Talk therapy can be a valuable resource, but what happens when you're all talked out and still feel your body is holding onto trauma?

Episode 189: Trauma and Mindfulness with Tenrikyo Priestess, Latoya Williams

ADHDers are often stereotyped (accurately, admittedly) as being obsessed with psychology, personality tests, birth charts–anything that might give us answers on why we do the things we do. But when we’ve spent our whole lives feeling different and not knowing why, is it any surprise that we’re so hyperfocused on trying to understand ourselves? 

EP. 189: Trauma and Mindfulness with Tenrikyo Priestess, Latoya Williams

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. ADHDers are often stereotyped (accurately, admittedly) as being obsessed with psychology, personality tests, birth charts-anything that might give us answers on why we do the things we do.

Episode 188: How to Manage Our ADHD in the Kitchen with Food Blogger and Pastry Chef, Rebecca Eisenberg 

Our ADHD brains are driven by interest, not importance, meaning that boring tasks can feel almost physically painful to us. On the flipside, when we find something that sparks our interest, we have the power to become unstoppable forces. Pastry chef and food blogger, Rebecca Eisenberg, felt this spark with cooking and baking, and, to even her own surprise, turned it into a full-time career through her blog The Practical Kitchen.

EP. 188: How to Manage Our ADHD in the Kitchen with Food Blogger and Pastry Chef, Rebecca Eisenberg

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Our ADHD brains are driven by interest, not importance, meaning that boring tasks can feel almost physically painful to us. On the flipside, when we find something that sparks our interest, we have the power to become unstoppable forces.

Episode 187: ADHD and How to Feel Good and Inspire with Teen Recording Artist, Devyne Bean

I always say that ADHD has the potential to be our greatest superpower if we can learn how to harness it, and my guest this episode, recording artist Devyne Bean, is the living embodiment of that. At a young age, Devyne figured out that if she could channel her hyperactivity and add structure to her days, her entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic would allow her to follow her passions wherever they led her, and she hasn’t looked back since.

EP. 187: ADHD and How to Feel Good and Inspire with Teen Recording Artist, Devyne Bean

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. I always say that ADHD has the potential to be our greatest superpower if we can learn how to harness it, and my guest this episode, recording artist Devyne Bean, is the living embodiment of that.

Episode 186: Make Managing Money Fun with Money Coach Siw Slevigen

Curiosity is one of our most powerful ADHD strengths, but it can also be one of our greatest hindrances if the people around us see our curiosity as a challenge to authority, rather than a genuine interest in understanding the world. When my guest, Siw Slevigen, was growing up she always had her strong curiosity met with either excitement or disdain by teachers, and–surprise, surprise–it always impacted her ability and willingness to learn. 

EP. 186: Make Managing Money Fun with Money Coach Siw Slevigen

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Curiosity is one of our most powerful ADHD strengths, but it can also be one of our greatest hindrances if the people around us see our curiosity as a challenge to authority, rather than a genuine interest in understanding the world.

Episode 185: ADHD and Politics

ADHD and politics has been at the top of my ‘topics I want to cover’ list for quite some time now, but given the extreme political division within the United States and around the world, I wanted to wait until I had something to share that could possibly make things better and wouldn’t add more fuel to the fire. 

EP. 185: ADHD and Politics

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. ADHD and politics has been at the top of my 'topics I want to cover' list for quite some time now, but given the extreme political division within the United States and around the world, I wanted to wait until I had something to share that could possibly make things better and wouldn't add more fuel to the fire.

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