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Distraction

Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? We guide you through it all with stories, guests, tips, calls, and lots of surprises too. If you’re pulled and prodded all day from many directions or tied to your smartphone and apps, this insightful and entertaining journey will help you regain control of your life in a fun and novel way. Give it a listen and … wait, did you see that bird?
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Jan 18, 2022

Kristin Seymour overcame many obstacles on the way to accomplishing her goals. She stole a car as an undergraduate college student and tested her parent's patience on many occasions before being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 19.

Kristin is now a successful Advanced Practice Nurse and wrote The Fog Lifted about her journey. She joined Dr. Hallowell in the studio in 2017 to talk about the ups and downs of her life, and how she came to realize that having ADHD is one of her biggest assets. Kristin once saved a man's life on an airplane thanks to her ADHD strengths! 

The Fog Lifted A Clinician's Victorious Journey With ADHD by Kristin Seymour on Amazon

Inquire about Kristin Seymour's ADHD Resource Binder on her WEBSITE.

Send your questions and comments to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

This episode was originally released in October 2017. 

 

Jan 14, 2022

Those with ADHD are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to alcohol and/or drugs, by as much as 5-10% depending on the study. Dr. Hallowell offers some tips on what to look for and how to avoid addiction from the start.

Send your comments, questions and show ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Learn more about the school of choice for students who learn differently HERE

This episode was originally released in February of 2019.

Jan 11, 2022

Getting enough exercise is important for everyone, but it's crucial for those with ADHD. Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD returns to Distraction to talk about the best type of exercise for those who learn differently, as well as the ideal time to exercise. Like, should you go for a run before or after you study? Jessica has done her research on the subject and shares her insights with our listeners in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

Learn more about Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently HERE

Reach out to us with an email: connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in May 2019.

Jan 7, 2022

In this throwback episode from 2020 you'll hear several ideas for reducing the intensity of a heated situation. Whether it's an argument with your spouse, a co-worker  or someone else, you can follow these simple steps to work toward resolution.

Do you have a question or comment? We'd love to hear from you! Write us an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. 

Learn about our sponsor, Landmark College, HERE.

Jan 4, 2022

When we first heard René Brooks share her story on Distraction in 2020, we knew we wanted to hear more from her!

Today we're resharing that first conversation with René which was part of our ADHD Awareness Month celebration in Season 5.

Here's the description of that episode-- Season 5, Episode 8:

René Brooks had to get diagnosed with ADHD three times before finally getting the right treatment. And now she's using her superpowers to empower other black women with ADHD through her blog, books and brand, Black Girl, Lost Keys.

In this episode, René shares the struggles she faced as a smart young girl who felt defective because she couldn't keep her room clean or do her homework. She shares the moment she knew medication was right for her and talks about how getting properly diagnosed with ADHD was critical to her success and happiness in life.

Check out René's most recent book, Everything You Need to Completely Clean With ADHD.

Do you have a question or comment for us? Email connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Check out their Virtual Open House on January 7th! 

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. 

Dec 28, 2021

There's no denying that this year has been incredibly difficult for so many of us, including our own guest-host. In this final episode of 2021 René reflects on the sadness and struggles this year has brought, while reminding us about the skills we've gained along the way. 

From all of us at Distraction we wish you the very best in the new year. Thank you so much for listening to the podcast this year, and for being a part of our community. 

Do you have a question or show idea you'd like to hear about in a future episode? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

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Dec 23, 2021

René reflects on how difficult these past few years have been and shares some of what she's learned about herself from her tougher moments.

Our eloquent and encouraging guest-host also reassures listeners that it's okay if 2021 wasn't the year you wanted. 

Do you have a question or show idea you'd like to hear about in a future episode? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

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Dec 21, 2021

There's nothing quite like a good friend who has known you through your ups and downs! Today René is joined by Koran Dunbar, an actor, filmmaker, comedian and one of our guest-host's oldest and dearest friends. 

The pair share a casual conversation about life and how it can be difficult to recognize and acknowledge your successes when they happen.

Learn more about Koran's film Greencastle and find him on IMDB here

Do you have a question or show idea you'd like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

A Virtual Open House at Landmark College is scheduled for January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Dec 16, 2021

René encourages you to review how you're using electronics and take steps to minimize the feelings of frustration that can bubble up when you're constantly available and bombarded with information 24/7.

Our guest-host shares what led her to change some of the settings on her phone and computer last year, and details her methods.

"I’ve found notifications to be a disruptive presence in my life to a certain extent. And so where I can I’ve limited them or shut them down a bit so I can have more space to be in the present moment," René says in this episode.   

Do you have a question or show idea you'd like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

A Virtual Open House at Landmark College is scheduled for January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Dec 14, 2021

Today René Brooks is joined by Shannon Russell for a conversation about creating change in the mental health community. The pair talk about the pitfalls of black and white thinking when it comes to ADHD and identify many of the gray areas that exist. 

From the the good and bad aspects of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) to the quest for a new name for ADHD, René and Shannon cover a lot of ground in today's episode; including why you shouldn't get all of your facts from Twitter or TikTok, and the importance of remembering that we're all still learning about ADHD.  

You can find Shannon on Twitter HERE or with the username @3TrackMind79, and on TikTok HERE

Do you have a question or show idea you'd like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Dec 9, 2021

Finding the right friends can be hard, especially when you're living in a pandemic, and especially especially when you have ADHD.

Today our guest host, René Brooks, talks about some of her personal experience with "friends" that tried to fix her, why it's important to examine the quality of your friendships, and the big lesson she's learned from her best friend of twenty years, who doesn't have ADHD and has always accepted her as-is, quirks and all. 

Do you have a question or show idea you'd like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Dec 7, 2021

If you think it feels unproductive to take time to stop and eat lunch during your work day, or have a hard time recognizing when you're hungry, or go all day without eating and consume a lot of food at night, then you are like a lot of people with ADHD. 

Food issues and ADHD often go hand in hand. Today our guest host René Brooks is joined by dietician and nutritionist, Becca King, to explore some of the more common struggles that people with ADHD face regarding healthy eating. 

René and our Becca talk about binge eating, which is the most common issue she sees with her clients, and how to move past the guilt and shame that often accompanies it. Becca also shares how she has used intuitive eating to help herself and her clients develop healthier habits, as she has ADHD too. "Eating is self-care," as you'll hear her say. She also shares why food "short cuts" are a great resource, how meals need a "satisfaction factor" and why your weight isn't necessarily a good indicator of your health. 

Becca specializes in helping adults with ADHD heal their relationship with food through group coaching sessions. She also shares a ton of helpful info on Instagram as @adhd.nutritionist. 

Find Becca King on Instagram HERE.

Sign-up for a call with Becca HERE.

Do you have a question or show idea you'd like René to address in a future episode? Or an episode idea? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Dec 2, 2021

ADHD and sleep issues have a long and documented history. Today our guest host, René Brooks, shares 3 basic guidelines for creating a bedtime routine that actually helps you get to sleep. René cautions listeners to be prepared for the inevitable boredom factor that creeps into your routine and causes it to lose its effectiveness. She suggests you plan for that now by creating a back-up sleep routine! 

READ MORE about Restless Leg Syndrome and ADHD.

READ MORE about Sleep Apnea and ADHD.

READ MORE about Sleep Disorders and ADHD.

Do you have a question you'd like René to answer in a future episode? Or an episode idea? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Dec 1, 2021

Our guest-host René Brooks encourages other women with ADHD to cast off the shame and blame regarding housework and typical gender roles/responsibilities in relationships. She speaks from her own experience and offers advice and support for other women who struggle with maintaining a household.

If you are feeling isolated, lonely or frustrated over these issues, you are definitely not alone! Click here to read René's blog post about it. 

Do you have a question you'd like René to answer in a future episode? Or an episode idea? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 25, 2021

This week we're helping you start your holiday shopping off on the right foot with a few of René's top recommendations! Take a listen and hear 3 quick gift ideas for someone you love who has ADHD. Or buy them for yourself! 'Tis the season! 

Links to gifts mentioned in this episode:

Gift #1 

Gift #2

Gift #3

Check out the Black Girl Lost Keys store for more awesome gift ideas! 

Do you have a question you'd like René to answer in a future episode? Or an episode idea? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 23, 2021

This week our guest host, René Brooks answers YOUR questions about ADHD! 

Today's discussion includes questions from our listeners about navigating the ups and downs of romantic relationships when both partners have ADHD (something René has personally experienced) and how parents can prioritize the best ways to help newly-diagnosed ADHD kids. René points out that just because your child is doing okay in school, doesn't mean everything is okay. She shares a few insights that parents should be aware of outside of academics. 

Do you have a question for René to answer in a future episode? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more HERE!

René Brooks is guest-hosting Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 18, 2021

Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is a condition that is still being studied however it can affect many with ADHD. 

Dr. Debby Feinberg joined René earlier this week to talk about Vertical Heterophoria in the episode Dizziness, Headaches, Anxiety and the Little-Known Connection Between Your Eyes and ADHD and returns today to talk about how the ears play a role in BVD as well, and how noise-cancelling technology can help struggles with sound processing and loud noises. 

Take Dr. Debby's Binocular Vision Dysfunction 25-question test at IsItMyEyes.com.

Visit Vision Specialists of Michigan HERE

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Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 16, 2021

When our guest-host was diagnosed with Vertical Heterophoria in 2015 it changed her life, as you'll hear her say in this episode. Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is a condition that is still being studied however it can affect many with ADHD. Anxiety, dizziness, motion sickness, post-concussive symptoms, and interestingly-- feeling overwhelmed in large stores, can all be clues that a person might be suffering from BVD.

Today's guest is Dr. Debby Feinberg who is performing pioneering work in this area. She's developed a test to identify it and a simple way to fix it that utilizes prism lenses. 

Take Dr. Debby's Binocular Vision Dysfunction 25-question test at IsItMyEyes.com.

Visit Vision Specialists of Michigan HERE

René and Dr. Debby Feinberg are having a Facebook Live event this Thursday, November 18th at 12pm EST to discuss this further answer your questions called The Link Between ADHD and Vertical Heterophoria. Click HERE for details! 

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We want to hear from you!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 11, 2021

Today our guest host, René Brooks, shares a little behind-the-scenes conversation with our producer, Sarah Guertin, about how it feels to learn you have ADHD, and how she's grown and changed over the years since being diagnosed.

"It’s like the comparison (to neurotypicals) is an unfair one and we’re really comparing to people who actually don’t exist... these perfectly organized, always on time, always emotionally regulated people-- it’s a fantasy. So we’re setting ourselves up to meet this unmeetable standard and then we get burnt out and frustrated in the process."

We want to hear from you!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 9, 2021

Today our guest host, René Brooks, shares some of the details about her own journey with ADHD and reflects on some of the more serious struggles she has experienced along the way. The Black Girl, Lost Keys creator talks openly about leaving an abusive marriage, checking herself into a psychiatric hospital, as well as what it was like to lose her job and no longer be able to afford her ADHD medication. 

René also shares how she began to build back her life by learning about her own ADHD, creating the super popular and amazing ADHD resource, Black Girl, Lost Keys blog, becoming a coach; and how she thinks everyone who has ADHD needs to find community.

"You feel normal. And you start to see these things that you do, or the impulsive way you behave not as evidence that you're a terrible person who will never get it right, but just as part and parcel of this ADHD thing that you have."

CLICK HERE to listen to René's first appearance on Distraction in October 2020. 

CLICK HERE to read René's article in Healthline that is mentioned in this episode. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 4, 2021

Today René shares a quick follow-up to our previous episode this week, "We've Got the 'Eat' and 'Drink' Parts of the Holidays Down, but the 'Be Merry' Part? Not So Much," with a much-needed reminder about the importance of asking for help with tasks that are difficult for you. 

As you'll hear our guest-host say in this episode, "In 2021 I learned to get more comfortable with asking for help with things that I struggle doing, to the point where I avoid doing them." René talks about a couple of the ways she's gotten help and the difference it's made in her life.

You can find René's workbook From Hell to Holiday, HERE.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Nov 2, 2021

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December!

Today René is joined by Liz Lewis, an ADHD coach, writer and advocate to help all of us enjoy the holidays a little bit more. "If the pressure to perform all of the holiday pageantry is on you, this message is for you," our guest-host says in this episode.

A never-ending to-do list, holiday shopping for days, pressure from family, impromptu invites... the list of stressors around this time of year can be incredibly overwhelming. Through today's conversation, René and Liz hope to help you put some of the fun back in the holidays, with some simple ideas on how to make this time of year less stressful and maybe even enjoyable. (We have hope!!)

You can reach Liz Lewis by sending her an email

You can find René's helpful workbook, From Hell to Holiday, HERE.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Oct 29, 2021

René Brooks, our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness month, is joined by Brendan Mahan, an ADHD coach and founder of the ADHD Essentials website and podcast, to continue their conversation from our previous episode about a wide range of ADHD issues.

Brendan shares a "recipe for empathy" that he uses when supporting his clients and others through their challenges that you can use too. The pair also offer advice for parents struggling with their kids, and talk about the importance of finding the right consequences and solutions to your kids' actions and choices. They discuss how taking away video games and other things a child enjoys doesn't usually yield the results parents are seeking, and can end up damaging their relationship instead. 

Learn more about Brendan's work, website and podcast, ADHD Essentials, HERE

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others sirhould be put toward peopl with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Oct 26, 2021

René Brooks, our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness month, is joined by Brendan Mahan, an ADHD coach and founder of of the ADHD Essentials website and podcast, for a conversation about normalizing ADHD and having permission to be yourself.

The pair talk about why some ADHD issues are seen as character flaws and negative traits, rather than as challenges and struggles that go along with being neurodivergent. Brendan likens it to using an inhaler for asthma. People don't call you lazy or stupid for not being able to breath properly, so why is it different when someone has trouble with executive functioning?

René also highlights the fact that ADHD doesn't go away. Even with the best support systems in place, medication, reminders, timers and everything else, you still have ADHD and things won't always be  perfect. She and Brendan stress the importance of moving forward, even when things don't go to plan.

Learn more about Brendan's work, website and podcast, ADHD Essentials, HERE

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

Oct 23, 2021

René Brooks, our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness month, is joined by John Hazelwood, an ADHD advocate and mentor for men's health. The pair share a ton of insights about what they've learned since being diagnosed with ADHD including how to surround yourself with people who respect you, the importance of self-reflection, recognizing your strengths and the positives that exist within you, and why now is the time to share your story with others. 

John on Twitter: @j0n_j0n

John on Instagram: @adhd_j0nj0n

John's ADHD Mens Support Group on Instagram

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Distraction welcomes Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself. From Black Girl, Lost Keys website: René Brooks is a late-life ADHD success story. After being diagnosed 3 times as a child (7, 11 and 25) she was finally able to get the treatment she deserved. René decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with this disorder who are struggling in silence or shame. She started Black Girl, Lost Keys to empower Black women with ADHD and show them how to live well with the condition. 

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