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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. 

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. 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

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. 

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. 

 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

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

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

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.   

 

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.

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

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.  

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. 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

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. 

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. 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

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.

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. 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

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.

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. 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

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. 

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. 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

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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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. 

Oct 20, 2021

René Brooks continues as our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness Month with an in-depth conversation about neurodiversity and Black men. René is joined by John Hazelwood, a mental health advocate and awesome human who is using his voice and experiences to help others.

In this conversation John shares some intimate details about his personal mental health journey and speaks about the importance of finding a safe space with people you can relate to. John also stresses the necessity of expressing, not suppressing, your emotions as the pair talk about some of the intricacies of being a Black man with ADHD. 

John on Twitter: @j0n_j0n

John on Instagram: @adhd_j0nj0n

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. 

Oct 18, 2021

René Brooks continues her stint as guest host of Distraction during ADHD Awareness Month! Today's episode is the third and final part of a conversation René had with ADHD advocates: Rhashida Perry-Jones, founding coordinator of CHADD in PhiladelphiaNathalie Thandiwae, a neurodiversity resource navigator who helps parents identify and support their child's unmet needs; and Dr. Loucresie Rupert, a child and adult psychiatrist who focuses on neurodiversity, as well as foster care and adoption. 

The episode begins with our guests talking about the importance of parental self-care, as all three are mothers of children with ADHD. Nathalie says, "Our children are intense, and our commitment to them is intense" when talking about why parents need a break.

The conversation moves into a discussion about culturally relevant ADHD resources for Black and Brown children with our guests sharing information about neurodiverse Facebook groups, websites and other places to find connection and community with people of color. "It's very lonely trying to navigate all of this by yourself," René shares in this episode while talking about the origins of her blog, Black Girl, Lost Keys.

Rhashida's Facebook group, Parenting and Caring for Black and Brown Children with ADHD can be found HERE. You can reach Rhashida directly by emailing her 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 14, 2021

Today our guest host René Brooks continues the conversation about the unique needs of children of color with ADHD. This episode focuses on the lack of knowledge about neuroscience in many practitioners, providers and educators; and how the burden to teach them often falls on parents' shoulders.

Listen to hear our guests' experiences, as well as some insightful advice for parents on navigating the system, including managing expectations, dealing with implicit and explicit bias; and how to reframe your child's behavior for school professionals.

Rhashida Perry-Jones is the founding coordinator of CHADD in Philadelphia. Nathalie Thandiwae is a neurodiversity resource navigator who helps parents identify and support their child's unmet needs. And Dr. Loucresie Rupert is a child and adult psychiatrist who focuses on neurodiversity, as well as foster care and adoption. All three of today's guests have children with ADHD. 

Rhashida's Facebook group, Parenting and Caring for Black and Brown Children with ADHD can be found HERE. You can reach Rhashida directly by emailing her HERE.

We'll be releasing more of this conversation in a future episode so keep an eye out for it, or subscribe to Distraction wherever you listen so you don't miss an episode!

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. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts 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!

Oct 12, 2021

Today our guest host, René Brooks is joined by a trio of amazing women for a conversation about the unique needs of Black children with ADHD.

Rhashida Perry-Jones is the founding coordinator of CHADD in Philadelphia. Nathalie Thandiwae is a neurodiversity resource navigator who helps parents identify and support their child's unmet needs. And Dr. Loucresie Rupert is a child and adult psychiatrist who focuses on neurodiversity, as well as foster care and adoption. All three of today's guests have children with ADHD and share their experiences and advice for other parents of Black and Brown neurodiverse children. 

We'll be releasing more of this conversation this week so keep an eye out for it, or subscribe to Distraction wherever you listen so you don't miss an episode!

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. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts 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!

Oct 7, 2021

We're welcoming Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, to Distraction as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! René is an ADHD coach, writer and advocate who also has ADHD herself.

Today our guest host is joined by Inger Shaye Colzie, a psychotherapist and ADHD leadership coach, for a conversation about accommodations. They talk about the treatment journey and how you have to figure out what you need help with, and then practice asking for it.

As you'll hear in today's episode, René says advocating for yourself is a skill that you need to develop, as there are things that she would never have dreamed of asking for when she was first diagnosed, that she doesn't think twice about asking for now. 

The pair also talk about the give-and-take aspect of accommodations, and how everyone needs help in some part of life, whether they have ADHD or not. And that's where your strengths can come into play, as you'll hear them discuss. 

Like René, Inger Shaye was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, and was a therapist for 15 years before being diagnosed herself. Learn more about Inger Shaye Colzie on her website by clicking HERE.  And you can find  her Facebook group here: Black Women with ADHD

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. 

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts 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!

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