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Now displaying: December, 2021
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

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