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The ADHD Manual: How to survive with a colorful brain in a black and white world. Living with ADHD in a world built for neurotypicals (people with the most common brains) is like trying to follow an IKEA assembly manual for our Hot Wheels race car track pieces. We could toss this rocket launcher and buy crappy plastic pins. Or we could toss the manual and write our own.
 
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To wrap up ADHD Acceptance Month, I made a list of house hacks and items that make my everyday neurodivergent life a little easier. I originally included a list of helpful apps I use, but it got way too long! If this interests you, check back later for a link to subscribe to my Patreon for an episode on ADHD-approved apps and other exclusive conten…
 
I hope this episode makes you uncomfortable. I know it was for me. Instead of continuing the Executive Function Chronicles, I decided to go a different direction in honor of ADHD Acceptance Month. I decided to take a break from talking about the ways my brain holds me back and send gratitude for all the ways it makes my life more vibrant, colorful,…
 
Good news: I'm continuing the Executive Function Chronicles no one asked for! Today I'm talking about task initiation. How do we go from thinking about something to *doing* it? Why is that harder for ADHDers? And how do we make it easier? To get notified when my guest episode comes out, subscribe to The Peas in the Podcast. theadhdmanual.com | thea…
 
ADHD impacts several of our executive functions (planning, prioritizing, organizing, task initiation, etc) and today I will give an overview of working memory: what is it, why do ADHDers struggle with it, and what do we do about it? You can read my article on working memory here. theadhdmanual.com | theadhdmanual@gmail.com Support the show (https:/…
 
I'm back in the closet (studio)! Today I have announcements about exciting things on the horizon, and then I give a brief overview on how testosterone and estrogen fluctuation impacts ADHD symptoms. Get my interview with Topknot by subscribing on topknot.app/sim. theadhdmanual.com | theadhdmanual@gmail.com Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/theadh…
 
*TW: abuse* In this second and final installment of my parents' interview, we get real about my tumultuous adolescence and why teens with ADHD are susceptible to abusive relationships. We conclude with some advice for parents of ADHD kids and a message for adult ADHDers who are in need of a loving Parent Pep Talk. theadhdmanual.com | theadhdmanual@…
 
Receiving an adult diagnosis of a lifelong condition such as ADHD can be illuminating and disorienting - not only for us, but also for our caregivers. I am currently on the East Coast visiting family, so I took the opportunity to interview my parents about my Origin Story. They share their initial reactions to my diagnosis, moments in my childhood …
 
Today The ADHD Manual Podcast closes out our Pride series with Rachel Scanlon, L.A.-based comedian & co-host of More Than Friends with Ray and Kenz (formerly Two Dykes and a Mic) podcast and comedy show. We discuss how living a life outside of the mainstream provides unique opportunity to create your own authentic identity. Follow Rachel Scanlon on…
 
Welcome back to Pride: Extended Edition! Today I interview fellow ADHD podcaster Syd, of The Endy Enby podcast, about their experiences as a neurodivergent and non-binary person. You can subscribe to The Endy Enby wherever you get podcasts, follow them on TikTok and Twitter, and support them on Ko-fi and Patreon. Resources: Normal Life by Dean Spad…
 
Part Two of my conversation with Mike is here to close out the FIRST month of Pride. Here you'll find more discussion about the complexities of being queer and neurodivergent, the ways we have created our own "templates" for living despite the limited examples provided for us, and how our lives are different post-coming out and post-diagnosis. Enjo…
 
Happy Pride! I can't think of a better way to kick off Pride season than a stimulating conversation with a very dear friend. Mike and I cover a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to: the compounding challenges of being gay and neurodivergent; how queerness and ADHD have shaped our identities in complex and beautiful ways; and specula…
 
What do therapists, neurodivergents, and people living through a global pandemic all have in common? A high risk of burnout. Today I need to talk about my place at the intersection of those three. Resources: "Neurodivergent burnout: the cost of closing the gap" by Abi Moorcock theadhdmanual.com | theadhdmanual@gmail.com Support the show (https://ko…
 
Here is the second half of my advice for teens and their parents! Today I answer a question from a parent and talk about some essentials I think every parent of a teen with ADHD should know. Books: Smart But Scattered Teens by Peg Dawson, Richard Guare, and Colin Guare Delivered from Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey List of books by R…
 
Today I answer a question from a 16 year old looking for ways to cope with their ADHD while awaiting treatment. I originally intended to ALSO include a question from a parent looking for ways to support their ADHTeen, but I got too excited! So come back next episode to hear what parents should know about their teen with ADHD. Books: The Girl's Guid…
 
*TW: self-harm/suicidal ideation mention* Big Feelings and ADHD are like peas and carrots. Today we'll discuss tips for weathering neurodivergent emotional overwhelm in yourself and your child through one of my favorite therapeutic crafts: a grounding box. Resources: BoosterBuddy app Emergency Chat app - iOS and Google Play Safety Plan Wallet Card …
 
*TW: abuse* Today I'm thinking about everyday societal/systemic gaslighting (consistent denial of someone's reality), and the specific ways it impacts us as neurodivergents. Feeling "crazy" for how we perceive the world seems to be a massively widespread experience in the neurodivergent community. Why? Where are we getting the message that our sens…
 
This episode is for people who want something they can half-listen to while doing something else. Is there a chore you've been putting off? Here's 20 minutes of me answering silly icebreakers. No need to pay attention, you won't miss anything except me talking about my favorite movie. theadhdmanual.com | theadhdmanual@gmail.com Support the show (ht…
 
It's TAM Podcast's first pod-versary! In honor of this occasion I share some stats on my beloved listeners - spoiler alert: I know who your favorite artists are on Spotify - and reflect on the many lessons I've learned this year, which range from "Audacity sucks" to "maybe neurotypicals aren't actually stronger than me?" Thank you for sticking with…
 
Today I am joined by neurodiversity advocate and researcher Ronan McGovern to talk about his experience with ADHD, his work on the "NeuroDiversity Giving individuals Full Team Success" (NDGiFTS) report, and how workplaces can create welcoming environments for neurodivergent individuals to shine. For more information: NDGiFTS report & movement Grit …
 
Today I answer a question about how to tell the difference between ADHD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and what to do when the two of them show up to the party holding hands. "Why Anxiety Disorder Is So Often Misdiagnosed" by Dr. William Dodson theadhdmanual.com | theadhdmanual@gmail.com Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/theadhdmanual)…
 
People who should listen to this episode: Adults struggling with ADHD in their workplace Employers who manage workers with ADHD People who want more Abby/Joe sibling talk Fans of "The Office" quotes Today I am joined once again by my brother Joe to chat about ADHD at the office - via a discussion about ADHD in "The Office." Sources mentioned: "How …
 
Today I talk about time blindness and ADHD, and why we can't "just leave earlier." Click here to read my original article on time blindness. René Brooks with Black Girl, Lost Keys: https://blackgirllostkeys.com/ Jessica McCabe with How to ADHD: https://howtoadhd.com/ theadhdmanual.com | theadhdmanual@gmail.com Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/th…
 
Today I review a novel that puts ADHD front and center: The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune. "Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune's YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves." Search for this book at your local bookstores on IndieBound.org. For more content, v…
 
Happy average, ordinary Thursday! Today I interview Taylor, a 5th grade Spanish teacher with ADHD. This episode has everything: ADHD accommodations in higher education and the workplace, medication side effect gossip, what your teacher with ADHD is thinking, slip-ups and successes, and a surprise cat appearance. It's long, but totally worth it. Res…
 
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