EP. 125: ADHD and How to Respond to the Non-Believers


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Tracy welcomes you to Episode #125 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she invites the ADHD non-believers to join her for a little education. She gets requests for this podcast every week so she decided to do something about it.

Tracy shares:

  • Why the authoritarian model of parenting doesn’t work with an ADHD child
  • Nora Volkow’s research about ADHD and interest
  • What the NIH, AMA, U.S. Surgeon’s General, American Association of Psychiatry and the U.S. Department of Education all say about ADHD
  • Whether or not there’s ADHD in France
  • If it’s true that ADHD is strictly an American phenomenon
  • What it means that more kids are getting diagnosed with ADHD
  • What happens when ADHD is not treated
  • If it’s true that everyone has a little ADHD
  • If ADHD is an invention of modern society
  • If video games, social media, smart phones are making people more ADHD
  • Whether or not medicating kids for ADHD turns them into addicts
  • Why willpower, consequences, discipline and punishment is the wrong formula for the ADHD brain
  • What happens to children when they’re told that they’re lazy, unmotivated and need to work harder
  • What works to motivate ADHD children
  • The one question you should ask yourself about your ADHD child


Dr. Nora Volkow's regarding the Dopamine Reward Pathway in ADHD

Dr. Ross Greene: Kids Do Well If They Can

ADHD Child vs. Non-ADHD Child Interview

Father to Father: Robert Dendy








Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk on Gillian Lynne who had to move to think. Here’s the excerpt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dewkj80G4as Here’s the full TedTalk: https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity#t-77984

Erin Ez shared this link that gives you a real world snapshot of how your child feels struggling with attention and learning challenges: https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes/player?simq=66dc223a-29e3-4956-ae1e-e7b1beff3584&gradeId=f774ec64-d556-4a06-abae-035bc8683bb6&personalized=true

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