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.
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.