Find Community If You Have ADHD– It’s Life-Changing

Find Community If You Have ADHD– It’s Life-Changing

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.

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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. 

Check out this episode!



  • DitzyXecute Posted November 10, 2021 8:54 am

    Awkward girls unite! I connected with the title about finding your community and that’s what I’ve been setting out to do lately, because trying to fit in is very isolating. “They just want you to stop irritating them” Yes! I feel this. I worked in healthcare where I learned how to advocate for myself too and ran into poverty omg, Twinzes 🤗 OMG yes, training but slight lateness. Do you like a high energy person around with your low level depression? Or do you prefer moderation and bubble space? Yes, my family is so confused and I’m not really convincing when I overachieve. Yes, cathartic. Thank you for sharing your story. You got me so excited to connect😍 😆 execute FTW

  • Sarah Guertin Posted November 11, 2021 5:47 pm

    Thank you so much for your comment!!!

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