The Increased Risk of Addiction When You Have ADHD

The Increased Risk of Addiction When You Have ADHD

Those with ADHD are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to alcohol and/or drugs, by as much as 5-10% depending on the study. Dr. Hallowell offers some tips on what to look for and how to avoid addiction from the start.

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This episode was originally released in February of 2019.

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Jessica from How to ADHD Talks About Why Exercise Is Important

Jessica from How to ADHD Talks About Why Exercise Is Important

Getting enough exercise is important for everyone, but it’s crucial for those with ADHD. Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD returns to Distraction to talk about the best type of exercise for those who learn differently, as well as the ideal time to exercise. Like, should you go for a run before or after you study? Jessica has done her research on the subject and shares her insights with our listeners in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

Learn more about Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently HERE

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This episode was originally released in May 2019.

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How to Turn Down the Temp on a Heated Conversation

How to Turn Down the Temp on a Heated Conversation

In this throwback episode from 2020 you’ll hear several ideas for reducing the intensity of a heated situation. Whether it’s an argument with your spouse, a co-worker  or someone else, you can follow these simple steps to work toward resolution.

Do you have a question or comment? We’d love to hear from you! Write us an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to [email protected]

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Listen Back to René’s First Appearance on Distraction

Listen Back to René’s First Appearance on Distraction

When we first heard René Brooks share her story on Distraction in 2020, we knew we wanted to hear more from her!

Today we’re resharing that first conversation with René which was part of our ADHD Awareness Month celebration in Season 5.

Here’s the description of that episode– Season 5, Episode 8:

René Brooks had to get diagnosed with ADHD three times before finally getting the right treatment. And now she’s using her superpowers to empower other black women with ADHD through her blog, books and brand, Black Girl, Lost Keys.

In this episode, René shares the struggles she faced as a smart young girl who felt defective because she couldn’t keep her room clean or do her homework. She shares the moment she knew medication was right for her and talks about how getting properly diagnosed with ADHD was critical to her success and happiness in life.

Check out René’s most recent book, Everything You Need to Completely Clean With ADHD.

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Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Check out their Virtual Open House on January 7th! 

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4 Takeaways From 2021 That We Can Use In 2022

4 Takeaways From 2021 That We Can Use In 2022

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. 

Do you have a question or show idea you’d like to hear about in a future episode? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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. 

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It’s Alright If All You Did Is Tread Water This Year

It’s Alright If All You Did Is Tread Water This Year

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. 

Do you have a question or show idea you’d like to hear about in a future episode? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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. 

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Learning To Be Comfortable With Your Success

Learning To Be Comfortable With Your Success

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

Do you have a question or show idea you’d like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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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.

A Virtual Open House at Landmark College is scheduled for January 7th, 2022. Learn more 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. 

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Here’s Your Reminder That It’s Okay To Disconnect

Here’s Your Reminder That It’s Okay To Disconnect

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.   

Do you have a question or show idea you’d like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

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.

A Virtual Open House at Landmark College is scheduled for January 7th, 2022. Learn more 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. 

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The Great ADHD Debates

The Great ADHD Debates

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

Do you have a question or show idea you’d like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

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.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more 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. 

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You Don’t Have to Be Everyone’s Cup of Tea

You Don’t Have to Be Everyone’s Cup of Tea

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. 

Do you have a question or show idea you’d like René to address in a future episode or an episode idea for us? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

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.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more 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. 

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Food Issues and ADHD (It’s a Thing)

Food Issues and ADHD (It’s a Thing)

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.

Do you have a question or show idea you’d like René to address in a future episode? Or an episode idea? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

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.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more 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. 

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Are You Super Tired? 3 Keys to a Good Sleep Routine

Are You Super Tired? 3 Keys to a Good Sleep Routine

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.

Do you have a question you’d like René to answer in a future episode? Or an episode idea? Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY.

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.

Virtual Open Houses at Landmark College are scheduled for December 15th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022. Learn more 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. 

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