Empowering ADHD Women to Make the Right Choices for Their Households

Empowering ADHD Women to Make the Right Choices for Their Households

Our guest-host René Brooks encourages other women with ADHD to cast off the shame and blame regarding housework and typical gender roles/responsibilities in relationships. She speaks from her own experience and offers advice and support for other women who struggle with maintaining a household.

If you are feeling isolated, lonely or frustrated over these issues, you are definitely not alone! Click here to read René’s blog post about it. 

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].  

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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.

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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3 Gift Ideas to Give Someone with ADHD

3 Gift Ideas to Give Someone with ADHD

This week we’re helping you start your holiday shopping off on the right foot with a few of René’s top recommendations! Take a listen and hear 3 quick gift ideas for someone you love who has ADHD. Or buy them for yourself! ‘Tis the season! 

Links to gifts mentioned in this episode:

Gift #1 

Gift #2

Gift #3

Check out the Black Girl Lost Keys store for more awesome gift ideas! 

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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ADHD Listener Q&A with René: Kids, Relationships & More

ADHD Listener Q&A with René: Kids, Relationships & More

This week our guest host, René Brooks answers YOUR questions about ADHD!

Today’s discussion includes questions from our listeners about navigating the ups and downs of romantic relationships when both partners have ADHD (something René has personally experienced) and how parents can prioritize the best ways to help newly-diagnosed ADHD kids. René points out that just because your child is doing okay in school, doesn’t mean everything is okay. She shares a few insights that parents should be aware of outside of academics.

Do you have a question for René to answer in a future episode? 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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Noise-Cancelling Headphones Can Help with Sound Sensitivities

Noise-Cancelling Headphones Can Help with Sound Sensitivities

Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is a condition that is still being studied however it can affect many with ADHD. 

Dr. Debby Feinberg joined René earlier this week to talk about Vertical Heterophoria in the episode Dizziness, Headaches, Anxiety and the Little-Known Connection Between Your Eyes and ADHD and returns today to talk about how the ears play a role in BVD as well, and how noise-cancelling technology can help struggles with sound processing and loud noises. 

Take Dr. Debby’s Binocular Vision Dysfunction 25-question test at IsItMyEyes.com.

Visit Vision Specialists of Michigan HERE

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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. 

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Dizziness, Headaches, Anxiety and The Little-Known Connection Between Your Eyes and ADHD

Dizziness, Headaches, Anxiety and The Little-Known Connection Between Your Eyes and ADHD

When our guest-host was diagnosed with Vertical Heterophoria in 2015 it changed her life, as you’ll hear her say in this episode. Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is a condition that is still being studied however it can affect many with ADHD. Anxiety, dizziness, motion sickness, post-concussive symptoms, and interestingly– feeling overwhelmed in large stores, can all be clues that a person might be suffering from BVD.

Today’s guest is Dr. Debby Feinberg who is performing pioneering work in this area. She’s developed a test to identify it and a simple way to fix it that utilizes prism lenses.

Take Dr. Debby’s Binocular Vision Dysfunction 25-question test at IsItMyEyes.com.

Visit Vision Specialists of Michigan HERE.

René and Dr. Debby Feinberg are having a Facebook Live event this Thursday, November 18th at 11am EST to discuss this further answer your questions called The Link Between ADHD and Vertical Heterophoria. Click HERE for details! 

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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. 

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Being Diagnosed with ADHD Is Almost Like Finding Out You Have a Secret Identity

Being Diagnosed with ADHD Is Almost Like Finding Out You Have a Secret Identity

Today our guest host, René Brooks, shares a little behind-the-scenes conversation with our producer, Sarah Guertin, about how it feels to learn you have ADHD, and how she’s grown and changed over the years since being diagnosed.

“It’s like the comparison (to neurotypicals) is an unfair one and we’re really comparing to people who actually don’t exist… these perfectly organized, always on time, always emotionally regulated people– it’s a fantasy. So we’re setting ourselves up to meet this unmeetable standard and then we get burnt out and frustrated in the process.”

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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. 

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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.

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].

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. 

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What Tasks Can You Offload to Help Reduce Your Stress?

What Tasks Can You Offload to Help Reduce Your Stress?

Today René shares a quick follow-up to our previous episode this week, “We’ve Got the ‘Eat’ and ‘Drink’ Parts of the Holidays Down, but the ‘Be Merry’ Part? Not So Much, with a much-needed reminder about the importance of asking for help with tasks that are difficult for you. 

As you’ll hear our guest-host say in this episode, “In 2021 I learned to get more comfortable with asking for help with things that I struggle doing, to the point where I avoid doing them.” René talks about a couple of the ways she’s gotten help and the difference it’s made in her life.

You can find René’s workbook From Hell to Holiday, HERE.  

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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. 

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We’ve Got the “Eat” and “Drink” Parts of the Holidays Down, but the “Be Merry” Part? Not So Much

We’ve Got the “Eat” and “Drink” Parts of the Holidays Down, but the “Be Merry” Part? Not So Much

We are excited to share that René Brooks is continuing her guest-hosting of Distraction through November and December!

Today René is joined by Liz Lewis, an ADHD coach, writer and advocate to help all of us enjoy the holidays a little bit more. “If the pressure to perform all of the holiday pageantry is on you, this message is for you,” our guest-host says in this episode.

A never-ending to-do list, holiday shopping for days, pressure from family, impromptu invites… the list of stressors around this time of year can be incredibly overwhelming. Through today’s conversation, René and Liz hope to help you put some of the fun back in the holidays, with some simple ideas on how to make this time of year less stressful and maybe even enjoyable. (We have hope!!)

You can reach Liz Lewis by sending her an email.

You can find René’s helpful workbook, From Hell to Holiday, HERE.

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].

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 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. 

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You Don’t Need to Resent Struggles

You Don’t Need to Resent Struggles

René Brooks, our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness month, is joined by Brendan Mahan, an ADHD coach and founder of the ADHD Essentials website and podcast, to continue their conversation from our previous episode about a wide range of ADHD issues.

Brendan shares a “recipe for empathy” that he uses when supporting his clients and others through their challenges that you can use too. The pair also offer advice for parents struggling with their kids, and talk about the importance of finding the right consequences and solutions to your kids’ actions and choices. They discuss how taking away video games and other things a child enjoys doesn’t usually yield the results parents are seeking, and can end up damaging their relationship instead.

Learn more about Brendan’s work, website and podcast, ADHD Essentials, HERE.

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].

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 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. 

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Even With The Best Support Systems You Still Have ADHD

Even With The Best Support Systems You Still Have ADHD

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.

Learn more about Brendan’s work, website and podcast, ADHD Essentials, HERE

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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. 

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Ableism, Labelism, and What Happens After Being Diagnosed with ADHD

Ableism, Labelism, and What Happens After Being Diagnosed with ADHD

René Brooks, our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness month, is joined by John Hazelwood, an ADHD advocate and mentor for men’s health. The pair share a ton of insights about what they’ve learned since being diagnosed with ADHD including how to surround yourself with people who respect you, the importance of self-reflection, recognizing your strengths and the positives that exist within you, and why now is the time to share your story with others. 

John on Twitter: @j0n_j0n

John on Instagram: @adhd_j0nj0n

John’s ADHD Mens Support Group on Instagram

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

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. 

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