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].  

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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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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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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].  

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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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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