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This podcast is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. I’m Tracy Otsuka your host and I’m committed to changing the conversation around ADHD. When I was diagnosed eight months after my son, my entire life suddenly made perfect sense but all I heard about was everything that my ADHD brain SHOULD be struggling with when in fact I would come to learn that my ADHD is responsible for some of my greatest superpowers.

One other thing, we constantly hear about all the successful ADHD men, but no one talks about the women. This podcast is here to change that dynamic. ADHD women are my people, and I’m here to acknowledge, support and cheer them on.

*THE CONTENT IN THIS PODCAST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL OR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY IN SEEKING IT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING YOU HAVE SEEN OR HEARD FROM TRACY OTSUKA OR THIS PODCAST.
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Join Tracy as she welcomes Jessica Fern to Ep. 128 of her podcast, ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Jessica is a Senior Director of Training & Development for the 4th largest multifamily management company in the US and doubles as a national speaker, coach, and strategist. Jessica is a keynote speaker, who was most recently featured on a national panel for Women in Leadership. She has a series on Multifamily Leadership Studio that includes Legendary Leadership which earned her the nickname The Wolf of Leadership. Jessica's newest project is her solutions-oriented coaching/consulting and podcast called "Living with Einstein."    Jessica shares: The circumstances surrounding her two ADHD diagnoses What has changed since her recent diagnosis Her struggle with and triumph over Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria How hyperfocus almost wrecked her How she discovered her gift of speaking Her advice on creating a winning speech every time The key to living successfully with ADHD Her ADHD workaround   Resources: Living with Einstein Podcast Jessica's LinkedIn  
Join Tracy as she welcomes Adell Bridges to Episode 127 of her podcast, ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Adell is an international yoga teacher, health coach, and author who applies her degree in psychology with her training in the neurology of movement to her yoga and movement teachings. She now splits her time between London and Florida, and shares her love for the power of mindful movement to her online community on MoveWithAdell.com and her half a million Instagram followers. She is currently coauthoring a book on hyper-mobility.   Adell shares: The circumstances surrounding her recent ADHD diagnosis What has changed since she was diagnosed? Her advice around managing RSD (Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria) What made her fall in love with yoga Why yoga is perfect for the ADHD brain The link between hyper-mobility and ADHD How she uses her Instagram to inspire and generate positive emotion not only for herself but also her followers ADHD and vertical heterophoria ADHD and cerebellar stimulation The key to living successfully with ADHD   Resources: https://www.instagram.com/adellbridges/ https://www.movewithadell.com  
Today Tracy welcomes Tiffany Jackson to the podcast. Tiffany shares her indefatigable childhood story of being abandoned by her mother, bouncing from one relatives home to another, and spending one perfect year at an elite boarding high school only to end up at a homeless shelter as a minor. Throughout all of this, Tiffany had a dream to make something out of her life. Since then she’s graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the Dan Rather School of Communications at Sam Houston State University, attended a year of law school which is where she received her ADHD diagnosis and in 2018 she graduated from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with a Master of Biomedical Science.   Tiffany plans to attend medical school and work as a physician epidemiologist. She loves photography and car racing.   Tiffany shares: Her thoughts on how grit, drive and determination allowed her to keep going despite so many setbacks and challenges How she sees her drivenness as hyperactivity The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis Her childhood symptoms of ADHD What happened once she was finally diagnosed What she’s learned she needs to be successful and happy What she thinks the key to living successfully with ADHD is Her workarounds How she discovered what she’s always meant to do with her life   Resources: Email: tiffany.jackson@me.com Instagram: @Texas_Senator  
Tracy welcomes you to Episode #125 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she invites the ADHD non-believers to join her for a little education. She gets requests for this podcast every week so she decided to do something about it.   Tracy shares: Why the authoritarian model of parenting doesn’t work with an ADHD child Nora Volkow’s research about ADHD and interest What the NIH, AMA, U.S. Surgeon’s General, American Association of Psychiatry and the U.S. Department of Education all say about ADHD Whether or not there’s ADHD in France If it’s true that ADHD is strictly an American phenomenon What it means that more kids are getting diagnosed with ADHD What happens when ADHD is not treated If it’s true that everyone has a little ADHD If ADHD is an invention of modern society If video games, social media, smart phones are making people more ADHD Whether or not medicating kids for ADHD turns them into addicts Why willpower, consequences, discipline and punishment is the wrong formula for the ADHD brain What happens to children when they’re told that they’re lazy, unmotivated and need to work harder What works to motivate ADHD children The one question you should ask yourself about your ADHD child   Resources: Dr. Nora Volkow's regarding the Dopamine Reward Pathway in ADHD Dr. Ross Greene: Kids Do Well If They Can ADHD Child vs. Non-ADHD Child Interview Father to Father: Robert Dendy https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry/article/putting-the-efficacy-of-psychiatric-and-general-medicine-medication-into-perspective-review-of-metaanalyses/39C15F3428BDD1F8A4C152B67C06A5A6 https://psychcentral.com/blog/do-french-kids-get-adhd-yes/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5510191/ https://adhdrollercoaster.org/adhd-news-and-research/do-french-kids-have-adhd-surement/ https://www.alcohol.org/guides/global-drinking-demographics/ https://ourworldindata.org/smoking https://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/07/health/07essa.html Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk on Gillian Lynne who had to move to think. Here’s the excerpt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dewkj80G4as Here’s the full TedTalk: https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity#t-77984 Erin Ez shared this link that gives you a real world snapshot of how your child feels struggling with attention and learning challenges: https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes/player?simq=66dc223a-29e3-4956-ae1e-e7b1beff3584&gradeId=f774ec64-d556-4a06-abae-035bc8683bb6&personalized=true
Join Tracy as she welcomes Rebecca Brianceau to Episode 124 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Rebecca is an autodidact artist and an international mindfulness art teacher who hails from Toronto, Canada. Rebecca has lived in Dubai, the UAE, London, England, Zurich, Switzerland and São Paulo, Brazil. She spent 15+ years in the music industry where she worked with multi-platinum selling and indie recording artists in hiphop, soul and RnB, as well as with producers, video directors, DJs, and fashion designers.  In 2011 she left a successful career in the music world to launch her art career. Her Ocean Soul Series of stunning ocean paintings has been exhibited in galleries and art shows throughout Canada and Mexico. She now lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.   Rebecca shares: The story of what inspired her to create her beautiful resin ocean paintings Her ADHD diagnosis Her ADHD symptoms What changed once she was diagnosed How she fell into the music industry and traveled all over the world as a band manager The ADHD traits that she feels are responsible for her success The key to living well with ADHD Her number one workaround Information about her Ocean Soul Series, Riviera Maya art exhibit in Playa Del Carmen   Resources: Rebecca's Instagram: @rebeccabrianceauart Rebecca's Ocean Soul Series Riviera Maya art exhibit in Playa Del Carmen   Music: Taj & Director Director X Hamdan Al Abri Kamal Musallam, creator of Arabic/Jazz Fusion Kamal's created a new guitar "the glissentar" that allowed him to play oud guitar sounds on a more comfortable guitar face  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbTqZp4KFDE
This week Tracy welcomes you to episode #123 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she is going to talk about ADHD, procrastination and tapping. Tapping combines Ancient Chinese accupressure and modern psychology. You tap specific meridian points on your body while focusing on negative emotions and/or physical sensations. Tapping can resolve stress, anxiety, phobias, emotional disorders, chronic pain and limiting beliefs and there’s science behind why it works.   Tracy shares: The science behind tapping How the VA uses tapping for veterans with PTSD Why body-based somatic therapies work better for trauma What tapping can do for gene expression How tapping can help reduce anxiety for ADHD women How trauma encodes itself in the body What EFT/tapping can do to the brain’s learning How tapping calms the nervous system The difference between tapping out and tapping in How she uses tapping to start work that she doesn’t want to do The tapping process and how to do it   Resources: Tracy's Diagram of the EFT Tapping Points Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22986277/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23364126/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27543343/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23452711/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26894319/ Tapping and test anxiety https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Ftra0000563 Tapping and Gene Expression https://www.energiepsy.com/uploads/3/1/7/7/3177769/andrade_feinstein_paper-1.pdf Tapping and Food Cravings The Tapping Solution App
Join Tracy as she welcomes Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells to Episode #122 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where the conversation will be all about ADHD and medication.    Dr. Lentzsch-Parcells is a board-certified pediatrician and the owner and President of Girls to Women/Young Men’s Health and Wellness Fort Worth, a multi-faceted clinic providing integrated medical care dedicated to meeting the physical and emotional needs of young women and men from 10-25 years old.    As a physician with ADHD herself, Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells has a special interest in caring for patients with ADHD and learning issues. She regularly speaks to parent, student, and professional audiences on subjects such as parenting, ADHD, depression, anxiety and stress, adolescent development, sexuality, preparing for college and medication.   Carolyn shares:  The circumstances surrounding her own ADHD diagnosis What changed once she was diagnosed? What it means to be a slow metabolizer The importance of setting expectations around medication Her opinion around women, anxiety and ADHD medication The various types of medication used for ADHD Medications used for Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria The medication that reduces the chance of misuse Her thoughts on genetic testing The medication that most 40+ women are usually prescribed What she believes the key to living successfully with ADHD is? Resources: Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells' website ADHD Medication Chart from ADDitudeMag
Join Tracy as she welcomes Terry Matlen to episode 121 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Terry Matlen, LMSW, ACSW, is an internationally recognized expert on ADHD in women. She is a psychotherapist, author, consultant, and coach. She is also the author of the award-winning book, The Queen of Distraction and Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD.  "The Queen of Distraction” and "Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD”.  With over 25 years of experience helping women with ADHD, Terry is a sought-after presenter at conferences, webinars, and interviews. She has written hundreds of articles for various publications, including ADDitude Magazine, Attention Magazine, Healthline.com, and more. She served for many years on the board of directors of ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Assoc.) and is an immediate past coordinator of the E. Oakland County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) Chapter in Michigan. Terry has been interviewed by NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and now ADHD for Smart Ass Women.   Terry shares: The circumstances surrounding her own ADHD diagnosis What hypersensitivities are Whether or not ADHD women have more hypersensitivities than neurotypical women If hypersensitivities are more prevalent in one type of ADHD over another Whether or not women with hypersensitivities tend to have more comorbidities. Her own experiences with hypersensitivities How hypersensitivities make parenting with ADHD even more difficult Ways to work with hypersensitivities Resources: Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/ADDconsults/, https://twitter.com/addconsults,  https://www.instagram.com/terrymatlen_adhd/  Terry can be reached at terry@ADDconsults.com. The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD: Beyond Piles, Palms & Stickers ADDconsults.com The Queens of Distraction Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World ADDITUDEMag: “I’m a Sensitive Woman:” ADHD Sensory Overload in Adults ADHD and Women: When Your Senses Are Extra Sensitive
Today on Episode 120 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy invites Dr. Elizabeth Sanchez to her podcast. Dr. Sanchez earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago and will join Adventist Health White Memorial (Los Angeles, CA) as a Family Medicine resident. While working with many underserved communities in Chicago and Los Angeles, Elizabeth found her niche in primary care where she integrates her passions of caring for underserved communities, public health advocacy, research and mentorship for the next generation of doctors.    Prior to medical school, Dr. Sanchez spent over 5 years working in translational and clinical research at the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, and later at UC Irvine, School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia. Most recently, Dr. Sanchez worked as medical data manager for COVID-19 testing at a San Jose medical start up called Work Health Solutions. She also is dedicated to mentoring medical students with adult ADHD and eliminating the stigma within the medical community.   Dr. Elizabeth Sanchez shares: Her ADHD story and the circumstances surrounding her diagnosis?  Her experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  How her ADHD challenged her in medical school Her struggle with the NBME board and being denied additional time for the USMLE exams How socioeconomic status can affect a person’s ability to succeed with ADHD in medical school The importance of mentoring underrepresented minority medical students The key to living successfully with ADHD Her number one ADHD workaround?    Resources: Anki : https://apps.ankiweb.net/ How to use anki in medical school: https://www.yousmle.com/5-keys-rock-usmle-step-1-anki-spaced-repetition/ Peloton Desk Accessory:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088D88FP8/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_A5FT6FQDMTHXNSSQEDSE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1   My email: drelizabethkeller@gmail.com Pema Chodron The Podcast Index Our Podcast Page
Join Tracy as she welcomes her delightful guest Dr. Lola Day to  Episode 119 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Dr. Lola Day is the mom of 3 amazing children. She also is a double-boarded physician (pediatric and fetal cardiologist) who has ADHD herself. Dr. Day is the CEO and Founder of Lollie Tasking where she specializes in work-life balance for easily distracted women (ADHD) and high achieving moms who have the will to accomplish their goals, but their brain keeps sabotaging them.  Lola coaches women on productivity strategies that help them harness their superpowers and put blocks on their kryptonite so they can thrive in their zone of genius without sacrificing time away from family or being overwhelmed.   Dr. Lola Day shares: The circumstances around her ADHD diagnosis in medical school The surprising statistic her mentor shared with her about doctors and ADHD The two things that drove her hyperfocus in school Why getting diagnosed actually helps us to come to terms with just how smart our brains are How structure and organization help her to be happier and less anxious How she manages to not only work as a busy physician but also to carve out time in her day to work as a productivity and work-life strategist for struggling women Her five keys to entrepreneurial success How we can combat overlearning Why we should buy for just in time learning rather than just in case learning The ADHD traits that she feels are responsible for her success? The key to living successfully with ADHD is? Her number one ADHD workaround?  Information about the programs that she offers   Resources: https://www.subscribepage.com/2xproductivityatwork Instagram: @lollietasker Lollietasking.com loladay@lollietasking.com
Join Tracy as she welcomes Francesca Rizzo to Episode 118 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women to share her tips on downsizing and setting up an organized home for ADHD living. Francesca Rizzo is a multi-media artist expressing powerful, provocative ideas in funny, human ways. Her work is prolific. The multiple medias she has distinguished herself in range from the fine arts and interior design to her work as an award-winning actor, writer, producer and director in theater, film, television and digital media.    As a college dropout, Francesca left NJ and struck out on her own at 19, mining her creative talents for skills she could use to pay the rent in New York City. Along the way she carved out a career as a children’s book illustrator, professional actor, co-founder of a downtown theater company and eventually, as a filmmaker and CEO of MovieBaby Productions, a Tribeca-based media company creating innovative videos, independent films and tv promotional campaigns. Does that sound ADHD or what?   When she lost Moviebaby and her Manhattan apartment after 9/11, she landed back in Jersey and went back to the basics, earning her degree in Media Arts as well as the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. While making her mark in the fine arts and interior design, she penned and performed three theatrical productions, curated The Cinema-Femina film series and, created Believe Women, a rape activist initiative that championed the Cosby survivors along their journey to justice.   Francesca shares: What made her downsize from a 3,000 square foot, 3-story home in New Jersey to a 600 square foot apartment in New York City The 3 requirements every item must meet to end up in Fran’s world How to let go of things and make room for those things that you really want in your life Her decision making tier of  I love it I like it It does its job It annoys me I hate it When you need to just “pick the best” How she feels after getting rid of 98% of her possessions What she would do differently if she had to do it again How you can use Fran’s downsizing mindset to move through anything that causes you fear and overwhelm What the key to living successfully with ADHD is   Resources: Simple Systems for Creative Minds: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1078102928980874
Join Tracy in episode #117 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she shares the #1 most impactful concept that she has learned this year. She talks about this concept every day with students and those who contact her because they’re struggling with rumination, RSD, and just plain not feeling good.   Tracy shares: Who she learned this concept from Why our ADHD brains can get stuck in a loop of negative thoughts which leads to rumination, RSD and general brooding The role environment plays in all of this What epigenetics and neuroplasticity can teach us How you can change your brain at any age and be happier The network in our brain that lights up when we’re in action The network in our brain that is responsible for our creativity The network in our brain that is responsible for many of our negative, depressive thoughts The reason why so many people are starting to look so distracted whether or not they have or don’t have ADHD The part of our brain that is responsible for addiction and what we can do about it What 6-3-8-3 breathing is and why it works When our ADHD brains are happiest   Resources: https://drhallowell.com/read/books-by-ned/ Breaking Binaries: https://bit.ly/2O7fuVZ https://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/how-to-be-a-better-lgbtq-ally-pride-month 10 Things You Can Do to Be an Ally to People Who Are LGBTQ+: https://bit.ly/3fy4dcD 5 Days to Fall in Love With Your ADHD Brain: https://www.tracyotsuka.com/ilovemybrain Your ADHD Brain is A-OK!: https://www.tracyotsuka.com/aok
In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy talks about ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and why she took such an interest in this episode. Tracy starts by mentioning the connection between OCD and repetitive body focused behaviors (RBFBs) and then discusses what they are. She then goes on to share:   What OCD is What obsessions are What compulsions are The conditions that make up the OCD Spectrum What OCD is not What Pure Obsession is At what age does OCD typically show up Where ADHD and OCD look very different Where ADHD and OCD look similar What those with OCD are most concerned about The role that executive functions play in both ADHD and OCD How hoarding plays into ADHD and OCD How OCD is best treated What Exposure Response Prevention is The reasons why ADHD with OCD is often misdiagnosed A Do I Have OCD? Survey Resources:  link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12402-014-0146-x www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006322306005877 iocdf.org/expert-opinions/expert-opinion-ocd-and-adhd-dual-diagnosis-misdiagnosis-and-the-cognitive-cost-of-obsessions/ www.additudemag.com/slideshows/symptoms-of-ocd/ www.additudemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/10230_Understand-Conditions_is-it-ocd-or-adhd.pdf www.ocduk.org/ocd/history-of-ocd/howard-hughes/ www.additudemag.com/howie-mandel-ocd/
Join Tracy as she welcomes Lynn Miner-Rosen to Episode 115 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Lynn Miner-Rosen, M.Ed., ACC, CDCS is the founder of LMR Coaching and the creator of the ADHD JOB SQUAD™ where she provides coaching, instruction, and support to college students and adults with (and without) ADD, ADHD, Executive Functioning Deficits and Learning Differences worldwide. Lynn is a leading expert on ADHD career coaching and is an ICF Credentialed and Board Certified Career Development Coach, and an ADHD, Executive Function and Life Coach. She’s been a Special Education Teacher and an IEP coordinator and has a BS in business administration and two Masters Degrees in education and Special Education  Like you she’s also learned how to manage the demands of her life and career whil navigating symptoms of ADHD.    Lynn shares: Her ADHD diagnosis story The truth about our current pandemic job market Why women are struggling the most What we need to consider when trying to decide if we should make a career change Advice for those of us who are reentering the workforce decades after we left Why she decide to start the ADHD Job Squad A special deal just for ADHD for Smart Ass Women listener   Resources: learn.adhdjobsquad.com/smartasswomen www.adhdjobsquad.com Instagram: @adhdcoachlynn LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lynnminerrosen Facebook: facebook.com/groups/adhdjobsquadcommunity adhdpalooza.com/women/
In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy talks about women, ADHD and hormones. She starts out by thanking those female pioneers, most of whom have ADHD, for leading the charge in teaching us about what ADHD looks like in women. Experts like Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Dr. Ellen Littman, Dr. Patricia Quinn, Dr. Sari Solden, Dr. Sandra Kooj who she has learned so much from.    Tracy shares: Why ADHD has always been about the boys How ADHD looks different in girls The biggest problem among health care practitioners that impacts women Why girls/women are often misdiagnosed Who struggles more with ADHD, men or women How societal pressures and gender role expectations affect ADHD women Her thoughts around perfectionism and ADHD How estrogen impacts ADHD symptoms and is not stable during our lifespan New research about hormone related mood disorders that may impact ADHD women Whether or not there’s such a thing as adult onset ADHD Some information on is it dementia or ADHD     Resources: www.tracyotsuka.com/aok adhdpalooza.com/women/ chesapeakeadd.com/home/our-team/kathleen-nadeau/ www.drellenlittman.com/ www.sarisolden.com/ www.eunetworkadultadhd.com/author/sandra-kooij/ www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPerPxb-RNs&fbclid=IwAR2WmX55i1V5jCoGxVsRJLK7Ee42KeYaiVKvGcV8sftahJ6kvpq_IZigilw&ab_channel=BroadcastingADHDEurope www.additudemag.com/webinar/adhd-in-women-symptoms-treatment-support-podcast-337/ www.additudemag.com/webinar/adhd-in-older-adults-dementia-medication-podcast-331/ www.additudemag.com/pmdd-adhd-in-women/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=diagnosis&fbclid=IwAR2R6hdGmEN53XqbecFAeGE9caRriHos9nE184yoeryTTBKg8f3szC99Cnw
Join Tracy on Episode 113 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she talks about how to live a life of meaning and to your potential with an ADHD brain.   Tracy shares: How to know that the decisions you’re making in your life are the right decisions for you.  What are the questions that you need to ask regarding if you’re in the right career, relationship, friendships, etc. Her 6-step Your ADHD Brain is A-OK! system How to answer the What Should I Do With My Life question Whether or not ADHD women care more than neurotypical women of living a life of meaning and to their potential Her favorite ADHD strength-focused resource What ADHD women need to be doing in order to be happy Her 25%/75% theory The sweet spot that plays right into our ADHD brilliance Why environment is so important to our ADHD brains   Resources: adhdpalooza.com/women tracyotsuka.com/ilovemybrain additudemag.com/adhd-life-plan-questions/
In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Raven Baxter. Raven is also known as Raven the Science Maven, she is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed science communicator, educator and molecular biologist who is working to  share science and champion for inclusivity and diversity in STEM.  Raven is also the founder of Science Haven, a non-profit organization that operates at the intersections of science, education, and the public. Science Haven houses STEMbassy, a live web series that connects the public with science and technology professionals, and Black In Science Communication, a group that works to build relationships in the science community, equipping others with the knowledge and resources necessary to share science with the world in their own flavor. Raven is an entertainer and content creator known for her unique style of combining science and hip hop music that teaches and empowers those in STEM and beyond.  She has recently been featured in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 List of the most influential young leaders for the year, BuzzFeed News, Mother Jones Magazine, on the mayor of Buffalo’s social media accounts trying to convince teenagers to stay home in the age of Covid; and of course, she has her own TedX Talk.    Raven shares: The circumstances surrounding both her ADHD diagnoses The tweet that she shared regarding her struggle to memorize even small snippets of text What has changed since her last diagnosis Why she started her science rap music videos What she thinks the key to living successfully with ADHD is ADHD brains work so that they too may discover their amazing strengths. And your reviews really help in that regard.    Resources: Instagram: instagram.com/raventhesciencemaven Twitter: twitter.com/ravenscimaven Facebook: facebook.com/raventhesciencemaven Website: scimaven.com 5 Days to Fall in Love with Your ADHD Brain: tracyotsuka.com/ilovemybrain
Join Tracy as she welcomes Dr. Diana Mercado to Episode 111 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. Dr. Mercado is the daughter of Mexican immigrant workers. She graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, earned her medical degree from the University of Texas and did her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Diana became a family medicine physician so that minority patients would have a physician who “looks like them.” Today Dr. Diana Mercado is a Nurse Practitioner mentor, Clinic Medical Director and was just elected Chief Medical Officer for Jackson County Hospital in Texas.   Diana shares with us: Her struggles in medical school The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis Her symptoms in childhood What changed once she was diagnosed Her struggle with imposter syndrome The medication that works best for her The ADHD traits that make her a better doctor? What she believes to be the key to living successfully with ADHD Her interest in coaching   Resources: Brooke Castillo, The Life Coach School Mydais Medication Dr. Diana Mercado's email: overachievewithadhd@gmail.com
In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Dr. Amy Cain. Dr. Cain is a Molecular Biologist who uses genomics to study deadly, antibiotic resistant bacteria. She completed both her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (graduating with first class honours) and then her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Sydney, Australia. After PhD submission, she moved to Cambridge, UK, for a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (where they first sequenced the human genome!) and was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Cain then moved to Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa to track outbreaks in hospitals, employed by the Wellcome Trust charity.    Since 2018, Dr. Cain has been a Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor at Macquarie Macquary University, Sydney, having received a number of grants to develop new antibiotics and study antibiotic resistance; setting up her research group across 3 different labs. Dr. Amy Cain is also Deputy Director of the JAMS organisation, a microbiology society that runs over 5 countries and she has just started a podcast called JAMSpod to spread microbiology knowledge far and wide. She loves travelling (having visited 70-odd countries so far), scuba diving, live music and cooking.   Amy shares: The circumstances surrounding her diagnosis The ADHD symptoms that she always wondered about but now recognizes as clearly ADHD. Why she became an infectious disease and genetics expert What has changed since her diagnosis Why she loves science so much Why she started a podcast interviewing microbiologists Her advice to young women with ADHD Her ADHD workarounds What she believes the key is to living successfully with ADHD   Resources: Amy's Facebook Profile Page Amy’s Twitter handle: @flamycain The Waking Up App Manuka Honey
In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to Sarah Gise. Sarah is an award nominated Chicago actor who got her BFA degree for Acting at the University of Southern California (USC). She’s worked a thousand different jobs and gigs because she experiences intense FOMO (fear of missing out), so in addition to acting, she’s dipped her toes into teaching, writing, directing, podcasting, bartending, and coaching. She is currently an ensemble member with Interrobang Theatre Project, and has performed in numerous shows with different companies around Chicago. Her performance in Interrobang Theatre Project’s production of the one woman show THE AMISH PROJECT (2016) was nominated for Best Solo Performance at the 2017 Joseph Jefferson Awards. In addition to theatre, she has appeared in several web series, films, commercials, and audiobooks. Sarah currently works as an Executive Functioning Coach for Effective Artistry, and is the Host/Producer of The ADHD Artist Podcast, which explores and celebrates the lives of artists with ADHD.   Sarah shares: The circumstances surrounding her ADHD diagnosis Her childhood symptoms Why she chose to study the arts Her experience with medication What made her start The ADHD Artist Podcast The key to living successfully with ADHD   Resources: Actor website: http://sarahgise05.wixsite.com/sarahgise ADHD Artist Podcast: https://linktr.ee/Theadhdartistpod  Effective Artistry: EffectiveArtistry.com UCLA Mindfulness (the one Sarah uses every day is the first one, "Breathing Meditation" 5 min): uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations The Headspace App Interrobang Theatre Project: interrobangtheatreproject.com   Tracy's FREE 5-day workshop, How to Fall in Love with Your ADHD Brain  
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Tina Squire

amazing episode. thank you

May 30th
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Amanda Gordon

thank you, so appreciative for you and these podcasts!! this was the first podcast I listened too. so greatful!!

Dec 17th
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Annie

The solo episodes are better than the interviews. Tracy is not a great interviewer. She doesn’t really listen to guests’ answers and her comments make that clear—and that strangles any conversational flow to the interview.

Aug 5th
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Lindsey Darnell

Wow! I have listened to a lot of ADHD podcasts, and this is the first one that resinates with me. Thank you!

Jun 12th
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Janetta Maclean

This is the best ADHD podcast for me. amazing and inspiring.

Sep 28th
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