Listen as Eric Tivers with his guests, Moira Maybin, Will Curb, MJ Siemens, Brendan Mahan, and Barb answer questions from the listeners in our monthly Q & A session of ADHD reWired. We are taking questions from you, the listener, about situations you want to talk through. It doesn’t matter if it’s personal or professional; we are here to give you our perspective and see if we can help you find some answers.
Rob starts off the questions about answering his doctor when he asks him how he is doing with his medicine when he really doesn’t know from day-to-day. Sondra wants to know how to tell the difference between her teenager being defiant about chores or if it’s his ADHD showing up. How would you talk to your significant other about learning more about ADHD to help them understand what you are dealing with?
Angela is talking to professional organizations about eliminating the stigma of neurodivergence in the corporate culture. She wants to find out what the panel believes is the most important key lesson to address, inspiring action with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ellie has just been diagnosed and just started taking medication and wants ways to help her get back on track because she feels like her life is in shambles.
Gayle’s question is how to help someone you believe has ADHD and how to help them realize it? Laurie wants to know how to get anywhere on time, and Chase asks what the overlaps are in symptoms in ADHD and child traumatic stress? What do you recommend to people who have multiple diagnoses? Carolina wants to know how to help her friends understand how hard it is to be on time. Another listener asks how screen time affects kids and teens with ADHD, and is it different from how it affects neurotypical kids and teens?
Thank you for listening to this month’s Q & A session. As usual, we cover a wide range of topics, and we provide some creative takeaways no matter what stage you’re in with your diagnosis. Listen in as we discuss your questions and the struggle we still have dealing with our ADHD.
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- ADHD Diversified with MJ Siemens
- [02:29] Welcome to the show, everyone!
- [04:11] Rob wants to know how to answer when his doctor asks him how he is doing with his medicine.
- [05:50] Moira shares her insights and a tool he could use to track how his meds are doing.
- [07:27] Will has always struggled with this and shares his experience.
- [10:23] Brendan says to pay attention to all areas of your life that also matter.
- [11:01] Sondra wants to know the difference between a teenager being defiant about daily chores or if their ADHD is the issue.
- [13:01] MJ talks about how she handles her teenager.
- [14:42] Will gives his insights and what he sees with his children.
- [15:09] How would you talk to your significant other about learning more about ADHD to help them understand what you are dealing with?
- [17:50] Moira talks about finding the modality that works.
- [20:03] Brendan shares the best thing he and his wife did.
- [22:20] Eric talks about what they do in their coaching groups.
- [35:00] Angela wants to know what the panel thinks is the most important key to address to inspire action when building out Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
- [36:57] Eric talks about empathy and the strengths that people with divergent brains can bring to an organization.
- [38:05] Brendan shares what he believes is a terrible idea, but he shares it anyway.
- [38:49] MJ talks about the things she has done with educators around this issue.
- [40:58] Ellie feels a little overwhelmed with her diagnosis and wants to find out if they have any tips to help her get back on track.
- [42:44] Eric gives her some things she can do.
- [43:50] Will shares another aspect that he finds troubling and says to just getting acclimated to the changes.
- [45:05] Eric says not to take things so seriously, take it as it comes.
- [46:20] Gayle wants to know how to help someone you think has ADHD and how to help them realize it?
- [47:31] Moira speaks about how her partner showed her she had ADHD.
- [55:58] Brendan shares an email hack that he has.
- [56:13] Laurie has a question about how the panel makes it to anything on time.
- [56:50] Eric says that they require everyone to be there five minutes before they begin in their coaching groups.
- [58:19] Will speaks about how he arrives on time and some ways to think about setting a time to leave.
- [1:00:35] Moira says that she works backward and what she needs to do to be ready.
- [1:01:19] Chase asks what the overlaps are in symptoms in ADHD and child traumatic stress? What do you recommend to people who have multiple diagnoses?
- [1:02:17] Eric believes that as a community, they need to be talking much more about trauma because it’s so pervasive.
- [1:04:11] Carolina wants to know how to help her friends understand how hard it is to be on time.
- [1:04:22] Eric says you need to plan the conversation with your friends.
- [1:05:28] Will gives his insights on dealing with people when you are late.
- [1:07:04] How does screen time affect kids and teens with ADHD, and is it different from how it affects neurotypical kids and teens?
- [1:08:08] Eric believes video games are digital dopamine for kids and adults with ADHD.
- [1:10:48] Moira discusses her two children and what she does when limiting screen time.
- [1:13:22] Eric talks about creating time versus consuming time.
- [1:13:55] Brendan says you have to give them a compelling alternative to screen time.
- [1:16:01] Eric shares how hard it is for him to play board games.
- [1:17:23] Thank you for your questions, and we will catch you next month.
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Links and Resources:
- Attach: The Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find – And Keep – Love by Amir Levine
- Fat City by Leonard Gardner