26: Play & Adult ADHD with Kristin Milliken

26: Play & Adult ADHD with Kristin Milliken

Interview with Kirsten Milliken, Ph.D, ACC, Founder of PlayDHD and ADHD

Recorded at the 2014 ADDA conference in Orlando, FL

Who is Kirsten Milliken?

Dr. Kirsten Milliken is a licensed clinical psychologist, a certified ADHD Coach, and the founder of PlayDHD.  Kirsten lives in Portland, Maine with her two amazing children and two really freaky dogs. Kirsten earned her bachelors degree in 1988 at SUNY Stonybrook and her doctoral degree in 1996 from Alliant University.

Prescription to Play | ADHD reWiredAs a licensed clinical psychologist she has worked in a variety of fields including juvenile justice, geriatric mental health, community mental health and nonprofit development.  Her current professional work includes working with military veterans, providing diagnostic evaluations to clients through her private practice, and coaching teens and adults with ADHD. Check out her full bio on her website. 

“Playing with others is better than playing by yourself.”

Highlights from this conversation

“Play really is the most effective non-medication treatment for managing the symptoms of ADHD.”

Ways To Add Play

Exercise is great, but adding play makes it better.

Anything that that makes it more fun…

Dodgeball anyone?

Adding fun High Energy Music adds play to your exercise.

We recommend…

Podrunner Podcasts for great workout music.

Podrunner interval 

Couch to 5K Couch to 10K.
Check out the Zombie Run App for your iOS
Crossfit Class because it adds high energy music

Ways to add play around work

Standing Desk allows you to move around.

Add music.

Working with another person

Body Double – Start of with a little chat, then agree to work until an agreed upon time.

Taking Breaks by talking to others, going for a walk

Go after those social chemicals Watch out for social media, you don’t get the social chemicals from social media

Using colors

Yogibo Chairs

Bean bag chairs.

Improv to improve your life

Dressing up as play. Fascinator
Playing with yourself gets boring.
You can reach Kirsten and find out about her audio & video podcast at
Facebook PLayDHD
Watch for her book PlayDHD.
If you see her, don’t forget to ask her for a prescription to play.



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